Here is the offensive snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 19-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, along with some thoughts and observations. Snaps for the entire season are also listed. Numbers are provided by the NFL.
KEY: “*’ denotes starter. “R” denotes rookie. “C” denotes game captain. “INJ” denotes injury. “N/A” denotes the player was not a Chief at the time. “PS” denotes practice squad. “INA” denotes inactive.
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Analysis: Smith logged a full workload for the second straight game after sitting out against the Jaguars because of precautionary reasons (head/ear injuries). He looked better against the Bucs than he did against the Panthers the week before but will have to play much better on Sunday night to beat the Denver Broncos.
Analysis: Ware continues to command the lion’s share of the workload, something that doesn’t figure to change with Charcardrick West in the concussion protocol. It is notable, however, that when the Chiefs trailed 19-10 in the fourth quarter, coach Andy Reid called on West to operate in their hurry-up, three-wide offense. Just something to keep in mind for whenever West returns.
Analysis: With Maclin still out with a groin injury, Conley continues to be the bell cow at receiver while Wilson and Hill fill out the Chiefs’ three-wide look. Conley led the Chiefs’ receivers in targets, with eight, while Hill had five and Wilson had four. Conley is also the wideout of choice whenever the Chiefs go to “13” personnel (one running back, three tight ends).
Analysis: Kelce continues to log the heaviest workload among all the Chiefs’ skill players, which played a role in my decision to name him the Chiefs’ offensive player of the year (so far). After using a healthy amount of two- and three-tight end sets against the Panthers, Reid dialed those back a bit against the Bucs, who don’t blitz as much as the Panthers and didn’t have as formidable a defensive front.
Analysis: The Chiefs did not break out a six-O-linemen look on Sunday, but Fisher, Morse and Schwartz continue to be ironmen. They’ve each played every offensive snap. This is the third game in a row this starting group has played together. It takes a little while to figure out what a five-man unit does best, so it wouldn’t be a surprise me to see these guys start playing better as the coaches now have a good handle on their strengths.