Here is the defensive 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: Poe and Jones continued to be the alphas along the interior defensive line with Bailey and Howard out, but Nunez-Roches commanded the majority of the work on Sunday in the base defense. That’s a slight uptick from the previous week, when he was outsnapped by Reyes. Jenkins, who was signed as a free agent last week, came right in and contributed with 14 snaps.
Analysis: The Chiefs turned to a four-man rotation at outside linebacker as Houston logged his first action of the season. It seems unlikely he would have outsnapped Ford were it not for Ford’s hamstring injury, but the fact he immediately came in and paced the linebackers is a good sign. He should only get stronger as the season goes on, barring a setback. Zombo is a steady run defender who has real value in running situations, but it would be a mild surprise if the Chiefs didn’t eventually settle on a rotation primarily featuring Ford, Hali and Houston down the stretch.
Analysis: Wilson has taken on quite a workload the last two weeks, racking up 111 snaps as the Bucs and Panthers decided to play power football.
Analysis: Just one week after logging his first defensive action of the season, the Chiefs turned to Acker as a starter for the first time all year, even though Gaines was available and played 31 snaps. Acker was targeted plenty, as was Nelson, and the Chiefs missed Peters, who coach Andy Reid said missed the game with a hip injury. White was active for the first time in a month but did not log any defensive snaps.
Analysis: It took 10 games, but the final ironman on the Chiefs’ defense bowed out on Sunday, as Berry missed a single play on defense for the first time all season. The Chiefs turned to Sorensen as a linebacker in their dime defense about 33 percent of the time, as Tampa used plenty of two-tight end and smashmouth sets. Murray continues to get work as the fourth safety.