Here’s a look at the snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 17-16 win over Dallas on Sunday, according to NFL.com. While we’ll also use this as the groundwork for a film room post this week, I figured I’d post a few quick observations:
Defensive end Tyson Jackson saw a large uptick in his usage this week. After logging only 39 percent of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps this week, Jackson saw that numbers skyrocket to 67 percent as he helped a front seven that limited the Cowboys to only 37 rushing yards.
“Up front, me, Poe and (Mike) DeVito, our job is to go out there and kill the run every play,” Jackson said after the game. “I think we did a real good job of that. Every week, we come in with the same gameplan: stop the run, make them a one-dimensional team, make them throw the ball. Then we just get after the quarterback.”
Chalk up another herculean effort to Dontari Poe, who continues to amaze with his ability to stay on the field despite his 6-foot-3, 346-pound frame. Poe joined Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, Tamba Hali and Brandon Flowers as the only Chiefs to play every defensive snap Sunday. So when you hear people talk about his athletic ability and describe him in freakish terms, remember his stamina also plays a large role in their wonder.
Poe was asked afterward if he could imagine a better start to the season for himself, personally.
“No, not really,” said Poe, who has 3 1/2 sacks in two games. “I think I’ve been feeding off my teammates.”
Jamaal Charles took on an expanded work load. He played all but one offensive snap on Sunday. This obviously had an effect on the other backs on the roster. Running back Cyrus Gray, who logged 10 snaps last week and looked like a part-time third down back, only received one snap this week. Third-round rookie Knile Davis didn’t receive an offensive snap or a carry.
After logging a team-high 98 percent of the snaps against Jacksonville, right guard Geoff Schwartz didn’t receive a single offensive snap on Sunday. Jon Asamoah, who had been nicked up with a calf injury, returned to the starting lineup and logged 100 percent of the snaps.
Starting tight end Anthony Fasano played 52 plays Sunday (four fewer than last week), while backup Sean McGrath logged 34 snaps (up from 12 against the Jaguars). Considering the Chiefs, as a team, ran only five more plays against the Cowboys than they did the Jaguars, I think it’s safe to say they used more two-tight end sets this week.
Defensive end Allen Bailey, who sat during the Jacksonville game after missing most of the week because of a non-injury related personal matter, gobbled up a number of backup snaps at defensive end. He and fellow backup Anthony Toribio played a total of 23 snaps on Sunday, while Mike Catapano — who played 31 snaps in the Jacksonville game — didn’t log a single defensive snap. Toribio, by the way, only played two defensive snaps against the Jaguars, fewer than backup nose tackle Jaye Howard.
Here’s one interesting thing: despite the absence of Dunta Robinson, who missed the game because of a personal matter, several backup defensive backs logged fewer snaps than they did against the Jaguars. That includes safeties Husain Abdullah (40 to 27), Quintin Demps (41 to 27) and cornerbacks Ron Parker (eight to five) and Marcus Cooper (nine to two).
|Player, Pos.||Off. Snaps||Snap %||Def. Snaps||Snap %||ST Snaps||Snap %|
|J. Asamoah, G||67||100%||4||14%|
|R. Hudson, C||67||100%||4||14%|
|J. Allen, G||67||100%||4||14%|
|E. Fisher, T||67||100%||4||14%|
|A. Smith, QB||67||100%|
|J. Charles, RB||66||99%|
|B. Albert, T||63||94%||4||14%|
|D. Bowe, WR||61||91%|
|A. Fasano, TE||52||78%||2||7%|
|D. Avery, WR||46||69%|
|D. McCluster, WR||39||58%||4||14%|
|S. McGrath, TE||34||51%||2||7%|
|A. Sherman, FB||22||33%||17||61%|
|A. Jenkins, WR||10||15%|
|J. Hemingway, WR||4||6%||12||43%|
|D. Stephenson, G||4||6%|
|C. Gray, RB||1||1%|
|D. Poe, NT||64||100%||4||14%|
|J. Houston, LB||64||100%||4||14%|
|T. Hali, LB||64||100%||4||14%|
|D. Johnson, LB||64||100%||4||14%|
|B. Flowers, CB||64||100%|
|E. Berry, SS||64||100%|
|K. Lewis, FS||63||98%|
|S. Smith, CB||61||95%|
|T. Jackson, DE||43||67%||4||14%|
|A. Jordan, LB||37||58%||20||71%|
|M. DeVito, DE||32||50%||3||11%|
|H. Abdullah, FS||27||42%||23||82%|
|Q. Demps, SS||27||42%||15||54%|
|A. Bailey, DE||15||23%||2||7%|
|A. Toribio, DE||8||12%|
|R. Parker, DB||5||8%||20||71%|
|M. Cooper, CB||2||3%||24||86%|
|J. Johnson, LB||20||71%|
|D. Moses, LB||20||71%|
|F. Zombo, LB||20||71%|
|D. Colquitt, P||11||39%|
|T. Gafford, LS||11||39%|
|R. Succop, K||9||32%|
|M. Catapano, DE||6||21%|
|G. Schwartz, T||4||14%|
|K. Davis, RB||2||7%|
|T. Kelce, TE||1||4%|