Here are some observations based on the snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 31-24 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. Numbers are provided by the NFL.
▪ Jeremy Maclin played 97 percent of the Chiefs' offensive snaps on Thursday. I mentioned this last week, but Andy Reid never had Dwayne Bowe play that many. Bowe was always hovered around 84 percent.
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▪ After working Knile Davis in a cool 26 percent of the time in week one, Davis was in on only 12 percent of the Chiefs' plays.
▪ Fullback Anthony Sherman is one of the best in the league, but he saw his snap count drop from 25 to 10.
▪ Eric Fisher played two snaps in relief of Donald Stephenson, who briefly left the game with a sprain. Stephenson returned, however, and Fisher — who has a high ankle sprain — again saw some work (four snaps) on the field-goal unit.
▪ Receiver De'Anthony Thomas saw his snap count rise from 18 to 26 this week.
▪ Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was Eric Berry's heavy workload. Berry played 71 of 73 possible snaps, after playing only 48 against Houston.
▪ Berry's extended playing time came at the expense of starter Husain Abdullah, who saw his playing time plummet from 66 snaps to 27.
▪ Dontari Poe saw his workload increase from 32 snaps to 49.
▪ The Broncos used a great deal of three-wide sets, which led to 70 snaps for Jamell Fleming, the Chiefs' third corner. Manning targeted him frequently in the second half, including on the game-tying score.
▪ Dee Ford played double-digit defensive snaps for the second game in a row for only the second time in his career.
▪ Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Marcus Peters each earned a special teams snap somewhere along the way. I will need to watch the all-22 tape, which is not out yet, to figure out when this happened.