As the Chiefs players enjoyed their day off Tuesday, interest focused on Jamaal Charles once again.
In a critical matchup of would-be playoff contenders, both teams could use the return of some of their playmakers. Charles is still a possibility for Sunday but that’s still questionable. the Teams has been taking a very conservative approach in the possible activation of Charles. It would not be a surprise if that continues with an eye to a post-bye-week return.
One thing that is interesting is looking at the Chiefs snap counts from Sunday. Tamba Hali’s snap counts rose considerably mostly due to an injury to Dee Ford against the Jets. Spencer Ware received 71 % of the snaps against the Jets as well which is a big increase over the first two weeks. Another snap count that makes you wonder here things are going is looking at the usage of Albert Wilson week 3. In the first 2 weeks Wilson was in on close to 50 % of the snaps but was down to only a third of the plays in week 3. There are several contributing factors to that. First Tyreek Hill is seeing a large uptick in plays, second multiple TE sets are becoming more prevalent and third, Wilson hasn’t produced.
A Stronger Opponent
One story line that will be talked about this week is the return of Le’veon Bell to the Steelers after suspension. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield plus his ability to get to the corners will be a big upgrade that can’t be understated. Bell will test a Chiefs defense that has shown signs of being good against the run. Stopping Lamar Miller and Matt Forte isn’t easy but Bell is better than both of them. The Chiefs will have their hands full on Sunday.
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