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The Detroit Lions made some puzzling personnel decisions during Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Here's a look at the Detroit Lions' snap distribution for their game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Offense:

QUARTERBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matthew Stafford 56 93%

Dan Orlovsky 4 7%

RUNNING BACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Theo Riddick 39 65% 6 20%
Joique Bell 17 28%

Ameer Abdullah 5 8% 8 27%
George Winn

21 70%





FULLBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Michael Burton 4 7% 15 50%





WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Golden Tate 59 98% 3 10%
Lance Moore 47 78% 1 3%
Calvin Johnson 46 77%

Corey Fuller 22 37% 4 13%





TIGHT END OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Eric Ebron 46 77%

Brandon Pettigrew 15 25%






OFFENSIVE TACKLE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Riley Reiff 56 93% 2 7%
LaAdrian Waddle 56 93% 2 7%
Cornelius Lucas 4 7% 2 7%
Michael Ola 4 7%

OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Laken Tomlinson 60 100% 2 7%
Travis Swanson 60 100% 2 7%
Larry Warford 60 100%

Manny Ramirez

2 7%

Analysis:

  • The snap distribution is absolutely baffling among skill players for the offense. How can you justify giving Lance Moore 42 more snaps that Ameer Abdullah? Obviously they play different positions, but Abdullah can be a major threat in the passing game. The Lions apparently have Abdullah in the dog house. And what happened to Michael Burton being a huge factor in run blocking and pass protection? He played four offensive snaps on Sunday.
  • I was a little surprised to see Brandon Pettigrew only played 15 snaps during the game. As the Lions' best pass protecting tight end, it would have made more sense to have him out there more often than not.
  • Detroit rarely used a sixth offensive lineman to help with protection either. Both Cornelius Lucas and Michael Ola saw just four snaps each.

    Defense:

    DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
    Devin Taylor 39 60% 3 10%
    Jason Jones 38 58% 6 20%
    Ezekiel Ansah 36 55% 7 23%
    Darryl Tapp 26 40% 17 57%





    DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
    Caraun Reid 41 63%

    Haloti Ngata 39 60% 7 23%
    Andre Fluellen 25 38% 6 20%
    Jermelle Cudjo 16 25%






    LINEBACKER DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
    Stephen Tulloch 55 85% 7 23%
    Josh Bynes 49 75% 6 20%
    Travis Lewis 26 40% 28 93%
    Tahir Whitehead 25 38% 28 93%
    Kyle Van Noy 7 11% 21 70%
    Brandon Copeland 1 2% 20 67%





    CORNERBACK DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
    Nevin Lawson 65 100% 6 20%
    Darius Slay 58 89% 6 20%
    Quandre Diggs 27 42% 6 20%
    Josh Wilson 10 15% 2 7%





    SAFETY DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
    Glover Quin 63 97% 7 23%
    James Ihedigbo 53 82%

    Isa Abdul-Quddus 12 18% 28 93%
    Don Carey 4 6% 28 93%

    Specialists

    KICKER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
    Matt Prater 2 7%



    PUNTER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
    Sam Martin 11 37%



    LONG SNAPPER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
    Don Muhlbach 8 27%

Analysis:

  • I wonder if Ezekiel Ansah is battling through an injury. It's very strange that he had the third-most snaps at the defensive end position, when he's clearly the Lions' best player at that position.
  • With Rashean Mathis out with an illness and Josh Wilson battling an injury all day, Nevin Lawson saw the field for every single defensive snap on Sunday. That's great practice for the 2014 fourth round draft pick, but according to Pro Football Focus, he didn't play very well.
  • No big changes among the linebackers, but this week Travis Lewis edged Tahir Whitehead in snaps by one.