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Snap Reactions: Notes on the Seahawks’ snap counts from Sunday’s win over the Chiefs

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In a thrilling, back-and-forth prime-time game between the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs, the Seahawks came out victorious, clinching a playoff spot in the process.

Seattle got key performances from veterans who have been banged up for the majority of 2018 in Doug Baldwin and K.J. Wright, while doing some personnel juggling along the offensive line.

Check out the full snap counts below:

Tre Madden’s season high

At different times during Week 16’s victory, the Seahawks saw both members of the right side of the offensive line go down. D.J. Fluker’s hamstring couldn’t hold up, while George Fant seemingly avoided a much worse injury—only leaving for a single snap. With Germain Ifedi inactive, Seattle was weak up front.

To counter a mismatch at the line of scrimmage, fullback Tre Madden played a startling amount in this era. Madden saw 21% of the offense’s snaps in a return to the days of the great Michael Robinson.

J.D. McKissic remains a non-factor

For the fourth consecutive game since making his 2018 debut, Seattle’s satellite back was an afterthought in a running back rotation dominated by Chris Carson and Mike Davis. While the two early down backs led the way with 54- and 45-percent of the offense’s snaps respectively, McKissic saw just two snaps on offense.

It’s tough to criticize following a performance on offense as good as Sunday’s, but they are wasting a talent like McKissic. He needs to be more involved if he’s healthy, which he is as his special teams workload would indicate.

K.J. Wright’s welcome return

If you were beginning to wonder if we had seen the last of Wright in a Seahawks uniform, you would be justified in doing so. The veteran linebacker has battled a knee injury since August and every time he made progress in his recovery, he seemed to suffer a setback.

Barring another setback, it appears as though those fears were unfounded. Wright started against the Chiefs, playing 70% of the defense’s snaps. He could’ve been accused of playing slow earlier in the season, but Wright’s performance on Sunday Night Football was closer to the level we have become accustomed to over seven seasons.

Poona Ford and Shamar Stephen split

One of the few bright spots to come from Seattle’s loss to the 49ers in Week 15 was the dazzling performance from the defensive tackles, mainly, Poona Ford and Jarran Reed. Ford and Nazair Jones has been shuffled in and out of the lineup all season, but in San Francisco, Ford jumped Shamar Stephen in the rotation.

Ford’s play was rewarded again in Week 16; the UDFA played 41% of the defense’s snaps, nearly an even split with Stephen (43%). Ford and Reed are the future inside for the Seahawks; they may be the present, too.

With a playoff spot clinched and the fifth seed practically secured, Seattle will close out the regular season at home against the Cardinals. Check back next week and see how the Seahawks managed the finale, and which young players got extended runs in the lineup.