ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said last week that safety Eric Berry would play more against the Buffalo Bills than he did the week before. Sutton made good on his word during the Chiefs’ 17-13 win over the Bills.Berry was one of three Chiefs defensive backs to play all of Buffalo’s 73 snaps Sunday. Berry is obviously over the effects of the high ankle sprain that kept him out of five games early in the season. Ron Parker, the star of the game with a forced fumble and three defended passes on Buffalo’s late scoring threat, and Sean Smith were the other defensive backs who played every snap.Safety Husain Abdullah played all but two snaps. Nickelback Chris Owens was in for 56 plays, so the Chiefs were in their nickel defense most of the game.Missing from the defensive back mix completely were two players who have started games at cornerback this season. Neither rookie Phillip Gaines nor Marcus Cooper played a down defensively, though both players were involved on special teams.This is meaningful for the Chiefs, who have developed some depth in their secondary. When everyone is healthy and available to play, the Chiefs have some bodies they can move around and play different coverages with.Don’t underestimate how important this is. It may be the biggest single reason the Chiefs are playing so well when defending the pass.Other interesting notes from the play counts from the Bills game:– Linebacker Joe Mays, fresh off the injured reserve list, didn’t play a down on defense. That’s surprising in that the Chiefs activated him on Saturday. But he played only on special teams.– Rookie linebacker Dee Ford also didn’t play a snap on defense. The Chiefs are playing well enough defensively that they don’t need any immediate help from Ford. Still, it’s disturbing when the first-round draft pick gets only two snaps, both on special teams.
Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer