Poe's snap-count number shows his value

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Looking at the snap-count numbers for Kansas City Chiefs players from the season's first nine games, one thing stands out to me: The Chiefs are addicted to nose tackle Dontari Poe.

That's not necessarily a bad thing given the way Poe is playing. He is one of the NFL's top nose tackles, both against the run and the pass. Poe leads NFL nose tackles in sacks with 4.5. Among players listed as defensive tackles, he's fifth.

So Poe is extremely valuable to the Chiefs on all downs and the fact that Poe, listed at 346 pounds, has played on 94 percent of Kansas City's defensive snaps, reflects that. In four games Poe has played on every defensive snap, including a whopping 80 for 80 in last week's game against the Bills in Buffalo.

That's usually territory for smaller guys like the safeties, Kendrick Lewis and Eric Berry, or even linebackers like Derrick Johnson, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. For a man of Poe's size to get that percentage of snaps is unusual.

Here's to hoping Poe is getting some rest during Kansas City's bye week. He doesn't figure to get much of that over the next couple of months.