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Mark Gaughan's Big Play Breakdown: Bengals counter run

Big Play Breakdown: Bengals Counter Run

The counter has been a staple of the Cincinnati offense for years, and the Bills' defense will have to contain it in Sunday's game. It does not usually go for a long touchdown. But Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) broke it for a 74-yard score against Cleveland last season. Thurman Thomas probably gained 3,000 yards on this play for the Bills during his career.

The running back gets the defense to hesitate with a fake step to the left, then follows his lead blocks. Clint Boling (65) is the Bengals' best lineman on the move. The Bengals like pre-snap motion. On this play, the slot wide receiver motioned over to the left of the formation before the snap, which shifted the linebackers and safeties another step over away from the direction of the play. The Bills' defense has allowed only three runs longer than 20 yards this season, with 32 yards the longest gainer.

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