The Cincinnati Bengals came into the 2016 NFL season with the postseason and playoff success firmly on their minds after so many failed attempts in recent years.
The Bengals have become synonymous for starting really well and looking like world beaters in the regular season before capitulating in their first game in the playoffs every time. Head coach Marvin Lewis has an 0-7 record there.
Things haven't gotten better for Cincy at all this year, but at least they have this incredible trick play that Lewis pulled out against the New York Giants last night - and it nearly went for a touchdown.
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On their very first offensive possession of the game last night, with the Giants already up 7-0 at MetLife Stadium, the Bengals came out in a formation with only three offensive linemen near the ball and the other two tackles split out wide.
No matter what the Giants would've done, unless they manage a turnover or a sack, the Bengals have the upper hand and the chance to make a big play. They did exactly that.
As the Giants overloaded the screen developing out wide with an extra safety, the Bengals took advantage to find Tyler Eifert in a mismatch with a linebacker. Andy Dalton fed the big man the ball and he nearly took it to the house.
The Bengals started using these formations under Hue Jackson in 2014. His successor, Ken Zampese, has taken them to a new level in his first year on the job. And long may it continue.
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