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Bengals snap counts vs. Bills: Battering ram Mike Hilton goes the distance

Hilton and Cincinnati’s defense pulled no punches in Buffalo.

Domination in the NFL more often than not comes as a surprise, especially in the playoffs. The Cincinnati Bengals made waste to the Buffalo Bills on their own sleet-covered turf, and while components of the win were surprising, the end result falls in line with the postseason reputation this team has established.

The final snap counts tell us plenty of how Cincinnati dictated this game from start to finish.

Total Snaps

To no one’s surprise, the Bengals outlasted the Bills in the snaps department. Cincinnati had 75 offensive plays to Buffalo’s 62, and the difference was found in the beginning of the game. The home team started with back-to-back three-and-outs, while the Bengals scored two touchdowns on two drives that lasted a combined 15 plays. Each team had three drives of at least 10 plays, but the Bengals forcing quick stops became a huge factor in preventing the Bills from ever getting in rhythm.

Perimeter blockage

When the Bengals called up practice squad tight end Nick Bowers this week, that should’ve been a clear tell of what was to come. Hayden Hurst (38), Mitchell Wilcox (34), and Devin Asiasi (14) all got after it in the run game as the offense came out with a physical edge.

Hurst did most of his damage down the field as a receiver—finishing with 59 yards on five receptions and a touchdown—while Wilcox and Asiasi did their dirty work in the trenches. Don’t mistake that for Hurst not doing the same though, he got his garnet locks in the think of it.

Hilton rewards program

The Bills didn’t hide their intentions or stray from their offensive identity. The operated out of 11 personnel with three receivers, and the Bengals’ defense had to respect it. It’s not like they were upset at having Mike Hilton playing 62 snaps, 35 more than he notched against the Ravens last week.

Hilton was an absolute beast in this game. Whether it was forcing a Josh Allen fumble that wasn’t, or laying the boom on his receivers, the tone Hilton set could be felt all the way back at Paycor Stadium. Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo will never complain about keeping their nickel back out on the field for all but 2% of the game.

Change in dynamic

The shift from defending the Baltimore Ravens to the Bills was also felt at the defensive line. Joseph Ossai (36) saw way more playing time than Cam Sample (20) while the dynamic was flipped last week. Each of them registered two hurries on Josh Allen, who did his best to avoid the constant pressure he was under.

Trey Hendrickson (32) continues to see his snaps increase after his wrist fracture, as he played a combined 48 snaps in both Ravens games. Hendrickson ended up with a near strip-sack on Allen that was ruled incomplete.

Bengals snap counts vs. Bills

Player Position Snaps Percentage
Player Position Snaps Percentage
Jackson Carman T 75 100%
Cordell Volson G 75 100%
Ted Karras C 75 100%
Max Scharping G 75 100%
Hakeem Adeniji T 75 100%
Joe Burrow QB 75 100%
Ja'Marr Chase WR 68 91%
Tee Higgins WR 57 76%
Tyler Boyd WR 53 71%
Joe Mixon RB 42 56%
Hayden Hurst TE 38 51%
Mitchell Wilcox TE 34 45%
Samaje Perine RB 33 44%
Trenton Irwin WR 19 25%
Devin Asiasi TE 14 19%
Stanley Morgan Jr. WR 7 9%
D'Ante Smith T 7 9%
Trent Taylor WR 2 3%
Trayveon Williams RB 1 1%
Vonn Bell S 63 100%
Jessie Bates III S 63 100%
Eli Apple CB 63 100%
Logan Wilson LB 63 100%
Cam Taylor-Britt CB 63 100%
Mike Hilton CB 62 98%
Germaine Pratt LB 57 90%
Sam Hubbard DE 50 79%
B.J. Hill DT 49 78%
Joseph Ossai DE 36 57%
DJ Reader DT 33 52%
Trey Hendrickson DE 32 51%
Cam Sample DE 20 32%
Zach Carter DT 16 25%
Josh Tupou DT 14 22%
Dax Hill CB 6 10%
Akeem Davis-Gaither LB 3 5%