Fans have heard stories about NFL teams playing a game inside the game of football.
Coaches make these moves while their opponents make counter moves and adjustments.
However, the Cincinnati Bengals are taking things to a new level with their recent roster move.
Their game plan has them snagging Chris Lammons off the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad.
Chris Lammons is a core special teamer for the Chiefs. He just played 82% of the special teams snaps for the Chiefs last week.
Maybe the Chiefs needed to open up a roster spot and planned to promote Lammons from the practice squad.
The Bengals prevent that from happening. https://t.co/Ek4ob9T6HS
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) January 24, 2023
The move is savvy, as it takes away someone who was key for the Chiefs special teams unit during their playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While he’s not a core player for the team’s defense, he’s a core part of their special teams unit.
He is a consistent part of their special teams unit and has only one game this season where he played under 61% of the snaps on special teams.
His consistency saw him play in 322 special teams snaps for the Chiefs, the most by any player on their roster this season.
The Bengals claiming Lammons doesn't mean he can join them for Sunday — that can't happen until after the Super Bowl. However, it does prevent the Chiefs from re-adding Lammons to their practice squad. He's Kansas City's leader in special-teams snaps, at 322. https://t.co/0KpUfimPGf
— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) January 24, 2023
Taking away this piece from the Chiefs game plan helps the Bengals.
While the Bengals can’t use Lammons, they now prevent their opponent from using him.
Without him, the Chiefs go into the AFC Championship Game without the services of their most reliable special teams player.
With the games between the Chiefs and Bengals coming down to the wire, it’s a blow that can affect the game.
It shows how the Bengals are playing to win, and watching every move their opponent makes.
With Sunday’s game being important to win, the Bengals have won the first battle heading into their championship game.