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Detroit Lions vs. Cincinnati Bengals Pick, Odds, Prediction 10/20/13

Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) at Detroit Lions (4-2)

NFL Football: Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Ford Field)

The Line: Detroit Lions -3 -- Over/Under: 46 See the Latest Odds


The Detroit Lions and the Cincinnati Bengals face of on Sunday in Detroit in a NFL matchup of two teams who are in early position to make the playoffs.

The Detroit Lions are in first place in the NFC North and although they have the same record as the Chicago Bears the Lions own the tiebreaker as they beat the Bears head to head. Offensively the Lions are averaging 27 points and 378.5 yards per game and they are plus five in turnover margin. Matthew Stafford has completed 62.8 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions while being sacked nine times. Reggie Bush has been an injection of life into the Lions running game as he is averaging 4.8 yards per carry and he has 20 receptions with three total touchdowns and Joquie Bell averages 3.3 yards per carry and he has 23 receptions. Calvin Johnson leads the Lions in receiving with 24 catches and four touchdowns despite missing a game and Brandon Pettigrew has 20 receptions. Defensively the Lions allow 23.3 points and 393.2 yards and they have 10 interceptions, 12 sacks, and five fumble recoveries. DeAndre Levy has 49 tackles and four interceptions, Stephen Tulloch has 46 tackles, and Chris Houston has 29 tackles. The Lions have played well overall and should be a factor all season.

Detroit Lions vs. Cincinnati Bengals Pick, Odds, Prediction 10/20/13

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The Cincinnati Bengals are in first place in the AFC North and after losing in the first round of the playoffs the last two years they are hoping this is the year they turn the corner. The Bengals offense is averaging 20.2 points per game and 355.7 yards and they are minus two I the turnover margin. Andy Dalton has completed 65.1 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and six interceptions BenJarvus Green-Ellis is averaging 3.3 yards per carry with three touchdowns and Giovani Bernard is averaging 4.0 yards per carry with two touchdowns. The Bengals receivers are led by A.J. Green with 37 catches and four touchdowns, Jermaine Gresham has 24 catches, and Mohamed Sanu has 23 catches. Defensively the Bengals allow 18.5 points and 317.7 yards per game with five interceptions, 18 sacks, and six fumble recoveries. Vontaze Burfict has 61 tackles, Rey Maualuga has 42 tackles, and Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins have four tackles each. The Bengals are defense first but as they continue to add more targets for Dalton the offense is getting much better.

Detroit is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games, 4-1 against the spread after allowing more than 250 passing yards their previous game, and 5-2 against the spread in week seven games. Cincinnati is 10-4—1 against the spread in their last 15 games, 3-7-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four road games.

These two teams are very similar and it really is a coin flip but I will go with the Lions at home laying a field goal in a game I probably won’t be playing.

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Detroit Lions -3

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