The Detroit Lions are still on the prowl for their first victory of the season.
In their way stands the Cincinnati Bengals. Detroit will be looking for their first win over Cincinnati since the 1992 season. Will the Lions finally reach the win column this season? Here’s a preview of Sunday’s matchup.
The injury-ridden Lions are desperate for a victory and should enter this game with the intention that everything is on the line. With Okwara and Okudah out for the year, Detroit’s young defense will have to think next man up as the Bengals average 333 yds per game.
The Lions’ offense ranks one spot ahead of the Bengals offensively, averaging 339 yds per game. However, per Pro Football Focus (PFF), Detroit starting QB Jared Goff ranks dead last in overall ratings for starting QB’s in the league. The Lions have to see more from Goff if they want to add a win to the season.
The Detroit Lions continue to search for that elusive first win of the season.
Bengals QB Joe Burrow has had an up and down season so far. The second-year QB has 11 TDs and 6 INTs on the year, including two last week in a loss to the Green Bay Packers. On average, the Detroit defense has given up 388 yds per game and nearly 28 pts per game, and both numbers are well above what the Bengals average on the season.
The Bengals are 1-2 against the NFC North this season, as they will complete all of their scheduled NFC North matchups this Sunday in Detroit.
The Lions are 0-3 in the NFC North and 0-1 in the AFC North. Cincinnati has playoff hopes still on their mind while the Lions are in the midst of an ugly rebuild. The Bengals currently sit at 3.5 point favorites for the matchup.
One of the better chances for the Lions to pick up their first victory on the season will be this Sunday. The Bengals are no slouch, but Detroit’s schedule will only get more challenging from here.