The Detroit Lions are still winless, heading into week six. It’s been a series of unfortunate events for the Lions so far this season. It certainly has not been ideal with heartbreaking losses and countless injuries and has even led Head Coach Dan Campbell to tears.
This week the Detroit Lions square off with the Cincinnati Bengals, who are 3-2 and looking to end up at the top of the AFC North. Meanwhile, the Lions are 0-5 and still searching for that first win of the season.
Joe Burrow is back and has been looking strong, though a throat contusion could limit his vocal abilities this Sunday. Running back Joe Mixon is still a question mark, but it seems like he will be good to go for Sunday’s bout with the hometown squad. If he is green-lighted, he’s going to have some serious yardage.
Burrow’s aerial attack has been something to worry about as well, given that he has a good crop of receivers to choose from. Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and Ja’Marr Chase are all options that the Bengals can use to expose the Lions’ secondary.
The Detroit Lions are going to be in a tough spot once again.
Given the Bengals offense and the struggles the Lions have defensively with injuries, it seems like this game is not going to help the winless cause. Who knows for sure, but it seems like Burrow is going to be able to air it out and expose the secondary and allow Mixon to gain yardage in the run game.
The Bengals should be able to steamroll through the Lions. The offense is hoping to get back Taylor Decker; however, he did not practice Friday. With the injury of Frank Ragnow, the protection of Jared Goff is just thinning out more and more.
Not to mention, the receiving core is minimal, at best, without Quintez Cephus, who is out for the season. Unless Kalif Raymond can have a major step-up/breakout week, expect more of the same with the Lions’ ability to move the ball.
They will likely look good on the effort front but make mistakes in the ability department with many injuries and likely some rushed throws from Goff, given the offensive line injuries. That being said, let’s take a look at the odds for Sunday’s match-up.
Detroit Lions betting odds, spread, and prediction
According to WynnBET, the Cincinnati Bengals are favored by 3.5 points at the time of writing this betting preview. With the -3.5 point line favoring the Bengals, the Over/Under is set at 47.0 points on the game.
Check out this FanSided Betting article for any more betting odds you may be looking for ahead of week six’s action.
As the Lions get ready for Sunday’s action, they will look to get a win against the odds and keep the Bengals from adding another win, but the odds are not in their favor. However, they are much closer than I was expecting prior to checking the odds.
Prediction: While my predictions have not been great or remotely close, I’ll keep doing them. Given the match-up and how I view it, I think the Bengals are going to roll through the Lions this weekend. I think Burrow is going to get the offense going, and Mixon is going to return healthy. I would anticipate the Lions to get some offense going but not enough to match Burrow and the Bengals.