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Lions vs. Bengals expert picks: Week 6 score predictions

Lions vs. Bengals expert picks: Week 6 score predictions

Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via A look at who our staff is picking for the Lions’ Week 6 game. It’s Week 6 and the Detroit Lions are still winless. While it’s not a complete surprise given both that status of the team last year and the drastic roster changes made in the offseason, it is a bit frustrating. Detroit has been in every game this year, and had it not been for a couple of long, last-second field goals, this team would be 2-3 with an entirely different narrative surrounding it. But that’s life in the NFL. Sometimes you’re gifted a...
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Lions vs. Bengals 2021: Game time, TV schedule, streaming live

Lions vs. Bengals 2021: Game time, TV schedule, streaming live

Albert Cesare / The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK The Lions are still seeking their first win in a cat fight. The Detroit Lions have become a trendy upset pick against the Cincinnati Bengals—a fact that should give any juju-minded soul pause as the cosmos lurch in response to such boldness. After all, Mercury is in retrograde for one more night. There’s no such thing as being too cautious. That said, the Bengals have shown themselves quite beatable, even with a winning record. Outside of the Steelers game, every game they have played has been decided by just three...
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Lions comprehensive depth chart: Week 6 vs. Bengals

Lions comprehensive depth chart: Week 6 vs. Bengals

Photo by Elsa/ A quick reference guide for player viewing during the game. The Detroit Lions are back at home this Sunday for a Week 6 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. This comprehensive depth chart is designed to give fans an expanded look at the current roster, and you will often see things that vary from traditional depth charts. Occasionally you will see a player listed at multiple positions. This happens when a player holds key roles at multiple spots and doesn’t fit into just one box. Additionally, we added player numbers for easier tracking during the game,...
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Sunday open thread: Will Jared Goff perform well against the Bengals?

Sunday open thread: Will Jared Goff perform well against the Bengals?

Photo by Elsa/ It’s time for the Lions’ starting QB to step it up. Last Sunday, Jared Goff put together his worst performance as a Detroit Lion against the Vikings leading to a fifth straight loss. He missed countless throws, and the interception in Vikings territory early in the second half was a huge momentum killer that could have heavily swung things in the Lions’ favor. It’s no secret that Goff has underperformed, but he has still shown glimpses where he can be a capable quarterback. He just needs to be more consistent. Is today the day that Goff can...
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Lions elevate WR Allison, CB Robey-Coleman for game vs. Bengals

Lions elevate WR Allison, CB Robey-Coleman for game vs. Bengals

Junfu Han via Imagn Content Services, LLC Lions adding depth at positions where they lost players to IR this week. The Detroit Lions lost two more players to injured reserve this week, as WR Quintez Cephus broke his collarbone and CB/KR Corey Ballentine suffered a hamstring injury. The Lions did sign CB Mark Gilbert off the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad, but with less than a week to learn the playbook and acclimate to the team, it would be surprising if he was active for this Sunday’s game with the Cincinnati Bengals. Therefore, the Lions turned to the practice...
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Lions vs. Bengals preview: 5Qs with Cincy Jungle

Lions vs. Bengals preview: 5Qs with Cincy Jungle

Photo by Andy Lyons/ Getting to know the enemy. Is this the week, Detroit Lions fans? Could this be the week that the Lions get their first win in the Dan Campbell era? It’s hard to feel confident about this weekend's game against the Cincinnati Bengals because, suddenly, it appears the Bengals are pretty good. This is the exact type of game that makes your stomach feel like you just ate Skyline Chili. An up-and-coming quarterback with his new up-and-coming receiver on a team that’s dangerous enough to take the Packers, who the Lions got blown out by, to the limit....
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The Detroit Lions’ last loss to the Bengals sent the franchise spiraling

The Detroit Lions’ last loss to the Bengals sent the franchise spiraling

Photo by John Grieshop/ This 2017 game changed the course of the Lions’ franchise... for the worst. You ever watch an 80s action movie that featured a large explosion? It doesn’t have to be from the 80s, but that decade had the biggest explosions. The point I’m trying make here is that before the explosion, there was perfectly good car or building standing there. There’s always some sort of bomb or gasoline that hasn’t yet been detonated or ignited. In 2017, the Detroit Lions were that car or that building. They were a perfectly good team with star players...
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Watch live: Lions vs. Bengals Madden 22 simulation

Watch live: Lions vs. Bengals Madden 22 simulation

Let’s see if the virtual Detroit Lions can notch their first win of the season. Not only are the Detroit Lions winless on Sundays this season, but they’re winless on Saturday, too. Yes, I know that the Lions haven’t played on a Saturday this season, but I’m talking about our weekly Madden 22 simulations that we broadcast live on our Twitch channel every week. The virtual Lions are actually much worse than the ones we’ve seen take the actual field this year. For example, they fell behind the Minnesota Vikings 28-0 last week. But that doesn’t stop us from having a...
Oct 16, 2021
Detroit Lions 2022 draft watch: 12 prospects to watch this Saturday

Detroit Lions 2022 draft watch: 12 prospects to watch this Saturday

Matt Stone/Courier Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK 2022 draft prospects to watch during each time slot on Saturday. After a few weeks of getting ranked teams facing off against each other, this Saturday of college football (October 16) is a little tamer, but there are still plenty of talented players to keep eyes on. After focusing on the off-the-ball linebackers last week, this week we pivot to offensive skill players versus defensive backs, and there are a few really fun matchups to watch. In order to maximize your viewing pleasure, instead of listing random players with...
Oct 16, 2021
Detroit Lions keys to victory over Bengals

Detroit Lions keys to victory over Bengals

Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK How the Lions can come away with their first win of the season. A few things typically accompany a team when they are waist deep in a rebuild like the Detroit Lions are. Extremely young and inexperienced roster? Check. Issues with depth at nearly every position? You bet. Razor thin margin of error on a weekly basis? Oh yes. Despite these glaring problems, the Lions have nearly come away with a victory on a couple of occasions. They took the Baltimore Ravens to the wire and lost on a record-setting 66-yard field goal from kicker Justin...
Oct 16, 2021
Open thread: What are the best bets in Lions vs. Bengals?

Open thread: What are the best bets in Lions vs. Bengals?

Photo by John Grieshop/ The best same game parlay a flier could buy. In search of their first win under Dan Campbell’s direction, the 0-5 Detroit Lions host an upstart Cincinnati Bengals team looking to continue to collect wins against downtrodden teams. The Bengals have a young, dynamic group of offensive skill players led by quarterback Joe Burrow and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. And for as much potential the Bengals offense has, it’s been the team’s defense that’s proven to be a consistent and dependable group week in and week out—Cincinnati’s defense...
Oct 15, 2021
Notes: Lions GM Brad Holmes encourages local youth to consider HBCUs

Notes: Lions GM Brad Holmes encourages local youth to consider HBCUs

Photo by Leon Halip/ Raising awareness for hidden gems that don’t need to stay hidden. We briefly mentioned in yesterday’s Notes that Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes spoke to local high school students in Ford Field’s Hall of Legends about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on Wednesday. ESPN’s Eric Woodyard had the chance to follow up with Holmes after the event in more detail. Spreading awareness of the quality and importance of HBCUs is near and dear to Holmes’ heart, coming from a family of many proud North Carolina A&T...
Oct 15, 2021
Bengals’ QB Joe Burrow, RB Joe Mixon won’t be limited against Lions

Bengals’ QB Joe Burrow, RB Joe Mixon won’t be limited against Lions

Photo by Dylan Buell/ The Bengals will have all their offensive weapons on Sunday. The Detroit Lions’ Week 6 opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, have declared their injury designations, and despite being banged up, both QB Joe Burrow and RB Joe Mixon will get full workloads this weekend. Let’s take a look at the rest of the Bengals’ injury report, with the starters bolded. Reserve/COVID-19 list RB Samaje Perine Both Jackson Carman and Samaje Perine were placed on the Bengals’ reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, but by Friday, Carman was removed and could return to...
Oct 15, 2021
Lions injury designations: 4 players questionable vs. Bengals

Lions injury designations: 4 players questionable vs. Bengals

Photo by Nic Antaya/ 4 players are questionable for Sunday, but most seem likely to play vs. Bengals. The Detroit Lions declared their Week 6 injury designations ahead of their matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Ford Field. While they have four of their six injured players listed with questionable designations, all are expected to play on Sunday. Return to practice tracker LT Taylor Decker (finger) — Day 3 of the 21-day evaluation period DL Kevin Strong (thigh) — Day 3 of the 21-day evaluation period On Friday morning, the Lions placed starting kick...
Oct 15, 2021
Dan Campbell: ‘Hard to say’ if Taylor Decker plays vs. Bengals

Dan Campbell: ‘Hard to say’ if Taylor Decker plays vs. Bengals

Photo by Leon Halip/ It sounds like Taylor Decker could return this week, but Kevin Strong likely won’t. Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell indicated on Friday morning that left tackle Taylor Decker remains in play to make his 2021 debut against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. “It’s hard to say right now,” Campbell said. “We’ll do some more today and then see where we’re at.” Decker suffered a finger injury in practice in the lead up to Week 1, and it was serious enough to require surgery. He’s since been on injured reserve, with first-round...