NFC North Game Preview – Detroit Lions vs. Cincinnati Bengals

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Sunday the Detroit Lions have a task at hand that they must succeed at if they want to be taken serious in the chase for first place inside the NFC North division as they take on the 4-2 AFC North division leading Cincinnati Bengals lead by quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green

Coming off a road victory in Cleveland, Detroit hosts Cincinnati in Week 7 and then the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8 before a much needed bye week rest in Week 9 to help superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson and a banged up secondary get their legs underneath them a bit better, no pun intended.

Offensively speaking, the Lions, who are ranked 7th in the NFL with a 27.0 game scoring average is inside the top-10 in both yards passing, 284.3, as well as total yardage, 378.5. But things get worse on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 19th in points allowed with 23.3 as well as 26th in total yardage with 393.2. Ironically, the Bengals are on a completely opposite side of the spectrum, dominating in defense yet struggling offensively. 

On the injury front, Detroit will once again be without both wide receiver Nate Burleson and tight end Tony Scheffler and also have running backs Joique Bell and Theo Riddick listed as questionable and tackle Jason Fox as doubtful. 

Sports Book - At the time of this article the Lions are sitting at a money line of -140 and are -2.5 favorites over the dog Bengals. 

NFC North Division Standings

NFC North Team W L T  Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
Detroit Lions 4 2 0 .667 162 140 22 19 2-0 2-2 2-1 .667 3-2 .600 1-0 1W 3-2
Chicago Bears 4 2 0 .667 172 161 11 20 3-1 1-1 1-1 .500 2-2 .500 2-0 1W 3-2
Green Bay Packers 3 2 0 .600 137 114 23 14 2-0 1-2 1-0 1.000 2-1 .667 1-1 2W 3-2
Minnesota Vikings 1 4 0 .200 125 158 -33 14 1-2 0-2 0-2 .000 0-3 .000 1-1 1L 1-4

 

PASSING STATISTICS
Player Att Comp Yds Comp % Yds/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sck Sack/Lost Rating
Matthew Stafford 239 150 1772 62.8 7.4 12 5.0 4 1.7 77 9 66 95.0

 

RUSHING STATISTICS
Player Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Reggie Bush 78 376 4.8 39 1
Joique Bell 53 177 3.3 20 3
Matthew Stafford 17 13 0.8 9 1
Mikel Leshoure 2 9 4.5 5 0
Theo Riddick 2 -2 -1.0 2 0
Sam Martin 1 0 0.0 0 0
Nate Burleson 1 -8 -8.0 -8 0

 

RECEIVING STATISTICS
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Calvin Johnson 24 337 14.0 72 4
Joique Bell 23 245 10.7 37 0
Reggie Bush 20 261 13.0 77 2
Brandon Pettigrew 20 187 9.4 25 0
Nate Burleson 19 239 12.6 47 0
Kris Durham 16 215 13.4 33 1
Tony Scheffler 7 82 11.7 22 0
Joseph Fauria 7 66 9.4 23 5
Ryan Broyles 5 61 12.2 22 0
Pat Edwards 5 46 9.2 11 0
Kevin Ogletree 3 25 8.3 11 0
Theo Riddick 1 8 8.0 8 0

 

FIELD GOAL STATISTICS
Player 1-19 A 1-19 M 20-29 A 20-29 M 30-39 A 30-39 M 40-49 A 40-49 M 50+ A 50+ M
David Akers 0 0 2 2 3 3 5 3 2 2
TOTAL 0 0 2 2 3 3 5 3 2 2
OPPONENTS TOTAL 0 0 5 5 3 3 6 6 2 2

Detroit Lions Punting Statistics

PUNTING STATISTICS
Player Punts Avg Touchbacks/g IN 20 Long Blck
Sam Martin 29 48.9 6 7 72 0
TOTAL 29 48.9 6 7 72 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 29 44.2 2 10 63 0

 

PUNT RETURN STATISTICS
Player Returns FC Yds/Ret Long TD
Micheal Spurlock 16 6 7.9 57 0
TOTAL 16 6 7.9 57 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 15 3 3.2 11 0

 

KICK RETURN STATISTICS
Player Returns Yds Yds/Ret Long TD
Micheal Spurlock 7 140 20.0 23 0
TOTAL 7 140 20.0 23 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 13 310 23.8 32 0

 

DEFENSE STATISTICS
Player Comb Total Assist Sck Fumb
DeAndre Levy 49 37 12 0.0 0
Stephen Tulloch 46 31 15 2.0 0
Chris Houston 29 24 5 0.0 0
Glover Quin 25 22 3 0.0 0
Rashean Mathis 23 20 3 0.0 0
Louis Delmas 26 15 11 0.0 0
Ndamukong Suh 18 15 3 2.5 1
Bill Bentley 20 13 7 0.0 0
Darius Slay 16 13 3 0.0 0
Willie Young 17 12 5 2.0 0
C.J. Mosley 12 9 3 0.0 0
Ashlee Palmer 12 8 4 0.0 0
Ezekiel Ansah 16 7 9 3.0 2
Nick Fairley 12 5 7 1.5 0
Don Carey 6 5 1 0.0 0
Devin Taylor 5 4 1 1.0 1
Israel Idonije 4 3 1 0.0 0
Rocky McIntosh 8 2 6 0.0 0
Tahir Whitehead 4 2 2 0.0 1
Travis Lewis 4 2 2 0.0 0
Jonte Green 3 2 1 0.0 0
Brandon Pettigrew 2 2 0 0.0 0
DeJon Gomes 2 2 0 0.0 0
Joique Bell 2 2 0 0.0 0
John Wendling 5 1 4 0.0 0
Larry Warford 1 1 0 0.0 0
Corey Hilliard 1 1 0 0.0 0
Jason Jones 1 1 0 0.0 0
Dominic Raiola 1 1 0 0.0 0
Nate Burleson 1 1 0 0.0 0
Justin Bannan 1 0 1 0.0 0
Matthew Stafford 1 0 1 0.0 0
Kris Durham 1 0 1 0.0 0
TEAM TOTAL 385 274 111 12 5
OPPONENTS TOTAL 397 282 115 9

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INTERCEPTION STATISTICS
Player Int Yds Yds/Int Long TD
DeAndre Levy 4 75 18.8 66 1
Glover Quin 2 57 28.5 42 0
Louis Delmas 2 2 1.0 2 0
Chris Houston 1 4 4.0 4 0
Stephen Tulloch 1 0 0.0 0 0
TOTAL 10 138 13.8 66 1
OPPONENTS TOTAL 4 70 17.5 35 1
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