The Cincinnati Bengals try to keep pace in the AFC North race when they take on the host Detroit Lions in a Week 6 contest on Sunday. Cincinnati is coming off a 25-22 overtime loss at home to Green Bay, while the Lions lost for the fifth time in as many games, losing 19-17 at Minnesota. The NFL odds set for this game will help you determine how you want to bet online on this contest, so let’s take a closer look at them.
|Game: Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) at Detroit Lions (0-5) |
Location: Ford Field
Time: 1 p.m. ET
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Cincinnati has dominated, though the teams have only played 12 times since first meeting in 1970. The Bengals hold a 9-3 advantage against the Lions, winning the last six times.
The most recent meeting came in 2017 in Cincinnati, with the Bengals winning 26-17. The Lions have won only once in six matchups in Michigan, taking the first game between these teams in 1970.
Next game: at Baltimore
Missed kicks were the name of the game in the Week 5 matchup between Cincinnati and Green Bay. Bengals kicker Evan McPherson missed attempts with 26 seconds left in regulation and in overtime, as the Packers finally converted a kick in the extra period to earn a 25-22 victory.
Quarterback Joe Burrow had 281 yards and two touchdowns but he also was sacked three times and intercepted twice. Burrow was taken to a hospital after the game with a throat injury but was released the same night.
The Bengals were outgained 466-367 by the Packers but were able to hang in the game thanks to Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby’s struggles. The veteran was 4-of-7 on field-goal attempts and 1-of-2 on extra-point attempts.
Cincinnati fell to 2-3 against the spread, failing to cover the two points they were getting from the Packers. The Bengals are 0-1 when being favored in a game.
Burrow was diagnosed with a “throat contusion” after the Packers game and has been put on voice rest for the week leading up to the Lions game. He’s expected to play, but the team may go with more silent counts, especially on the road.
Running back Joe Mixon is listed as questionable for this game, though he had the same designation last week and carried the ball 10 times for 33 yards and a touchdown against Green Bay. Mixon has been dealing with a lingering ankle injury.
Next game: at Los Angeles Rams
The close losses continued for the Lions, who suffered their second two-point setback in three weeks. Detroit fell 19-17 to Minnesota after losing by that exact score — and on a last-second field goal both times — against Baltimore in Week 3.
This one saw a wild fourth quarter, as Detroit rallied from a 16-6 deficit to take a one-point lead on D’Andre Swift’s seven-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion pass from Jared Goff to KhaDarel Hodge with 37 seconds to play. But the Vikings drove 46 yards in five plays, capping the drive with Greg Joseph’s 54-yard field goal at the buzzer for the win.
Goff finished with 203 yards passing, including hooking up with Amon-Ra St. Brown seven times for 65 yards. Running back Jamaal Williams led the ground game with 13 carries for 57 yards.
The Lions did improve to 3-2 against the spread this season. Detroit is 2-0 in its home games this season, covering the spread despite being the underdog in both contests.
Both Swift and Williams have been slowed by injuries and are listed as questionable for this contest. Williams has a shoulder injury that has limited him in practice this week, while Swift has been bothered with a groin injury that has also limited his practice time.
Betting on the Game
The Bengals are slight favorites on the road, giving 3½ points, but both of these teams have played very close games of late. As stated above, Detroit has covered the spread at home as an underdog in both of its games at Ford Field this season, and the Lions also covered last week on the road.
Cincinnati could find the going tough against the Lions in this one, especially if Burrow is limited at all with his throat troubles. The Bengals offense has been a bit inconsistent, and Detroit has shown the ability to keep some strong teams in check on the scoreboard.
This is one of those bets that rely on your confidence in your team. Do Lions fans feel like they’ll win this game straight up and not need the points? If so, the moneyline provides a little more return. But considering Detroit has lost by two in two of its last three games, those fans might want to take whatever points they can.
Cincinnati fans might not be confident in winning by more than a field goal on the road, so a moneyline bet would be the better option when looking at the Las Vegas odds. The Bengals have had four of their five games decided by three points this season, which is certainly something to keep in mind if you’re deciding if you want to be giving 3½ points.
The total set for this game seems optimistic of these inconsistent offenses putting things together. Even at their best, the Bengals have yet to score more than 24 points in regulation this season. Detroit hasn’t broken the 18-point barrier since a 33-point explosion in its opener.
The safe bet when deciding on your NFL picks for this week is to stick with the under in this game. Neither team is completely healthy, and neither has shown much consistency offensively.