TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 20, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Ford Field
Weather: High 55, Low 38
Line: Detroit (-2.5)
After a much-needed win in week six, the Detroit Lions will be looking to extend their streak to two games with a win over yet another team from Ohio. Taking down the Cleveland Browns was not as big of a challenge as they will face in week seven. Matthew Stafford has led this team to a surprising 4-2 start and the Lions look like a serious contender in the NFC North for the second time in the last three seasons. Equalling their win total from a season ago, the Lions have been much-improved. Stafford has passed for 1,772 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season, hitting his favorite target in Calvin Johnson 24 times for 377 yards. Going forward without Nate Burleson will be tough, but when you have a rookie tight end in Joseph Fauria grabbing five touchdowns on the season, you can consider yourself lucky. Reggie Bush has been a great addition to this team, running for 376 yards and a score while catching 20 passes for 261 yards and two scores.
On the other side of the field, the tough test standing in the Lions’ way of a 5-2 start is the Cincinnati Bengals. Also sitting at 4-2, the Bengals are in first place in the AFC North and are looking to extend their lead in the division with a win in Detroit. Andy Dalton has received a lot of criticism this season for his lack of big numbers with guys like Tyler Eifert, Mohamed Sanu and A.J. Green to throw to, but he has done well in recent weeks after a slow start. Dalton has 1,552 yards and eight touchdowns on the season, completing 37 passes to Green who also has 464 yards and a team-high four touchdown catches. Giovani Bernard has emerged in the run game as the rookie has split carries with veteran running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The rookie has 237 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the season.
Defensively, the Lions are nothing to write home about. Almost exact opposites of the offense, the Lions’ defense ranks 26th in the league in yards allowed per game while having the third-worst rushing defense in the league, allowing over 120 yards per game on the ground. The Bengals rank eighth in the league in total yards allowed per game and also in the top-10 in almost all defensive categories.
PREDICTION: Bengals 21, Lions 28