Cincinnati Bengals vs Detroit Lions Betting Preview
The Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) head to Detroit to take on the Lions in week six NFL action. Both teams are coming off of heartbreaking losses, with the Bengals losing in overtime to the Packers 25-22, while the Lions, for the second time this season, lost on a last-second field goal. Both teams will look to get back in the win column for week six.
The Bengals come into this matchup 2-3 ATS, 1-1 ATS on the road, and five of their six games have Under.
In 2021 the Lions are 3-2 ATS, 2-0 as the Home & Home underdog, and three of their five games have gone over.
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Betting Lines & Odds
BetUS opened the line with the Bengals as the -3.5 road favorite, with the point total set at 47.5.
- Moneyline: Bengals -180 | Lions +155
- Over/Under: 47.5 O/U -110
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Preview: In Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase, We Trust
The Bengals fell just short after Kicker Evan McPherson missed two potential game-winning field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime. The Bengals drop to 3-2 on the season, but there are a lot of positives with the Bengals going into week six.
Former LSU Tigers Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase showed their chemistry yet again, putting on a show in Cincinnati. The duo formed a lethal combination hooking up six times for 159 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown. Chase is on fire, collecting five touchdowns in his first five games.
Be that as it may, the offense has been inconsistent so far in 2021. The offensive line hasn’t done the best job protecting Burrow as the Packers’ defense sacked the quarterback three times and forced two interceptions. In fact, Joe Burrow has been put on the ground 14 times in just five games.
The Cincinnati defense was plagued by inconsistency as well, picking off Aaron Rogers in the first quarter but falling apart as the game progressed. The passing defense in particular has not performed to expectations conceding 344 yards in the air to Aaron Rogers and 250 yards per game to opponents.
Detroit Lions Betting Preview: Will the Lions Ever Win?
The Detroit Lions were left heartbroken yet again after losing on a last-second field goal to the Vikings. After scoring six points in the first half last week, the Lions came roaring in the second half picking off Kirk Cousins that resulted in a field goal and forcing a fumble at the one-yard line and driving all the way down the field for a D’Andre Swift rushing touchdown. On top of that, the Lions got a successful two-point conversion to take the lead with 30 seconds left.
Of course, it wasn’t enough as that was enough time for Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins to drive down the field and set up a game-winning field goal, and the Lions lost their fifth straight.
“You want it for everybody, man. You’ve got to earn one. We’re this close. We haven’t done it,” said Head Coach Dan Campbell.
Overall, the Lions’ performance is encouraging after they’ve lost their third close game by one possession in 2021. The defense, in particular, has responded really well, showing a ton of resiliency, and you can bet on them with BetOnline at +160.
Detroit’s defense has recorded six takeaways this season, including an interception and a forced fumble last week. Jalen Reeves-Mayin, in particular, has responded over the last three games forcing a fumble, recovering a fumble, and forcing an interception.
Bengals vs Lions Prediction
The Bengals are the better team on paper; they have young playmakers on both sides of the ball and are fighting for the top spot in the AFC North. However, Cincinnati has been hot and cold, and they will play a highly motivated Detroit team that is putting the pieces together. With Detroit playing at home, I think this is the game the Lions finally break out.
I like the Lions in this one but take the points just in case they lose on another last-second field goal and make sure to check out all NFL betting odds and lines on BOVADA.
Prediction: Lions +3.5