Schedule Analysis, Week 7: Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions

Leon Halip

We continue our 2013 schedule analysis by taking a look at the Bengals' Week 7 game in detroit against the Lions.

Week 7: Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions

Date/Time: Oct. 20; 1 p.m. ET

Location: Ford Field; Detroit, Michigan

Bengals 2012 record: 10-6 (0-1 playoffs)

Lions 2012 record: 4-12

Offensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 17th
Lions: 2nd

Rushing:

Bengals: 18th
Lions: 23rd

Overall:

Bengals: 22nd
Lions: 3rd

Defensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 7th
Lions: 14th

Rushing:

Bengals: 12th
Lions: 16th

Overall:

Bengals: 6th
Lions: 13th

Head-To-Head Record:

7-3 Bengals (4-1 in Detroit)

Offseason Additions:

Bengals: LB James Harrison, LB Aaron Maybin, TE Alex Smith, G Mike Pollak
Lions: RB Reggie Bush, S Glover Quin, DE Jason Jones

Key Draft Picks:

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, RB Giovani Bernard, DE Margus Hunt, SS Shawn Williams
Lions: DE Ezekiel Ansah, CB Darius Slay, G Larry Warford

Overview:

Don't let the Lions' 4-12 record from 2012 fool you, the Lions are a good team. With Matthew Stafford behind center, Calvin Johnson at wide receiver and now with Reggie Bush in the backfield, the Lions have an even more potent offense that will be extremely hard to stop.

The Bengals' defense, especially the secondary will need to be on top of their game to slow down Stafford, Bush and Megatron and the offense will need to be prepared to score every time they touch the ball to keep up. If the Bengals play a great game, they should come home as winners, but if they struggle either offensively or defensively, there's a good chance the Lions will win. This won't be an easy game.

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