The Bengals’ second preseason game is approaching, but before it arrives on Thursday night, read up on the stats and facts for the two teams and their all-time matchup.
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) at Detroit Lions (1-0)
Date/Time: Thursday, August 18th, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Series Leader: Bengals, 8-3 (Regular Season)
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis: 3-0, Jim Caldwell 1-3 (Regular Season)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on the Bengals Preseason Network with Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Anthony Munoz (analyst) and Mike Valpredo (sideline reporter).
WKRC-TV (CBS Channel 12) in Cincinnati. Also on the network are WKEF-TV (ABC Ch. 22) in Dayton, WSYX-TV (ABC Ch. 6) in Columbus, WLIO-TV (FOX Ch. 8.2) in Lima, WDKY-TV FOX Ch. 56) in Lexington, Ky. and WDRB-TV (FOX Ch. 41) in Louisville, Ky.
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Lions SB Nation: Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit)
Weather: 80 degrees with a chance for thunderstorms [Weather Underground]
Odds: Detroit, -2.5 [SB Nation]
- Andy Dalton’s 106.3 passer rating in 2016 was a Bengals season record.
- Dalton’s 25 TD passes to 7 INT is the best touchdown-to-interception ratio (3.6-to-1) in Bengals history.
- If the Bengals go to the playoffs in 2016, Andy Dalton will be the only QB to send his team to the playoffs for the first 6 seasons of his career.
- The Bengals open the season with 2 road games for only the second time since 1996.
- Dalton had 24 road wins in his first 5 seasons, an NFL record. The previous record was 23 shared by Dan Marino, Ben Roethlisberger, and Matt Ryan.
- A.J. Green is the only receiver since the AFL/NFL merger to start a career with 5 consecutive 1,000 yard seasons and 5 Pro Bowl nominations.
- The Bengals had more interceptions (21) than allowed touchdown passes (18) in 2015.
- Every Bengals’ first round pick since 2013 will be inactive due to injury for the matchup.
- Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah’s career high 14.5 sacks in 2015 rank as the second-highest single-season total in franchise history
- Punter Sam Martin re-set the team’s single- season record by completing the season with a 42.0 net punting average.
- Quarterback Matthew Stafford (67.2 pct; 398-of-592) re-set his own franchise record for the highest completion percentage in a single season in Lions history, breaking his record set in 2011 of 63.5-percent.
- The Lions led the NFL this past season in red zone efficiency with a touchdown-percentage of 69.4
- Last season Stafford became second in 400 yard passing games in a player’s first 7 seasons. Dan Marino leads with 10.
- In 2015 running back Theo Riddick set a Lions record for receptions by a running back in a season (80)
- In 2015, the Lions defensive line generated 82.0 total tackles for loss or no gain (3rd in NFL)