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Bengals vs Lions Picks, Predictions & Betting Preview NFL Week 6

Bengals vs Lions Picks, Predictions & Betting Preview NFL Week 6
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This is what it’s come to for the 0-5 Detroit Lions. There are already sportsbooks offering odds on them going 0-17 this season. The Lions are already one of only two NFL teams to record an 0-16 campaign.

Getting off the snide isn’t likely to happen in Week 6. The last time the Cincinnati Bengals, this week’s visitors to Ford Field, lost in the Motor City was during the first term of the Nixon Administration.

The Bengals are 3.5-point road favorites in the NFL picks to extend their unbeaten streak in Detroit to 50 years.

Take a look at Bengals vs Lions odds, injury report, betting lines and more.

Bengals vs Lions Key Matchups

Joe Burrow vs Jared Goff: Both starting QBs for this game were taken first overall in their NFL Draft year. Burrow (2020) is displaying why he was first overall. In his second season, the Bengals are 3-2. They won one game in 2019. Goff (2016) is showing why the Los Angeles Rams gave up on him. Goff is 23rd in the NFL among starting QBs with a passer rating of 91.

Ja’Marr Chase vs Lions Secondary: Bengals WR Chase looks a solid play on betting apps for NFL OROY. He’s second in the league with 5 TD receptions. Chase joined HOF Randy Moss (1998) as the only players in the Super Bowl era aged 21 or younger with 5+ receiving TDs in their team's first five games of a season.

Cincinnati’s Red Zone Offense vs Detroit’s Red Zone Defense: The Bengals are the NFL’s No. 3 red zone offense, clicking at 80.0%. The Lions are the No. 30 red zone defense at 84.6%.


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5 Key Bengals vs Lions Stats

6: Number of fumbles by Goff this season, which leads the NFL. Since entering the league in 2016, Goff has committed 81 turnovers, third-most of any player over that time.

1-2: Cincinnati’s record this season against the NFC North. The Bengals beat Minnesota and lost to Green Bay and Chicago.

0:00: Time left on the clock after the opposition scored the winning points against Detroit in two games this season. The Lions are the first team in NFL history to lose twice in the same season on field goals of 50+ yards on the game’s final play.

1970: Year of Cincinnati’s last loss at Detroit. The Lions won 38-3 at Tiger Stadium on September 27, 1970 in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Cinci is 5-0 at Detroit since.

2+: Number of TD passes by Burrow in each game this season. He’s the second sophomore QB in the Super Bowl era with at least 2 TD passes in each of his first five games of the season. The other? Dan Marino.

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Bengals vs Lions Player Props

Bengals QB Joe Burrow, Under 282.5 Passing Yards

Odds: -115 at DraftKings

Burrow has gone over this total just once in five games.

Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase, Over 72.5 receiving yards

Odds: -115 at PointsBet

Chase is averaging 91.2 yards per game.

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Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase over 5.5 receptions

Odds: -115 at DraftKings

Quality receivers feast on Detroit’s dismal secondary.

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Bengals vs Lions Moneyline

In this battle of cats, the cats you should be going with are the Bengals. Along with their five straight wins at Detroit, the Bengals have won six in a row overall against Detroit and nine of the last 10. The Lions posted their most recent win over the Bengals at Cincinnati in 1992.

However, the Bengals are a disappointing 2-17-1 straight up over their past 20 road games. They’re also 2-5 SU in their last seven games against the NFC North. It’s the Lions, though. Whatever betting sites you use, go there and take Cincinnati on the moneyline all day long. You can get the Bengals -175 at BetMGM.

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Bengals vs Lions Point Spread

This is just the second time all season in NFL spreads that the Bengals are a point spread favorite, but they are 1-0 against the spread in that scenario. Cincinnati is 1-4 ATS in its last five games as the favorite.

The Bengals are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a road favorite and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a loss. Detroit is 4-1 ATS in its last five home games and 4-2 overall in the last six games. Still, considering Cinci’s history at Detroit, lay the points and take the Bengals. You can get the Bengals -3.5 (110) at DraftKings.

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Bengals vs Lions Totals

Early action in NFL betting caused the opening total of 49 points to dip as low as 47 at some sportsbooks. It’s climbed back up slightly to 47.5 points. Just one of Cincinnati’s five games this season has gone over that total.

Detroit is 2-3 on the over/under and two of five games have climbed above 47.5 points. The under is 4-0 in the last four games played by both the Bengals and the Lions. The being said, the total has gone over in four of the past six Lions-Bengals games. We’ll stick toward the current trend and go with under 47.5. You can get Under 47.5 (-106) at FanDuel.

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About the Author

Bob Duff for Bookies.com
Bob Duff
A veteran journalist based in Windsor, Ontario, Bob Duff has covered the gambling and sports betting industry since 2016. He has written more than two dozen books.