5 Key Matchups for Detroit Lions vs Cincinnati Bengals

1. CB Darius Slay vs WR AJ Green

Slay has been able to lock down the best of the best this year and here is another opportunity for him. AJ Green is capable of single handedly breaking this game open, if he was not going up against Slay.

2. Lions O-line vs Bengals Pass Rush

Lions will start their 10th different O-Line combination. The Lions have had a bad to horrible O-Line all year. Stafford is on pace to be sacked the most times in a single season of his career. The sack total could be even higher, but Stafford has been credited for breaking 20 tackles in the pocket– most in the NFL.

3. WR Marvin Jones vs CB Dre Kirkpatrick

Marvin Jones is having a career year. He is only 30-yards away from 1,000 for the first time in his career. Not only that, but he is going up against his old team. Players in these situations normally have a little extra in the tank for these games.

Jones will be covered by Kirkpatrick who has had his good moments this year but those are not an every game occurrence. I expect Jones to have a very big game in this one.

4. Lions RB’s vs Bengals Run Defense

The Bengals run defense is the worst in the NFL this season, so if the Lions want to get a 100-yard game out of a RB this is the game to do so. That being said, who would it be? In order to get 100-yards, the Lions will need to give most of the carrys to a single RB. Abdullah was bunched for fumbling, Riddick was benched in the second half of last game after his fumble late in the 2nd quarter last game, Green is a raw prospect who has not done anything since his first career carry of 33-yards, and Zenner is just not good enough.

5. C Graham Glasgow vs DT Ryan Glasgow

Brother vs brother matchup that should be fun to watch. Both Glasgow brothers went to the University of Michigan, and both were drafted in the NFL. Graham a C/G was drafted in the 3rd round in the 2016 draft to the Lions as Ryan was a 5th round pick in the 2017 draft to the Bengals.

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