NFL Picks: Detroit Lions vs Cincinnati Bengals NFL Betting Odds Week 13: Head coach Marvin Lewis is looking to wrap up the franchise’s second winning season in 19 years on Sunday, as the (8-3) Cincinnati Bengals [-13] host the lowly sports betting odds underdog (2-9) Detroit Lions [+13] today.
Paul Brown Stadium will be the sight for this inter-conference matchup, which has an opening kickoff scheduled for 1:05 PM ET (10 AM PT) on FOX. According to NFL Betting Odds makers at BETUS.com, the OVER/UNDER for this Detroit Lions vs Cincinnati Bengals Week 13 encounter has been set at a projected combined total of 42 points scored.
Statistically, this game spells nothing but trouble for the visitors. Detroit comes into this game with the worst ranked defense in the league, giving up 394 yards per game. To make matters worse, this ‘D’ seems to be getting worse as the season heads towards a conclusion.
Last Thursday night, the Lions allowed the Green Bay Packers to rack up a total of 422 yards, in a losing (34-12) effort. In the last three games, Detroit’s defense has surrendered an average of 451 yards.
"Our emphasis is bend but don't break," (LB) Julian Peterson said on the team’s official site. "We don't care how many yards a team gets. If we can keep the score within a reasonable amount, or even better no points at all, it gives the offense a much better chance to make those last-minute drives.
"We have to do our best to keep the game manageable so (the offense) doesn't have to get out of their game plan."
For the Bengals, this magical season can be credited in part to their ability to run the ball on at a consistent and satisfactory pace. In his second year in stripes, Cedric Benson has worked like a charm for this team and now, he’s back and healthy to try and clinch the AFC North.
Cincinnati comes into this game ranked in the NFL with 133 rushing yards per game. "If teams aren't going to give us certain throws, we're capable of running the ball," Carson Palmer said. "We've proved that. We've worked extremely hard on it, and we're going to continue to do that because it's been a winning formula for this team. It works for this team."
But in the self-centered world of Chad whatever his name is these days, drama is a must, as the loudmouth receiver has been complaining about touches. "Now next week, we've got the Detroit Lions. Things need to change," Ochocinco said. "Now the roles need to be reversed. I'm speaking on behalf of myself and the receiving corps – we would like to throw the ball 50 times next week."