Betting Preview: Can Lions Get 1st Win Over Favored Bengals?

Betting Preview: Can Lions Get 1st Win Over Favored Bengals?
By Lou Monaco

The Detroit Lions (0-5) return home to face the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (FOX).

The Lions have lost four of their five games by 10 points or less, including two by two points on heart-breaking, last-minute field goals.

Detroit is 3.5-point underdogs at Michigan sportsbooks BetMGM MI, Caesars, DraftKings and PlayUp and are slight moneyline underdogs at +150 (BetMGM, PlayUp) and +155 (DraftKings MI, Caesars).

The Bengals, who dropped a 25-22 home overtime decision to Green Bay last Sunday, are moneyline favorites of -175 (BetMGM) and -180 (Caesars MI, DraftKings, PlayUp) in NFL betting.

Over/under total point totals on all four sites range from 47.5-48 at Michigan online gambling sites.

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Watch the Quarterbacks

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow completed 26 of 38 passes for 281 yards with two TDs and two interceptions in the Packers loss and had to be taken to the hospital after the game to be evaluated for a possible throat contusion. He is expected to play Sunday.

Lions quarterback Jared Goff completed 21 of 35 passes for 203 yards with no TDs and one INT last Sunday. You know he is just craving to get back on the field again to erase that zero TD performance from last week. Running back D’Andre Swift totaled 104 yards of offense with a TD last week.

The Bengals have won the last six meetings against the Lions, including 26-17 in their last game on Dec. 24, 2017.

Who Will Win?

Prediction: If you can believe it, this could be one of the best games of the day.

The Bengals have proven they can win on the road with that 24-10 triumph over the Steelers on Sept. 26, and would like to redeem themselves from that Packers’ loss last week.

Four of their five games have been decided by three points.

The Lions have been banging on the door for their first win of the season, and the team has been playing hard for first-year head coach Dan Campbell.

Detroit is at home, and I think have had it. Goff will throw for a couple of TDs, Swift will have two TDs and total over 100 yards again and wouldn’t it be apropos for the Lions to win their first game on a field goal. I think they do. Lions 27, Bengals 24.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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