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Detroit has lost five straight games against Cincinnati

The Detroit Lions enter Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with their playoff chances on life-support. The Lions will need to beat a Bengals team that they are 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS against in their last five meetings just to keep those slim playoff hopes alive another week.

  • The Lions are 1-5 SU and ATS in their last six games against AFC North teams.
  • The Bengals are 11-3 SU and 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games after consecutive losses.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the Lions’ last five games against the Bengals.

Detroit handled its business in a 20-10 win over the Chicago Bears last Sunday, earning a second straight win and improving to 5-2 SU and 4-2-1 ATS over its last seven games. Matthew Stafford completed 75.8 percent of his passes and had two touchdown tosses in the win, eclipsing a 75 percent completion rate for the third straight game. The Lions are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games coming off consecutive wins.

Cincinnati mustered just seven points for the second consecutive week last Sunday in a 34-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The Bengals are 5-9 SU and 7-7 ATS on the season, locking in their second straight losing season after producing winning records over each of their previous five years. Cincinnati is 7-0 ATS in its last seven games played in Week 16.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors who were going with the Cincinnati Bengals in this one found them listed as 3-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Fans betting on totals have seen that number set earlier in the week at 43.5 for Sunday.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game picked a potential 25-23 result in favor of the Bengals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Detroit Lions vs Cincinnati Bengals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Detroit Lions will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Sunday, as they are 7-6-1 versus the spread this season, while the Cincinnati Bengals are 7-7 ATS. Detroit is 9-5 against the OVER/UNDER total, while Cincinnati is 6-6-2 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cincinnati vs Detroit injuries news.

The game pits the Bengals, currently No. 29 in our OddsShark NFL Power Rankings, against the Lions, who rate No. 16 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Cincinnati Bengals' No. 29-ranked offense (16.64 PPG) against a Detroit Lions defense that ranks No. 25 at 24.21 PPG. The Bengals passing attack has averaged 191.93 yards per game, less than the Lions give up through the air (251.29 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Lions own the league's No. 23-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 125.14 yards per game when on the road. Cincinnati, on the other hand, rates No. 30 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out, Detroit got 2 scoring strikes from Matthew Stafford in a 20-10 win over Chicago.

Cincinnati was hammered in its last outing, as Minnesota ran up a 34-7 score against them at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games
  • Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games on the road
  • Cincinnati is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Cincinnati is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
  • Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit home to Green Bay, Sunday, December 31
Cincinnati at Baltimore, Sunday, December 31