Bengals – Lions Open Thread

The Cincinnati Bengals host the Detroit Lions at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati today. RB Cedric Benson returns to the lineup after two weeks resting a hip injury, but the Bengals will be without starting DT Domata Peko and RB/KR Bernard Scott in their bid to secure just the second winning season in the last 20 years. Peko is out with a knee injury, while Scott is battling turf toe.

With Scott out, Larry Johnson moves into the No. 2 RB role.

Also inactive today for the Bengals are usual suspects Jerome Simpson and Crash Dummy. RT Andre Smith will see his second straight week of live NFL action.

Topics: Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions

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  • david

    Lions get the ball first, pick up a first down but stall. Bengals get a nice return from Cosby, and set up shop on their 40.

  • david

    And the offense wastes the good field position…sigh. Bengals punt, Lions ball on the 20 after a touchback.

  • david

    Lions rack up some more yards and firsts but are forced to punt. Punter lets go a poor punt and another good return by Cosby sets the Bengals up around their 35.

  • david

    Bengals make it across midfield before the offense self-destructs: delay of game penalty, holding penalty, interception. Lions ball on their 46.

  • david

    And the Lions cash in with a bomb to Megatron. 7-0 Detroit.

  • david

    Bengals get the ball, promptly commit a hold, get buried deep and punt. Detroit ball again at the Detroit 15. Bengals look like complete crap today.

  • david

    End Q1. Lions up by 7. Bengals offense has been horrible. Can’t run (Benson has 13 yards on 7 runs), can’t pass (Palmer is 3/8 for 34 yards and a pick), and can’t stop Detroit (K. Smith has 22 yards on 4 carries, 90 yards passing for the Lions already). Ugh, ugh, ugh.

  • david

    Fanene puts the bengals on the board with a 54 yard pick 6! At least the D can score! 7 all.

  • david

    Palmer to Chad for 36 yards & a TD. This is more like it.

  • david

    Lions miss a 55 yard FG. Why not go for it on 4th and 2? Smith is averaging 4.6 yards a carry right now. Bengals ball in good field position.

  • david

    And they waste it AGAIN. Bears ball on their 15.

  • david

    Excuse me, Lions ball. Anyhow, Lions give it back, Cincy hits a couple long passes and The Franchise nails a 44-yard FG with :14 left. 17-7 Bengals.

  • david

    17-7 Bengals at halftime. Ugly game by Cincinnati. Palmer is barely over 50% passing, with 129 yards and 1 TD to go with his pick. Offense has managed just 10 points and accounts for nearly all the 50 yards in first-half penalties. Benson is averaging 3 yards a carry versus 4 a lug for Kevin Smith. Stafford’s stats, 7/18, 99 yards, a TD and a pick, are about the same as Palmers’. Both Chad and Megatron have 4 grabs for 70+ yards.

    Elsewhere, Pitt is struggling against Oakland, leading just 10-6 at the half. Schaub has gone out with an injury in Houston and Jax is pounding them 20-7. Denver, NE and Indy all winning at the moment.

  • david

    Bengals open the half by driving 67 yards in nearly 7 minutes…for a chip-shot FG after they stall out at the Detroit 11. Look, I’ll take the points, but they need to score TDs in the red zone. That kick brings to 13 the points scored by the O today. 20-7 Bengals.

  • david

    Lions go 3 and out. Bengals set up on the 45 in Detroit territory.

  • jeremy

    What happened to chad johnson… i can’t see the game it said he was injured… will he be back?

  • david

    Bengals driving, Palmer sacked, fumbles, Lions ball at midfield…sigh.

  • david

    Apparently Chad is OK, went off on his own, was joking on the sideline.

  • david

    Detroit goes 3 and out, nearly bury the Bengals at the 2 but an illegal touch brings it back to the 20.

  • david

    Bengals drive to the Detroit 6 and….FG

    Sigh.

    Dan Coats = useless in the passing game.

    23-7 Bengals.

  • david

    Tank goes down, appears to be serious…

  • david

    Walked off under his own power, tho. Losing him + Peko would be huge.

  • david

    Hard Knocks hero Tom Nelson with the pick!!!

  • david

    And the Bengals give it back. Palmer throws his second pick. Lions driving from their 48…now to the 35.

  • david

    And the Bengals fail to cover. Detroit scores with a minute and a half left. 23-13 Bengals after a failed 2 point try.