This game will feature 2 of the top 5 WRs in the game (CJ and AJ) and should be very entertaining to watch. Before the season, I would have given the Lions the edge, but with Burleson’s broken arm and Ryan Broyles’ iablitly to make an impact thus far, I have changed my tune. The Lions 2nd and 3rd leading receivers are RBs (Bush and Bell), their 4th leading receiver is injured (Burleson), and their 5th leading receiver, though he has size (6’6” 216 pounds), has just 16 receptions for 215 yards and goes by the name of Kris Durham.
Who you ask? My point exactly. With the emergence of Jones and Sanu last week, the Bengals have 2-3 “#2” WRs who are each better than the Lions current #2.
The Bengals have the best 2 TE set in the NFL with Gresham and Eifert combining for 43 receptions and 426 yards. The surprising thing is that neither have a TD. The Lions, on the other hand, have 5 TDs from their TE – all 5 coming from their 3rd string TE Joseph Fauria. While the Lions do not use their TEs much, Fauria – at 6’7” – is a threat near the goal line. He may only have 7 catches for 66 yards, but of his 7 catches, 5 are TDs. However, though the Lions may be more likely to score with a TE, the Bengals are more capable of hurting the Lions with their TEs.