In light of today’s game vs the Detroit Lions, I spoke with Zac Snyder of the Side Lion Report, and here is what he had to say about some of the intriguing storylines in this matchup of division leaders.
1. Matthew Stafford and Detroit’s offense vs defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and his defense will be quite a battle. What is the one area Zimmer has to focus on the most in the Lions offense that will allow the defense to slow Detroit down?
ZS: The Lions like to throw the ball and when given the opportunity, Matthew Stafford has been doing a nice job of getting rid of the ball quickly. The Bengals will need to be strong in coverage in hopes of buying their pass rushers enough time to make life difficult on Stafford. That is how the Packers were able to slow down the Lions offense although Calvin Johnson didn’t play that day.
2. What areas of the Bengals defense do you think the Lions will attack?
ZS: I think the Lions will have some opportunities to exploit the Bengals secondary (other than Leon Hall) but I would look for the Lions to attack the Bengals linebackers. The thought of Reggie Bush getting matched up with Vontaze Burfict or Rey Maualuga in space should scare the Bengals coaching staff.