What to Look For - Week 7: Bengals v Lions

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Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) makes a catch against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

 

When the Lions Throw the Ball:

If Nate Burleson was playing and Calvin Johnson were completely healthy, I would be giving the Lions the edge. However, Burleson is out with a broken wing and Johnson is clearly not 100% healthy with his knee – just 3 catches for 25 yards in Cleveland. With the Bengals secondary finally healthy, they should be able to effectively double up on a gimped Johnson and the other secondary players should be able to match-up well against Durham and Pettigrew.

The biggest concern in the passing game may be how the Bengals elect to deal with Bush. Bush is the Lions #2 receiver and is very dangerous out of the backfield. Expect to see the Bengals in a lot of nickel packages (meaning few Harrison sightings) and try and get a DB on Bush. If Bush gets on a LB (or Taylor Mays), bad things could happen for the Bengals. Because the Lions are not healthy, I give the edge (slight) to the Bengals.

Advantage: Bengals

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