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Bengals vs Lions: Position by Position Breakdown

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Jan 1, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Line Backers:

This marks the 3rd week in a row the Bengals will face one of the 4 players tied for the NFL lead in INTs (4). 2 weeks ago it was Aqib Talib (NE), last week it was the rookie Kiko Alonso (Buff), and this week it is another LB in 5 year vet DeAndre Levy. Levy will likely have a few chances given the Bengals use of the 2 TE set, but the Lions other LBs are nothing to be concerned about. The MLB (Stephen Tulloch) is 5’11” and would be a favorable matchup to get Gresham or Eifert on, and their 3rd LB (Ashlee Palmer) has just 12 tackles. The Bengals on the other hand, have an all-around stud in Burfict, a former defensive MVP (Harrison), and a MLB (Maualuga) who is playing much better this year.

Advantage: Bengals

Corner Backs:

The Bengals have the advantage in skill, depth, and surprisingly, health. Chris Houston and Rashean Mathis have been banged up and not playing particularly well. Houston seems to be getting healthy, but Mathis is still being limited with a groin injury. That is good news for the Bengals. Also good news for the Bengals, it looks like they may have all their CBs this week. The biggest issue for both of these secondarys will be the size difference between the big receivers and short CBs.

Advantage: Bengals

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