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Bengals vs Lions: Position by Position Breakdown

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Jul 26, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas (26) walks onto the field before training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Safeties:

For not having great safeties, the Bengals have found themselves having the safety advantage quite often this year (maybe that tells you the state of the safety position in the NFL). George Iloka has played well and Reggie Nelson is playing like Reggie Nelson plays. Glover Quin and Louis Delmas have 12 combined INTs over their 10 combined years. Nelson alone has 17 over his 7 years. His could be a big advantage on Sunday seeing that at least one of these guys will likely need to cover Eifert or Gresham.

Advantage: Bengals

Kickers:

Both kickers have 2 misses in 2013: Mike Nugent 8/10 and David Akers 10/12. However, given Akers’ career success and the fact that Nugent is coming off a bad (and nearly costly) miss last week, I am giving Akers the advantage (even if Nugent did redeem himself in OT).

Advantage: Lions

Coaches:

Another spot the Bengals rarely have the advantage, but with Jim Schwartz having a 26-44 career record and a history with discipline problems (himself and players), Marvin Lewis gets the advantage. If the Lions miss the playoffs, Schwartz could find himself polishing his resume.

Advantage: Bengals

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