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Lions vs. Bengals Preview with Zac Snyder of the Side Lion Report

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Oct 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) makes a pass reception against Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

3. How is Calvin Johnson and that knee injury, and what percentage do you think he’ll be operating at Sunday?

ZS: Reports out of practice this week were more encouraging than last week so it sounds like the knee is getting better. He was able to play last week but clearly wasn’t himself. Tough to say what percentage he’ll be playing at, maybe 80%.

4. How do you foresee the Lions stopping the Bengals offense?

ZS: They probably don’t get the credit they deserve but the Bengals have one of the best offensive lines in football. Going up against what might be the defensive line in the NFL, the matchup of the Bengals offense and the Lions defense is all about the line of scrimmage. The Lions need to stop the run first and get pressure up the middle. Fortunately, they have been better against the run so far this year and Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are the best pass-rushing DT combo in the game.