The Cincinnati Bengals look to continue their great season with a victory this Sunday at 1:00PM ET against a struggling Detroit Lions franchise.
The Lions were crushed 34-12 by the Packers in Week 12 as an 11.5-point underdog, while the combined score went under the posted total of 48 points. Calvin Johnson caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford in the loss, which was essentially the Lions’ only highlight of the day.
The Bengals defeated the Browns 16-7, while failed to cover as 13-point favorites in Week 12. The combined score went under the posted total of 39 points as Carson Palmer threw for 110 yards with a touchdown in the win. Larry Johnson added 107 rushing yards on 22 carries.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com have made the Bengals 13-point underdogs against the Lions in Week 12, while the over/under total for this game has been set at 42 points.
Even though Cincinnati failed to cover against a bad Cleveland team last week, we still favor them this Sunday against a brutal Detroit squad. The Bengals are 3-0 against the spread againt the Lions in the past three games and 5-1 against the number in their last six games when playing Detroit.
The Bengals’ rushing attack of Cedric Benson and Larry Johnson should find plenty of success against a Lions defense that is allowing over 110 yards per game on the ground this season. On the other side, the Lions’ suspect running game will have trouble moving the ball against a Cincinnati front seven that is allowing only 81.9 yards per game on the ground this year.
The Lions are allowing 30.5 points per game this season, while the Bengals have suffocated opponents by allowing just 15.8. Our free pick prediction for this game is Cincinnati –13 and the over, which has hit in four of Detroit’s last five games when playing Cincinnati.
Our NFL Week 13 Free Pick for this matchup is: CINCINNATI BENGALS –13 and OVER 42.
347 Detroit Lions +13 Over 42
348 Cincinnati Bengals –13 Under 42
Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Detroit is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 7 games
[OL] 08/07/2009 - Damion Cook IR ( Tricep )
[DE] 08/24/2009 - Jared DeVries IR ( Achilles )
[LB] 08/18/2009 - Cody Spencer IR ( Knee )
[SS] 08/20/2009 - Daniel Bullocks IR ( Knee )
[S] 10/13/2009 - Eric King IR ( Shoulder )
[WR] 10/05/2009 - Adam Jennings IR ( Ankle )
[DE] 10/22/2009 - Copeland Bryan IR ( Leg )
[CB] 11/02/2009 - Demarcus Faggins IR ( Upper Body )
[LB] 11/29/2009 - Ernie Sims "?" Sunday vs. Cincinnati ( Hamstring )
[OL] 11/17/2009 - Stephen Peterman out indefinitely ( Ankle )
[S] 11/18/2009 - Marquand Manuel IR ( Shoulder )
[S] 11/29/2009 - Kalvin Pearson "?" Sunday vs. Cincinnati ( Hamstring )
[CB] 11/16/2009 - Jack Williams IR ( Knee )
[WR] 11/29/2009 - Derrick Williams "?" Sunday vs. Cincinnati ( Hip )
[DE] 11/29/2009 - Dwayne White "?" Sunday vs. Cincinnati ( Toe )
[SS] 11/25/2009 - Ko Simpson IR ( Knee )
[TE] 12/01/2009 - Brandon Pettigrew IR ( Knee )
[DE] 11/26/2009 - Turk McBride injured last game, "?" Sunday vs Cincinnati ( Stinger )
[TE] 08/03/2009 - Reggie Kelly IR ( Achilles )
[WR] 09/06/2009 - Antonio Chatman IR ( Ankle )
[TE] 08/31/2009 - Ben Utecht IR ( Concussion )
[C] 08/24/2009 - Dan Santucci IR ( Foot )
[S] 11/13/2009 - Roy L Williams IR ( Forearm )
[DE] 10/20/2009 - Antwan Odom IR ( Achilles )
[LB] 11/30/2009 - Keith Rivers is upgraded to probable Sunday vs. Detroit ( Calf )
[WR] 11/09/2009 - Chris Henry IR ( Hand )
[RB] 11/30/2009 - Cedric Benson is upgraded to probable Sunday vs. Detroit ( Hip )
[RB] 12/02/2009 - Bernard Scott "?" Sunday vs. Detroit ( Toe )
[DT] 12/02/2009 - Tank Johnson "?" Sunday vs. Detroit ( Knee )
[DT] 12/02/2009 - Domata Peko "?" Sunday vs. Detroit ( Knee )
[WR] 12/02/2009 - Laveranues Coles "?" Sunday vs. Detroit ( Chest )
[LB] 12/02/2009 - Rey Maualuga "?" Sunday vs. Detroit ( Foot )
Posted: 12/6/09 7:25AM ET