Detroit Lions Game Preview: Preseason Week 2 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Detroit Lions (1-0) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 PM EST

Where: Ford Field – Detroit, Michigan

Weather: Game will be played in domed stadium

TV/Radio: WJBK-TV FOX 2/News Talk 760 | WJR-AM

Line: Detroit -2.5, Over/Under 40.5

Injury Report:

Cincinnati

Mario Alford WR Ankle Questionable
Andrew Billings DT Knee Out
Tyler Eifert TE Ankle PUP List
Jeremy Hill RB Finger Probable
William Jackson CB Pectoral Doubtful
Tyler Kroft TE Knee Out
Brandon LaFell WR Hand Questionable
Rey Maualuga LB Undisclosed Probable
Cedric Ogbuehi T Toe Doubtful
Brandon Thompson DT Knee PUP List
Corey Tindal CB Concussion Probable
Andrew Whitworth T Undisclosed Questionable

Detroit

Ameer Abdullah RB Shoulder Probable
Jonathan Bostic LB Foot Doubtful
Eric Ebron TE Lower Leg Questionable
Corey Fuller WR Foot PUP List
Deonte Gibson DE Knee Questionable
DeAndre Levy LB Undisclosed Questionable
Matthew Mulligan TE Undisclosed Probable
Brandon Pettigrew TE Knee PUP List
Glover Quin S Ankle Probable
Caraun Reid DT Ankle Doubtful
Corey Robinson T Undisclosed PUP List
Darius Slay CB Undisclosed Questionable

Three things to watch for:

  • On-going position battles: Look for players from both teams who are trying to win jobs and be on the final 53-man roster come week one of the regular season to make an impact tonight.
  • Detroit’s offensive line play: The O-Line for the Lions was ‘shaky’ in the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Many eyes will be focused on rookie left tackle Taylor Decker as he looks to shake off and put the game against the Steelers behind him. He’ll be matched up with another solid pass rusher in Michael Johnson.
  • Who steps up at linebacker for the Lions: DeAndre Levy was activated off the non-football injury list this past Tuesday. He vows he’ll be ready to play come week one of the regular season and will likely not see any time during the preseason to keep healthy. That being said, Tahir Whitehead will be really the only projected starter playing tonight when talking about the linebacking corps. That gives Josh Bynes and Kyle Van Noy plenty of time to prove themselves and show the coaching staff who deserves to be the third starting linebacker on Detroit’s defense.
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Prediction

Lions 20 Cincinnati 13

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