It’s Week 6 of the NFL season, and the Detroit Lions still haven’t captured their first victory. Although they’ve been close, their NFL odds to win this week against Cincinnati put them at +150 for their money line.
There are some exciting options this week for bettors in the Lions’ game. Let’s break down some of Detroit’s betting potential in Week 6.
The Lions Suffer Another Tough Loss
The Lions lost another tough game, this time on the road against the Minnesota Vikings. They had a one-point lead with under a minute left in the fourth quarter, and Vikings’ quarterback Kirk Cousins made a few big plays.
That set up a game-winning field goal for the Vikings, who won 19-17.
Lions quarterback Jared Goff threw for 203 yards without a touchdown pass and one interception. D’Andre Swift carried the ball 11 times for 51 yards and one score.
Still, the Lions couldn’t convert their early offensive drives into touchdowns, settling for two field goals in the first half. Late in the game, the Lions finally capitalized on a Vikings turnover and scored a touchdown. They then went for the two-point conversion and took the lead.
However, the big story was Vikings’ backup running back Alexander Mattison (who filled in for Dalvin Cook) and his stellar performance against a Lions’ defense that has been weak against the run. Mattison carried the ball 25 times for 115 yards, with seven catches and a receiving touchdown.
A Mattison fumble late in the game almost gave the Lions their first win of the season. But, alas. The Lions have shown vulnerabilities when it comes to stopping strong running backs.
How Do the Lions Matchup Against the Bengals?
The Bengals have had somewhat of a strange season. They lost a challenging overtime game last week against the Green Bay Packers 25-22. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 281 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Out of the Bengals’ first five games, four have been decided by only a field goal.
What does that mean for the Lions going into Sunday?
For starters, the Lions at least covered the 10-point spread last week against the Vikings. The current spread for the Lions stands at +3.
I’m not too convinced the Lions can win this week at home. So maybe you’d want to think about teasing those three points up by half a point. I’m guessing that this game will end with a late field goal.
The Lions are averaging under 20 points per game, while the Bengals are about three points above that marker.
So, you could use that half a point in your favor.
I don’t see these two teams scoring more than average, so rather than a money line wager, there might be some value to picking your own over-under total.
The current line sits at 48.5 (-110). So there’s certainly some value for an under down at 43.5 (+150) to 45.5 (+120).
There’s even greater value for a different spread, with the Bengals winning margin will be between 1-6 (+310).
This is one of those games where you might have to dig a little bit to find the best bet for you.
Bengals vs. Lions: A Close Game?
It’s going to be another close game when the Bengals take on the Lions in Week 6. I don’t see much scoring potential in this game except for a few breakout plays. But I believe that this will be a low-scoring, defensive matchup.
What do you think about the Lions’ betting odds in Week 6?
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