The Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals only face off every four years, but the last time the two teams met, it sent Detroit down a dark timeline. Since then, both teams have decided to go down the rebuild route. Three years ago, the Bengals said goodbye to Marvin Lewis and hired Zac Taylor to lead them on a new path. With a franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow in tow, the Bengals are on their way and after two tumultuous years, Cincy enters Week 6 with a winning record for the first time since 2018.
The Lions, meanwhile, are a couple years behind on the rebuild. Detroit nuked the entire team this offseason, changing their front office, coaching staff, quarterback and other key parts of the roster. In the nacency of this rebuild, the results are what you’d think they’d be. Detroit is winless despite a noticeable amount of fight and grit under Dan Campbell.
Which team will prevail on Sunday? We’ll be providing live updates from Ford Field as the game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET.
Detroit got the ball first and their offense had an uninspiring start. Two penalties pushed the Lions backward before a quick three-and-out. The Bengals quickly cashed in thanks to two third-down conversions. On the first, Joe Burrow found Tee Higgins for a 14-yard gain on third-and-9. On the second, former Michigan running back Chris Evans juked Jalen Reeves-Maybin out of his shoes, and Burrow found him for a 24-yard score. 7-0 Bengals.