Finally back at home after what seemed like the world's longest road trip, the Detroit Lions will try to win in consecutive weeks against their AFC neighbors to the south this weekend, as the Cincinnati Bengals visit town on the back end of an Ohio double header.
Packing a solid offensive and defensive punch, the 4-2 Bengals resemble the 4-2 Lions in plenty of ways. Perhaps the most notable ways these teams double each other? A "Jekyll and Hyde" look on the road and at home for both clubs, which could play a role with the Lions returning to Ford Field. Mickey Mentzer, contributor at Cincy Jungle, thinks there is certainly a difference between the Bengals at home and on the road this season.
Mentzer also fills Lions' fans in on what is setting Cincinnati's tough defense apart, what match up the Bengals must watch out for Sunday when Detroit has the ball, and talks about the great play of Bengals' rookie runner Giovani Bernard.
(1) Lions 101: The Bengals have played more than a few close games this season, winning all three at Paul Brown Stadium. Despite this, Cincinnati is only 1-2 away from home, picking up their lone road win in overtime against Buffalo after stumbling late. Is there a big difference in the Bengals when they're away from home?
MM: It seems so. The Bengals should have beat the Chicago Bears. A late game letdown paired with an outstanding second half from Jay Cutler allowed the Bears to steal one. The Steelers game is the only game where the team dominated. (Dominated the Steelers, that's just fun to say right?) But, beating the Packers and the Patriots are both quality wins.
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