This Week Today: The Detroit Lions Gear Up For The Cincinnati Bengals

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The Detroit Lions need to win their remaining two games, and the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, or Carolina Panthers to lose their next two games. There are other convoluted and incredibly unlikely scenarios in which the team makes a postseason appearance, but this is the one that matters. Here are the stories this week that paint the picture of the Detroit Lions.

Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press doesn’t believe that the Lions defensive stats reflect the actual quality of the defense. He makes a big deal about the five games in which the Lions have allowed 20 or fewer points. Currently, eight teams average fewer than 20 points allowed in the 2017 season. The Lions defense has allowed 24.2 points per game. They have earned a number 25 ranking in that stat. There are players having good individual seasons, but the defense as a unit has allowed fast starts to terrible offenses all seasons.

Kyle Meinke of wrote an interesting article about Graham Glasgow, the Lions only player to play every offensive snap for the Lions in 2017.

Justin Rogers of the Detroit News called attention to the fact that Matthew Stafford has avoided 20 sacks with his legs in 2017. He is on pace for a career-high in sacks taken, but the line has done him no favors.

T. J. Lang has been doing these videos on all year. If you have not been watching “Talking with T. J.” you’ve been doing yourself a disservice. The players have been surprisingly honest at times, and surprisingly amusing in others.

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Adam Schefter of ESPN announced that Marvin Lewis will not be returning as the Bengals coach. The Bengals looked like they had absolutely quit on the season last week. The Lions are hoping that there will be a similar performance from the Bengals this week.

Josh Alper of reported that the Bengals are returning Vontaze Burfict, Joe Mixon, and Dre Kirkpatrick to the line up this week, at least in terms of practice. Bengals fans are undoubtedly hoping that this talent infusion results in a better performance from the team than last week.


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Ash Thompson
Ash Thompson is a fanatical football fan, and less fanatical hockey fan despite his Canadian heritage. He is sorry aboot that. His spirit animal is a beaver with a shark's head. He enjoys maple syrup and tacos, but never at the same time.