Lions vs. Bengals Point Spread: NFL Week 16 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Dec 20, 2017


The Detroit Lions kept their playoff hopes alive with a 20-10 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 15. They will need to win out and get a little help if they are going to have any shot at making the playoffs as a Wild Card.

December 24, 2017, 1:00 PM ET
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Pointspread -3.5 -105
Moneyline -180
Over / Under o +43.5


Betting Action


Pointspread +3.5 -115
Moneyline +150
Over / Under u +43.5


Betting Action


This week, the Lions will face a team that’s all but tapped out on the season. The Bengals have looked listless in back-to-back weeks and know that their head coach is leaving at the end of the season. Will they put up any type of a fight in their final home game of the year?

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Cincinnati fell to 5-9 straight up and 7-7 against the spread after failing to cover in back-to-back blowout losses to Chicago and Minnesota. The Bengals are 3-4 SU and ATS at home this season. As a dog, they are 1-6 straight up and 4-3 ATS.

Meanwhile, the Lions have been excellent on the road this year with a 5-2 record including a 4-2-1 mark against the spread. It’s not often that they’re a road favorite but are 3-10 ATS in that road since 1992.

Detroit Lions

The Lions have been a very predictable team this season: they beat bad teams but struggle against the league’s elite. On the year, they are 8-6. They are 4-0 against teams with a losing record but 4-6 against teams above .500.

There is potential to be a very good team if the offense can avoid mistakes and the defense can perform at even an average level. That was the case last week when Matthew Stafford threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Meanwhile, the Detroit defense gave up 314 passing yards but intercepted rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky three times to provide some support for the offense. Last week’s win marked the first time since Week 11 that Stafford didn’t turn the ball over and it will be important for him to build on that. The Lions haven’t been able to establish a consistent rushing attack all season, so as usual, things will be on his shoulders.

The Bengals have been held to seven points in each of their last two losses, looking like they’ve quit on the season. The Lions have plenty to play for and the Bengals don’t. As long as the Lions don’t play sloppy and give the Bengals life, they should roll over pretty easily.

Cincinnati Bengals

The disconnect between the Bengals and head coach Marvin Lewis has seemed obvious over the course of back-to-back losses to the Bears and Vikings. Cincinnati suffered an obvious letdown against Chicago following an emotional collapse against the Pittsburgh Steelers but they just didn’t have an answer against Minnesota this past week. The Bengals defense, which was considered the strength of the team, has been hit hard by injuries.

Meanwhile, quarterback Andy Dalton has had arguably the worst season of his career. Dalton completed just 11-of-22 pass attempts for 113 yards and two interceptions in last week’s 34-7 loss to Minnesota. His top target, A.J. Green, was held to two receptions for 30 yards on four targets. Green should have a better performance against a suspect Lions secondary but only if Dalton is able to get him the football.

Lions vs. Bengals Prediction