It’s a good week of football for the NFC North. The AFC North leading Bengals take on the NFC North leading Lions, the winner advances to 5-2. The one win Vikings are on the road on Monday night football to take on the win less Giants in the battle of meritocracy. The Bears take their winning streak into Washington to play the Redskins that are still trying to find their groove. Can the Bears avoid a trap game? Will RG3 look like the RG3 of last year? Finally, the injury riddled Packers enjoy a home game against the Browns who could be dangerous if they can pass protect for Brandon Weeden.
Shack and The Hack’s Game of the week
Cincinnati Bengals vs Detroit Lions
Shack: Both teams feature elite wide receivers. Both teams feature high octane offenses that have tendencies to disappear. Both teams have dominate players along the defensive line and defenses that can create turnovers. On paper, this game looks like a battle of evenly matched teams. If the Lions are going to beat the Bengals they will need to get one on one match ups with Reggie Bush and the Bengals linebackers and capitalize. The Lions have shown that when they run the ball successfully or at least exploit mismatches with Reggie Bush underneath that they can move the ball with ease. However, because the Bengals are so sound defensively and the Lions rely so heavily on turnovers this game may come down to quarterback play and I’ll take Matthew Stafford over Andy Dalton any day. If the Lions are going to win the NFC North they have to win their home games and this is a very winnable game.
Prediction: Lions win 31-27
The Hack: This looks like it’s going to be a fun and exciting game to watch for even the casual fan, let alone us Lions fans. Two 4-2 division leaders with explosive offensives going toe to toe on that fast track at Ford Field. Two of the Best receivers in the game with Calvin Johnson and A. J. Green. Two of the Best interior defensive lineman in Ndumakong Suh and Geno Atkins. I’ll bet Monday Night Football wishes it could figure out a way to switch this game with the dud they have coming up with the Vikings and Giants. Expect to see a healthier Megatron this week which will stretch out the field for everyone else. Matthew Stafford has to get more accurate in a hurry. This should be one of those old fashioned shoot-outs , with a total of points nearing 100.
Prediction: Lions- 45 Bengals-41