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NFL Week 16 expert picks: Everyone in Detroit is picking the Lions over the Bengals

Almost everyone is picking the Lions to win their ninth game of the season on Sunday.

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It’s game day!

The Detroit Lions are in need of a win Sunday to keep their playoff hopes alive going into Week 17. As long as Detroit can come out with a win (and the Cowboys and Seahawks don’t tie), the Lions will have a clinching scenario for the final week of the season.

The Cincinnati Bengals are the team standing in their way, and according to most experts, it’s not much of a roadblock. In the five sites we source for expert picks, only four individuals are picking the Bengals to upset the Lions in Cincinnati.

Take a look:

National analysts:

ESPN: 8 of 9 picked Lions
SB Nation: 7 of 8 picked Lions
CBS Sports: 7 of 8 picked Lions
Pro Football Focus: 9 of 9 picked Lions
Sports Illustrated: 5 of 6 picked Lions

Total: 36 of 40 picked Lions (90.0%)

Although only Pro Football Focus is the only unanimous choice, it’s still pretty clear that the Lions are heavy favorites in this game, according to analysts.

Locally, you’d be hard pressed to find a single soul that expect the Bengals to win.

Local analysts:

MLive: 2 of 2 picked Lions
Freep: 4 of 4 picked Lions
Detroit News: 4 of 4 picked Lions
Detroit Jock City: 7 of 7 picked Lions
Pride of Detroit: 9 of 9 picked Lions

Total: 26 of 26 picked Lions (100%)

That’s right. 100 percent of those covering the Detroit Lions expect them to come home with a win on Sunday.

Let’s hope that’s the case, so that we can have one more week of playoff hopes.

Now it’s time for you to pick. Who wins Sunday?


Who do you think wins on Sunday?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    Cincinnati Bengals
    (122 votes)
  • 88%
    Detroit Lions
    (930 votes)
1052 votes total Vote Now

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