Detroit Lions: Takeaways from the 27-24 Loss to the Cincinnati Bengals

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Detroit Lions: Takeaways from the 27-24 Loss to the Cincinnati Bengals
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The Cincinnati Bengals drove into Ford Field and escaped with a hard-fought 27-24 win over the host Detroit Lions. Mike Nugent nailed a 54-yard field goal as time expired to secure the victory.

With the win, the Bengals improve to 5-2 and remain in first place in the AFC North. All of their division rivals are playing in late games.

The Lions fall to 4-3 with the loss. As Chicago lost 45-41 to Washington, Detroit remains tied with the Chicago Bears for the NFC North lead. The Lions do hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with Chicago.

Next up for the Lions are the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys thumped the Philadelphia Eagles, 17-3, to improve to 4-3. They will be the third consecutive first-place opponent the Lions have faced, after the Cincinnati Browns and Bengals. 

This game was close, as widely expected. It's a hard loss, but not one totally devoid of positives.

Here are my initial takeaways from the game.

 

All stats are from ESPN, unless indicated otherwise. 

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