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.