Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati RB
Bernard set career highs in rushes (15), receptions (six) and receiving yards (72) last week and should see even more action this week against a Detroit defense that won’t blitz much and put the rookie in tough pick-up situations.
Adam Jones, Cincinnati CB
With Terence Newman not practicing Wednesday and Thursday, Jones should get his second consecutive start. Expect the Lions to employ formations that will force the Jones, not Leon Hall, to try to cover Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Kevin Zeitler, Cincinnati G
The second-year right guard, who is a big reason why the Bengals have rushed for more than 160 yards in back-to-back games, will line up opposite disruptive Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in one of the biggest tests of his young career.
Joique Bell, Detroit RB
Reggie Bush is the Lions’ top back, but Bell has proven to be a versatile weapon himself. He ranks fourth in the NFL in receiving yards by a running back with 245. He has yet to score on a catch this season but does have three rushing TDs.
Nick Fairley, Detroit DT
WhileSuh draws most of the attention, both from the media and opposing offenses, Fairley is capable of being just as disruptive with 5.5 sacks and an additional 5.5 tackles for loss in his last 12 games.
Joseph Fauria, Detroit TE
The Bengals have allowed opposing tight ends to score touchdowns in three of their six games this year, and Fauria, a rookie from UCLA, has been a TD machine this season with five of his seven catches resulting in scores.