Lions lose first home game since 2006, lose 4-1 to Bengals
DETROIT — The Detroit Lions’ loss at home to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday snapped a four-game winning streak in their first home contest in nearly three months, as the team lost the first of four consecutive games since 2006.
Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) and linebacker DeAndre Levy (ankelic) both missed the game.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) and running back Reggie Bush (anklic), who were limited to nine carries, combined for just one rushing touchdown.
Detroit trailed 21-3 early in the fourth quarter and never recovered.
“We have to start somewhere,” said Stafford, who completed 12 of 25 passes for 124 yards.
“If we don’t, I’m just going to keep throwing the ball and hopefully we’ll win the game.”
The Lions (7-5) opened their next four games with a win over the Cincinnati (5-7) Lions on Saturday.
The Bengals won for the second time in three weeks after a season-opening win at Houston on Dec. 28.
Lions running back James Starks, who scored a career-high 73 yards in the win over Houston, was limited to 17 carries for 44 yards.
The Lions lost linebacker Anthony Zettel to a season ending left ankle sprain.
Detroit’s last home loss was Nov. 29, 2006, to the Minnesota Vikings.
Stafford said the Bengals were not playing well and the offense didn’t seem to be in sync.
“I think they’ve been playing better, so they’re not playing at the same level as they’re used to playing at,” Stafford said.
I know we’re going to have to find some way.” “
It’s a big challenge, but you’ve got to find a way to win.
I know we’re going to have to find some way.”
Stafford was sacked four times and had four interceptions.
The Vikings were outgained 320-133.
The Bears, who have won three of four, led by as many as 17 points at halftime.
The loss snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Lions, who are 5-7 at home.
The Ravens (4-9) have won four straight, including a 16-3 win at Detroit in 2010.
Baltimore won for just the second straight game at Ford Field.
They opened the scoring with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Michael Campanaro.
Detroit had its biggest lead at 14-3 late in the second quarter.
Stafford was intercepted by Bengals safety James Ihedigbo.
Lions receiver Brandon Pettigrew returned a fumble for a touchdown, while running back Theo Riddick caught a pass in the end zone.
Riddicks interception on the play led to a fourth-and-1 for the Ravens.
On the next play, Riddicked was picked off by Bengals linebacker Anthony Barr, who was tackled at the 2.
Barr recovered at the 3.
“The best thing you can do is get some consistency,” Stafford told reporters.
“That was just a bad decision.
The ball got caught in the air and it should have been a touchdown.”
Lions running backs Andre Williams and Joique Bell each scored touchdowns on their first carries.
Lions cornerback Tavon Wilson returned a punt 64 yards for a score, while Riddells interception at the 1 put the Lions ahead 21-0 at halftime and gave them a 17-3 lead.
Stafford then threw two interceptions, one of which was intercepted and returned for a TD.
The first interception came on a short pass intended for Bell.
He was hit by linebacker Michael Johnson, who had a diving grab to tie the game at 27-27.
Bell ran it into the endzone for a 24.
On second-and/or third down, Riddles interception put the Bengals in field goal range.
Stafford threw a touchdown pass in overtime to Pettigross, who broke a tackle on the drive and ran the length of the field.
He scored on a 5-yard TD run to the Bengals’ 23.
“There were a lot going on in there,” Stafford added.
“Some of the plays we were making that weren’t very good were really good plays.
We made some plays that didn’t look like we were going to make, so we’re still trying to figure it out.”
Lions receiver Golden Tate had two catches for 31 yards.
Rookie tight end David Njoku had two receptions for 23 yards.
Lions rookie running back Jahvid Best had two carries for 10 yards.
He returned an interception 49 yards for the first TD.
Stafford and Riddys fumble on third-and.
three put the ball at the Lions’ 7.
Riddles punt return gave the Lions the ball with 7:55 left in the first quarter.
The Colts scored on an 11-yard run by Andre Williams on a 2-yard screen pass from Jackson to Tate for a 13-0 lead.
Detroit started the drive on the Lions 27 with a 3-yard