(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions both have elite wide receivers that demand attention and can alter the course of a game at any given moment.
But the two clubs also saw their supporting cast step up last weekend and will need all hands on deck this Sunday at Ford Field, where the Lions look to knock off the Bengals in Detroit for the first time in over 43 years.
The Lions and Bengals are both coming off Week 6 victories that have the clubs at the top of their respective divisions. Cincinnati has sole possession of the top spot in the AFC North with a 4-2 record for the first time since the end of the 2009 campaign, while Detroit has posted the same record to sit in a tie with Chicago atop the NFC North.
Detroit overcame a slow start last Sunday in Cleveland, where it outscored the Browns 24-0 in the second half to roll to a 31-17 victory. Matthew Stafford threw four touchdown passes, three of them to undrafted rookie tight end Joseph Fauria.
Stafford threw for 248 yards on 25-of-43 passing while also getting picked off once. Wide receiver Kris Durham led the Lions with eight catches for 83 yards, while Reggie Bush ran for 78 yards on 17 attempts and added another five receptions for 57 yards and a score.
Calvin Johnson, who sat out the previous weekend's 22-9 loss to Green Bay with a knee injury, was held to three catches on 25 yards and targeted eight times while playing fewer snaps than usual.
Fauria stepped up as all three of his catches went for scores and totaled 34 yards. He scored twice in the fourth quarter.
"There were some things we just didn't do well today in that first half," said Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz, whose club trailed 17-7 at the half. "The players knew it and knew that we just needed to make a stop and get a score to start the first half and we were right back into it."
Safety Louis Delmas credited linebacker Stephen Tulloch with rallying the team at halftime.
"I can definitely say that it was very emotional and very high. We came out with a chip on our shoulders in the second half and we knew that we didn't want to let our leader down and that was Stephen Tulloch," he said.
After playing four of their first six on the road, the Lions will host the Bengals and Dallas Cowboys before going on the bye. Detroit has won its previous two home games this season, 34-24 over Minnesota in Week 1 and a 40-32 decision against Chicago in Week 4.
"It is great to be at home. We have two in a row at home and we are going to have to play our best to come out with two wins. We have two good football teams coming in starting with the Bengals next week," said Schwartz.
History will be against the Lions, who are 3-7 all-time versus the Bengals and have lost each of the previous four meetings.
Detroit hasn't beaten the Bengals since Nov. 22, 1992 in Cincinnati and not at home since the first ever meeting between the clubs on Sept. 27, 1970.
The Bengals are 4-1 all-time in Detroit and won the most recent encounter between the clubs 23-13 at home on Dec. 6, 2009.
Cincinnati has strung together back-to-back wins since a 17-6 loss in Cleveland, besting the New England Patriots ahead of last weekend's 27-24 victory in Buffalo.
The Bengals allowed the Bills to score a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to force overtime, but Mike Nugent won it for the road team with a 43-yard field goal with 6:44 left in the bonus frame.