Watch out for the Detroit Lions, who are starting to look like a team on the rise after scoring back-to-back wins. They should be taken even more seriously if they took down the Indianapolis Colts this coming Sunday. The Colts, however, have a defense to reckon with and are coming off a long rest. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Indianapolis Colts vs Detroit Lions Regular Season Week 8 Game on November 1, 2020
Where: Ford Field, Detroit
When: Sunday, November 1, 2020, 2:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Indianapolis Colts (-3)
Regular Season Record: 4-2
Philip Rivers has been getting plenty of criticism this season, but the critics didn’t have much to say in the Colts’ Week 6 31-27 win at home over the Cincinnati Bengals before taking a rest in Week 7. Rivers was in his vintage form in that game, completing 29 of 44 passes for 371 passing yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Credit should also be given to Indianapolis’ pass protection, as Rivers was only sacked once for zero-yardage loss. Indianapolis has the best pass protection in the NFL, with a 2.88 offensive sack percentage and just six sacks allowed on the season. Indianapolis’ offensive line can expect little resistance against Detroit’s pass rush that hasn’t generated much pressure for opposing quarterbacks. The Lions only have eight sacks this year and are 26th overall with a 3.64 defensive sack percentage. That same Colts’ offensive line should be able to create running gaps for Jonathan Taylor, who is leading the team with 367 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 89 carries (4.1 yards per carry). The Lions, on the other hand, are 26th with 131.8 rushing yards allowed per game.
The over is 3-1 in the Colts’ last four road games.
Betting on the Detroit Lions (+3)
Regular Season Record: 3-3
Matt Stafford just reminded everyone why he’s one of the most dangerous quarterbacks when trailing in the clutch. Stafford engineered a game-winning drive that ended with a TJ Hockenson receiving score in the Lions’ 23-22 come-from-behind win on the road over the seemingly cursed Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. The Lions are now on a two-game win streak after a 1-3 start to the season. They are on a groove right now, which makes them a testy team to face, considering how good they are feeling right now. Sometimes, it’s just all about that. The Colts have a stout defense, but it’s not impenetrable, as shown in their shock loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 and to the Cleveland Browns in Week 5. Stafford, who passed for 340 passing yards and a touchdown with zero interceptions on 25-of-36 completions against the Falcons, can always turn to Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, pass-catching back DeAndre Swift, and Hockenson in the team’s passing attack. Speaking of Swift, the rookie is starting to gain ground in the backfield and even just led the Lions’ backfield in snaps against Atlanta, so expect him to be a featured weapon both in rushing and passing plays.
The over is 8-2 in the Lions’ last 10 home games.
The Colts win, 24-20.
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