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Indianapolis Colts vs Detroit Lions Pick & Prediction, Fri Aug 27 07:00 PM

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Logo Indianapolis Colts
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Logo Detroit Lions
0
OPENNER
33

-1.5 -110
CURRENT
31.5o -110

-122
MONEYLINE
+102

27
SCORE
17

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Despite newly acquired starting quarterback Carson Wentz missing most of training camp with an injury, the Indianapolis Colts try to make it a perfect 3-for-3 in Friday night’s preseason finale. The Colts head to Ford Field after a close 12-10 win over Minnesota last week and a last-second win over Carolina in the first preseason game.

It’s been nearly the exact opposite for the Detroit Lions. After falling to Buffalo on a last-second field goal in the preseason opener, Detroit dropped a 26-20 decision to Pittsburgh last week.

Detroit also has a new guy under center this season in former No. 1 overall draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams, Jared Goff. After playing in the opener, Goff did not see the field last week.

Colts vs. Lions Preseason Week 3 Odds

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MONEY LINE: Colts -180 vs. Lions +150

SPREAD: Colts -3.5 (-110) vs. Lions +3.5 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 32.5 (-110) vs. Over 32.5 (-110)

Colts vs. Lions Betting Preview

Wentz has recently returned to practice for the Colts but is not expected to make his Colts debut in this one. Expect the Colts to use the game to get one final look at Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger to determine who will start the season as Wentz’s backup.

Eason had the better numbers last game in completing 16 of 27 passes for 132 yards, while Ehlinger struggled with two interceptions and a passer rating of 36.2.

For Detroit, the biggest headline is the status of running back D’Andre Swift. New head coach Dan Campbell stated Swift will not play in Friday’s preseason finale and all but said he does not expect the second-year back to be ready for the regular-season opener.

Colts vs. Lions Best Bet

Colts 17 - Lions 16

The Colts got good news with the status of Wentz returning to practice and all signs point towards him being ready for Week 1. Aside from the battle to win the backup quarterback spot, the Colts may not have much interest in this one.

Detroit on the other hand is still sorting through its roster trying to find answers and most likely will treat this game more like a regular-season contest compared to what the Colts do. Expect Goff to see a little more playing time in this one to build up some momentum heading into Week 1.

However, no matter who has been run out to the field, the Colts defense has looked good all preseason so it will not be easy sledding for the Lions. This could prove to be the deciding factor in this one.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Through the first two preseason games, the Colts defense has only surrendered one offensive touchdown. The lone score came in the second quarter against Carolina in Week 1.

2. Craig Reynolds has shined for the Lions. The third-year back has made a case to not only make the final 53-man roster but also gain some significant reps, even before the uncertainty of Swift. Reynolds has averaged 7 yards per carry in the preseason and has scored a touchdown in both of the Lions’ losses.

3. Rodrigo Blankenship’s job is not in doubt, but Eddy Pineiro has been a pleasant surprise for the Colts. The kicker who lost his job in Chicago after being injured has kicked the game-winning field goal each of the first two games of the preseason for Indianapolis. If Friday’s game is one again on the line, the Colts have two kickers they can now count on to boot a game-winner.

Best Bet: Detroit +3.5 (-110)

As mentioned above, the Lions have more to prove in this game than the Colts. The Colts have the better roster and have more depth than Detroit which is why this game will remain close throughout. We expect the Colts to pull out the win, but don’t be surprised if it comes down to another last-second field goal. If that is the case, the Lions still cover.

PREDICTION
Indianapolis Colts
18
16
Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts vs. Detroit Lions

Philip Rivers threw two of his three first-half touchdown passes to Nyheim Hines as the visiting Indianapolis Colts rolled to a 41-21 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Rivers passed for 262 yards and Jordan Wilkins led Indianapolis' rushing attack with 89 yards on 20 carries. The Colts (5-2) had 11 different receivers catch at least one pass.

Matthew Stafford passed for 336 yards and three touchdowns for Detroit (3-4), but he also had an interception returned for a touchdown and lost a fumble.

Marvin Jones Jr. caught three passes, two for touchdowns for the Lions, who were held to 29 yards on 13 carries.

Rivers passed for 194 yards by halftime to lift the Colts to a 20-7 advantage.

Detroit's lone score in the half came after a blocked punt. That put the Lions on the Indianapolis 32-yard line, and Stafford found Jones two plays later for a 25-yard score.

The Colts answered early in the second quarter with a four-play, 61-yard drive, capped by Hines' 22-yard reception.

Rivers threw two more touchdown passes before the half ended. The Colts drove 73 yards in 10 plays, with Rivers hooking up with tight end Jack Doyle for the final seven yards.

Late in the half, Rivers found Hines on a 29-yard play for a 13-point Colts lead. The extra-point try was no good.

A 68-yard drive pulled the Lions within six points early in the third. Stafford connected with Kerryon Johnson for the last nine yards.

A sack and Stafford fumble set up the next Colts touchdown. A pass interference call against the Lions extended the drive and Wilkins finished it off with a 1-yard run. He also scored on the two-point conversion try.

On the next play from scrimmage, Stafford's pass intended for Jones was picked off and returned 29 yards by Kenny Moore II for a touchdown to make it 35-14.

A 73-yard pass to Marvin Hall set up a 4-yard pass from Stafford to Jones that cut the Colts' lead to 14 with 12:15 left.

Indianapolis came right back with a 12-play drive, which tight end Trey Burton completed with a 2-yard run on a direct snap.

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