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Colts vs Lions Game Preview

Indianapolis ColtsDetroit Lions
Dec 2, 1:00 PM | Turf of Ford Field

Indianapolis Colts vs Detroit Lions Odds


The Indianapolis Colts are 5-1 SU and ATS over their last six games and will try to stay hot Sunday when they visit the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Detroit is 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS over its last three games.

Detroit is just 5-12-1 ATS over its last 18 games. Indianapolis is 2-11 SU in its last 13 road games but has won two of its last three games on the road.

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Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back the visiting Colts in this one found them as 3.5-point underdogs earlier in the week, while the total was settling in the neighborhood of 51 at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The game pits the Lions, currently No. 14 in our OddsShark NFL Power Rankings, against the Colts, who rate No. 17 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 23-20 victory for the Lions.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 24.3 PPG, against a Colts defense that ranks No. 22 this week at 24.8 PPG. The Lions aerial game is averaging 312.5 yards per game, more than the Colts secondary allows through the air, 233.8 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Colts feature the league's No. 22-rated road run defense, allowing 126 yards per game. Detroit, meanwhile, ranks No. 26 in rushing offense at home.

The Colts were a 20-13 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bills. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score (33) made winners of UNDER bettors. Indianapolis won its last game, 20-13 over Buffalo on Sunday, behind a 102-yard receiving performance from Reggie Wayne at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Detroit was a 34-31 loser in its last match at home against the Texans. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 65 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. In Detroit's last outing, Matthew Stafford threw for 441 yards in a losing cause against the Texans, 34-31 at Ford Field.

Indianapolis Colts Trends:
When playing in December are 6-4
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing outside the division are 5-5

Detroit Lions Trends:
When playing in December are 6-4
When playing on turf are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing outside the division are 6-4

A few Colts at Lions trends to consider:
Indianapolis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indianapolis's last 6 games
Indianapolis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Indianapolis's last 24 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
Detroit is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
Detroit is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Indianapolis
Detroit is 5-12-1 ATS in its last 18 games

Next up:
Indianapolis home to Tennessee, Sunday, December 9
Detroit at Green Bay, Sunday, December 9