The Detroit Lions are coming off a true rebuilding year in 2021 and are trying to develop players this season.
Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Colts have a lot of experienced starters whom they don’t need to play a large number of snaps in the preseason.
Does this mean the NFL betting odds in this one are as easy to handicap as the game reads? Let’s dive into this to see what the best options are for those who bet online.
The Detroit Lions played quarterback David Blough a lot in their loss to the Atlanta Falcons in their preseason opener. Blough threw 28 passes for Detroit while Tim Boyle got a decent amount of playing time in his backup role, throwing 16 passes.
Starting quarterback Jared Goff played one drive and threw four passes. You’re probably not going to see too much of a difference in workload in this game against the Colts.
Goff should get more playing time in Week 3 of the preseason.
In the running game, Jermar Jefferson got nine carries against the Falcons while lead running back D’Andre Swift got only four carries.
Tom Kennedy was targeted 12 times in the passing game. He caught eight balls against Atlanta. Lead receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown had only two catches. Devin Funchess had four. You’re going to see a backup-heavy lineup against Indianapolis.
If you’re eyeing the NFL odds, note that the Lions are now 0-4 in preseason games under Dan Campbell. That’s tough to back if you’re thinking of betting them in the sportsbook.
In the Indianapolis Colts’ 27-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills, starting quarterback Matt Ryan threw 10 passes. Coach Frank Reich clearly wanted him to get used to his offense.
Ryan will probably play one or two possessions in this game. He should get more playing time in Week 3 as the dress rehearsal for the regular season. This game against the Lions should feature the backups,
Expect the Colts to play both Sam Ehlinger and Nick Foles, particularly Ehlinger. Foles has familiarity with Frank Reich’s system from his days in Philadelphia with the Eagles, so Ehlinger is the guy who needs the playing time most of all.
Lions vs Colts Injury Report
Detroit receiver Josh Johnson didn’t play versus the Falcons and is questionable for this game. Rookie receiver Jameson Williams is out. Running back Greg Bell is on injured reserve.
Indianapolis cornerback Isaiah Rodgers, injured against the Bills, is in concussion protocol. Since this is the preseason, it’s highly unlikely he will play against the Lions. Offensive tackle Dennis Kelly is questionable, as is defensive tackle Chris Williams.
Lions vs Colts Head-to-Head
The teams last met in November 2020. The Colts won 41-21, in Detroit.
Lions vs Colts Game Information
- Game: Detroit vs Indianapolis
- Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
- Day/Time: Saturday, Aug. 20, 1 p.m. ET
- Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Lions vs Colts Betting Lines
|Detroit Lions||-1 -120||-130||39½-110o|
|Indianapolis Colts||+1 Ev||+110||39½-110u|
Lions vs Colts Prediction
The Lions have a lot more players who are battling for roster spots and need to prove themselves. Meanwhile, the Colts have more veterans who might get more snaps next week, not in this game.
On paper, this points to a Lions win but the Campbell effect doesn’t help here. Frank Reich is now 7-5 in preseason games and 3-1 in his last four. Look for the Colts to get the win and cover.