Indianapolis Colts vs. Detroit Lions Betting – NFL Week 8, 2020

By Admir Aljic in NFL
| October 26, 2020 1:13 pm PDT

We’re heading into November, as the 2020 NFL betting action goes on with Week 8 matchups including the interconference showdown at Ford Field in Detroit where the Lions welcome the Indianapolis Colts.

These two foes haven’t met each other since 2016 when the Lions outlasted the Colts 39-35 in Indianapolis, while the Colts have won four of their previous five encounters with Detroit.

I bring you the best Colts vs. Lions betting pick and odds for November 1, 2020, so let’s take a closer look. 

Colts vs. Lions Odds

Colts -2.5-125
Lions +2.5+105
Colts to Win-160
Lions to Win+140
Over 50.5-110
Under 50.5-110

The 4-2 Colts are coming off a bye, opening as slight 2.5-point road favorites to beat the 3-3 Lions. If you fancy the Colts’ chances, this is the right spread to bet on. However, if you want to back the hosts, you need to buy at least a point and cover a field-goal range.

Assessing the Indianapolis Colts

Indy suffered a tough 32-23 loss at the Cleveland Browns in Week 5, but the Colts bounced back with a 31-27 home victory over the Cincinnati Bengals before going on a bye. They overcame a 21-0 deficit, as Philip Rivers finally had a good game, tossing for 371 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception.

The Colts’ defense is one of the best in the league. They allow only 19.2 points per contest (4th in the NFL) on 88.3 rushing yards (3rd) and 199.7 passing yards (2nd). However, their offense hasn’t impressed, averaging 26.2 points (14th) on 98.0 rushing yards (28th) and 265.2 passing yards (10th).

Philip Rivers has tossed for 1,598 yards, seven touchdowns, and six interceptions thus far. Rookie Jonathan Taylor has 89 carries for 367 yards and three scores, while T.Y. Hilton accounted for 20 receptions and 242 yards without a single TD.

Detroit Lions Analysis

The Lions barely outlasted the Atlanta Falcons 23-22 as 1.5-point road dogs in Week 7 to record their second straight victory. Detroit is also 3-1 straight up and ATS over their previous four outings.

After conceding a TD with 1:04 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Lions took advantage of the Falcons’ terrible defense. T.J. Hockenson scored an 11-yard TD pass as the time expired, and Matt Prater converted the PAT to lift the Lions over Atlanta.

Detroit’s defense is finally on the right track, allowing 38 points in total over the previous two showings. The Lions are yielding 27.5 points per game (20th) on 131.8 rushing yards (26th) and 248.7 passing yards (20th).

They are scoring 26.0 points in a return (15th) on 108.5 rushing yards (18th) and 245.7 passing yards (20th).

Colts vs. Lions Betting Pick

If you’re looking for a 7-point NFL teaser next weekend, the Detroit Lions are your team. There’s no way the Colts will beat Detroit by 10 or more points on the road.

Indianapolis lean on its stout defense, and the Colts are coming fresh off a bye, but their offense will have problems moving the ball even against the Lions’ shaky defense.

Detroit has improved defensively over the last two weeks. The Lions’ confidence should be sky-high as they are searching for their third straight victory, so I’m backing the hosts to keep it close. The Colts are only 1-7 SU and 2-5-1 ATS in their previous eight road contests.

Pick
  • Detroit Lions +3.5
    -110

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