The NFL is set up with another great week of action on Sunday afternoon. Twelve games are up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these games will be between the Indianapolis Colts and the Detroit Lions. These two teams have struggled at times but have put up solid record throughout the season. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time.
The Colts have earned a record of 4-2 throughout the season, which has them in second place of the AFC South. Indianapolis is coming off a bye week, which was big to help get them back to healthy. The Colts are on the tails of the Tennessee Titans, who are on top of the division. Indianapolis will look to earn a big win in this one to close that gap.
Detroit has pushed their record to 3-3 throughout this season, which has them in third place of the NFC North. The Lions are a bit behind the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears, who lead the division. Detroit has won back to back games coming out of their own bye week. The Lions will look to stretch their winning streak to three with a win on Sunday afternoon.
These two teams have picked up their game this season, which has them battling for spots in the division. I expect each team to come out hot as they look for a huge win on Sunday afternoon. The Lions just got back to .500 and will need to keep winning if they want to keep up in the NFC North. Indianapolis is in a good position coming out of their bye week only one game behind the Titans.
Indianapolis’ last matchup was against the Cincinnati Bengals back in Week 6. Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard all had rushing touchdowns to give the Bengals a 21-0 lead. Trey Burton had a rushing and receiving touchdown to help bring the Colts back. Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes as Indianapolis came back to win 31-27.
The Lions met up with the Atlanta Falcons last week. D’Andre Swift scored the opening touchdown, but Todd Gurley and Calvin Ridley got touchdowns to give the Falcons the lead. Detroit led 16-14 late and Gurley scored a rushing touchdown to give Atlanta a late lead. Matthew Stafford drove the Lions down the field with less than two minutes left and capped off the win with a pass to T.J. Hockenson. The Lions won 23-22.
These two teams are coming off wins in their last matchup. The Colts have had their bye week since then, which will lead to them being well rested for this one. Detroit won their last game against Indianapolis back in 2016. The Colts had beat the Lions four times in a row before that win. I expect both teams to come out strong in this one as they look to keep up their start to the season.
Philip Rivers is the starting Quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts this season. Rivers has thrown for 1598 yards, 7 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Rivers has done well this season, but turnovers have been a slight issue for him. Last game, Rivers went 29-44 for 371 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. Rivers will look to put up similar numbers against the Lions.
Matthew Stafford is the starting Quarterback for the Detroit Lions. Stafford has been able to throw for 1580 yards, 10 touchdowns and 4 interceptions this season. He has had a very strong start to the 2020 campaign. Stafford finished last game going 25-36 for 340 yards and a touchdown to help the Lions win. Stafford will look to carry that momentum into this one.
The Lions have a slight edge behind Center with Stafford. Stafford has continued his brilliance into this season and has been helped by a revitalized rushing game. Rivers has continued to struggle with turnover issues, which he will look to avoid in this one. If the Lions can get pressure on Rivers early and often, it could force him to turnover the ball, which would give Detroit a huge edge.
Offense vs Defense
Indianapolis’ offense has been solid throughout this season, but it has been their defense that has shined. The Colts have been able to score 157 points throughout this season and gain 2179 yards, which is 14th and 19th in the NFL. Indianapolis has held their opponents to 115 points and 1728 yards on the season, which is 4th and 2nd in the league.
The Lions have seen their offense shine at times throughout this season, while their defense has struggled to find a groove. Detroit has been able to score 156 points and 2125 yards, which is 15th and 23rd in the NFL. The Lions have allowed 165 points and 2283 yards to their opponents, which is 20th and 22nd in the league.
The Lions have shined at times on both sides of the football but have been inconsistent. Indianapolis has been inconsistent on the offensive side of the ball, but their defense has been really strong. If either offense can get off to a strong start, it could help lead to a nice lead early. The Lions traded for Everson Griffen and if he can step up in this one, it could help out their defense on Sunday afternoon.
Indianapolis is on the road for this matchup, but coming off a bye week, I think that the Colts can earn a big win on Sunday afternoon. Indianapolis has looked really good on defense and with an extra week of preparation, I think they can slow down the Lions offense enough to give them the edge. If Philip Rivers can avoid turning the ball over in this one, it should be enough for Indianapolis to win.
BetOnline has the Colts listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Indianapolis on the road in this one. I agree with this line since the Colts are coming off a bye week against an inconsistent Lions team. If Indianapolis can jump out to an early lead, it should be enough to give them a victory on Sunday.