Detroit Opens As A Home Underdog Against Well-Rested Indianapolis Colts

Written By Drew Ellis on October 26, 2020 - Last Updated on October 29, 2020

Don’t look now, but the Detroit Lions are a .500 football team.

Following a dramatic win over the Atlanta Falcons, the Lions find themselves at 3-3 on the season.

Now, Detroit returns home to host the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (CBS) with a chance to become a winning team.

Will Michigan sports bettors opt to ride the momentum with the Lions, or will the Colts play spoiler?

Oddsmakers like the Colts on the road

Despite back-to-back wins for the Lions, Detroit finds itself as a home underdog this Sunday.

Oddsmakers are listing the Colts as a 2.5-point favorite on the road in most cases. DraftKings has the Colts as a 3.5-point road favorite currently. (Odds below as of 10:30 a.m. ET Oct. 29.)

Colts at Lions Week 8 oddsBetMGMDraftKingsFanDuelPointsBetWilliam Hill
Point spread
(-110 juice unless noted)
IND -2.5 -121
DET +2.5 +100
IND -3
DET +3
IND -2.5 -130
DET +2.5 +106
IND -2.5 -125
DET +2.5 +105
IND -2.5 -125
DET +2.5 +105
MoneylineIND -167
DET +140
IND -150
DET +132
IND -164
DET +138
IND -150
DET +130
IND -160
DET +140
Total points
(-110 juice unless noted)
0 50.5
U 50.5
O 50
U 50
O 50 -105
U 50 -115
O 50
U 50
O 50
U 50

The opening over/under is listed at 51 points for most sportsbooks. BetMGM has it at 50.5 points.

When it comes to the moneyline, the Lions are getting anywhere from +130 to +140 odds. The Colts are anywhere from –150 to -162.

Lions can even all-time series with Colts

The Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts have met 43 times in their history, and they have been pretty even. The Colts lead the all-time series 21-20-2.

In their last meeting on Sept. 11, 2016, the Lions snapped a four-game losing streak to the Colts with a 39-35 win in Indianapolis.

The underdog has covered the spread in the last three meetings, and the over has hit in the last three between these two.

Indy has struggled to cover in road games, going 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six away games. Detroit, however, is just 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games.

The early public betting is siding with the Lions, as Detroit is getting about 55% of the wagers on this game.

Lions manage unlikely comeback against Falcons

The Lions seemed to be certain for a loss on Sunday in Atlanta. But some things went their way to pick up a 23-22 win.

An ill-advised touchdown by the Falcons with just over a minute to play gave the Lions a chance to make something happen and Matthew Stafford did that. Stafford drove the Lions 75 yards on eight plays and found T.J. Hockenson on an 11-yard TD pass as time expired.

Following a penalty for celebrating, Matt Prater booted a 48-yard extra point to give the Lions the win.

The back-to-back wins for Detroit have to be partly attested to an improvement in the defense.

Heading into the bye week, the Lions had the league’s worst rushing defense. However, the Lions gave up just 44 rushing yards to Jacksonville and only 66 to the Falcons.

On Sunday, Detroit was without top corners Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman due to hamstring injuries. Their status for this week is unknown at this time.

Matthew Stafford had one of his best games of the season against the Falcons, throwing for 340 yards on 25 of 36 passing.

Kenny Golladay continues to improve his upcoming salary, as he caught six passes for 114 yards in the win. Golladay is over 100 yards in his last two games as he is pursuing a new contract.

Colts will be fresh in Detroit

Indianapolis had a bye in Week 7, giving the Colts a chance to rest up for the Lions.

The Colts are 4-2 on the season after a 31-27 win at home over the Bengals in Week 6. Indianapolis overcame a 21-0 deficit in that victory.

The defense has been the strength for the Colts in 2020, as they are giving up just 19.2 points and 301.8 yards per game. Their run defense is allowing only 88.3 yards per game.

Offensively, the Colts aren’t pretty on offense, but effective. Indy is averaging 26.2 points and 367.2 yards per game this year.

Philip Rivers joined the roster after 16 years with the Chargers. He has thrown for 1,598 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

Rivers has spread the ball out well, as seven different receivers have over 100 yards and four over 180. One of those targets, tight end Mo Alie-Cox is dealing with a knee injury that caused him to sit out against the Bengals.

Rookie running back Jonathan Taylor has been a workhorse in the backfield, rushing for 367 yards and three touchdowns on 89 carries.

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Drew Ellis has lived in Michigan his whole life, and has been writing professionally for the last 21 years. Ellis has covered anything from youth baseball in mid-Michigan, a top-25 college football program, and pro sports in the Detroit area. Always keeping busy, Ellis also has over 10 years of experience in covering sports betting, handling all major sports.

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