Colts-Lions Betting Guide for Week 8

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2021

Indianapolis Colts (4-2) at Detroit Lions (3-3)

The Indianapolis Colts visit the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Here’s our Colts-Lions Betting Guide.

All odds and lines from PointsBet, current as of Wednesday at 11 p.m.

Colts-Lions Betting Guide

Colts-Lions Odds and Betting Lines

  • Against The Spread: Colts -2.5 (-121) / Lions +2.5 (+100)
  • Moneyline: Colts (-150) / Lions (+130)
  • Total: 50 — Over 50 (-110) / Under 50 (-110)
  • Implied Team Totals: Colts 26, Lions 23.5

Colts come off bye on road in Motown as Lions look for third straight win.

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Colts-Lions Injury Report


  • WR Michael Pittman (leg), IR to return
  • TE Mo Alie-Cox (knee), Questionable
  • C Ryan Kelly (knee), Questionable
  • LB Darius Leonard (groin), Questionable


  • CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring), Questionable
  • CB Justin Coleman (hamstring), IR to return

Colts-Lions Players to Watch

Heading into the Colts’ Week 7 bye, IND RB Jonathan Taylor had four games in a row with less than 70 rushing yards. He faces a Lions rush defense that has looked very different since its Week 5 bye. In the past two games, this unit has allowed just 95 total rushing yards and 2 TDs, which both came last week from ATL RB Todd Gurley.

While this looks like a great matchup on paper for Taylor, most of the damage done against Detroit came in two games (Week 2 vs. GB and Week 4 vs. NO).

Colts-Lions Bteting Guide: Matthew Stafford faces tough test in Colts' pass defense
Lions QB Matthew Stafford has a tough Week 8 test in the Colts’ pass defense. (USA TODAY Sports)

The Colts may need to lean on IND QB Philip Rivers, like they did against Cincinnati in Week 6. Rivers went 29-for-44 for 371 yards and 3 TDs in that contest. He faces a Lions D that has allowed an average of 290.5 passing yards and exactly one passing touchdown in each of its two games since the Week 5 bye.

DET QB Matthew Stafford is coming off his highest passing-yardage total of the season (340) last week, but he faces a Colts defense that has allowed just 213.5 passing yards per game (3rd best) and 19.2 points per game (4th best).

It could be a tough go for Stafford, despite the QB having 2-plus TDs in half of his games this season.

Colts-Lions Weather Report

Ford Field is a dome, so no weather impact for Colts-Lions.

Colts-Lions Betting Guide

BEST BET: Colts -2.5 (-121)

That sportsbooks are juicing the odds here, meaning it costs you a bit more than the usual -110, makes me like this play even more. The Colts had an extra week to prepare for the Lions, and Detroit pulled off a miracle just to beat the hapless Falcons last week. Give me the Colts to cover.

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CONSIDER: Under 50 (-110)

Both of these teams have hit the Over in three games this season and the Under in three as well.

In the Lions’ two home games, the Over is 2-0, and it has hit in two of three road games for the Colts. While a lot of this might point to the Over, the better defense in the Colts is coming off a bye, which could be enough for these clubs to stay Under 50 in this one.

PASS: Colts (-150)

With the spread being less than the key number of 3, I’ll pass on taking the favorite moneyline.

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