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Lions at Colts 8/13/17 - NFL Pre-Season Picks & Predictions

Posted on 11 August 2017 by Adam
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Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts

NFL: 1:30 PM EST

Aug. 13, 2017

TV: NFL
Latest Odds : IND -1 Total 37.5


Detroit was good in 2016. The Lions finished the regular season with nine wins but fell to Seattle in the first round of the playoffs. An above-average passing game was countered by one of the worst running games in the NFL last season. Remarkably, Detroit didn't have a 100-yard rusher in any game in 2016. Conversely, at least one player topped 100 receiving yards in five games.

It was a breakout season for receiver Marvin Jones, who set new highs in yards (930) and yards per reception (16.9).

The Lions didn't use the draft to upgrade their ground game. None of their nine selections were for running backs or offensive linemen. Ameer Abdullah will likely be the No. 1 running back heading into 2017, after only playing in two games last year due to injuries.

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It's been an up-and-down career so far for Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck. The once highly-touted dual threat had his best season in 2014 and has since struggled with inconsistent performance and injuries. The latter have fans worried that Luck might not be ready to go for the beginnning of the season, as he's nursing a shoulder injury.

The Colts ranked 30th in the NFL in defense in 2016, and therefore drafted defensive players with six of their eight draft picks, including their first three. First-round selection Malik Hooker is expected to be the starting free safety. As a sophomore for Ohio State last season, Hooker had seven interceptions and was an All-American.

Recent Betting Trends:

Lions are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.

Colts are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Under is 9-2 in Lions last 11 games on fieldturf.

Under is 5-0 in Colts last 5 home games.

Free Betting Pick: Detroit Lions +1

Hard to believe how big of a concern the QB situation is in Indianapolis. Colts superstar QB Andrew Luck is out and that will make the #2 QB get less action than normal just in case Luck can't make first few games of season. That gives Lions huge edge, Final Score Prediction, Detroit wins and covers ATS 20-10.

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