Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts Matchup Preview (11/1/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
The Detroit Lions will be taking on the Indianapolis Colts at home to try to avoid sinking below a .500 record. They are in third in the NFC North after winning on a game-winning touchdown against the Falcons last week. The Colts are 4-2 and are standing in second in the AFC South and are looking to move up in record behind their outstanding defense. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Location: Ford Field – Detroit, Michigan
TV Coverage: CBS
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Detroit Lions: Questionable to play:Desmond Trufant (hamstring), Miles Killebrew (pectoral)
Indianapolis Colts: QUestionable to play: Darius Leonard (groin), Mo Alie-Cox (knee), Chaz Green (back),
Detroit Lions Analysis
The Detroit Lions are currently third in the NFC North and fighting to get back into contention with a 3-3 record. The team has certainly been impressive this season with a win over the Arizona Cardinals and close losses to the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears. They score the 15th most points per game with 26, but have allowed 27.5 per game this season. They will look to compete well against a beatable Indianapolis Colts team, who has one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Last game, Matthew Stafford led the offense in a last-minute drive to deliver a game-winning touchdown to T.J Hockenson. Even after a penalty on the extra point to win, Matt Prater drove home the win with a 41-yard extra point. Matthew Stafford is fifth all-time with game-winning drives, and is currently leading the NFL in game-winning drives since 2010, after passing Drew Brees this weekend. Even though he is below average in many categories like yards, completion percentage, touchdowns, and QBR, he has made it work for this team. He will need to attack a tough Colts’ passing defense to get by with a win next week.
The Lions have a pretty interesting backfield compiled of Adrian Peterson, DeAndre Swift, and Kerryon Johnson. They average nearly 100 rushing yards per game and a below-average 4.1 yards per carry. Their offensive line offers no help too, as they have one of the worst adjusted line rushing yards per carry and stuffed percentages. They may struggle against a defense that is top five in the least amount of rushing yards and rushing touchdowns this season.
The Lions’ defense this season has been quite good for them in the secondary. Rookie Jeff Okudah certainly helps the duo of Desmond Trufant and Amani Oruwariye, who has five passes defended this season which is tied for 24th in the league. Safety Duron Harmon has also been very productive with four passes defended and two interceptions this season. Their secondary could put a serious hurt on the Colts’ receiving core, which has been struggling this season with Philip Rivers under center.
This game will have to come down to offense for the Lions. The question being, how many points can they produce against the dominant Colts’ defense? The Colts’ have a great combination of run and a passing defense that will challenge the Lions’ offense. It will come down to Matthew Stafford leading the team and the offensive line stepping up big.
Detroit Lions Depth Chart
Indianapolis Colts Analysis
The Indianapolis Colts are 4-2 and are second in the AFC South behind the Tennessee Titans. The story of this Colts’ team has certainly been their outstanding defense which has allowed one of the league’s lowest 19.3 points per game. However, the negative part of this story has been behind the offense with Philip Rivers, who has not been performing well. They will look to take a win against the Detroit Lions to compete for the first spot in their division.
The Colts’ defense has been arguably the best in the league. The rank in the top five in the least amount of rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, passing yards, and passing touchdowns allowed per game. Seriously, they are the real deal on defense. But, they have been in some concerning games after losing to the Jaguars, Browns, and nearly losing last week to the Bengals. The defense will need to take over in this game to get them the win, considering this offense may run into issues against the Lions’ defense.
Philip Rivers ranks in the top ten in only two categories this season: sacks and completion percentage. His offensive line has helped him out a ton by only allowing him to be sacked six times thus far, which is the lowest amount in the NFL. But, he ranks below average in most passing categories. However, without many skill players helping him out this season, it is tough for him. Their leading receiver, T.Y Hilton, ranks 74th in yards this season with 274. Last week, their leading receiver was Marcus Johnson with 108 yards. He went into the game with only 88 yards on the season. The wide receiver core will need to step up against this tough secondary.
The Colts’ run game has not been exciting, even behind rookie star Jonathan Taylor. They average the worst yards per carry as a team with a 3.6 average. They also rank 28th in rushing yards and 26th in rushing touchdowns on the season. Detroit’s defensive line is certainly their weakness, allowing nearly five yards per carry against their opponents. If the Colts want to win this game, they will need to go through their run game and avoid the Lions’ solid secondary.
The Colts’ have been an interesting team this year with an obvious focus on defense behind Matt Patricia’s knowledge and struggle on offense. The Lions’ team has been stepping up their game in recent years, and the Colts should not underestimate them. The Colts’ concern should be on the offense and mixing up the play calls to get the run game more involved. If they can keep the Lions’ defense honest, they will have a shot at taking their fifth win of the season.
Indianapolis Colts Depth Chart
Spread: +/- 2.5
Moneyline: Lions +138, Colts -164
Spread: Colts -2.5
Moneyline: Colts -164
This game could certainly go in many different directions if the Lions show up on their best game. The Colts’ defense may be too much for this Lions team to handle, forcing me to have to choose the Colts to cover the spread and money line. If the Lions had a slightly bigger spread, I would take them because I think this game could be a close one.
This game has two really good defenses in it and two pretty poor offenses. I think the under for this game should be the way to go, even though these teams love to pass the ball and move down the field.
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Love/Hate Fantasy Picks
T.J Hockenson has been a great piece for this Lions’ offense. He makes use of his five targets per game and puts up some serious tight end fantasy numbers, averaging 12.3 fantasy points per game. He has been in the endzone each game in the last three weeks and I can see him doing it again. The Colts’ allow the most points to tight ends out of any other skill position, and Hockenson should take advantage of that.
T.Y Hilton has been a poor wide receiver for fantasy this year and it is not going to get easier for him next week. The Lions’ secondary is not one to mess with and I think he will struggle against it. He only has one game over 10 points this season, and he probably won’t see another one next week.