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Colts vs Lions Odds - Inconsistent Colts to falter against hungry Lions

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/18/2012 11:17:08 AM
NFL betting linesThe Colts vs Lions odds list the road team as a three-point favorite, and even though the Colts have the better team, the Lions should be the play at home. Detroit is a young, hungry team that will exude more effort in this contest. Online betting cappers know that Peyton Manning and the starters won’t play too much – even in the third preseason game.

Colts vs Lions odds: Colts -3

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Saturday, August 29th – 1:00 PM ET
  • WHERE: Ford Field – Detroit, MI
  • PICK: Lions +3

Colts vs Lions odds maker breakdown: Offense

The Colts have the better offense, but the big question is: how long will they play? Manning will probably see about 15-20 passing attempts and then hit the bench. Instead, the main issue for the Colts is effort. It’s no secret that they don’t put a lot of faith in preseason games, so don’t expect their offense to have too much bite.

For the Lions, their offense should put up a better fight. They’ll want to test themselves against the Colts because that will provide a measuring stick for them. Matthew Stafford and Daunte Culpepper are battling for the starting quarterback gig and Drew Stanton has been decent as well.

Betting Edge: Lions

Colts vs Lions odds maker breakdown: Defense

Believe it or not, but both teams defense could be about equal nowadays. The Colts lost their defensive-minded head coach in the offseason and also their defensive coordinator. Their defense tended to overachieve in the Tony Dungy era and now it’s a question mark without him.

The Lions are now led by two sharp defensive minds: head coach Jim Schwartz and coordinator Gunther Cunningham. There is plenty of competition on the defense, as they have played inspired football in the preseason. Yet while the effort has been there, they’ve still given up 53 points in the preseason so far.

Betting Edge: Colts

Colts vs Lions odds maker breakdown: Special Teams

Special teams are normally a wash as NFL betting cappers know that both kicking games are even between Jason Hanson and Adam Vinatieri. Both kickers are hurt and will miss this game, so the matchup is still even.

Betting Edge: Lions

Colts vs Lions odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries

The Colts will be short a few members of their secondary as Bob Sanders (knee) and Kelvin Hayden (hamstring) will be out. Also, Marlin Jackson missed the team’s last preseason game. Kicker Adam Vinatieri is also out.

Betting Edge: Lions

Colts vs Lions betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick

While the Colts are favored in the sportsbook, the reality of it is that the Lions simply care about this game more than the Colts do. With that in mind, take the points with the home team.

STAN’S PICK: Lions +3

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Stan Simmons first tasted football through the college game, but his football handicapping has strictly focused on the professional sport. Not many people devote as much time to the NFL as Simmons. For six days a week he works, labors and handicaps the sport, and on the seventh he rests as the games play out. Thoughts or questions?



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