By Jeff O'Brien

INDIANAPOLIS (4-2) at DETROIT (3-3)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – AUGUST 13: Detroit Lions wide receiver Jace Billingsley (16) runs away from the tackle of Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Sean Spence (55) during the NFL preseason game between the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts on August 13, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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OPENING LINE — Colts by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Colts 3-3; Lions 3-3

SERIES RECORD — Colts lead 21-19-2

LAST MEETING — Lions beat Colts 39-35 on Sept. 11, 2016, in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – AUGUST 13: Detroit Lions quarterback Jake Rudock (14) scrambles for a first down during the NFL preseason week 1 game between the Detroit Lions and the Indianapolis Colts on August 13, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

LAST WEEK — Colts had bye, beat Bengals 31-27 on Oct. 18; Lions beat Falcons 23-22

AP PRO32 RANKING — Colts No. 15; Lions No. 20

COLTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (28), PASS (10).

COLTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (3), PASS (2).

LIONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (18), PASS (20).

LIONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (22), RUSH (26), PASS (20).

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 25: Romeo Okwara #95 of the Detroit Lions is congratulated by Jarrad Davis #40 after sacking Matt Ryan (not pictured) of the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Indianapolis lost the last matchup against Detroit after winning four straight in the series. … Colts coach Frank Reich (21-17 overall, 1-1 playoffs) and Lions coach Matt Patricia (12-25-1) were hired within a week of each other in 2018. … Indy was idle last week and is 2-0 following byes under Reich. … The Colts came back from a 21-point deficit, their largest at home in the regular season, to beat Cincinnati in their last game. … QB Philip Rivers has started 230 consecutive games, four behind Eli Manning at No. 10 all-time and five behind Charles Woodson. … Rookie kicker Rodrigo Blankenship ranks third in field goals made (16) and points (63) in the NFL. … Pro Bowl LB Darius Leonard might return to lineup after missing the previous two games with an injured groin. … The Colts have allowed a league-low six sacks. … Indy has given up just two runs of 20-plus yards and has picked off at least one pass in five consecutive games. … Detroit has won consecutive games for the first time in more than a year. … The Lions had luck on their side in their last win after Atlanta RB Todd Gurley scored a TD by mistake and gave them a chance to drive for a winning TD. … QB Matthew Stafford led the 36th game-winning drive of his career against the Falcons and an NFL-high 30th in the fourth quarter since 2009. … The Lions are aiming to win three straight and to have a winning record in November or later for the first time in Patricia’s three seasons. … Detroit will have spectators at Ford Field for the first time this season, allowing up to 500 guests of players and coaches to attend the game. … WR Kenny Golladay, in the last year of his contract, has had 100-plus yards receiving in his last two games after scoring in his first two games this year. … D’Andre Swift is the only NFC rookie RB with at least 150 yards rushing and receiving. … Second-year TE T.J. Hockenson has scored in three straight games and four overall this year. … Newly acquired DE Everson Griffen can’t practice or play for the Lions until next week due to NFL COVID-19 protocols. … DE Romeo Okwara has four sacks in the last four games. …

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 25: Trey Flowers #90 of the Detroit Lions recovers a fumble against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Fantasy tip: Colts RB Jonathan Taylor had a career-high 115 yards from scrimmage in his last game, but might not match that type of success against a team suddenly stingy against the run. Detroit has given up 110 yards rushing in two games after ranking last in the league through four games, allowing 170-plus yards rushing per game.

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Comments
  1. Clarl says:

    Barely eeked out the wins the got so far and still struggled at that. Moreover the schedule is very easy due to the god awful performance of last season. I would strongly suggest firing Quin Patrica and trading Stafford– enough with the years of con jobing the fans. Abject utter failure Patrica is!

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