Colts vs. Lions: NFL experts make Week 8 picks

Kevin Hickey
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The Indianapolis Colts (4-2) are ready to hit the road for a visit to Ford Field taking on the Detroit Lions (3-3) for a Week 8 matchup coming out of their bye week.

Opening the week as slight road favorites in the matchup, the Colts have won four of their last five games while the Lions are winners in three of their last four.

Here’s how the experts around the league see this game shaking out:

Expert

Pick

Score (if applicable)

Nate Davis (USA TODAY)

Lions

22-20

Mike Jones (USA TODAY)

Colts

28-24

Jarrett Bell (USA TODAY)

Colts

24-22

Mike Clay (ESPN)

Lions

N/A

Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News)

Lions

23-20

Bill Bender (Sporting News)

Lions

27-24

Will Brinson (CBS Sports)

Lions

24-21

Pete Prisco (CBS Sports)

Colts

23-17

NumberFire

Colts

N/A

Pro Football Focus

Colts

N/A

Bleacher Report

Colts

24-23

Just like the Vegas odds, the experts believe this will be a close matchup and one that could swing either way. Over at NFL Pickwatch, the Colts are favored by 74% of the experts as of Friday morning.

This will be a real test for the Colts. The Lions offense led by Matthew Stafford will be their biggest challenge yet at the quarterback position, but it should help that they are expecting to see the return of linebacker Darius Leonard from a groin injury.

The playoff push for the Colts begins this week as they are currently the No. 7 seed in AFC. With the schedule getting much tougher over the next month, this game is vital for Indy.

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