The Colts are 3-point NFL betting favorites with a total of 40. Football betting normally favors the home team in the preseason but not in this contest since the Lions are still considered one of the worst teams in the NFL, even in the preseason. The Lions might be worth a look here in NFL betting though. The Colts traditionally have been a poor preseason team in football betting.
They are 1-1 this football betting year as they got a win last week against Philadelphia as the first string offense looked very good. The starters produced drives of 81 and 76 yards. This NFL betting week the Colts will still be without safety Bob Sanders and kicker Adam Vinatieri.
Detroit lost 27-10 last Saturday at Cleveland in football betting. They opened preseason play with a 27-26 home victory over Atlanta. The Lions are still trying to find a starting quarterback so this football betting contest should be interesting as Daunte Culpepper and Matthew Stafford get a lot of time. The Colts and Lions have played a lot in NFL betting preseason action. Their meetings date back to 1964 and the Colts have a 13-6-1 edge. The teams met in the preseason two years ago and the Colts won 37-10 at home. The last time the teams met in football betting preseason action in Detroit was in 1987.
The Colts are looking at Saturday’s football betting contest as they would a regular season game. Head coach Jim Caldwell has said the team is trying to simulate a regular football betting season week. “Everything is done exactly like it would be done in a game week,” Caldwell said. “It’s a great dry run so the first time they are doing this, it’s not when we are preparing for Jacksonville (in the season-opener),” he said. Next week the Colts play their last football betting preseason game against the Bengals and since it is a short week, not many starters will play. “That’s going to be a short week,” football betting quarterback Peyton Manning said. “Coaches will be evaluating players all the way until the end for the last two cuts, but for the veterans, this (the Detroit week) is really an important week. It will get you ready for the season.” The Colts starters will play into the third quarter this week. “We should get a pretty good look at our guys,” Caldwell said. “In the second half, we’ll begin to substitute and get some other guys some work as well.”