NFL PREVIEW AT YOUWAGER: COLTS VS. LIONS

Indianapolis Colts vs. Detroit Lions at Detroit

Kickoff: Sunday, December 2nd at 1PM Eastern

Line: Lions -5

Total:  51

This Sunday, YouWager’s NFL football bettors can see two clubs with very different records go head-to-head when the Lions host the Colts.

The Indianapolis Colts claimed their 7th win of the 2012 NFL football wagering season when they trounced the Buffalo Bills 20-13 in Week 12. QB Andrew Luck completed 20-of-37 passes for 240 yards for 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Reggie Wayne took 8 throws for 102 yards. This was the 5th victory for Indianapolis in their last 6 games, and it was the 5th time in those last 6 games that they covered the spread. Indianapolis is 7-4 on the season and 7-4 against the spread as they aim for the 5th slot in the AFC playoffs.

YouWager’s football bettors watched as Detroit’s missed field goal made it possible for the Texans to leave the Motor City with a 34-31 win on Thanksgiving. QB Matthew Stafford completed 31-of-61 throws for 441 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Still, the Lions lost for the 4th time in their last 6 games. Calvin Johnson caught eight passes for 140 yards and 1 touchdown. Rookie Ryan Broyles caught 6 passes for 126 yards. Detroit is 4-7 on the season and 5-6 against the spread after covering as an underdog last week at home.

Even without a clear shot at the postseason, the Lions are 5-point favorites at YouWager. Some trends for sportsbook bettors to consider: Indianapolis is 4-0 against the spread against a team with a losing record and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games in December, and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Detroit is 4-1 ATS against a team with a winning record. They are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, and 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 games in December.

To qualify for the playoffs, Detroit will need to win all of their remaining games. Indianapolis only needs 2 more victories to secure a fifth seed in the AFC. Like YouWager, the leading online sportsbooks all have the Lions as the favorites here, but some in the online betting community believe the Colts could possibly outscore them. A top NFL wagering analyst at YouWager admits that Detroit might win this one, but 5 points seems like a big point spread. However, many of YouWager sharp football bettors are picking the Colts as a 5-point underdog. The total is 51. Game time on Sunday is 1PM Eastern.

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