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How to watch, what to watch for Colts vs. Lions in Week 8

The Colts and Lions face off in Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season. We break down how to watch the game, odds for the matchup, key injuries, and notable fantasy football start/sit considerations.

Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner #99 of the Indianapolis Colts pauses during an officials review during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts pulled off an impressive comeback win against the Cincinnati Bengals before their Week 7 bye Week and are set to face the Detroit Lions, who are fresh off their own comeback victory, in Week 8.

Philip Rivers was subpar for all of 2020 in Week 6. The signal-caller threw for multiple scores for the first time this season and finished with 371 passing yards alongside three passing touchdowns. Trey Burton and Marcus Johnson’s unexpected breakout performances helped save the day for the Colts. Can they find the magic against Detroit?

An accidental Todd Gurley touchdown gave the LionsMatthew Stafford time to command a game-winning drive in Week 7. Stafford threw his lone touchdown pass of the contest on the final drive but tallied a season-high 340 passing yards against the Atlanta Falcons. Kenny Golladay notched his second straight 100-yard game while D’Andre Swift added spark to the backfield by following up his two-touchdown performance in Week 7 by finding the end zone in the ground again. Detroit has plenty of tools on offense but could struggle against one of the best pass defenses in the NFL.

TV Info

Date: Sunday, Nov. 1
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Channel: CBS
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Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)

Colts: #5 Overall — #22 offense, #4 defense, #2 special teams
Lions: #15 Overall — #18 offense, #18 defense, #8 special teams

DraftKings Sportsbook odds

Colts: -3, -152
Lions: +3, +135
Total: 50.5

Fantasy football start/sit advice

Colts

Philip Rivers, QB, $5,900

Rivers appeared to be worth rostering for the first time since Week 1 in his last outing versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Having a bye week could hurt him, but he’s still a better option than T.Y. Hilton and Indianapolis’ slew of tight ends.

Jonathan Taylor, RB, $6,600

Taylor hasn’t been all that impressive since he claimed a feature back role following Marlon Mack’s injury, but the rookie could be poised to bounce back. The Lions gave up two rushing touchdowns in Gurley in Week 7 and their defense ranks 30th against running backs on DraftKings. He’s cracked 15 DKFP in two straight games and is more dependable than the Colts’ streak receiving corps.

Lions

Kenny Golladay, WR, $6,600

Golladay remains a major deep threat and is averaging 16.9 yards per reception. While he hasn’t scored in two games he’s crossed the century mark in back-to-back weeks. Golladay’s frame makes it challenging for any defensive back to cover him alone. Expect Stafford to connect with his go-to guy a few times in this one. Joe Burrow got the best of the Colts’ secondary often in Week 7 and Stafford is capable of doing the same.

D’Andre Shift, RB, $5,300

Swift has emerged as Detroit’s top threat out of the backfield and has eclipsed 12 touches in two straight games. He’s scored three touchdowns over the last two weeks, and while he doesn’t get the carry volume that most other top-end options do, his ability to contribute through the air gives him added value.