NFL Free Pick: DET/IND

The Indianapolis Colts are the hottest team in the NFL right now and they’ll look to win their seventh straight game when they host the winless Detroit Lions this Sunday.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Colts -17 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 45 total points.

Key Trend: The Lions are just 6-15 against the spread in their last 21 games and 0-5 straight up in their last five contests.

Key Stat: The Lions are allowing a whopping 31.8 points a game, while the Colts are averaging 22.5. Detroit’s run defense has also surrendered 173.5 yards per game, which is a staggering number.

Game Outlook: While the Lions are coming off a cover last week against Minnesota, they did so at home and against a Vikings team that wound up playing backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. The Colts, meanwhile, shredded a bad Bengals team at home and while it’s tempting to take the 17 points in this game, we advise laying the wood. Detroit is expected to start Dan Orlovsky at quarterback, who hasn’t played in over a month. They’ve have struggles moving the ball against an Indy team that could have Bob Sanders back from injury. The fact of the matter is that the Colts should put up plenty of points and while their defense has been spotty at best this year, the Lions don’t have any playmakers outside of wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Lay the points and take the under because Detroit will have trouble scoring.

Our Free NFL Pick for the Week 15 matchup between the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts game is

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS -17

TheSpread.com Projected Final Score

Indianapolis Colts 34

Detroit Lions 6

We also predict that this game will GO UNDER THE TOTAL (45 Sportsbook.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS

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Posted: 12/14/08 9:00AM ET

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