The Indianapolis Colts will be favored picks among the experts when they take on the Detroit Lions this week, trying to rebound from an injury-ruined season. They'll be counting on Andrew Luck to stay healthy and return to form.
Luck lasted just seven games last season, playing through injuries most of the way, before a lacerated kidney ended his campaign. It was a disappointing season for Luck and the Colts, who stumbled to 8-8 and missed the playoffs just one year after reaching the AFC Championship.
But with Luck finally healthy, the Colts seem poised to once again field one of the league's best offenses. T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett form a promising receiver trio, while Frank Gore returns as a steady presence in the backfield. If there's one big concern, it's on defense, where shutdown cornerback Vontae Davis is out with an ankle injury.
The Lions are trying to move on from Calvin Johnson, who unexpectedly retired after last year's 7-9 campaign. They added Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin to give Matthew Stafford some support in the passing game, which looked much improved after Jim Bob Cooter took over as offensive coordinator midway through the 2015 season. There are still a lot of question marks on defense, which has few elite playmakers outside of Ezekiel Ansah. With Stafford and company going up against an equally shaky Colts defense, this has the potential to be the highest-scoring game of the weekend.
For the most part, online experts are picking the Colts to win this one. They're favored 7-2 at ESPN, 5-1 at Fox Sports and 7-3 here at SB Nation. However, it's a different story at CBS Sports, where five writers pick the Lions and just three are going with the Colts.
Here are SB Nation's complete picks below.
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