When the 2016 NFL schedule came out and Week 1 matchups were looked at, one of the most interesting ones was the battle between the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts. Two very talented quarterbacks with suspect rushing games going at it with a chance for 110 passes to be thrown and a four-hour game. With Calvin Johnson’s retirement and still problems in Indianapolis, this game could look very different. Here is a look at the matchup.
The Lions had the high-flying attack led by Matthew Stafford last season and the worst running game in the NFL. There are really no major differences this season. Detroit will depend on Stafford to throw the ball a ton while hoping that Ameer Abdullah can finally become a viable weapon. There are weapons on offense still with Golden Tate, Eric Ebron, and Marvin Jones but will that be enough to overcome a lacking defense. Stafford should have success in this game and could help lead the Lions to a road win to open the year.
Indianapolis needs Andrew Luck to return at 100% after a rough season in 2015 without him most of the time. The run game was 29th out of 32 teams and the defense was awful. This could be a rough start for the Colts if Luck doesn’t put up huge numbers against a weak Detroit secondary. Frank Gore is getting older but was somewhat effective last season. This could be a game where the first team to score 30 points ends up winning. Luck may need a 400-yard passing game to get the job done in the meantime for Indianapolis to have a chance.
What time is the Colts vs. Lions game?
The Colts vs. Lions game will begin at 4:25 P.M. EST/3:25 P.M. CST.
What date and channel will the Colts vs. Lions game be on?
The Colts vs. Lions game will be played on Sunday, September 11 and can be seen on Fox.