Colts at Lions: What to look for Friday

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts close their preseason Friday night against the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit.

  • Kickoff: 7 p.m.
  • Broadcast: FOX59.

History lesson

For those keeping track at home – and since the NFL keeps score – the Colts are on the verge of their first unbeaten preseason since 1994 (4-0) and just the sixth in franchise history. Make of that what you will.

And then there’s this. The Colts followed up their previous five perfect preseasons with at least 8-8 records, but only reached the playoffs once. After going 5-0 in the 1965 preseason, they went 10-3-1 in the regular season and earned a playoff spot.

Interesting, but means very little.

No Cincy

This just doesn’t feel right. It’s the final preseason game and the Cincinnati Bengals are nowhere to be found. Well, they’ve got a Sunday meeting with the Miami Dolphins in Cincy, but you know what we mean. That, of course, is a byproduct of the NFL moving to a 17-game regular season and a three-game preseason. So, see ya, Cincy.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic erasing the 2020 preseason schedule, the Colts and Bengals had met in the final game 17 straight years.

 Backups Bowl

After discussing things with first-year Lions coach Dan Campbell, Frank Reich decided to follow his lead and hold out the vast majority of his starters. Apparently neither was willing to risk injury to a front-line player with the Sept. 12 season…

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