Colts lose to Lions 24-10 in preseason opener

Colts players rest on the bench during Sunday's game with Detroit at Lucas Oil Stadium. (WTHR Image by Ben Reiff)
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WTHR) - Jake Rudock threw two touchdown passes to Kenny Golladay, leading the Detroit Lions to a 24-10 victory Sunday over the injury-depleted Indianapolis Colts.

Rudock played most of the first 2½ quarters and was 13 of 21 for 142 yards. Mathew Stafford was 2 of 3 for 36 yards on his only series, which ended on an interception.

The Lions made it look easy.

Rudock hooked up with Golladay on a 23-yard TD pass in the first quarter and a 15-yard score in the second.

Matt Prater made a 28-yard field goal and his 53-yarder came up short as time expired in the first half.

All the Colts could muster without Andrew Luck was 230 total yards, 14 first downs, a 42-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri in the second quarter and a 1-yard TD run from Troymaine Pope as time ran out.

The most encouraging news for Indy came from General Manager Chris Ballard, who told the local broadcast team that Luck's strength levels are "probably better than they were last year." It could be an indication Luck is nearing a return to action following offseason surgery on his throwing shoulder. After the game, Colts owner Jim Irsay said Luck might be ready to play when the regular season begins.

Scott Tolzien, Luck's replacement, went 2 of 5 for 24 yards.

The Colts scored their only touchdown as time expired when Troymaine Pope scored on a one-yard run.

The Colts first points came on a 42 yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri early in the second quarter to cut Detroit's lead to 7-3.

The two teams faced off in two practices this week to get ready for the game.

It will be a good opportunity for the coaching staff to get a look at some of the new faces that are on the roster as the team gets ready for the regular season.

Fans are excited for the upcoming season as Eyewitness News reporter Anna Carrera found Sunday morning, tailgating with the Blue Crew.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)