Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
Madden 20 NFL Sim: Thursday April 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm
The Line: Green Bay Packers -8 -- O/U: 57.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions meet in an NFC North division matchup in a Madden 20 NFL simulation game on Thursday afternoon.
The Green Bay Packers enter this one looking to build on back-to-back simulation wins after a 34-26 win over the New York Giants last time out. Davante Adams leads the Packers on the offensive side of the ball at 94 overall, including 94 catching and catching in traffic ratings while also owning 89 speed and 92 acceleration. Aaron Rodgers comes in at starting QB with an 89 overall rating, with 94 throwing power, 90 short pass accuracy and ratings in the high-80s in medium and deep pass accuracy. Aaron Jones leads the Green Bay ground attack with an 87 overall rating with 93 carrying, 92 juke, 91 speed and 93 acceleration. Defensively, Kenny Clark leads the Packer defense and pass rush at 90 overall with 95 strength with 92 block shedding and 89 power moves while Jaire Alexander is close by at 89 overall to lead the Packers’ secondary at corner, with 92 man coverage in addition to 93 ratings in speed and acceleration with 94 agility. Za’Darius Smith and Adrian Amos come in at 88 and 87 overall respectively as well as a couple more key pieces in a loaded Green Bay defense.
The Detroit Lions are still on the hunt for their first simulation win after a 22-17 loss to Chicago last time out. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. remain the top pass-catchers for the Lions with Golladay coming in at 86 overall and Jones Jr. at 85 overall with both logging a 90 speed rating and a low-90s acceleration rating. Matt Stafford remains at QB for Detroit with an 82 overall rating, including a 94 rated attribute in throwing power. Defensively, Damon Harrison Sr. leads the Lions with an 89 overall rating, including a 95 grade in impact blocking and 92 in tackling as well as a 91 mark in block shedding. Darius Slay Jr. may not be with the Lions either, but he still is on the team here and has high-80s ratings in man and zone coverage as well as low-90s ratings in speed, acceleration and agility.
This feels like a lot of points to lay with the Packers who let the Giants hang around in their last sim game, but the Packers have beat up on lesser teams in these sim games and the Lions lost to the better teams in these sim games by double-digits, including to Minnesota by 21 points and New Orleans by 17 points. If the Packers get up early, I just don’t think the Lions have any way back here, so I’ll lay the points with Green Bay in this one.