Detroit Lions at New York Giants - 4/18/20 Madden 20 Sim NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New York Giants at Detroit Lions
Madden 20 NFL Sim: Saturday April 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm
The Line: New York Giants -3.5 -- O/U: 52.5
The New York Giants and the Detroit Lions meet in a Madden 20 NFL simulation game on Saturday afternoon.
The New York Giants will look to rebound from a 1-7 record in the sim games after a 34-26 loss to Green Bay in their last outing. Saquon Barkley leads New York on offense with an 89 overall rating, with a bunch of high stat marks with 92 speed, 93 acceleration, 96 agility, 94 carrying and 94 juke ratings. Evan Engram leads the Giants’ receiving group at tight end at 88 overall with 88 catching, 90 speed and 91 acceleration. Golden Tate III and Sterling Shepard make up a solid duo at wide receiver with each logging 90 speed and 91 acceleration with Tate III having 89 catching compared to Shepard’s 88. On defense, Leonard Williams is the only 80+ overall rated player on that side of the ball for the Giants at 82 overall with 88 tackling and 88 impact blocking.
The Detroit Lions will still be looking for their first sim win after falling to 0-4 in sim play after a 38-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers in their last outing. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. are still the top receivers for the Lions with Golladay at 86 overall and Jones Jr. at 85 overall with both logging a 90 speed rating and a low-90s acceleration rating. Matthew Stafford remains under center 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.
These two sides have a lot in common, and as if this game wasn’t hard enough to get a grip on, you have two teams that give up a lot of points, and can’t score to keep pace. Two combined teams with a 1-11 sim record? That’s not something I’m trying to wager on. Instead, I’m going to side with the under. I wouldn’t be surprised if this game stayed under 40 points let alone 50, I think it could end somewhere in the area of 20-15 or 21-17, so I’ll side with the under in this one.