Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders
Madden20 Sim: Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm
The Line: Oakland Raiders PK -- Over/Under: 51 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders meet Saturday afternoon in a Madden20 simulation game.
The Detroit Lions don’t have a single player ranked in the 90s, but their top three ranked players are on the defensive side of the ball in Damon Harrison, Darius Slay and Trey Flowers. The Lions then have two respectable receivers ranked in the mid 80s in Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, while quarterback Matthew Stafford is ranked 82 overall with a 78 acceleration rating. The Lions have a more than respectable defense in this game and a decent trio of wide receivers when you throw in Danny Amendola, but there’s something about this squad that doesn’t move the needle all that much. Maybe it’s the lack of top tier talent or a quarterback that’s pretty much been the same level his whole career, but the Lions aren’t a team people are running to play with in Madden20.
The Oakland Raiders aren’t all that fun to play with in this game, as their highest rated player is their center in Rodney Hudson, who is a 93 overall rating with a 90 strength rating. Richie Incognito and Trent Brown are the Raiders next highest rated players, which makes for a strong offensive line but really thin on the difference makers. Running back Josh Jacobs is rated 85 overall with a 91 acceleration rating while tight end Darren Waller is rated 85 overall with an 89 speed rating. Quarterback Derek Carr is rated 80 overall with an 87 acceleration rating and Tyrell Williams is his top ranked receiver with an 82 overall rating and 95 agility rating. The Oakland Raiders have one of the better offensive lines in the game, but the defense can get gashed and the offense can struggle to produce the big play that really opens the game up.
The Detroit Lions are much better than expected on the offensive side of the ball and Stafford can sling it in video game form. The Oakland Raiders don't have a whole lot going for them other than a strong offensive line and they can go through long stretches on both sides of the ball where it's sloppy football. In a toss up game I'd usually give the edge to the home team, but the Lions are far more explosive offensively in this game and that should be the edge to winning this simulation.