San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions - 5/17/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers
Madden20 Sim: Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm
The Line: San Francisco 49ers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 44
The Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers meet Sunday night 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 San Francisco 49ers have 10 different players who are ranked 85 overall or better. Tight end George Kittle leads the charge with a 97 overall rating and cornerback Richard Sherman has a 94 overall rating. Defensive end Nick Bosa, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and left tackle Joe Staley all have 89 ratings. The San Francisco 49ers are obviously one of the more balanced and highest rated teams in the game and have very little weakness. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has an 84 rating and an above-average acceleration to avoid pressure. On either side of the ball, you have to like the 49ers to show up and put together a consistent performance no matter who they play.
The Detroit Lions are better than most would think in the video game world and have some underrated receivers who can make plays, but they also have their fair share of flaws and are a tough team to back against above-average squads. The San Francisco 49ers are one of the deepest teams in this game with 10 players ranked at least 85 overall, and that defense is no joke. You have to assume the 49ers can control both sides of the ball and grind out a comfortable victory.
I'll lay the touchdown with the 49ers.