Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions - 5/19/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Photo by Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers
Madden20 Sim: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm
The Line: Carolina Panthers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5
The Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers meet Tuesday 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 Carolina Panthers may not have won much in real life last season, but they have two difference makers in linebacker Luke Kuechly and running back Christian McCaffrey, both who are ranked 99 overall. The Panthers then have three other players rated 85 or higher in tight end Greg Olsen, defensive end Gerald McCoy and wide receiver DJ Moore. You quickly learn that the Panthers have a lot more talent in the video game world than they may have on the actual football field and you can win playing with this team. Since these are 2019 rosters, the Panthers also have a healthy and effective Cam Newton at quarterback, and he’s a decent 79 overall with an 85 speed rating and 88 acceleration rating. For a club that didn’t do much last year, the Panthers are much better than people would think.
The Carolina Panthers probably do have the edge in overall ratings and Cam Newton isn't all the bad at quarterback despite him having issues finding a job in real life. McCaffrey is also one of those players who can takeover a game and be the unstoppable force that cashes a ticket. With that said, the Detroit Lions aren't all that bad in this game due to their talent at the wide receiver position, an underrated defense and Stafford who isn't afraid to take chances and push the ball down field.
This game should be decided in the fourth quarter and I'll feel safer with a couple points in my pocket.