The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings enter their week four matchup riding very different waves. The Lions are coming off a disappointing defeat at the hands of the Tennessee Titans while the Vikings dealt a surprising first loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
It still feels like a game the Lions should win and ESPN’s game simulation based on the Madden 13 video game agrees with that outcome. The sim produced a tie game at halftime with the Lions taking control of the game in the third quarter and hanging on to win by a touchdown. Matthew Stafford’s simulated game included 389 yards passing and three touchdowns. Not bad for a guy whose status was unknown to start the week. Guess that virtual hip was feeling good.
The virtual recap reads like this:
With every week that passes, it looks like Calvin Johnson has no fear of the Madden Curse. And why should he, especially when he puts up numbers like eight catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns to help his team beat the upstart Vikings 31-24. In fact, with the game tied at 24 late in the fourth quarter, it’s Megatron who scores the game winner on a sharp 2-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford.