ESPN has released their weekly NFL simulations run through Madden 13 and it’s more of the same for the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. The Lions haven’t won in Wisconsin since 1991 and if the simulation is any indication, the embarrassingly long streak will continue.
The virtual recap goes like this:
Aaron Rodgers plays brilliantly for Green Bay, throwing for 315 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Packers to a 30-24 win over Detroit. The Lions play tough in this one, with RB Mikel Leshoure rushing for two touchdowns and WR Calvin Johnson (aka Megatron) looking as unstoppable as ever. But in the end, Green Bay’s offense is just too tough for the Lions to hang with for four quarters, and Rodgers pulls out the win.
That sounds painfully familiar for Lions fans. By and large, the Lions have played well against the Packers but haven’t pulled out a win except for a 7-3 decision at Ford Field in 2010.
A 30-24 final gives the Lions a win against the spread but nothing of consequence for any fan that doesn’t a few bucks down on the game (and yes, the 54 total points makes a winner out of the “over”).
The Lions used their final four games of the 2010 season as a springboard into their successful 2011 campaign. They will need to do more than leave Lambeau Field with a moral victory to do the same in 2012.