Not many expect the Detroit Lions, losers of six-straight games, to defeat the Atlanta Falcons tonight. The sports books list the Falcons as four point favorites while only Adam Schefter was brave enough to pick the Lions while the rest of the ESPN panel of experts went with the Falcons.
That’s what man has to say, but what about machine? ESPN published their weekly Madden 13 video game simulation and the result doesn’t come back with good results for the Lions with the Falcons winning 26-17.
The virtual recap reads like this:
When Matt Ryan hits Julio Jones on a 35-yard bomb in the second quarter, it’s 10-0 Falcons, and Detroit plays catch-up to no avail for the remainder of the game. Ryan finishes with 267 yards passing, including two touchdowns, as the Falcons look to finish strong these last two weeks and prove to all the naysayers that they can contend for the title once January rolls around.
The simulation stats produced just 63 receiving yards for Calvin Johnson. That would leave him 119 yards short of Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record.
So, does the simulation seems realistic? Perhaps although everyone should expect Megatron to come away with more than 63 receiving yards. The simulation’s result might be an accurate representation of each team overall but it can’t account for a game’s intangibles like Johnson’s chase of Rice’s record.