Madden 17 Projection for Tennessee Titans vs. Detroit Lions
While it surely isn’t the most exact science, App Trigger on FanSided did Madden 17 simulations for every week two game. There’s a few surprises with the Baltimore Ravens putting up 40 points, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dismantling the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers scoring 45 points against a great Minnesota Vikings defense.
Those don’t seem very likely, but the projection for the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions matchup actually seems very plausible. The projection has the Lions winning 29-26. It has Matthew Stafford throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, outdueling Marcus Mariota who racks up 293 yards passing with two touchdowns and one interception. Ryan Succop keeps the Titans in it with four field goals, but we can’t get into range before the game ends, falling just short of improving to 1-1.
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Like I said, this shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but I actually believe this is very close to how the game will play out. This has the makings of a shootout, whether or not the Titans want it to be. The Lions front seven isn’t bad against the run, and the way to attack their defense is through the air. Particularly against their linebackers and safeties in coverage.
Stafford’s projections are about what I’d expect from him in this one. Our secondary is far from great and Stafford has been on an absolute tear since Jim Bob Cooter took over as their offensive coordinator. Mariota’s projections are also what I’d expect. He should have success like he usually does, but he’s thrown at least one interception in eight of his 12 full games.
While the simulation doesn’t distinguish whether that interception will cost us the game, it’s been turnovers that have doomed this team in the past. Mariota and the rest of the offense needs to be more careful with the ball if we’re to walk away from Detroit with a win this Sunday.