It’s the final day of the first week of Madden Mayhem and what better way to end it then some great NFC North match-ups.
Yesterday, we saw Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins pulled the huge upset on the road in New England over the Tom Brady-less Patriots. Then the New York Jets blew a double digit lead on the road at Buffalo. If there’s one thing we have learned thus far is that Madden Mayhem has been unpredictable. So why not throw a few bucks on the games and kick back and enjoy.
Here are the previews for Sundays’s games:
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers
Line: Packers -6.5
Sunday 5pm PST
The Detroit Lions have surprisingly played the Green Bay Packers really well of late but they still fail to get over the hump. The Packers always find a way to win despite being down for most of the games of late.
The Lions are coming off what many experts think is their best draft in years. Detroit had two glaring weaknesses last year. The run game and the defensive side of the ball. The Lions drafted the top rated cornerback in the draft in CB Jeff Okudah from Ohio State and in the 2nd round grabbed Georgia star running back D’Andre Swift. Both these guys should make a impact tonight.
Matthew Stafford is still the man under center for the Detroit and with a little bit of luck perhaps Stafford could be the talk of Madden Mayhem. Stafford has a capable receiving core in Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay & former patriot Danny Amendola. Mix those targets in with last years first round pick in tight end T.J. Hockenson and there’s potential for Detroit to have a nice offense.
Defensively the Lions run out of a 4-3 defense and although perhaps they don’t have the big names there’s some talent on this defense. Trey Flowers, Jamie Collins and Reggie Ragland are all guys that are capable of putting up great games and perhaps could put some pressure on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Okudah is now the top defensive back and he’ll most likely matchup with Green Bay’s top receivers.
The Green Bay Packers may have shocked all of us with their draft approach. The two positions we knew the Packers were set at were quarterback and running back and those are the exact positions the Packers drafted in the first two rounds. Strange days are upon us in Green Bay but regardless this team went to the NFC Championship a year ago and although they didn’t address the biggest weaknesses on the team they are still a good football team.
Aaron Rodgers is still one of the best if not the best QB in the league. Sure, they drafted Jordan Love but he won’t see the field unless Rodgers goes down with an injury. Running back wise the Packers are stacked now with the addition of A.J. Dillon out of Boston College. Dillon will join last years starter Aaron Jones as well as Jamal Williams who also got a ton of reps with the starters last year. The pick of Dillon may of not made sense but the backfield is really talented and should give the Lions fits.
When it comes to throwing the ball Rodgers is counting on the development of Allen Lazard who enters his 2nd season in the league. Lazard mixed with Rodgers favorite target in Davante Adams make the Packers pretty serviceable at wideout. Jimmy Graham is gone though so it will be TE Jace Sternberger getting the targets at the tight end position.
Defensively the Packers have some things they need to improv on but there’s some talent on this roster. The Packers run a 3-4 defense led by linebackers Preston Smith & Za’Darius Smith. Both Smith’s are great at rushing the passer and putting a lot of pressure on the quarterback.
The Green Bay secondary should improve since Jaire Alexander and Kevin King gain another year of experience. Alexander was a first rounder out of Louisville in 2018.
6.5 points is a lot of points in this matchup considering these games have been close the past couple of years. However, the draft pick of Jordan Love will light a fire under future hall of fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Give me the Packers to cover the 6.5 points as the Lions struggle to stop Rodgers and the Pack offense.
Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings
Line: Vikings -6
Sunday 7pm PST
The Bears at the Vikings. This just sounds like football. Two classic franchises going head to head in a divisional matchup. The Bears took a huge step back last year despite having almost the same exact team as the 2018 Chicago Bears playoff team.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why Chicago had a awful year last season. It starts with the man under center Mitch Tribisky. He was awful last year and is starting to look like a for sure bust. The Bears finally decided enough is enough and this offseason they traded for Super Bowl winning quarterback Nick Foles. Foles is an instant upgrade and could give the Bears exactly what they need.
The running back position seems to be looking good with 2nd year pro David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen. Both running backs are capable backs who can catch the ball out of the backfield.
The wide receiver position is a bit more of question mark. Sure, they have Anthony Miller out of Memphis and he’s got a ton of talent but joining Miller is journeyman vet Ted Ginn Jr. & Cordarrelle Patterson. I’m not sure those are very capable starting wideouts but perhaps the Bears can get by since they are loaded at the tight end position with Jimmy Graham and rookie Cole Kmet from Notre Dame.
Defensively the Bears are loaded. Akeem Hicks, Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan are all studs in the front 7. Kyle Fuller is a good corner and they drafted another with Jaylon Johnson out of Utah.
The Minnesota Vikings not only kept Kirk Cousins at the quarterback position they actually extended his contract. Cousins has had a horrible record against winning teams but head coach Mike Zimmer thinks thats a non issue.
Cousins will be handing the ball of to star running back Dalvin Cook and the Vikings will certainly need Cook to have a good game to balance their attack against a good Bears defense.
The Vikings lost one of their best offensive players in Stefon Diggs and are replacing him with rookie wideout Justin Jefferson out of LSU. Jefferson will join Adam Thielen and Tajae Sharpe to complete the receiving core for Minnesota. The Jefferson addition should make it easy for Cousins to forget about Diggs. One of Cousins favorite targets is also tight end Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph is back and could give the Bears trouble.
Defensively the Vikings are stout especially at the linebacker position where the Vikings feature Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks, & Eric Wilson. The secondary looks good with safeties Harrison Smith & Anthony Harris as Minnesota knows passing the ball could still be Chicago’s weakness.
Give me the Bears to keep it close enough to cover in Minneapolis. Vikings most likely still get the win but the Khalil Mack and the Bears make it a tough outing for Kirk Cousins and company.