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Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Week 18 preview: Madden 24 simulation

Previewing Week 18: Lions vs. Vikings with a simulated game of Madden 24.

After a two-week hiatus—one caused by the holidays, the other by the seasonal flu—our Detroit Lions Madden simulations are back—AND BETTER THAN EVER!

On our everlasting quest to try and make the virtual Detroit Lions not terrible, like Madden seems to so desperately want, we have reintroduced mods to the game. In fact, we have downloaded a mod specifically invented to improve computer vs. computer gameplay.

If you don’t know what I’m even talking about, here’s a short version of our live Madden sims. At 10 a.m. ET on Saturdays, I fire up a game of Madden 24. I pick the Lions and their upcoming opponents (this week, the Minnesota Vikings), and I adjust the depth chart in accordance to the latest roster moves and injury reports. We want this to be as “accurate” to the real game as possible.

Then I just let the computers go at it. I do not control either team, I do not call plays. It’s CPU vs. CPU, and I’m just there to watch, commentate, and usually yell really loud at the chaos.

If you’re wondering what the results of these Madden sims have looked like compared to the real thing, here’s a look:

Week 1:

  • Madden: 38-21 Chiefs
  • Reality: 21-20 Lions

Week 1:

  • Madden: 38-35 (OT) Lions
  • Reality: 37-31 (OT) Broncos

Week 3:

  • Madden: 27-17 Falcons
  • Reality: 20-6 Lions

Week 4:

  • Madden: 27-9 Packers
  • Reality: 34-20 Lions

Week 5:

  • Madden: 24-17 Panthers
  • Reality: 42-24 Lions

Week 6:

Week 7:

  • Madden: 30-18 Ravens
  • Reality: 38-6 Ravens

Week 8:

  • Madden: 16-10 Raiders
  • Reality: 26-14 Lions

Week 10:

  • Madden: 28-7 Chargers
  • Reality: 41-38 Lions


Week 11:

  • Madden: 28-20 Lions
  • Reality: 31-26 Lions

Week 12:

  • Madden: 37-31 (OT) Packers
  • Reality: 29-22 Packers

Week 13:

  • Madden: 33-17 Lions
  • Reality: 33-28 Lions


Week 14

  • Madden: 28-20 Bears
  • Reality: 28-13 Bears

Week 15

  • Madden: 24-17 Broncos
  • Reality: 42-17 Lions

As you can see, the modding actually seems to work. So with it back on, we’ll get to see if Madden can keep its accuracy up with the mod on.

Anyway, if you want to join us, here’s all the info you need to know:

What: Lions vs. Vikings Week 18 Madden 24 simulation
When: 10 a.m. ET — Saturday, January 6
Where: or (or embedded below)

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