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Detroit Lions

Overall Rating: 82

Team Strategy

 

The Lions defense is quickly becoming the star of the show in Detroit. Loaded with big playmakers and an offense carried by an effective QB, the Lions are a quality choice for H2H and Franchise.

Go-to Plays

Shotgun Split Flex – HB Cross Buck

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Pound the run inside and, when available, bounce it outside the tackle box.

Shotgun Split Flex – PA F Slide

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Once the HB Cross Buck is established, you can look to the play action to open up downfield options.

Shotgun Split Flex – WR Go's

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The HB out of the backfield is difficult to contain and should be your primary option. If your opponent doubles down on the HB, look to the slot WR over the middle. Against aggressive blitzing defenses look to the sideline verticals.

Scouting Report

Offensive Scouting Report

The Lions have a quality trio at WR. Golden Tate III is the best overall option with solid skill moves. Marvin Jones is more of a deep threat, faster and with a higher Spectacular Catch. Kenny Golladay isn’t very dynamic, but is a great third option with solid enough base stats to expose mismatches.

There isn’t much Speed at HB on the Lions roster. In place of that, though, you have a one-two punch that covers opposite ends of the HB spectrum. LeGarrette Blount is a pure power rusher with an outstanding 97 Trucking. Theo Riddick is shiftier with a 92 Juke, and is an excellent pass catcher out of the backfield.

Matthew Stafford is the best strong arm QB in Madden 19. His 98 Throw Power is only topped by Buffalo’s Josh Allen. Stafford’s accuracy and Break Sack ratings are solid as well, making him one of the more effective pocket passers available.

Defensive Scouting Report

Most of the defense on the Lions favors Zone Coverage. While that’s the more effective approach, strictly calling zones is a quick way for a skilled user to start dissecting. Mix in the man-to-man coverage occasionally to avoid being predicable.

Darius Slay Jr. is an absolute shutdown CB. His 94 Speed keeps him within striking distance of anyone, and he is one of the only viable 1v1 options at your disposal. He’s fairly elusive as well, with quality stick moves when he comes down with an INT.

Glover Quin at FS can create turnovers, but he’s one of the players you don’t want in man coverage. He’s fairly balanced, however, and is a good user-controlled option in the secondary. If you need something done on defense, Quin can do it well.

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