Team: Detroit Lions
Madden 12 Team Rating: 76
Our Predicted Madden 13 Team Rating: 86
Why we think it will change: Calvin Johnson – aka Megatron – snared the cover of Madden NFL 13 this year and his fellow teammates will power the Lions’ overall rating north of last year’s. Between Johnson’s most-likely 99 rating and quarterback Matt Stafford’s numbers going up as well, the Lions will be one of the better-ranked squads heading into the season.
Helping their cause will be the havoc-inducing Ndamukong Suh on the defensive line, one of the most dominant in the game, as well as a strong linebacking squad. However, their secondary is questionable thanks to the release of their starting cornerback Aaron Berry, who was arrested not once, but twice this offseason. The biggest question is whether or not their ordinary, oft-injured running corps can provide enough balance to power Megatron and Stafford through the air. We think they do – to the tune of an 86 overall rating.
And now, we shift gears to look at who will be taking a downward shift in the upcoming game…