As long as the Detroit Lions have Calvin Johnson, they will be able to hold their own in Madden games.  With a strong passing attack, a solid front 7, and some impact newcomers, the Lions should be pretty good in Madden 16.

The Madden School Detroit Lions team breakdown for Madden 16 is below.

Team: Detroit Lions

Offensive Strategy: Get the ball to Megatron.  There really isn’t any simpler offense than this in Madden 16.  You have the best receiver in the game and to go along with that he is bigger and faster than everyone on the field.  Your opponent will have to start double or triple teaming him.  At that point, you can go to any of your tight ends or Golden Tate.

Defensive Strategy: Create pressure up front.  The Lions secondary is a little weak but up front they have some good pass rushers and run stoppers.  You will need to get sacks using 3-5 man rushes so that you can drop extra guys into coverage.

Impact Players: QB Matthew Stafford, HB Joique Bell, WR Calvin Johnson, WR Golden Tate, TE Brandon Pettigrew, TE Eric Ebron, TE Joseph Fauria, LE Jason Jones, DT Haloti Ngata, RE Ziggy Ansah, OLB Kyle Van Noy, OLB DeAndre Levy, MLB Stephen Tulloch, CB Darius Slay

Key Newcomers: LG Laken Tomlinson, HB Ameer Abdullah, CB Alex Carter, S Taylor Mays

Strengths: The passing game.  Matthew Stafford can make all of the throws in Madden 16 and people are willing to trade away their entire team to get Calvin Johnson.  Just having those 2 guys would give you an above average offense.  Don’t forget that the Lions also have 3 extremely talented tight ends that the defense will have to respect.

Weaknesses: Secondary.  In order to win in Madden you have to be able to stop the pass.  The Lions don’t have the shut down corners needed to stop some of the most explosive offenses in Madden 16.  Luckily, the Lions offense should score plenty of points so you should only have to get 1 or 2 stops per game to win.

Overview: The Lions are in that great spot for fans where they probably aren’t a top 10 Madden team which means that very few people will play online with them.  However, they are good enough to compete with just about any team if you use them the right way.  They fall in that 10-15 best Madden team range.

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