Madden curse watch week 7: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears

Historically, players who are featured on the cover of the “Madden NFL” franchise experience significant drops in their offensive production. is tracking the performance of Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions over the course of the 2012 season because we believe Johnson will debunk the Madden curse.

It’s Monday Night Football! Time for a good ol’ NFC North matchup. Lions at Bears. Does it get any better than this?

Here’s our hero Calvin Johnson AKA Megatron.

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“Nobody gets the football like Megatron”  – Jon Gruden

Madden. Agree or Disagree?

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Let the game begin!



The Bears score a touchdown on their first possession and a field goal moments later to take the early lead.

Meanwhile Calvin Johnson has a terrible time catching the ball. Cue video!

Calvin, meet Charles. Charles, Calvin. Wait, you guys have met?

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Score at the half, 13-0 Bears.



A defensive pass interference call puts the ball on the Detriot 1-yard line. Can’t get any easier than that right? Here’s what happens:

Johnson is shutout once again.

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Maybe he’s a Bears fan?

The Lions defense keeps the Bears from scoring. At the end of the third quarter the score remains unchanged.



As the two defenses battle it out. The Lions are still in the game.

With  30 seconds left , Matt Stafford connects with Ryan Broyles for a touchdown.

The Lions are now back in it, but a failed onside kick seals their faith.

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Final score, 13-6 Bears.

Plenty of football left to play, see you next week Megatron.

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