It’s Madden Season and the NFL Regular Season, so let’s merge the two. Continue Reading to see who Madden NFL 17 thinks will win this week.
Madden 17 is the best sports game on the market. It has the best gameplay, the most in depth season mode and it is the most realistic – at least in my opinion – so I thought I would harness that quality to help predict the current NFL season. The game has shown in the past that it is capable of predicting real-life games with disturbing accuracy.
So, each week I will be using Madden, with its updated rosters and depth charts, to predict each game. The games are played with the default settings and have 15 minute quarters.
After Week 1 the game has a record of 8-5, so it’ll be looking to improve that a little bit.
San Francisco 49ers @ Buffalo Bills
The Bills keep on rolling! An explosive 3rd quarter carried the Bills past the Kaepernick led 49ers.
LeSean McCoy continued his rejuvenation as he led the Bills to a convincing win over the 49ers, running for 131 yards and 3 touchdowns. For the 49ers, things don’t seem to be improving with Kaepernick, as he threw 3 interceptions and looked like the same old Kaepernick.
The Bills capitalised on 3 Kaepernick interceptions as LeSean McCoy had 3 rushing touchdowns to compliment his 32 carry, 131 yard game. It’s lucky he played like that as Taylor was awful passing the football. For the 49ers, this game couldn’t have been much worse, they were blown out and Kaepernick was awful. Things still suck in San Francisco.
Bills 31 – 49ers 14
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Chicago Bears
Ergh, I’m glad I’m not a fan of these two teams. Both teams have struggle this year but this was the opportunity to put on an exciting game, but they didn’t
A game in which Jacksonville’s offense had less yards than both punters and the Bears only just outgained one of the punters, the Bears came out on top for their second win of the season. The Bears offense did just enough to beat a Jags team that just can’t get out of their own way.
Bears 19 – Jags 11
Los Angeles Rams @ Detroit Lions
Once again, the Rams hot start seems to have meant nothing as the Lions dominated them to move to 3-3.
Stafford had a very good game against the vaunted Rams defense. He had 283 yards and 3 touchdowns in a game that saw the Lions finally run the ball well with newbie Justin Forsett as the centrepiece. He had 118 yards on 26 carries. The Rams offense continues to be painful. Yes, they scored 14 points, but they were both in garbage time once the game was already lost. Keenum got no respect so Gurley got stuffed, again.
Lions 28 – Rams 14
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Miami Dolphins
It seems as though Madden will make one crazy prediction every week, picking the Texans over the Vikings last week and now picking the Dolphins over the Steelers.
Tannehill didn’t have his most prolific game, but he did enough and more importantly didn’t turn the ball over. He also got a lot of help from his defense. They stifled Le’Veon bell and made the key stop in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. For the Steelers, this was the perfect time to really create a lead but once again played to the level of their opponents.
Dolphins 27 – Steelers 24
Cincinnati Bengals @ New England Patriots
What a game. Lots of lead changes, a fourth quarter comeback, this game had it all.
The Brad revenge tour continues as Brady led the Partriots with a great game. He went 30/42 for 324 yards and 5 touchdowns, though he did have 2 interceptions. Edelman and Hogan each had two touchdowns as part of their great days and Gronk found the endzone, too. For the Bengals, this was a huge upgrade over their last game, but their season is now in serious danger of falling apart as they are now 2-4 thanks to Brady’s 4th quarter heroics.
Patriots 35 – Bengals 27
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints
The Saints send a message as the Panthers season seems to have reached rock bottom.
The Saints stormed out to a 31-7 halftime lead as the shredded the Panthers defense and secondary, and then pounded the rock to seal the win. The Panthers, with Cam Newton back, showed no progress from their Monday Night stinker against the Bucs and are now 1-5 at the bottom of the AFC South.
Saints 39 – Panthers 18
Baltimore Ravens @ New York Giants
In a rematch of Super Bowl 30, the Giants get their payback in a cagey overtime affair.
The Giants, despite having an awful 2.7 yards per carry, the Giants pounded the rock to take attention away from Manning and his receiving corp. The Ravens had a better day on the ground but couldn’t rejuvenate their passing game and, despite a game-tying drive in the last 50 seconds of regulation, couldn’t come out with a win and fell to 3-3.
Giants 25 – Ravens 19
Cleveland Browns @ Tennessee Titans
The Browns won a game! The Browns won a game! The Browns won a game!
Having gone 0-5 despite being in most of their games until the end the Browns have finally come out on top thanks to a competent showing from Kessler, Crowell and Pryor. The Titans, though, gave up a great chance to capitalise on their momentum against a bad team to slip further behind in the AFC South.
Browns 16 – Titans 14
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
The Eagles and Redskins put together one of the most peculiar games so far this season.
These two teams combined for a whopping 8 turnovers in a mess NFC East game. The Eagles have now gone from undefeated with no interceptions from their QB, to 3-2 with 4 interceptions in the last two games. Meanwhile, the Redskins have slowly put it together and are chipping away at the Cowboys lead in the NFC East.
Redskins 20 – Eagles 17
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders
What a cagey affair, between teams you wouldn’t necessarily expect it from.
The Chiefs defense played well and limited the explosive Raiders, which isn’t too surprising but their offense was awful and the Raiders defense did an excellent job of taking away the Chiefs weapons. What’s more, Khalil Mack finally appeared and had 2 sacks, the last of which coming late in the 4th quarter to effectively end the Chiefs comeback attempt.
Raiders 13 – Chiefs 6
Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers
The Bengals and Pats put together a great game, well this one-upped it.
The Cowboys worked their way to a 23-9 lead early in the fourth quarter on the steady arm of Prescott and Elliot’s great running, but the Packers stormed back and equalized in the dying seconds thanks to some Rodgers heroics. But in overtime, after multiple possessions each, the Cowboys came out on top. And Prescott stayed interception-less, which could mean bye, bye Tony!
Cowboys 26 – Packers 23
Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks
The Falcons just keep on rolling and are absolutely for real after their last two weeks.
The Falcons started a little slowly but Matt Ryan had another great game and the Falcons two-headed monster backfield also had another great game to lead the Dirty Birds past the Seahawks with a late game-winning drive. The Seahawks did look good though, so don’t panic Seahawks fans.
Falcons 27 – Seahawks 20
Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans
It is safe to say that both of these teams are bad and are contenders only due to the overall lack of quality in their division.
The Colts had a 24-3 lead at halftime, Gore had the running game working and Luck looked sharp, but an awful 3rd quarter which featured 2 Luck interceptions let the Texans back in the game who stormed back to take the lead. Fuller had another good game and Osweiler scored points, but he still turned the ball over and failed to Hopkins involved.
Texans 30 – Colts 24
New York Jets @ Arizona Cardinals
This game just goes to show that football is a game played in two half’s.
The first half was a pure shootout, the Cardinals were up 24-21 at halftime, Palmer looked better, Johnson was as good as ever and Floyd and Brown were getting involved, making Fitzpatrick pay for his turnovers. The second half, however, was completely different. Fitzpatrick bounced back slightly but Palmer fell off a cliff, throwing two bad picks. The Cardinals are in trouble.
Jets 31 – Cardinals 24