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.
Through two weeks the game has a record of 17-10.
New York Giants @ Los Angeles Rams
What a treat for the UK fans this game will be if it replicates what Madden thinks.
Odell Beckham followed up a huge day last week with another against the Rams, catching 12 passes for 195 yards and touchdown. But he was outdone by a fired up Tavon Austin who had a career day, catching 14 passes for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns which propelled the Rams to a big win.
Rams 44 – Giants 32
Baltimore Ravens @ New York Jets
This was not a pretty game but does that really surprise anyone?
Both offenses struggled to move the ball and they both turn the ball over multiple times. What didn’t help was the Jets missed both of their field goa attempts and the Ravens made only 1 of their 2 attempts. Both defenses played well but the skill of the offensive teams has a lot to do with that.
Ravens 24 – Jets 14
New Orleans Saints @ Kansas City Chiefs
Another offensive shootout for the Saints and another game decided on a field goal.
Drew Brees had another great game with over 300 yards and 4 touchdown passes which was enough to overcome Alex Smith’s good day – he passed for 241 yards and 3 TD’s. All of the Saints weapons got involved and they put together a game tying drive in the final 2 minutes, then they won it in overtime with Will Lutz overcoming an early miss to nail his 2nd field goal.
Saints 35 – Chiefs 32
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans
As far as I’m concerned this would be one of this week’s biggest shocker: the Colts shut out the Titans.
Andrew Luck was unspectacular but he did enough, as did Frank Gore and the rest of the offense. However the defense had by far their best game, holding Mariota to 77 passing yards, and the Titans to just 76 rushing yards on their way to shutting them out.
Colts 24 – Titans 0
Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles
In a game with several good storylines we will be treated to a pretty interesting contest according to Madden.
As you would expect, this game was somewhat of a defensive duel, and neither offense could get it going. In Sam Bradford’s return to Philly he managed just 117 yards and the Vikings managed just 79 rushing yards. The Eagles had more success, passing for 189 yards and rushing for 151, and Wentz looked after the ball too. This all meant the Eagles got back to winning ways to hand the Vikings their first loss.
Eagles 24 – Vikings 3
Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals
The battle of Ohio produces a pretty boring game that really didn’t feature much of a contest.
The Browns jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter but were hot garbage from them on as they put up a goose-egg over the remaining 3 quarters. Meanwhile the Bengals controlled the game with a heavy dosage of Jeremy Hill and efficient passing from Dalton who finished the game 24/30 for 195 yards and four touchdowns. More importantly, the Browns remain winless.
Bengals 38 – Browns 10
Washington Redskins @ Detroit Lions
In an NFC meeting on two teams coming off wins and looking to stay hot, and it was the Lions who managed it.
The Lions dominated for the duration of this game. Justin Forsett found his 2014 form as he ran all over the Redskins defense on the way to building a 31-3 lead in the 3rd quarter. Stafford had a solid game as the defense backed the offense up very well, limiting Matt Jones and Kirk Cousins.
Lions 31 – Redskins 17
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Oakland Raiders
Boy’o’boy does Madden love offense, as this game one-upped the Rams game and the Saints game.
The Jags, on the arm of Blake Bortles, had built multiple double digit leads only to fall behind just before the two-minute warning. But Bortles led a game-tying drive to send the game to overtime. But like he has many times, Bortles threw a killer interception and Derek Carr led the Raiders on a game winning drive.
Raiders 49 – Jaguars 43
Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins
The Bills come into this game looking to move to 5-2 meanwhile the Dolphins are looking to build from a big win over the Steelers.
This game got off to a hot start with both teams moving the ball well and scoring points and the Bills had the 21-17 lead at halftime. But the second half was completely different. Both defenses stepped up big time. The Dolphins only didn’t allow another point, but that wasn’t enough as their offense managed just 3.
Bills 21 – Dolphins 20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers
If last week was even remotely promising for Kaepernick this game will have killed that in another bad loss for the 49ers.
Kaepernick completed just 39% of his passes, 11 of 28, for 97 yards and he had 3 interceptions and no touchdowns – he did have a rushing touchdown on 11 carries for 47 yards. The Bucs took advantage of that and continued to build after their win in Carolina two weeks ago.
Buccaneers 41 – 49ers 18
San Diego Chargers @ Atlanta Falcons
The Chargers blow leads.
Both QB’s had great games, as you would expect, but it took a while for the Falcons to get going as they fell behind 21-7 at one point in the 2nd quarter. They pulled it back to 21-17 at halftime but fell behind 31-17 in the 3rd quarter. But the Chargers find ways to lose games. They were outscored 21-3 in the final quarter which cost them a second big win in as many weeks.
Falcons 38 – Chargers 34
New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Possibly the matchup of the week if not for Roethlisberger’s injury but Landry Jones brought his A-game against the Pats.
Brady had his least prolific day of the season so far but he didn’t turn the ball over and led a game-winning drive as time-expired in the fourth quarter. He was helped by Blount’s incredible day in his return to Heinz Field as he ran for 225 yards and a touchdown on his 20 carries. The Steelers played well they just couldn’t make the stop when they needed it most.
Patriots 30 – Steelers 27
Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are back.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 20-0 lead thanks to Carson Palmer and co capitalising on 2 Russell Wilson interceptions. They held that lead until the fourth quarter but the Seahawks made a furious charge back but the Cardinals came up with one more big stop to get their second win in as many weeks to move back towards the top of the NFC West.
Cardinals 20 – Seahawks 14
Houston Texans @ Denver Broncos
Osweiler’s return to Denver had him fired up, enough to shock a hell of a lot of people.
Osweiler didn’t have an amazing game but he made the throws he had to make and he took advantage of Miller’s second great game in as many weeks. The Broncos on the other hand are now on a 3-game skid and their offense is not looking good, as Siemian turned the ball over twice and they couldn’t run the ball.
Texans 34 – Broncos 7