Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints - 4/5/20 Madden 20 Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings
Madden 20 Sim: Sunday April 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -1.5 -- O/U: 55.5
The New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings meet in a Madden 20 Simulation game on Sunday afternoon.
The New Orleans Saints finally picked up their first simulator win in their last outing, improving to 1-2 after picking up a 37-20 win over the Detroit Lions. The Saints boast a three-headed monster on offense with the combination of QB Drew Brees, HB Alvin Kamara and WR Michael Thomas, all of whom own a 90+ overall rating. Brees, a 92 overall, has a 99 mark in short pass accuracy, a 95 rating in medium pass accuracy and a 90 accuracy rating when it comes to the long ball as well as 85 throw power. Kamara is a 90 overall with an 89 speed rating as well as a 94 grade in acceleration and a 93 agility mark while Thomas is a team-high 95 overall with low 90s in acceleration and agility as well, but has a 98 catch rating, 95 catching in traffic rating as well as a 94 spectacular catch, 92 release and 90 jumping rating as well. On defense, Cameron Jordan is the anchor with a 91 overall rating with an 89 tackle rating as well as 92 grades in both block shedding and power moves as well. Marshon Lattimore remains the top dog in the secondary as an 87 overall with an 89 rating in man-on-man coverage as well as a 93 speed rating and 94 acceleration while Demario Davis is the leader of the linebackers as an 85 overall with an 86 speed grade and 89 in acceleration, pretty good for a linebacker.
The Minnesota Vikings come into this one at 2-0 after a 38-17 win over the Detroit Lions in their last outing. The Vikings still boast one of the top receiving tandems in the game, as Adam Thielen comes in as a 94 overall with 90 speed, 93 acceleration and 93 agility as well as a 94 release rating, 96 grades in spectacular catch and catching period as well as a 91 mark in catching in traffic. Stefon Diggs is still on the game roster despite being a Buffalo Bill now, but he’s a 93 overall with 97 catching, 95 spectacular catch, 97 catching as well as a 91 speed grade as well as 93s in acceleration and agility. Dalvin Cook brings an 85 overall mark and a 91 speed and 90 acceleration grade to the Minnesota backfield as well. Statistically, in terms of attributes, the Vikings have a loaded defense led by Harrison Smith who comes in at 94 overall with a 93 rating in power as well as zone coverage, play recognition and pursuit. Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen and Linval Joseph all anchor the defensive line with overall ratings of 85+.
The Vikings have looked solid up to this point, but in reality, the Packers are a decent name brand team, but they don’t have a ton going for them in terms of top players outside of Aaron Rodgers and the Lions aren’t much of a threat to anything. The Saints have gotten off to a slow start, but this is the best offensive team in Madden this year, and with options like Thomas and Kamara in combination with Brees, it’s not hard to see why. The Saints defense, even in a video game, isn’t getting the kind of credit it deserves as this is still a strong core. I know Minnesota still has Stefon Diggs in this game and Adam Thielen is tough, and at home Minnesota is normally a strong team, but home field hasn’t mattered a whole lot in a lot of these simulated games. I also think having Drew Brees is a huge step up over Kirk Cousins under center. I’ll take the free point with the better team and to me that’s New Orleans.