Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons - 4/5/20 Madden 20 Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons - 4/5/20 Madden 20 Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Madden 20 Sim: Sunday April 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm

The Line: Atlanta Falcons -1.5 -- O/U: 55.5

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The Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet in an NFC South division matchup in a Madden 20 simulation game on Sunday afternoon.

The Atlanta Falcons enter their 3rd game with a 1-1 record after opening things with a 40-34 win over New Orleans before falling to Carolina by a final score of 31-27 in their last outing. It’s the usual suspects on offense for the Falcons, with Julio Jones leading the charge at a 97 overall rating. Jones boasts mid- to high-90s ratings in catching, as well as catching in traffic, spectacular catch, release and jumping as well as a 92 speed rating, 91 acceleration and 95 agility. Devonta Freeman and Matt Ryan are each 89 overall rated to lead the attack for Atlanta. Defensively, Deion Jones is the top guy with a 90 overall rating, including an 89 grade in tackling, an 87 mark in play recognition and 89 in pursuit while also owning an impressive 90 speed rating at linebacker. Desmond Trufant is an 88 overall corner with a 92 speed rating and 93 acceleration mark while Grady Jarrett has an 87 overall rating up front on the D-Line. Through two games, Atlanta is averaging 33.5 PPG and allowing 32.5 PPG.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lone simulation matchup saw the Bucs fall to a fellow Florida team in Jacksonville with a 30-27 loss to the Jaguars. Mike Evans is the stud on offense for Tampa Bay, leading the Bucs with a team-high 91 overall rating, a good part of that being from mid- to high-90s ratings in catching in traffic, spectacular catch, release and jumping. The Bucs also have a strong O-line with Demar Dotson and Ali Marpet who are 88 and 85 overall respectively. Lavonte David is the anchor on defense with a 90 overall rating at middle linebacker, including an 86 speed rating, a 90 acceleration rating and an 87 mark in agility as well as a 91 tackle rating. David also marks at 88 in play recognition and 92 in pursuit while Ndamukong Suh leads the pass rush at 85 overall but the secondary is questionable at best with the highest rated played sitting at 75 overall which is where free safety Justin Evans is at.

Tampa Bay was competitive in their opener, but the fact remains the same in a simulation that it does in reality (which is the sign of a good video game) and it is that Jameis Winston is a liability throwing the ball, and it doesn’t really make me overly confident that their top option throwing the ball is only a 76 overall. Atlanta is the more capable team across the board, and the Falcons don’t necessarily rely on the big play to get the ball moving and put points on the board. Laying points with a road dog is a tricky proposition any way you slice it, but the Falcons get the job done here, so I’ll lay the points with Atlanta.

Chris’s Pick Atlanta -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.