Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots - 4/11/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Madden20 Sim: Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm
The Line: New England Patriots -2 -- Over/Under: 40
The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Saturday in a Madden20 Tom Brady Day Simulation Game.
The New England Patriots have three players ranked in the 90s in cornerback Stephon Gilmore, quarterback Tom Brady and safety Devin McCourty. This day is obviously all about Brady with the Patriots hosting four simulation games, and he brings a 95 awareness rating to the table with a 70 agility rating. However, when you throw in linebacker Dont’a Hightower and his 88 overall rating, the Pats rely heavily on their defense in this game with three of their top-four ranked players being on that side of the ball. Offensively, wide receiver Julian Edelman has a solid 91 acceleration and 87 overall rating, while the offensive line has three players with an 84 overall rating or above. The New England Patriots are short on offensive weapons, but they have an effective defense and a quarterback who doesn’t get fooled often and takes care of the football.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of those teams that controls the trenches, as their top-four ranked players (David DeCastro, Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Maurkice Pountey) are on the offensive or defensive line. The Steelers are loaded with highly ranked players on the defensive side and that’s where they’re going to butter their bread in these simulations. The highest ranked skill position player for the Steelers is wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is rated 86 overall with a 91 speed and 92 acceleration rating. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is ranked 81 overall and has a strength rating of 82, so he’s tough to bring down even if the defense gets to him. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a physical bunch with an effective defense and are going to be tough to beat regardless of opponent.
While these are simulation games and it's hard to really get a feel for what's going to happen due to so much randomness, the New England Patriots have won 13 of the last 17 meetings against the Pittsburgh Steelers and are 6-1 against them since 2013. Bill Belichick simply has the edge over Mike Tomlin and it's usually the same style game every time. While I'm sure that won't have a ton of impact on this computer vs. computer, I'm going to side with the Pats and the cheap line anyway.