Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders - 4/16/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys
Madden20 Sim: Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm
The Line: Dallas Cowboys -5.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5
The Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys meet Thursday night in a Madden20 simulation game.
The Oakland Raiders aren’t all that fun to play with in this game, as their highest rated player is their center in Rodney Hudson, who is a 93 overall rating with a 90 strength rating. Richie Incognito and Trent Brown are the Raiders next highest rated players, which makes for a strong offensive line but really thin on the difference makers. Running back Josh Jacobs is rated 85 overall with a 91 acceleration rating while tight end Darren Waller is rated 85 overall with an 89 speed rating. Quarterback Derek Carr is rated 80 overall with an 87 acceleration rating and Tyrell Williams is his top ranked receiver with an 82 overall rating and 95 agility rating. The Oakland Raiders have one of the better offensive lines in the game, but the defense can get gashed and the offense can struggle to produce the big play that really opens the game up.
The Dallas Cowboys have four players ranked 91 or better overall in running back Ezekiel Elliott, wide receiver Amari Cooper and offensive linemen Zack Martin and Tyron Smith. That makes for a strong running game and a difference maker on the outside. Quarterback Dan Prescott is rated 81 overall, but he has a decent speed rating of 83 and acceleration rating of 86, so he can hurt defenses with his feet. Speaking of the defense, the Cowboys have a shutdown corner in Byron Jones who has an 88 rating overall and a top tier pass rusher in DeMarcus Lawrence who also has an 88 rating overall and a 88 acceleration rating. The Dallas Cowboys are loaded with difference makers on both sides of the ball and have to be one of the more balanced teams in this years version of Madden.
I don't love laying decent chalk in simulation games where a lot of these games can be complete coin flips with the computer doing whatever it feels like. However, the Oakland Raiders just don't have a lot to get excited about on either side of the ball, especially on defense where they get gashed more times than not. The Dallas Cowboys may not live up to expectations in real life, but they're loaded with difference makers on both sides and make for a winnable team in the video game world. This feels like a mismatch.
I'll take the Cowboys by a touchdown.