Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
Madden20 Sim: Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm
The Line: New England Patriots -5.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots meet Thursday afternoon in a Madden20 simulation game.
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 also 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 rating 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 a strong team to play with in this version of Madden.
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 rating 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 New England Patriots are tough in these simulation games, especially when they have Tom Brady who has a high awareness rating and doesn't make mistakes with the ball. However, you can make a strong argument the Pittsburgh Steelers are the better and more balanced team, and they can strike faster on the offensive end while also getting after the quarterback defensively. On the road or not, I want the points with the Steelers in a game they could win outright if the computer ball bounces our way.