Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints - 4/17/20 Madden 20 Sim NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts
Madden 20 NFL Sim: Friday April 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm
The Line: New Orleans Saints -6.5 -- O/U: 57.5
The New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts meet in a Madden 20 NFL simulation game on Friday night.
The New Orleans Saints will be out to rebound from a 23-19 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in their last outing. Michael Thomas comes in as one of the five valuable 99 overall rated players along with 89 speed, 92 acceleration and 92 agility as well as 99 catching, 98 catching in traffic and 97 spectacular catch with 96 release and 93 jumping. Drew Brees starts at QB at 94 overall with 99 short pass accuracy, 97 medium pass accuracy and 91 deep ball accuracy B for New Orleans. Alvin Kamara leads the Saints’ backfield with an 89 overall rating, including 94 acceleration, 93 agility, 90 carrying and 90 juke while Jared Cook is at 87 overall with 90 acceleration and 85 catching. On the defensive end, Cameron Jordan leads the Saints on the pass rush at 92 overall with 92 impact blocking, 89 tackling and 94 finesse move. Demario Davis is at 89 overall at outside linebacker with 90 play recognition and 90 pursuit as well as 86 speed and 89 acceleration. Marcus Williams and Marshon Lattimore also make up a huge part of the New Orleans secondary at 86 and 85 overall.
The Indianapolis Colts will look to build on their first simulation win in the form of a 27-20 win over Jacksonville last time out. T.Y. Hilton is the leader on offense for the Colts with an 88 overall attribute rating, with 93 speed as well as a 95 mark in agility and 91 grade in acceleration. The Colts also have some solid beef up front with four offensive linemen with at least an 80 overall rating, including Quenton Nelson who has a team-high 94 overall rating with a 99 awareness rating as well as 97 strength and 92 run blocking. On the defensive end, Justin Houston leads the front at 86 overall, including a 93 mark in play recognition while Darius Leonard posts up one of the outside linebacker spots with an 85 overall rating including an 88 grade in tackling.
Part of me thinks there’s value with the Colts after their first win and these sim games can be a coin flip. However, of the eight combined players that are at least 89 overall, New Orleans has 7 of them, and 5 are skill position players on both sides of the ball, including Michael Thomas and Drew Brees on offense and Cameron Jordan and Demario Davis on defense. I just don’t trust the Colts to be able to do enough to keep pace with the Saints here, so I’ll lay the points with New Orleans in this one.