Houston Texans vs. Atlanta Falcons - 4/18/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans
Madden20 Sim: Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm
The Line: Houston Texans -2.5 -- Over/Under: 45.5
The Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans meet Friday afternoon in a Madden20 simulation game.
The Atlanta Falcons have two players ranked 90 overall or higher in wide receiver Julio Jones and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. Jones damn near dominates single coverage on every play and Jarrett has a 95 awareness rating and 89 strength rating, so he’s consistently doing his job and demands double teams. Austin Hooper is one of the better tight ends in the game of Madden and running back Devonta Freeman is a 92 rating in speed, 91 rating in acceleration and 94 in agility. Quarterback Matt Ryan isn’t as hot as he was when the game first launched, but he’s still a decent 89 in awareness and 80 in acceleration and is a winnable QB to play with. The Atlanta Falcons used to be a fun team to play with, and while they lost some of that steam over the year or two, they still have some highly rated players who can change a game.
The Houston Texans have one of the best difference makers on both sides of the ball in wide receiver Deandre Hopkins (98 overall) and defensive end JJ Watt (97 overall). Both of those guys can takeover a game even in the virtual world and their awareness of 99 overall makes them reliable in games like this with the computer leading the way. The Texans also have a solid left tackle in Laremy Tunsil who is an 87 overall rating and a 91 awareness rating. Quarterback wise, the Texans have Deshaun Watson who has a 86 overall rating and an 88 acceleration rating, so he can kill defenses with his arm or legs. The x-factor for the Texans is wide receiver Will Fuller, who has a 95 speed rating and 93 acceleration rating, giving him the ability to take the top off a defense. Bottom line, the Texans are one of the more underrated teams in Madden20.
The Atlanta Falcons are far from a pushover in this game and can get hot on the offensive side in a hurry. However, the Houston Texans are one of my favorite teams to play with because of the top tier talent on both sides of the ball and an explosive quarterback leading the way. There's not much the Texans can't do in this game, and they should be trustworthy given the balance even with the computer leading the way. Just under a full field goal, I'll lay the reasonable chalk with the Texans at home.