Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 4/19/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 4/19/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers

Madden20 Sim: Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 8:00 pm

The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -3 -- Over/Under: 44

TV: twitch.tv/betonlinemadden

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Sunday night in a Madden20 simulation game.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are actually a respectable team in this video game, as they have two players ranked in the 90s in wide receiver Mike Evans and linebacker Lavonte David. The Bucs also have five other players ranked 85 overall or better, including defensive linemen Ndamukong Such and Vita Vea. Quarterback Jameis Winston carries a 78 overall rating with a 81 acceleration rating, but his awareness rating is just 75, so like in real life, he’s prone to mistakes and turnovers. Still, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some difference makers on both sides of the field and are far more loaded on defense than most people would expect. The Buccaneers have become that sneaky good team in Madden that people can win with if they know what they’re doing. 

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 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of those teams that are subpar in real life but can do some damage in the virtual world. In this game, I still have to side with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the reasonable chalk. The Steelers are one of the more balanced teams in this video game and can strike early and often on the offensive end. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are turnover prone and I don't trust their quarterback to make the right play with the computer making the decisions with such a low awareness rating. I'll eat the field goal.

 

Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Steelers -3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.