Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 4/21/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 4/21/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

Madden20 Sim: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm

The Line: Cincinnati Bengals +5.5 -- Over/Under: 45 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Los Angeles Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals meet Tuesday afternoon in a Madden20 simulation game.

The Los Angeles Chargers are a really underrated team in the Madden game, as they have 11 different players ranked 81 or better overall. Wide receiver Keenan Allen, defensive end Joey Bosa and cornerback Casey Hayward are the highest rated players in the 90s, while defensive end Melvin Ingram and safety Derwin James come in at 88 overall. The Chargers have a relentless pass rush in this game and a strong front seven overall that limits big plays and forces the opposing offense to work hard for everything. Quarterback Philip Rivers is rated 84 overall and has an 88 awareness rating, so he’s not going to make the boneheaded play often that you see in these simulation games. The Los Angeles Chargers have a lot to offer in Madden and are a balanced team that you can make money on during these simulations. 

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The Cincinnati Bengals have three players ranked 87 overall or higher in wide receiver AJ Green, defensive tackle Geno Atkins and running back joe Mixon. Throw in wide receiver Tyler Boyd who is an 83 overall and has a 92 acceleration rating, and the Bengals are a losing team in real life that actually is intriguing in the video game world. The obvious issue with the Bengals is quarterback Andy Dalton, who is 72 overall, and has a 73 awareness rating and a 75 speed rating. The Cincinnati Bengals have talent and are a surprisingly poor team you can win with in this game. However, in a computer simulation, you have to worry about Dalton and the questionable decisions he’s going to make with a low awareness rating. 

I'm higher on the Cincinnati Bengals in this video game than most probably are, but I'm not all that thrilled about backing them against one of the more balanced and talented teams in the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers may not have won much last year, but they have 11 players ranked 81 overall or better, and that type of depth isn't found a whole lot in this game. The Chargers are good and win a lot of games in blowout fashion. I'll get behind the Bengals in other spots, but this isn't a game I want to grab the points.

I'll take the Chargers by a touchdown.

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Chargers -5.5

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

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