Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders - 4/23/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
Madden20 Sim: Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm
The Line: Denver Broncos +1.5 -- Over/Under: 45.5
The Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos meet Thursday afternoon in a Madden20 simulation game.
The Oakland Raiders aren’t all that fun to play with in this game, as their highest rated player is their center in Rodney Hudson, who is a 93 overall rating with a 90 strength rating. Richie Incognito and Trent Brown are the Raiders next highest rated players, which makes for a strong offensive line but really thin on the difference makers. Running back Josh Jacobs is rated 85 overall with a 91 acceleration rating while tight end Darren Waller is rated 85 overall with an 89 speed rating. Quarterback Derek Carr is rated 80 overall with an 87 acceleration rating and Tyrell Williams is his top ranked receiver with an 82 overall rating and 95 agility rating. The Oakland Raiders have one of the better offensive lines in the game, but the defense can get gashed and the offense can struggle to produce the big play that really opens the game up.
The Denver Broncos have an old school feel to their playing style, as they’re going to rely on their defense and ground game to produce victories. Linebacker Von Miller is the Broncos highest rated player at 96 and cornerback Chris Harris is the second highest rated player with a 90 overall. Running back Phillip Lindsay is the Broncos highest rated offensive player at an 85, and he’s going to be the workhorse for Denver to keep things competitive. The concern with the Broncos is that quarterback Drew Lock doesn’t get much respect from the folks at Madden with his 68 rating overall, but he does have decent speed at 83 and could make some plays with his feet at times. The Denver Broncos aren’t flashy, but they play disciplined ball and control the trenches, which could be key with the computer leading the way.
This is sure to be a battle of the trenches, as the Raiders have one of the better offensive lines in the game and the Broncos rely on their front seven. An old school style game that could go either way and the team that wins the turnover battle is probably going to come out on top. I'll lean toward the Broncos and the points because they're far more trustworthy on the defensive side and have a dominant running back in Lindsay who can put a game on ice late.
Give me the Broncos in the underdog role.