Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints - 4/24/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints - 4/24/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

Madden20 Sim: Friday, April 24, 2020 at 8:00 pm

The Line: Atlanta Falcons +5 -- Over/Under: 52 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons meet Friday night in a Madden20 simulation game. 

The New Orleans Saints have five players ranked 91 or better overall in quarterback Drew Brees, wide receiver Michael Thomas, defensive end Cameron Jordan and offensive linemen Ryan Ramczyk and Terron Armstead. As if a solid offensive line and game changers at quarterback and wide receiver wasn’t enough, the Saints also have an 89 overall at running back in Alvin Kamara who also has a 94 acceleration rating. The Saints are able to flip a game quickly and with Brees having a 98 awareness rating, he’s not going to be fooled by the defense often. The Saints also have one of the faster secondary’s in the game with Justin Hardee, Marshon Lattimore and Eli Apple all having speed and acceleration above 90 ratings, so you’re confident they won’t get beat deep often. The New Orleans Saints are easily one of the best teams to play with in Madden 20.

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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 Atlanta Falcons are a respectable team in this game and aren't a team you should be willing to turn down a bunch of points with often. The problem here is that the New Orleans Saints are possibly the most balanced team in the game and we've seen some beatdowns from them over these last several weeks. While I wouldn't be shocked if the Falcons hung around or even pulled off the upset, I'll continue to ride the Saints until it's no longer profitable. 

Give me the Saints by a touchdown. 

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Saints -5

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