Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Madden20 Sim: Friday, April 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet Friday afternoon in a Madden20 simulation game.
The Carolina Panthers may not have won much in real life last season, but they have two difference makers in linebacker Luke Kuechly and running back Christian McCaffrey, both who are ranked 99 overall. The Panthers then have three other players rated 85 or higher in tight end Greg Olsen, defensive end Gerald McCoy and wide receiver DJ Moore. You quickly learn that the Panthers have a lot more talent in the video game world than they may have on the actual football field and you can win playing with this team. Since these are 2019 rosters, the Panthers also have a healthy and effective Cam Newton at quarterback, and he’s a decent 79 overall with an 85 speed rating and 88 acceleration rating. For a club that didn’t do much last year, the Panthers are much better than people would think.
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.
These are two under the radar teams that you can do damage with playing online, so this is a spot where I'd usually grab whatever points I can and call it a day. However, we're getting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home and aren't being asked to lay a lot of points. The Bucs also have the edge on the defensive side in this contest and that's key in some of these games that have been low scoring. I like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to grind out a victory in this contest.