New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers - 4/26/20 Madden 20 Sim NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
Madden 20 NFL Sim: Sunday April 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm
The Line: New Orleans Saints -7.5 -- O/U: 59.5
The Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints meet in an NFC South division game Madden 20 NFL simulation matchup on Sunday night.
The Carolina Panthers will look to rebound from back-to-back sim losses after a 34-28 overtime loss to Washington last time out. . Carolina is arguably the most envied team in this year’s Madden as the only team with two of the game’s five 99 overall rated players, and they have one on each side of the ball. Christian McCaffrey is the offensive leader for the Panthers with 92 speed, 93 acceleration and 97 agility as well as 98 carrying and 96 juke. Greg Olsen is 88 overall at tight end with 93 catching and 93 catching in traffic while D.J. Moore comes in at 85 overall with 93 speed and acceleration and 81 catching at wide receiver. Cam Newton’s healthy in the game, but his overall rating is still down to 79 yet he still remains the starting QB for the Panthers. On D, Luke Kuechly holds onto the other 99 rating at linebacker, with 90 jumping, 91 impact blocking and 99 tackling as well as 99 play recognition and 96 pursuit. After Kuechly, Gerald McCoy and Kawann Short anchor the defensive line at 85 and 84 overall, with both possessing strength and impact blocking ratings in the low-90s.
The New Orleans Saints will try to bounce back from a 27-24 loss to Philadelphia last time out. Michael Thomas is New Orleans’ 99 overall rated player in the game, with 89 speed, 92 acceleration and 92 agility as well as 99 catching, 98 catching in traffic and 97 spectacular catch with 96 release and 93 jumping. Drew Brees starts at QB for the Saints at 94 overall with 99 short pass accuracy, 97 medium pass accuracy and 91 deep ball accuracy. Alvin Kamara leads the Saints’ backfield with an 89 overall rating, including 94 acceleration, 93 agility, 90 carrying and 90 juke while Jared Cook is at 87 overall with 90 acceleration and 85 catching. On D, Cameron Jordan leads the Saints’ pass rush at 92 overall with 92 impact blocking, 89 tackling and 94 finesse move. Demario Davis is at 89 overall at outside linebacker with 90 play recognition and 90 pursuit as well as 86 speed and 89 acceleration. Marcus Williams and Marshon Lattimore also make up a huge part of the New Orleans secondary at 86 and 85 overall.
Both sides have had their ups and downs in these sim games lately, but while the Panthers got off to the hot start, they’ve cooled off in their last couple of games and a loss to a Brutal Redskins team just doesn’t do much for my confidence. New Orleans’ losses are at least coming to decent teams and while I’m not a fan of heavy lines in these sim games, It’s New Orleans or pass for me in this one.