New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - 4/29/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - 4/29/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots

Madden20 Sim: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm

The Line: New England Patriots -5.5 -- Over/Under: 48 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots meet Wednesday afternoon in a Madden20 simulation game. CLICK HERE TO BET THIS NFL SIM GAME

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.

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The New England Patriots have three players ranked in the 90s in cornerback Stephon Gilmore, quarterback Tom Brady and safety Devin McCourty. This day is obviously all about Brady with the Patriots hosting four simulation games, and he brings a 95 awareness rating to the table with a 70 agility rating. However, when you throw in linebacker Dont’a Hightower and his 88 overall rating, the Pats rely heavily on their defense in this game with three of their top-four ranked players being on that side of the ball. Offensively, wide receiver Julian Edelman has a solid 91 acceleration rating and 87 overall rating, while the offensive line has three players with an 84 overall rating or above. The New England Patriots are short on offensive weapons, but they have an effective defense and a quarterback who doesn’t get fooled often and takes care of the football.

The Atlanta Falcons are not a pushover team in this game that you just bet against and consistently make a profit, as they have a highly rated defensive front seven and some high level playmakers on offense who can't be looked over. However, the New England Patriots are usually money at home in these simulations and Brady is still a high level player in this game who doesn't make the key mistakes that can cost a bettor more times than not. I like the Pats to get the job done at home.

Give me the New England Patriots and the reasonable chalk. 

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Randy’s Pick New England Patriots -5.5

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