Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - 4/30/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Madden20 Sim: Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm
The Line: Cleveland Browns +3.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns meet Thursday afternoon in a Madden20 simulation game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of those teams that controls the trenches, as their top-four ranked players (David DeCastro, Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Maurkice Pountey) are on the offensive or defensive line. The Steelers are also loaded with highly ranked players on the defensive side and that’s where they’re going to butter their bread in these simulations. The highest ranked skill position player for the Steelers is wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is rated 86 overall with a 91 speed rating and 92 acceleration rating. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is ranked 81 overall and has a strength rating of 82, so he’s tough to bring down even if the defense gets to him. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a physical bunch with an effective defense and are a strong team to play with in this version of Madden.
The Cleveland Browns don’t ever accomplish anything in real life, but they have all the talent in the world that makes them intriguing in the video game. The Browns have three players ranked 90 or better in defensive end Myles Garrett, running back Nick Chubb and wide receiver Odell Beckham. The Browns have another highly ranked running back in Kareem Hunt at 88 and a speedy slot receiver in Jarvis Landry who is ranked at 84 overall and 91 acceleration. Quarterback Baker Mayfield went from an 83 overall to a 76, but his 82 speed and 86 acceleration makes him somebody who can extend plays and even move the chains with his legs at times. The Cleveland Browns are a team you can win a lot of games with in Madden.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a fun team to play with in this game, but it's the Cleveland Browns are one of the more talented teams in this game when you look at the skill positions and their offense is one of the more explosive you're going to get. While the Pittsburgh Steelers are more balanced and have more ways to win, the Browns aren't a team I'm looking to bet against often in the underdog role in these simulations. The Browns can score and score quickly, and they're far more trustworthy than they are in real life.
I'll take my chances with the Cleveland Browns as an underdog.