New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys - 5/1/20 Madden 20 Sim NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys - 5/1/20 Madden 20 Sim NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints

Madden 20 NFL Sim: Friday May 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm

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The Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints meet in a Madden 20 NFL simulation game on Friday night. 

The Dallas Cowboys come into this one fresh off of a tough game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night. Ezekiel Elliott leads Dallas’ offense, rated 93 overall at starting RB with 90 speed, 91 acceleration and 95 agility while Amari Cooper leads the Cowboys’ receiving group at 91 overall with 92 speed, 96 agility and 89 catching. Dak Prescott has an 81 overall rating center at starting quarterback with 87 throwing power and 88 short pass accuracy. The Cowboys also have some beef on their offensive line, with Zack Martin boasting a team-high 97 overall rating while Tyron Smith is at left tackle at 91 overall. On the defensive side, Byron Jones and Demarcus Lawrence lead the Cowboys’ D, each at 88 overall apiece, with Lawrence owning a 93 finesse move rating, 89 power move and 88 block shedding rating while Jones has 92 speed, 94 acceleration and 96 agility to go along with an 84 man coverage rating and 90 zone coverage rating in the Dallas secondary.

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The New Orleans Saints will look to rebound from a 44-31 loss to Carolina in their last game. Michael Thomas is one of Madden 20’s five 99 overall rated players, 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 quarterback 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 defense, 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 big chunk of the New Orleans secondary at 86 and 85 overall.

This game doesn’t take back-to-back scenarios into this simulation business, but even still, I think the Cowboys just have their work cut out for them. There’s not much in terms of skill position depth on either side, as after Elliott and Cooper, there’s a dropoff for Dallas and after Thomas and Kamara, the same happens for New Orleans. The difference for me is that the Saints have a huge edge at QB with Brees over Prescott, and I like the Saints defense slightly better than I do Dallas’. I’ll lay the points with New Orleans in this spot. 

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Chris’s Pick New Orleans -2.5

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