New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Madden20 Sim: Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 47 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet Saturday afternoon in a Madden20 simulation game.
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 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.
The New England Patriots have key flaws, mainly on the defensive side that can be exposed in this game, but they also have a productive Brady at quarterback who has a high awareness rating and doesn't make a lot of mistakes with the computer controlling him. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can be very limited on the offensive side and have a mistake machine in Winston who you shouldn't trust in these simulations.
I'm always hesitant to lay decent sized chalk in these simulations, but I'm going to eat the points with the Patriots anyway.