Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Madden20 Sim: Friday, May 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm
The Line: Carolina Panthers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers meet Friday night in a Madden20 simulation game.
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 Suh 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 Carolina Panthers may not have won much in real life last season, but they have two difference makers in linebacker Luke Kuechly and running back Christian McCaffrey, both who are ranked 99 overall. The Panthers then have three other players rated 85 or higher in tight end Greg Olsen, defensive end Gerald McCoy and wide receiver DJ Moore. You quickly learn that the Panthers have a lot more talent in the video game world than they may have on the actual football field and you can win playing with this team. Since these are 2019 rosters, the Panthers also have a healthy and effective Cam Newton at quarterback, and he’s a decent 79 overall with an 85 speed rating and 88 acceleration rating. For a club that didn’t do much last year, the Panthers are much better than people would think.
This is an interesting matchup between two teams that didn't all that much last season on the actual football field but have some impressive talent on both sides of the ball that shines in the video game world. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers probably have more top end talent, but the Panthers have some very flashy weapons on the offensive side and are more than capable of opening up a game from time to time.
This is a complete toss-up and while the Bucs are probably the right favorite, I'll take my point and a half in this intriguing NFC South matchup.