Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos - 5/8/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
Madden20 Sim: Friday, May 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm
The Line: Oakland Raiders -3.5 -- Over/Under: 45.5
The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders meet Friday afternoon in a Madden20 simulation game.
The Denver Broncos have an old school feel to their playing style, as they’re going to rely on their defense and ground game to produce victories. Linebacker Von Miller is the Broncos highest rated player at 96 and cornerback Chris Harris is the second highest rated player with a 90 overall. Running back Phillip Lindsay is the Broncos highest rated offensive player at an 85, and he’s going to be the workhorse for Denver to keep things competitive. The concern with the Broncos is that quarterback Drew Lock doesn’t get much respect from the folks at Madden with his 68 rating overall, but he does have decent speed at 83 and could make some plays with his feet at times. The Denver Broncos aren’t flashy, but they play disciplined ball and control the trenches, which could be key with the computer leading the way.
The Oakland Raiders aren’t all that fun to play with in this game, as their highest rated player is their center in Rodney Hudson, who is a 93 overall rating with a 90 strength rating. Richie Incognito and Trent Brown are the Raiders next highest rated players, which makes for a strong offensive line but really thin on the difference makers. Running back Josh Jacobs is rated 85 overall with a 91 acceleration rating while tight end Darren Waller is rated 85 overall with an 89 speed rating. Quarterback Derek Carr is rated 80 overall with an 87 acceleration rating and Tyrell Williams is his top ranked receiver with an 82 overall rating and 95 agility rating. The Oakland Raiders have one of the better offensive lines in the game, but the defense can get gashed and the offense can struggle to produce the big play that really opens the game up.
The Oakland Raiders have arguably the best offensive line in this game and a quarterback in Carr who actually isn't all that bad. However, the Denver Broncos have had success in past simulations and probably have the edge at the skill positions, which are often key with the computer leading the way. We've backed the Raiders a few times in these games, but they're just not a team I'm running to lay chalk with.
I'll take my chances with the Denver Broncos and the free points.