Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals
Madden20 Sim: Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 4:00 pm
The Line: Arizona Cardinals -2.5 -- Over/Under: 42.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals meet Sunday afternoon in a Madden20 simulation game. CLICK HERE TO BET THIS NFL SIM GAME
The Cincinnati Bengals have three players ranked 87 overall or higher in wide receiver AJ Green, defensive tackle Geno Atkins and running back joe Mixon. Throw in wide receiver Tyler Boyd who is an 83 overall and has a 92 acceleration rating, and the Bengals are a losing team in real life that actually is intriguing in the video game world. The obvious issue with the Bengals is quarterback Andy Dalton, who is 72 overall, and has a 73 awareness rating and a 75 speed rating. The Cincinnati Bengals have talent and are a surprisingly poor team you can win with in this game. However, in a computer simulation, you have to worry about Dalton and the questionable decisions he’s going to make with a low awareness rating.
The Arizona Cardinals have their top-three ranked players on the defensive side of the ball in linebacker Chandler Jones (90 overall), cornerback Patrick Peterson (88 overall) and safety Budda Baker (84 overall). Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald brings in a 83 overall with an 86 acceleration rating. The real difference maker for the Cardinals is quarterback Kyler Murray, who may be just a 75 overall with a 69 awareness rating, but he brings in a 91 speed rating and 92 acceleration rating. The only quarterback faster than Murray in this video game is the Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson. Having that type of playmaker with the ball constantly in his hands is a game changer and a big play waiting to happen.
Even with a healthy AJ Green, the Cincinnati Bengals aren't all that attractive in video game form unless they're playing another bottom feeding team. You could say the Arizona Cardinals have serious flaws of their own, but they actually have some decently rated players on both sides of the ball and Murray is a game changer at the quarterback position due to his speed and acceleration ratings. To me, these teams are in slightly different classes.
I'll lay the small chalk with the Cardinals.