Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 5/12/20 Madden 20 Sim Classic NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Madden 20 NFL Sim: Tuesday May 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm
The Line: Atlanta Falcons -2 -- O/U: 58.5
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons meet in a Madden 20 NFL Sim Classic matchup on Tuesday afternoon.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into this game with a sim record of 7-5, which includes wins in 7 of their last 8 sim appearances after a 38-34 win over Miami in their last sim game. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin lead the Bucs on offense as the top receiving pair on the team with Evans owning a team-high 92 overall rating with 90 catching, 95 catching in traffic and 97 spectacular catch while Godwin is 87 overall with 97 catching. Jameis Winston comes in at 78 overall at starting quarterback for Tampa Bay in this year’s edition of Madden. On the defense, Lavonte David is Tampa Bay’s leading linebacker with a 90 overall rating, with 92 pursuit, 87 block shedding, 88 impact blocking and 89 tackling. Ndamukong Suh is lined up front at 86 overall with 93 impact blocking and Vita Vea is right behind alongside at 85 overall with 91 impact blocking.
The Atlanta Falcons enter the Sim Classic with a sim record of 5-6 after a 26-20 loss to Kansas City in their last sim game. Julio Jones leads the Falcons with a 97 overall rating, with 92 speed and 94 agility to go along with 96 catching, 95 catching in traffic and 98 spectacular catch. Austin Hooper’s rated 89 overall at tight end with 97 catching while Matt Ryan comes in at 87 overall at starting QB and Devonta Freeman leads the Falcons’ ground attack with an 85 overall rating with 92 speed and 94 agility. On defense, Grady Jarrett leads Atlanta rated 90 overall with 89 strength, 90 block shedding and 93 power move while Deion Jones is the Falcons’ top LB at 86 overall with 89 pursuit, 90 speed and 91 acceleration. Keanu Neal and Desmond Trufant lead the Falcons’ secondary at 85 and 84 overall respectively with Trufant logging 92 speed, 93 acceleration and 96 agility.
I think Atlanta should be favored here as they did win the lone head-to-head sim matchup since we started covering these sim games. However, while momentum isn’t taken into consideration in these simulations, we’ve seen enough of a sample size from Tampa Bay suggesting that the Bucs can put points on the board and hang around in these matchups and for the most part lately, actually win the game. This is a coin flip to me so I’ll take a shot with the Bucs to win this game outright as well as taking the points.