Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 5/15/20 Madden 20 Sim Classic NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
Madden 20 NFL Sim: Friday May 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm
The Line: Denver Broncos -1 -- O/U: 55.5
The Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos meet in a Madden 20 NFL Sim Classic matchup on Friday night.
The Los Angeles Chargers come into this one looking to build on a 36-30 win over the Kansas City Chiefs to kick off their Sim Classic with a bang. Keenan Allen leads the Chargers at 92 overall with 90 catching and 94 catching in traffic in addition to 89 speed, 92 acceleration and 92 agility while Hunter Henry is the L.A.’s top tight end at 87 overall with 89 catching as well. Melvin Gordon III and Philip Rivers aren’t on the Chargers in reality anymore, but they’re still on L.A. in this game at 84 overall with Gordon rated at 92 speed and 92 agility with 90 carrying and 90 juke while Rivers has 94 short pass accuracy and 92 medium pass accuracy. On defense is where the Chargers are stashing their top-rated players with Joey Bosa leading the defensive front at 91 overall with 90 impact blocking as well as 97 finesse move and 87 strength while Casey Hayward Jr. is at 91 overall in the secondary with 91 acceleration and 92 agility in addition to 89 speed and 90+ ratings in man coverage and zone coverage. Melvin Ingram III and Derwin James Jr. each come in at 88 overall on the defensive end for the Chargers.
The Denver Broncos will look to build off of a 33=30 win over the Raiders last time out. Phillip Lindsay leads Denver offensively with an 85 overall rating at running back with 93 carrying as well as 93 speed and 91 acceleration. Courtland Sutton is right behind as the Broncos’ top wide receiver with 89 speed, 92 acceleration and 92 catching as part of his 84 overall rating. On defense, Von Miller leads Denver with a team-high 96 overall rating, including 93 tackling, 89 impact blocking, 90 finesse move and 93 power move. Chris Harris Jr. is at corner at 90 overall with a 91 man coverage rating and 90 speed. Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson make up a strong combination in the Denver secondary at 89 and 87 overall.
This is one of the few divisional sim games we didn’t get to see since we started covering the sim games, but this line still baffles me a bit. I get that Denver has some solid pieces on defense, but the Chargers were one of those teams I would blindly back during these sims and it paid off more often than it didn’t and we saw that against the Chiefs as the Chargers won outright. I’ll take the Chargers here and I’ll give up the points and take Los Angeles on the moneyline to get a bit of extra value out of the bet.