Atlanta Falcons vs. Oakland Raiders - 5/16/20 Madden 20 Sim Classic NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

Madden 20 NFL Sim: Saturday May 16, 2020 at 10:00 am

The Line: Atlanta Falcons -1 -- O/U: 56.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons meet in a Madden 20 NFL Sim Classic matchup on Saturday morning. 

The Carolina Panthers come into this one looking to bounce back from an opening 34-27 loss to New Orleans in their last game. Carolina is in one of the most envied spots in this year’s game as the only team with two of Madden’s five 99 overall rated players, and they have one on each side of the ball. Christian McCaffrey leads Carolina’s offense with 92 speed, 93 acceleration and 97 agility as well as 98 carrying and 96 juke. Greg Olsen is 88 overall at tight end with 93 catching and 93 catching in traffic while D.J. Moore comes in at 85 overall with 93 speed and acceleration and 81 catching at wide receiver. Cam Newton may finally be healthy in the game, but his overall rating is still down to 79 yet he still remains the starting quarterback for the Panthers. On defense, Luke Kuechly holds onto the other 99 rating at linebacker, with 90 jumping, 91 impact blocking and 99 tackling as well as 99 play recognition and 96 pursuit. After Kuechly, Gerald McCoy and Kawann Short anchor the defensive line at 85 and 84 overall, with both possessing strength and impact blocking ratings in the low-90s.

The Atlanta Falcons also come in at 0-1 after a 24-16 loss to Tampa Bay in their last game. Julio Jones leads Atlanta 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’ rushing attack with an 85 overall rating with 92 speed and 94 agility. On defense, Grady Jarrett leads the Falcons, rated 90 overall with 89 strength, 90 block shedding and 93 power move while Deion Jones is the Falcons’ top linebacker 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.

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I do think the Falcons are a solid team and they haven’t really had a bad game up to this point, but the problem is that these two teams have played twice since we started covering sim games, and the Panthers won both of those games outright. These sim games are a coin flip, but I think that we have enough of a sample size to suggest that Carolina can win this game. I’ll take a shot with the Panthers here. Click Here to BET This NFL Sim Game

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Chris’s Pick Carolina ML -110

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