New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons - 5/19/20 Madden 20 Sim Classic NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
Madden 20 NFL Sim: Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm
The Line: New Orleans Saints -6 -- O/U: 60
The Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints meet in a Madden 20 NFL Sim Classic matchup on Tuesday afternoon.
The Atlanta Falcons will look to build on their 1-1 Sim Classic record after a 38-17 win over Carolina in their last sim game. Julio Jones leads the Dirty Birds 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 as Atlanta’s 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 the Falcons with a 90 overall rating 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.
The New Orleans Saints will try to finish strong, sitting atop the group at 2-0 with a 38-16 win over Tampa Bay last time out. Michael Thomas is one of Madden’s five highly-touted 99 overall rated players, with 89 speed, 92 acceleration and 92 agility as well as 99 catching, 98 catching in traffic and 97 spectacular catch with 96 release and 93 jumping. Drew Brees comes in as the starting quarterback for the Saints at 94 overall with 99 short pass accuracy, 97 medium pass accuracy and 91 deep ball accuracy and Alvin Kamara leads the Saints at running back with an 89 overall rating, including 94 acceleration, 93 agility, 90 carrying and 90 juke while Jared Cook is at 87 overall with 90 acceleration and 85 catching. On defense, Cameron Jordan leads New Orleans’ defensive line at 92 overall with 92 impact blocking, 89 tackling and 94 finesse move. Demario Davis is at 89 overall at outside linebacker with 90 play recognition and 90 pursuit as well as 86 speed and 89 acceleration. Marcus Williams and Marshon Lattimore also make up a big chunk of the New Orleans secondary at 86 and 85 overall.
I get that the Saints have a solid team, but we’re getting free points with an Atlanta team that’s already beat the Saints twice since we started covering the sim matchups. Plus, while the game doesn’t care about the Sim Classic standings, Atlanta needs the win to have a chance at moving on. I’ll take Atlanta and the points and put a bit on the Falcons ML as well.