Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers - 5/19/20 Madden 20 Sim Classic NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers - 5/19/20 Madden 20 Sim Classic NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Madden 20 NFL Sim: Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 12:00 pm

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers meet in a Madden 20 NFL Sim Classic matchup on Tuesday afternoon. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into this one with a record of 1-1 after a 38-16 loss to New Orleans in their last sim appearance. 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 Buccaneers’ defense, Lavonte David is the 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.

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The Carolina Panthers will try to play spoiler after falling to 0-2 with a 38-17 loss to Atlanta last time out. Carolina is in one of the most enviable spots in this year’s Madden as the only team with two of the game’s five 99 overall rated players, and they have one on each side of the ball. Christian McCaffrey leads the Panthers’ 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 QB for Carolina. 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.

It's basically win and you’re in for Tampa Bay, but the game doesn’t take the standings of the Sim Classic into consideration. With that said, I think that the Panthers have the slightly better team, but the Bucs won the lone simulation between the two since we started covering these sim games. I still think that the ratings play into this one and we’re getting points in a coin flip scenario, so I’ll take a shot with Carolina and the points here. 

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Chris’s Pick Carolina +2.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.