Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints - 5/21/20 Madden 20 Sim Classic NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints - 5/21/20 Madden 20 Sim Classic NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings

Madden 20 NFL Sim: Thursday May 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

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The New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings meet in a Madden 20 NFL Sim Classic matchup on Thursday night. 

The New Orleans Saints enter this matchup with a Sim Classic record of 2-1 after a 26-18 loss to Atlanta in their last appearance. Michael Thomas is one of Madden’s five highly sought after 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 starts at 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 New Orleans 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 the 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.

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The Minnesota Vikings come into the knockout rounds after posting a 3-0 record in the group stages with a 40-16 win over Green Bay in their last sim appearance. Stefon Diggs isn’t a Viking in reality anymore, but he’s still with the team in this game with a 93 overall rating with 92 catching, 91 speed, 93 acceleration and 93 agility. Adam Thielen has a 91 overall rating another wide receiver spot with 90 speed and 93 grades in acceleration and agility as well. Thielen also has 95 catching and 90 catching in traffic. Dalvin Cook leads Minnesota’s rushing attack at 90 overall with 91 speed, 92 acceleration and 94 agility while Kyle Rudolph is an 84 overall rated tight end and Kirk Cousins is 84 overall at starting quarterback. On the defensive end, Harrison Smith leads Minnesota at 95 overall with 93 power, 92 zone coverage, 95 play recognition and 93 pursuit. The Vikings have a group of 90 overall rated defenders, with Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter sitting opposite on the D-line while Eric Kendricks hunkers down the linebacking corps. Linval Joseph also sits at 86 overall in the middle of the defensive line.

This is a hard game for me to call, and the line is rightfully a coin flip as it could go either way. However, while New Orleans is stacked and has a solid team, we’ve cashed often on the Minnesota Vikings in these simulation matchups, and the Vikings’ defense is legit as well. Neither result would surprise me, but the Vikings are getting a free point so I’ll side with Minnesota in this one. 

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Chris’s Pick Minnesota +1

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