Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - 5/21/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles
Madden20 Sim: Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 8:00 pm
The Line: Philadelphia Eagles -3.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles meet Thursday night in a Madden20 simulation game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of those teams that controls the trenches, as their top-four ranked players (David DeCastro, Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Maurkice Pountey) are on the offensive or defensive line. The Steelers are also loaded with highly ranked players on the defensive side and that’s where they’re going to butter their bread in these simulations. The highest ranked skill position player for the Steelers is wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is rated 86 overall with a 91 speed rating and 92 acceleration rating. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is ranked 81 overall and has a strength rating of 82, so he’s tough to bring down even if the defense gets to him. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a physical bunch with an effective defense and are a strong team to play with in this version of Madden.
The Philadelphia Eagles have a lot to offer in the Madden world with four players ranked 90 or better overall. Those players include tight end Zach Ertz, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and offensive linemen Brandon Brooks and Jason Kelce. Throw in Lane Johnson and Jason Peters, and the Eagles have possibly the best offensive line in the game, making things easy for running backs Josh Howard and Miles Sanders. Quarterback Carson Wentz also has a lot of time to throw the ball, and he’s decently rated at 83 overall, 83 awareness, 81 speed and 87 acceleration. We also can’t forget about wide receiver Desean Jackson, who has a 94 speed rating and 93 acceleration rating, making him one of the biggest x-factors in the game due to his game changing wheels. The Philadelphia Eagles are reliable in the trenches and that makes them a valuable team to back in computer simulations where it’s usually the little things that make a difference.
The Philadelphia Eagles have the advantage here because of how they control the trenches, and they're much better offensively than they were in real life due to players actually being healthy. With that said, the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the more balanced teams in this game with a physical and athletic defense and an offense that has game changers on the outside.
This should be a fun back and forth contest between two solid teams. I want the points.