New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - 5/22/20 Madden 20 Sim Classic NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
Madden 20 NFL Sim: Friday May 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm
The Line: New England Patriots -4 -- O/U: 57
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots meet in a Madden 20 NFL Sim Classic matchup on Friday night.
The Pittsburgh Steelers come into this one after picking up a 17-9 win over Houston last time out. JuJu Smith-Schuster leads the Steelers on offense at wide receiver with an 86 overall rating, which includes a rating of 91 speed and 92 acceleration as well as 90 catching and 93 catching in traffic while James Conner is Pittsburgh’s top RB with an 81 overall rating with 86 speed, 89 acceleration and 89 carrying. Big Ben Roethlisberger is the starting quarterback with an 81 overall rating with 89 throwing power and 89 short passing accuracy. On the defense, Cameron Heyward leads Pittsburgh rated at 90 overall with 93 strength, 91 tackling and 92 power move while Stephon Tuitt is on the other side of the front at 87 overall with 90 block shedding and 91 strength.
The New England Patriots punched their spot in the conference semis with a 29-26 win over Kansas City last time out. Tom Brady leads New England under center in this game with a 91 overall rating with 90 throw power and 96 short pass accuracy while Julian Edelman is the top dog in New England’s receiving group at 87 overall with 91 acceleration, 91 agility and 85 catching. James White leads the Patriots’ ground attack at 83 overall with 89 speed, 92 acceleration and 90 agility. On defense, Stephon Gilmore leads New England with a 98 overall rating with 99 awareness and 92 speed with 94 acceleration and 94 agility while also rated at 98 in man coverage and 96 in zone coverage. Devin McCourty is New England’s second-highest rated DB at 92 overall with 93 zone coverage and 90 marks across the board in speed, agility and acceleration. Dont’a Hightower leads New England’s linebacking corps at 88 overall with 91 impact blocking and 92 tackling in addition to 93 play recognition and 93 pursuit.
I think a case could be made for either side, but from what we've seen so far in the Sim Classic, the Steelers have been arguably the more complete team of the two, getting it done on defense and putting points up in an offensive battle. New England's let some questionable competition hang around, and I just think the Steelers are too good to be giving this many points to. I'll take a shot with Pittsburgh and the points here.