New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers - 5/23/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers - 5/23/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

Madden20 Sim: Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 6:00 pm

The Line: New Orleans Saints -8 -- Over/Under: 45 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints meet Saturday afternoon in a Madden20 simulation game. 

The Carolina Panthers may not have won much in real life last season, but they have two difference makers in linebacker Luke Kuechly and running back Christian McCaffrey, both who are ranked 99 overall. The Panthers then have three other players rated 85 or higher in tight end Greg Olsen, defensive end Gerald McCoy and wide receiver DJ Moore. You quickly learn that the Panthers have a lot more talent in the video game world than they may have on the actual football field and you can win playing with this team. Since these are 2019 rosters, the Panthers also have a healthy and effective Cam Newton at quarterback, and he’s a decent 79 overall with an 85 speed rating and 88 acceleration rating. For a club that didn’t do much last year, the Panthers are much better than people would think.

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The New Orleans Saints have five players ranked 91 or better overall in quarterback Drew Brees, wide receiver Michael Thomas, defensive end Cameron Jordan and offensive linemen Ryan Ramczyk and Terron Armstead. As if a solid offensive line and game changers at quarterback and wide receiver wasn’t enough, the Saints also have an 89 overall at running back in Alvin Kamara who also has a 94 acceleration rating. The Saints are able to flip a game quickly and with Brees having a 98 awareness rating, he’s not going to be fooled by the defense often. The Saints also have one of the faster secondary’s in the game with Justin Hardee, Marshon Lattimore and Eli Apple all having speed and acceleration above 90 ratings, so you’re confident they won’t get beat deep often. The New Orleans Saints are easily one of the best teams to play with in Madden 20.

I usually lean toward the points in these simulations whenever getting more than a full touchdown, but there's a decent talent gap between these two teams and the Carolina Panthers simply don't have the horses to respond if they get down at any point in the game. The New Orleans Saints are possibly the most complete team in this game and can open a game up at any point. The Saints are a team I don't like to bet against in these simulations.

I'll lay the chalk with the Saints in this NFC South showdown. 

 

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Saints -8

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