San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 5/23/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers
Madden20 Sim: Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm
The Line: San Francisco 49ers -3 -- Over/Under: 44
The Los Angeles Chargers and San Francisco 49ers meet Saturday afternoon in a Madden20 simulation game.
The Los Angeles Chargers are a really underrated team in the Madden game, as they have 11 different players ranked 81 or better overall. Wide receiver Keenan Allen, defensive end Joey Bosa and cornerback Casey Hayward are the highest rated players in the 90s, while defensive end Melvin Ingram and safety Derwin James come in at 88 overall. The Chargers have a relentless pass rush in this game and a strong front seven overall that limits big plays and forces the opposing offense to work hard for everything. Quarterback Philip Rivers is rated 84 overall and has an 88 awareness rating, so he’s not going to make the boneheaded play often that you see in these simulation games. The Los Angeles Chargers have a lot to offer in Madden and are a balanced team that you can make money on during these simulations.
The San Francisco 49ers have 10 different players who are ranked 85 overall or better. Tight end George Kittle leads the charge with a 97 overall rating and cornerback Richard Sherman has a 94 overall rating. Defensive end Nick Bosa, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and left tackle Joe Staley all have 89 ratings. The San Francisco 49ers are obviously one of the more balanced and highest rated teams in the game and have very little weakness. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has an 84 rating and an above-average acceleration to avoid pressure. On either side of the ball, you have to like the 49ers to show up and put together a consistent performance no matter who they play.
The Los Angeles Chargers are a team I love to back in these simulations, especially in the underdog role due to their balance and having multiple ways to win games. The problem is the San Francisco 49ers are on a bit of a hot streak in these simulations, and they're arguably the deepest team in this game with 10 players ranked 85 overall or better. As long as the chalk isn't too crazy, you don't want to make a habit out of betting against the 49ers.
I'll lay the field goal with the San Francisco 49ers.