San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots
Madden20 Sim: Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm
The Line: New England Patriots PK -- Over/Under: 42.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots meet Sunday afternoon in a Madden20 NFL simulation game.
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 New England Patriots have three players ranked in the 90s in cornerback Stephon Gilmore, quarterback Tom Brady and safety Devin McCourty. This day is obviously all about Brady with the Patriots hosting four simulation games, and he brings a 95 awareness rating to the table with a 70 agility rating. However, when you throw in linebacker Dont’a Hightower and his 88 overall rating, the Pats rely heavily on their defense in this game with three of their top-four ranked players being on that side of the ball. Offensively, wide receiver Julian Edelman has a solid 91 acceleration rating and 87 overall rating, while the offensive line has three players with an 84 overall rating or above. The New England Patriots are short on offensive weapons, but they have an effective defense and a quarterback who doesn’t get fooled often and takes care of the football.
The New England Patriots aren't in these sort of situations often so getting them in a pick em is tempting, especially when they have a clear edge at the important quarterback position. The problem is the San Francisco 49ers are the better team overall with 10 players ranked at least 85 overall and a much more reliable defense. The New England Patriots can have issues getting stops and aren't as trustworthy as you may think.
In a pick em game, give me the better team, and that's the San Francisco 49ers.