Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Madden20 Sim: Friday, June 5, 2020 at 8:00 pm
The Line: San Francisco 49ers -9.5 -- Over/Under: 42.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers meet Friday night in a Madden20 NFL simulation game.
The Arizona Cardinals have their top-three ranked players on the defensive side of the ball in linebacker Chandler Jones (90 overall), cornerback Patrick Peterson (88 overall) and safety Budda Baker (84 overall). Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald brings in a 83 overall with an 86 acceleration rating. The real difference maker for the Cardinals is quarterback Kyler Murray, who may be just a 75 overall with a 69 awareness rating, but he brings in a 91 speed rating and 92 acceleration rating. The only quarterback faster than Murray in this video game is the Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson. Having that type of playmaker with the ball constantly in his hands is a game changer and a big play waiting to happen.
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 San Francisco 49ers are possibly the deepest team in this game and that's the reason why they're often big favorites in this simulation. With that said, you're running a risk when laying big chalk, as the computer does whatever the hell it wants and it leads to big upsets often. Time management isn't a thing in these games and quarterbacks don't know when to throw the ball away. It's why I don't enjoy laying anything more than a touchdown unless there's a massive gap between talent.
I'll take a shot with the Arizona Cardinals and the free points.