Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 6/11/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Madden20 Sim: Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers +1 -- Over/Under: 46.5
The Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Thursday afternoon in a Madden20 NFL 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 Pittsburgh Steelers are one of those teams that controls the trenches, as their top-four ranked players (David DeCastro, Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Maurkice Pountey) are on the offensive or defensive line. The Steelers are also loaded with highly ranked players on the defensive side and that’s where they’re going to butter their bread in these simulations. The highest ranked skill position player for the Steelers is wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is rated 86 overall with a 91 speed rating and 92 acceleration rating. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is ranked 81 overall and has a strength rating of 82, so he’s tough to bring down even if the defense gets to him. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a physical bunch with an effective defense and are a strong team to play with in this version of Madden.
The Los Angeles Chargers are possibly the most underrated team in this game and a team I look to back often in these simulations. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers are easily a top five team in this game in terms of balance and the amount of ways they can win a game, and getting them in the underdog role is tough to pass up. The Pittsburgh Steelers have multiple playmakers on defense and are above-average on offense.
Because we're getting them as a slight underdog, I'll side with the Pittsburgh Steelers.