Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints - 6/12/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints - 6/12/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Madden20 Sim: Friday, June 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm

The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet Friday afternoon in a Madden20 NFL simulation game.

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.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are actually a respectable team in this video game, as they have two players ranked in the 90s in wide receiver Mike Evans and linebacker Lavonte David. The Bucs also have five other players ranked 85 overall or better, including defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea. Quarterback Jameis Winston carries a 78 overall rating with a 81 acceleration rating, but his awareness rating is just 75, so like in real life, he’s prone to mistakes and turnovers. Still, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some difference makers on both sides of the field and are far more loaded on defense than most people would expect. The Buccaneers have become that sneaky good team in Madden that people can win with if they know what they’re doing.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are better in video game form than they were last season, but they still have a quarterback who struggles with accuracy and is prone to turnovers. The New Orleans Saints are probably the best team in this game overall due to the balance and the multiple ways they can win, as they have an above-average defense and pass / throw the ball offensively at an elite level. I don't step in front of the New Orleans Saints in these simulations often.

Give me the Saints and the reasonable chalk. 

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Saints -4.5

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

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