Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots - 6/18/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots - 6/18/20 Madden20 NFL Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Madden20 Sim: Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm

The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers +3 -- Over/Under: 45 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Thursday afternoon in a Madden20 NFL simulation game.

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 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.

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The New England Patriots get a lot more love than they deserve in these simulations, as the defense can really have issues getting off the field at times. The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the more balanced teams in this game and aren't a team you want to make underdogs often. The Steelers have one of the more aggressive defenses and are loaded enough offensively to put up crooked numbers in a single quarter.

Give me the free field goal with the Steelers, a game they could win outright. 

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Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Steelers +3

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

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