Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Madden20 Sim: Friday, June 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm
The Line: Atlanta Falcons -2 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons meet Friday afternoon in a Madden20 NFL simulation game.
The Carolina Panthers may not have won much in real life last season, but they have two difference makers in linebacker Luke Kuechly and running back Christian McCaffrey, both who are ranked 99 overall. The Panthers then have three other players rated 85 or higher in tight end Greg Olsen, defensive end Gerald McCoy and wide receiver DJ Moore. You quickly learn that the Panthers have a lot more talent in the video game world than they may have on the actual football field and you can win playing with this team. Since these are 2019 rosters, the Panthers also have a healthy and effective Cam Newton at quarterback, and he’s a decent 79 overall with an 85 speed rating and 88 acceleration rating. For a club that didn’t do much last year, the Panthers are much better than people would think.
The Atlanta Falcons have two players ranked 90 overall or higher in wide receiver Julio Jones and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. Jones damn near dominates single coverage on every play and Jarrett has a 95 awareness rating and 89 strength rating, so he’s consistently doing his job and demands double teams. Austin Hooper is one of the better tight ends in the game of Madden and running back Devonta Freeman is a 92 rating in speed, 91 rating in acceleration and 94 in agility. Quarterback Matt Ryan isn’t as hot as he was when the game first launched, but he’s still a decent 89 in awareness and 80 in acceleration and is a winnable QB to play with. The Atlanta Falcons used to be a fun team to play with, and while they lost some of that steam over the year or two, they still have some highly rated players who can change a game.
These teams are pretty much i the same boat in terms of ratings, but I give the edge to the Atlanta Falcons on offense due to more weapons, and they have the speed on their defensive front seven to slow down what can be a one-dimensional Carolina Panthers offense. The Carolina Panthers have the potential to surprise us in these simulations, but they often play to their ratings and just don't have the horses most games to hang with above-average offenses.
This game could go either way, but I'll lay the points with the Atlanta Falcons.