New England Patriots vs. Tennessee Titans
Madden20 Sim: Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm
The Line: Tennessee Titans +1.5 -- Over/Under: 45.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans meet Saturday 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 Tennessee Titans have four players ranked 86 overall or better in safety Kevin Byard, running back Derrick Henry, cornerback Logan Ryan and tight end Delanie Walker. Just like in real life, the Titans are a physical team in the trenches and rely on a power running game behind the highly rated offensive linemen Rodger Saffold and Taylor Lewan. If the opposing defense doesn’t have a strong front seven, the Titans are going to control the clock and run the ball to victory. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill comes in at 80 rating overall and is a solid 81 speed rating and 86 acceleration rating, so he can make plays with his legs and give the defense something else to think about. The Tennessee Titans may not be the sexiest team in Madden, but they have an identity and are extremely good at the style they bring to the field.
The New England Patriots are the better team in this matchup, but they're hit or miss defensively and can be on the losing side of many simulations because the defense can't get off the field. The Tennessee Titans are a physical team in the trenches and on All Madden level, they can really bully their way to victory against more talented teams. This line almost feels like they're begging you to take the Pats and the short line. I'll take a stab with the Titans in the underdog role instead.
Give me the Titans.