Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Madden20 Sim: Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals +5.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals meet Thursday afternoon in a Madden20 NFL simulation game.
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 Cincinnati Bengals have three players ranked 87 overall or higher in wide receiver AJ Green, defensive tackle Geno Atkins and running back Joe Mixon. Throw in wide receiver Tyler Boyd who is an 83 overall and has a 92 acceleration rating, and the Bengals are a losing team in real life that actually is intriguing in the video game world. The obvious issue with the Bengals is quarterback Andy Dalton, who is 72 overall, and has a 73 awareness rating and a 75 speed rating. The Cincinnati Bengals have talent and are a surprisingly poor team you can win with in this game. However, in a computer simulation, you have to worry about Dalton and the questionable decisions he’s going to make with a low awareness rating.
Points are often key in these simulations where the computer rarely does its job correctly, so I'm not looking past the Cincinnati Bengals and the decent amount of points here. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the better teams in this game due to their balance, as they have multiple ways to win games and are solid on both sides of the ball. If the Steelers get up by two scores at any point in this game, I'm not confident the Cincinnati Bengals can respond.
Give me the Steelers by a touchdown.