San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Madden20 Sim: Friday, June 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm
The Line: Arizona Cardinals +9 -- Over/Under: 42 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals meet Friday afternoon in a Madden20 NFL simulation game.
The San Francisco 49ers have 10 different players who are ranked 85 overall or better. Tight end George Kittle leads the charge with a 97 overall rating and cornerback Richard Sherman has a 94 overall rating. Defensive end Nick Bosa, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and left tackle Joe Staley all have 89 ratings. The San Francisco 49ers are obviously one of the more balanced and highest rated teams in the game and have very little weakness. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has an 84 rating and an above-average acceleration to avoid pressure. On either side of the ball, you have to like the 49ers to show up and put together a consistent performance no matter who they play.
The Arizona Cardinals have their top-three ranked players on the defensive side of the ball in linebacker Chandler Jones (90 overall), cornerback Patrick Peterson (88 overall) and safety Budda Baker (84 overall). Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald brings in a 83 overall with an 86 acceleration rating. The real difference maker for the Cardinals is quarterback Kyler Murray, who may be just a 75 overall with a 69 awareness rating, but he brings in a 91 speed rating and 92 acceleration rating. The only quarterback faster than Murray in this video game is the Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson. Having that type of playmaker with the ball constantly in his hands is a game changer and a big play waiting to happen.
The San Francisco 49ers are possibly the deepest team in this game with 10 players ranked at least 85 overall, and they're head and shoulders the better team in this matchup. The 49ers should be heavy favorites, however, I have a hard time laying more than a touchdown in these video games, as you're asking a whole lot from a computer that doesn't understand game situations and is random as all hell. The Arizona Cardinals also aren't the worst team in the world, as they're actually pretty solid defensively and have some underrated offensive weapons who can make plays.
I'll take a shot with the Cards and the points, but I'm not thrilled about it.