After slipping a bit in Week 4, our weekly simulation using the power of Madden NFL 18 looks ahead to the upcoming weekend of NFL games.
Things for our weekly simulations of the NFL have been pretty up and down so far. The game went 7-9 in predictions a week ago, which included calling the Rams’ minor upset over the Cowboys on the road. It brings the total season record up to 34-29 on the year thus far heading into Week 5, which features Denver, New Orleans, Atlanta and Washington all on bye weeks. Everybody else gets to trot out on the gridiron starting on Thursday, so let’s see how they do on the virtual playing field.
Absolutely no user games were played.
Live rosters used were up to date as of October 4, 2017, but we did have to manually make a few changes to accommodate for things like quarterback and running back changes.
Screenshots were taken after using the Super Sim feature in Play Now.
Settings included All-Pro difficulty, Simulation sliders and six-minute quarters
New England Patriots 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13
Things start out pretty good for the Patriots, who are looking to bounce back from another home loss last week to the Panthers. Our simulation of Thursday’s game in Tampa couldn’t have gone better for New England, as they forced a pair of turnovers and allowed just one touchdown while dominating the Buccaneers. Tom Brady put up 262 yards passing and a touchdown to Brandin Cooks early in the second quarter and didn’t turn the ball over.
Cooks, who once haunted the Bucs twice a year when he was a member of the Saints, caught six passes for 90 yards along with his touchdown. Dion Lewis, who took 22 carries for 86 yards, also ran for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to put the game on ice for the Patriots. Jameis Winston had a rough night for Tampa, throwing for 238 yards and two interceptions including one that Devin McCourty took back 38 yards for a New England touchdown. Winston did find rookie tight end O.J. Howard for a touchdown in the third quarter and Doug Martin ran for a score to close the gap earlier in the fourth before Lewis was able to put the game away.