NFL Week 7: Simulating Each Game in Madden 17

NFL Week 7 is decided before the games even kick off thanks to the most popular sports game in the world according to NFL fans, Madden 17

Last week we kicked off our Madden Simulations series. Everyone loves the game and sometimes it can be incredibly accurate.

This past week however, it really wasn’t. Looking back on the games from this week, Madden was correct on just seven-of-15 games.

There were a couple of good calls though. Madden correctly picked wins by the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Some of the games missed included the Baltimore Ravens losing to the New York Giants, the Miami Dolphins’ huge upset over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Houston Texans improbable comeback over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football.

The worst prediction though was the tie on Monday Night Football between the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets.

We will see if the computer simulated games are more accurate to what happens in real life this week. We have some big games like the Thursday Night Football showdown between NFC North foes, Green Bay and Chicago. There’s also a suddenly important NFC showdown between the Giants and L.A. Rams which will be played in England.

The most drama though surely will come as two quarterbacks face their old teams. Sam Bradford and the Minnesota Vikings take on the Philadelphia Eagles and Brock Osweiler takes on the Denver Broncos with his new team, the Houston Texans.

Oct 16, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) hands the football off to running back Eddie Lacy (27) during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers
23
Chicago Bears
16

The Green Bay Packers get back on track after falling to the Dallas Cowboys at home last week. They struggle to get a whole lot going on offense in the first half as they head to the intermission down 10-9.

The defense holds Chicago to a field goal in each quarter in the second half and Green Bay adds a touchdown in each. They head out of the short week with a close win on Thursday Night Football.

Green Bay Stars

  • Aaron Rodgers , QB —  201 yards, one touchdown, one interception
  • Randall Cobb, WR —  Three receptions, 36 yards, one touchdown
  • Clay Matthews, LB — Eight tackles, one sack, one forced fumble

Chicago Stars

  • Brian Hoyer, QB — 198 yards, one touchdown
  • Zach Miller, TE — Seven receptions, 58 yards, one touchdown
  • Adrian Amos, S — Four tackles, one interception

Oct 2, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum (17) looks on as Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) warms up prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams

New York Giants
19
Los Angeles Rams
34

This one was a tale of two halves. The Giants came out guns blazing and put up 19 points in the first half. The 19-14 score was the last time they saw a lead as L.A. dominated the final 30 minutes.

The Rams got things going with 10 points in the third and added another 10 after that. They even had Jared Goff make an appearance at quarterback. Some Rams fans are probably hoping that part comes true as well.

New York Stars

  • Janoris Jenkins, CB — Three tackles, one interception
  • Josh Brown, K 4-of-4 field goals
  • Sterling Shepard, WR Seven receptions, 69 yards

Los Angeles Stars

  • Jared Goff, QB — 233 yards, one touchdown
  • Kenny Britt, WR  Five receptions, 45 yards, one touchdown
  • Trumaine Johnson, CB — Seven tackles, one interception, three pass deflections

New Orleans Saints vs. Kansas City Chiefs

New Orleans Saints
28
Kansas City Chiefs
31

The Saints can score with any team, and they did in our simulation here. Also true to real life, they couldn’t play defense in Madden.

Three touchdowns in the second quarter doomed the Saints as the Chiefs were able to control the clock for most of the second half. New Orleans scored late in the fourth, but they were unable to catch K.C.

New Orleans Stars

  • Drew Brees, QB — 319 yards passing, four touchdowns
  • Brandin Cooks, WR  Seven receptions, 104 yards, one touchdown
  • Coby Fleener, TE — Seven receptions, 53 yards, one touchdown

Kansas City Stars

  • Alex Smith, QB — 271 yards, two touchdowns
  • Spencer Ware, RB 21 rushes, 95 yards, two touchdowns
  • Jeremy Maclin, WR Seven receptions, 105 yards, one touchdown

Oct 9, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) passes against the Houston Texans in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings

Philadelphia Eagles
0
Minnesota Vikings
31

If this one holds true, things will feel bleak for Eagles fans. They started 3-0, but would be 3-3 with a loss here. A shutout loss against the team with their old quarterback would probably feel even worse.

Sam Bradford didn’t throw a ton, but he was effective. This one was over by the half thanks to the defense stifling rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, who had three picks total in the game.

Philadelphia Stars

  • Ryan Mathews, RB 16 rushes, 67 yards
  • Nelson Agholor, WR Seven receptions, 93 yards
  • Mychal Kendricks, LB 10 tackles, 0.5 sacks

Minnesota Stars

  • Sam Bradford, QB — 195 yards, two touchdowns
  • Matt Asiata, RB — 13 rushes, 60 yards, one touchdown
  • Eric Kendricks, LB Seven tackles, one interception

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans

Indianapolis Colts
20
Tennessee Titans
34

Things go from bad to worse for the Colts. They drop another divisional game and are now 2-5 on the season. They are falling out of playoff contention fast.

Their defense gives up 478 yards to the Titans, who are powerful through the air and on the ground. Tennessee is making a push for positioning in the AFC South in this simulation.

Indianapolis Stars

  • Andrew Luck, QB — 237 yards passing, three touchdowns
  • T.Y. Hilton, WR —  Six receptions, 76 yards, one touchdown
  • Robert Turbin, RB —  Three receptions, 33 yards, one touchdown, six carries, 31 yards

Tennessee Stars

  • Marcus Mariota, QB — 206 yards passing, two touchdowns, 21 yards rushing, one touchdown
  • Derrick Henry, RB 19 rushes, 66 yards, one touchdown
  • Delanie Walker, TE Six receptions, 80 yards, two touchdowns

Oct 16, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter (2) kicks a field goal as punter Colton Schmidt (6) holds during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins

Buffalo Bills
13
Miami Dolphins
10

Both the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins were offensive beasts in Week 6. Don’t tell that to our EA fortune teller. In this simulation, the teams combine for fewer points than either put up last week individually.

At the half the score was 0-0 and it took until a last-second field goal for things to be decided. Neither team was explosive on offense, Miami had 168 passing yards and Buffalo just 219. Hopefully the real game is a little more exciting.

Buffalo Stars

  • LeSean McCoy, RB — 22 rushes, 91 yards
  • Tyrod Taylor, QB  217 yards passing, one touchdown
  • Dan Carpenter, K 2-of-2 kicking, game winning FG

Miami Stars

  • Ryan Tannehill, QB — 168 yards passing, one touchdown
  • Jarvis Landry, WR Two receptions, 67 yards, one touchdown
  • Ndamukong Suh, DT — 12 tackles, one sack

Washington Redskins vs. Detroit Lions

Washington Redskins
24
Detroit Lions
21

Both teams were winners in Week 6, but Detroit can’t keep it going. Washington on the other hand reels off their fifth straight win. It was close throughout, but the Redskins put up 11 in the final quarter to seal the win.

Washington Stars

  • Kirk Cousins, QB — 278 yards passing, two touchdowns
  • DeSean Jackson, WR — Seven receptions, 54 yards, one touchdown
  • Dustin Hopkins, K — 3-of-3 field goals

Detroit Stars

  • Justin Forsett, RB — 11 rushes, 55 yards, one touchdown
  • Marvin Jones, WR — Six receptions, 38 yards, one touchdown
  • Tahir Whitehead, LB — 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks

Sep 29, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 22-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns
18
Cincinnati Bengals
33

The battle of Ohio goes to the Bengals here. Neither team has done very well so far this season, but Cincinnati could get things going with a big win here.

Both teams moved the ball with ease as Cleveland had 424 yards of offense and Cincy had 369. The difference was that Cleveland settled for field goals more often than the Bengals did.

Cleveland Stars

  • Cody Kessler, QB — 302 yards, one touchdown
  • Terrelle Pryor, Sr., WR — 10 receptions, 97 yards, one touchdown
  • Emmanuel Ogbah, LB  Five tackles, one sack

Cincinnati Stars

  • Andy Dalton, QB — 226 yards passing
  • Jeremy Hill, RB 10 rushes, 37 yards, one touchdown
  • Giovani Bernard, RB 21 rushes, 86 yards, one touchdown

Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Oakland Raiders
37
Jacksonville Jaguars
21

Last week Oakland was throttled from beginning to end by Kansas City. According to our video game world, they do the same to Jacksonville in Week 7.

Oakland goes for 417 yards, including 178 rushing as they put the poor week they just had in the rear view mirror. Jacksonville loses the momentum they had from their comeback win against Chicago last week.

Oakland Stars

  • Derek Carr, QB 239 yards passing, four touchdowns
  • Latavius Murray, RB 25 rushes, 91 yards
  • Clive Walford, TE — Two receptions, 19 yards, two touchdowns

Jacksonville Stars

  • Blake Bortles, QB — 293 yards passing, three touchdowns
  • Allen Robinson, WR —  Six receptions, 99 yards, one touchdown
  • Telvin Smith, LB —  12 tackles, two for a loss

Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) reacts after being benched in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Jets

Baltimore Ravens
14
New York Jets
24

The Ravens are in full-on free fall mode as they lose another lead. Up 14-10 at the half, they collapse late…again.

The Jets finally stop their skid with a win here. Ryan Fitzpatrick looks like the player he was in 2015 in the win.

Baltimore Stars

  • Terrance West, RB —  13 rushes, 55 yards, one touchdown
  • Mike Wallace, WR —  Four receptions, 110 yards
  • Eric Weddle, S — Five tackles, one interception, 0.5 sacks

New York Stars

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB — 295 yards, one touchdown
  • Matt Forte, RB —  20 rushes, 85 yards, two touchdowns
  • Brandon Marshall, WR —  Six receptions, 85 yards

San Diego Chargers vs. Atlanta Falcons

San Diego Chargers
31
Atlanta Falcons
37

Again, Atlanta shows no problem putting up points. Again, they struggle to stop opponents from scoring. They lead the entire game, but San Diego keeps fighting. They just don’t have enough in the end though and Atlanta gets a solid win after a tough loss last week.

San Diego Stars

  • Philip Rivers, QB 341 yards, three touchdowns
  • Travis Benjamin, WR —  Seven receptions, 118 yards, one touchdown
  • Hunter Henry, TE  Six receptions, 54 yards, two touchdowns

Atlanta Stars

  • Matt Ryan, QB — 358 yards, two touchdowns
  • Devonta Freeman, RB —  21 rushes 105 yards
  • Tevin Coleman, RB —  10 rushes, 27 yards, two touchdowns

Oct 10, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Bucs defeated the Panthers 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30
San Francisco 49ers
11

Jacquizz Rodgers keeps running wild. The Bucs newest running back powers the team to another win, this time over the hapless 49ers. Chip Kelly may be gone pretty soon…

Tampa Bay Stars

  • Jameis Winston, QB — 191 yards, three touchdowns
  • Jacquizz Rodgers, RB — 26 rushed, 120 yards, two receptions, 18 yards, one receiving touchdown
  • Kwon Alexander,  LB —  Seven tackles, two for a loss, one interception

San Francisco Stars

  • Colin Kaepernick, QB 183 yards passing, three rushes, 26 yards
  • Jeremy Kerley, WR Six receptions, 63 yards
  • Aaron Lynch, LB —  14 tackles, one sack

New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

New England Patriots
51
Pittsburgh Steelers
45

Please let this one come true. The Patriots go for 614 yards of offense and the Steelers go for 559 yards. This would be the most exciting game ever. However, it most likely won’t be true because Landry Jones went off in this one.

New England Stars

  • Tom Brady, QB —  516 yards, six touchdowns
  • Julian Edelman, WR—  Eight receptions, 139 yards, two touchdowns
  • Chris Hogan, WR — Eight receptions, 97 yards, one touchdown

Pittsburgh Stars

  • Landry Jones, QB 307 yards, one touchdown
  • Le’Veon Bell, RB —  17 rushes, 106 yards, two touchdowns
  • Antonio Brown, WR —  Seven receptions, 116 yards

Sep 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) walks to the locker room after a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won 37-18. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks
49
Arizona Cardinals
13

The Seahawks show up on Sunday Night Football with their defense and offense firing on all cylinders. The Cardinals barely even show up in this one.

Trailing 28-7 at the half, they all but give up and manage just a field goal in each the third and fourth quarters while the ‘Hawks continue their onslaught.

Seattle nearly doubles their NFC West foe in total yardage and they force three turnovers as well. Running back David Johnson sees his hot streak come to an end as he gets just 55 yards on the night.

Seattle Stars

  • Russell WIlson, QB  293 yards passing, five touchdowns
  • Doug Baldwin, WR —  Eight receptions, 71 yards, four touchdowns
  • Earl Thomas, S —  11 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble

Arizona Stars

  • David Johnson, RB —  11 rushes, 55 yards
  • Deone Bucannon —  12 tackles
  • Larry Fitzgerald, WR Three receptions, 60 yards

Oct 16, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) warms up prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos

Houston Texans
38
Denver Broncos
21

The Texans use their fourth-quarter comeback on Sunday Night Football as a springboard into another prime time win. This time they knock off the defending champs on Monday Night Football.

This time, Madden says no fourth quarter heroics will be needed though as Houston is in control throughout the game. Houston has an efficient game and takes a 24-7 halftime lead before milking the clock with a solid running game to close it out.

Their defense is stout as well, they hold the Broncos in check by forcing four picks of quarterback Trevor Siemian.

Houston Stars

  • Brock Osweiler, QB — 209 yards passing, two touchdowns
  • Lamar Miller, RB 23 rushes, 102 yards, one touchdown
  • A.J. Buoye, CB —  Three tackles, two interceptions

Denver Stars

  • C.J. Anderson, RB —  16 rushes, 71 yards
  • Devontae Booker, RB  Six rushes, 18 yards, one touchdown

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