Our good friends over at App Trigger simulated the Week Two contest between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins in Madden 17. Here are those results…
After suffering a Week One loss to the New York Giants in Arlington, the Dallas Cowboys will travel this weekend to face yet another divisional foe. This time the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.
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Under center for America’s Team will once again be fourth round draft pick Dak Prescott. After a solid debut against the Giants, the rookie hopes to led the Cowboys to their first victory of 2016 against the Redskins.
In order to do so, the Cowboys players around Prescott will need to improve. Disappointments from last weekend’s loss to the Giants include All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant (1 rec, 8 yards) and the fourth overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft, rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott (51 rushing yards). The Cowboys offensive line will also need to play much better as they had a difficult time containing New York’s defensive front in Week One.
So what will happen when the 0-1 Cowboys face off against the 0-1 Redskins at home on Sunday? According to a recent Madden 17 simulation by our good friends over at App Trigger, nothing good if you are a Dallas fan. Our fellow FanSided site believes the Cowboys rookie quarterback will have a very bad day in Washington, turning the ball over multiple times in a blow out loss, 34-10.
“Dak Prescott is continuing the trend of making Mark Sanchez look like a quality option, just by comparison, completing 56% of his passes for 244 yards and a touchdown. Sounds okay, no? Those numbers also leave out the staggering four interceptions, which killed any and all momentum the Cowboys could muster.”
The simulation continues to tell the tale of the Cowboys porous defense. One that held the Giants to 316 total yards of offense last weekend in the loss.
“The 2nd quarter quickly showed that Kirk Cousins et al. were serious, dismantling the [Cowboys] defense for 21 points to take a 21-3 lead by the half. In the 3rd quarter, the Washington football team padded their lead with a long drive resulting in a field goal, while in the 4th quarter Matt Jones did his thing for another touchdown (and another field goal to follow) for 34 unanswered points.”
According to the Madden simulation, it appears the Cowboys are unable to produce any sort of offensive attack. And Prescott is forced to throw the ball, once again, to try and get back into a game in which their defense has fallen apart on the road.
One aspect of the real game that the simulation didn’t address is the Cowboys ability to run the football. Likely not as stout as the Giants revamped defensive line was last week, Dallas’ talented group of runners should find easier sledding against a Redskins D-line that allowed 147 rushing yards to a Pittsburgh Steelers team without their top running back, Le’Veon Bell.