NFL Week 6: Simulating Each Game in Madden 17
NFL Week 6 is decided before the games even kick off thanks to the most popular sports game in the world according to NFL fans, Madden 17
We all love Madden, right? It’s pretty much the one video game that all NFL fans consider a must own.
The day it hits the shelf is like Christmas in August and some would even consider it a holiday as they check out their favorite teams ratings. Even NFL players themselves get in on the fun as they often take out their frustrations of being rated too low on the developers.
For instance, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant took exception to his rating this season and said as much via Twitter. The makers of the popular video game had a nice response for the outspoken pass catcher though.
— EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) August 23, 2016
But Madden isn’t all fun and games (well it is, but not today). Instead it is now going to help us determine what the outcome for each game in Week 6 will be.
Here is our first edition of the Madden NFL simulations.
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – Thursday Night Football
The Broncos move to 5-1 with a 21-11 victory here. After falling behind 3-0 at the half, Denver was able to get three touchdowns in the final 30 minutes of action.
The Chargers continue a miserable season and drop to 1-5 on the season. Denver’s rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch improved upon his first start in the NFL as he tosses 222 yards and tow touchdowns. He out-duels San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers, who throws for 250 yard—but gets no touchdowns and three picks.
The running game didn’t help Rivers much on this primetime game as Melvin Gordon had just 40 yards rushing on 11 carries. He does keep his hot touchdown streak going as he crossed the goal line for the Bolts only touchdown.
San Diego Stars
- Tyrell Williams, WR — Seven receptions, 48 yards
- Hunter Henry, TE — Six receptions, 66 yards
- Joey Bosa, DE — Six tackles, one sack
- Von Miller, DE — Six tackles, three sacks
- Chris Harris Jr., CB — Six tackles, one interception
- Emmanuel Sanders, WR — Five receptions, 74 yards, one touchdown
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Washington outscores Philly 20-17 and gets their fourth win in a row to get to 4-2. The Eagles drop their second straight at the end, this time to a last second field goal to fall to 3-2.
A clean game with no turnovers makes the NFC East race incredibly tight. Kirk Cousins protected the ball with 218 yards and a score while rookie quarterback Carson Wentz struggled with just 124 yards on the day.
- Jordan Matthews, WR — Three receptions, 61 yards
- Bennie Logan, DT — Nine tackles
- Josh Huff, WR — Two receptions, six yards, one touchdown
- Matt Jones, RB — 17 rushes, 87 yards, one reception 10 yards
- Ryan Kerrigan, DE — 12 tackles
- Jordan Reed, TE — Four receptions, 44 yards, one touchdown
Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins
Miami just can’t buy a win, no matter who they cut. They drop to 1-5 in an odd 24-21 win. The Steelers move to 5-1 and score all 24 of their points in a second quarter explosion.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill throws for an impressive 346 yards, but also a not so impressive three picks. Big Ben Roethlisberger is steady with 237 yards, but all their scores come on the ground thanks to Le’Veon Bell.
- Le’Veon Bell, RB — 16 rushes, 57 yards, three touchdowns
- Jesse James, TE — Eight receptions, 53 yards
- Ryan Shazier, LB — Six tackles, one interception
- Ndamukong Suh, DT — Eight tackles, 1.5 sacks
- Jarvis Landry, WR — Six receptions, 82 yards
- DeVante Parker, WR — Four receptions, 93 yards
Jacksonville Jaguars at Chicago Bears
The upsetting Jacksonville Jaguars defeat the depressing Chicago Bears 27-23 on the strength of a 24-point second half. The comeback win gets the Jags to 2-3 and makes Chicago 1-5. Brian Hoyer throws 244 yards with a pick, but still is better than Jay Cutler. Blake Bortles goes for 274 yards and a touchdown, but throws an interception as well.
- T.J. Yeldon, RB — 19 rushes, 67 yards, two touchdowns
- Allen Robinson, WR — Six receptions, 130 yards, one touchdown
- Jalen Ramsey, CB — Six tackles, one interception
- Alshon Jeffery, WR — Eight receptions, 110 yards
- Jordan Howard, RB — 11 rushes, 42 yards, one touchdown
- Danny Trevathan, LB — 12 tackles
Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans
The Browns still can’t get a win as they drop to 0-6. The Titans get to 3-3 with a 27-14 beatdown that only looked competitive thanks to a last second garbage-time touchdown by Cleveland.
- Cody Kessler, QB — 210 yards passing, no turnovers
- Andrew Hawkins, WR — 100 yards receiving
- Joe Haden, CB — Eight tackles, one interception
- Marcus Mariota, QB — 243 yards passing, one touchdown, one interception. 23 yards rushing, one touchdown
- Derrick Henry, RB — 20 rushes, 76 yards
- Rishard Matthews, WR — Seven receptions, 100 yards
Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
The Pats just keep winning. Tom Brady throws 316 yards as New England moves to 5-1 and the Bengals fall to 2-4 after a 31-28 game. Andy Dalton has a solid outing, but it’s not enough to beat the ageless wonder orchestrating things for the Patriots.
- Andy Dalton, QB — 346 yards passing, two touchdowns. One rushing touchdown.
- Giovani Bernard, RB — 27 rushes, 109 yards. Four receptions, 77 yards, two total touchdowns.
- Vontaze Burfict, LB — 11 tackles, one sack, one pass deflection
New England Stars
- Tom Brady, QB — 316 yards, three touchdowns
- Rob Gronkowski, TE — Seven receptions, 151 yards, one touchdown
- Chris Hogan, WR — Seven receptions, 45 yards, two touchdowns
San Francisco 49ers at Buffalo Bills
Colin Kaepernick starts at quarterback for Chip Kelly’s team here and the results are actually worse. The Bills stay red hot and stomp the Niners 37-0. The win moves Buffalo to 4-2 after a slow start. As for San Fran, they are now a lowly 1-5 on the season.
San Francisco Stars
- Carlos Hyde, RB — 20 rushes, 77 yards
- Jeremy Kerley, WR — Five receptions, 49 yards
- Gerald Hodges, Jr., LB — 12 tackles
- LeSean McCoy, RB — 24 rushes, 109 yards, one touchdown
- Charles Clay, TE — Five receptions, 32 yards, one touchdown
- Jerry Hughes, LB — Seven tackles, 1.5 sacks
Baltimore Ravens at New York Giants
The Ravens stop a couple game skid and move to 4-2 with a road win. The Giants fall to 2-4 thanks to a 33-28 contest against Baltimore. Giants quarterback Eli Manning continues to struggle as he throws two picks. He does orchestrate a 21-point fourth quarter comeback, but the Ravens hold them off.
- Joe Flacco, QB — 273 yards, three touchdowns
- Terrance West, RB — 22 rushes, 89 yards, one touchdown
- C.J. Mosley, LB — Eight tackles, one interception
New York Stars
- Odell Beckham, Jr., WR — Eight receptions, 172 yards, one touchdown
- Orleans Darkwa, RB — 17 rushes, 55 yards, one touchdown
- Olivier Vernon, DE — Six tackles, one sack
Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions
The Rams win 24-16, which makes them 4-2. The Lions meanwhile drop to 2-4 as they lose another close one. Head coach Jim Caldwell is feeling his seat get hot as the team gave up 21 in the second half in yet another meltdown. They let three interceptions by Case Keenum go to waste as they can’t capitalize enough on L.A.’s mistakes.
Los Angeles Stars
- Todd Gurley, RB — 25 rushes, 96 yards, two touchdowns
- William Hayes, DE — Seven tackles, three sacks
- Tavon Austin, WR — Six receptions, 45 yards, one touchdown
- Anquan Boldin, WR — Five receptions, 86 yards, one touchdown
- Theo Riddick, RB — Three receptions, 62 yards. 14 rushes, 62 yards.
- Tahir Whitehead, LB — Eight tackles
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
The Panthers win 21-9 as they finally look like themselves. Still, this win makes them just 2-4 on the season so there is still work to do. The Saints fall to 1-4 and their offense looked as bad as their defense in this one. They look to be completely out of the NFC South race super early this year.
- Cam Newton, QB — 175 yards passing, two touchdowns. 28 yards rushing, one touchdown
- Cameron Artis-Payne, RB — 24 rushes, 78 yards
- Luke Kuechly, LB — Eight tackles, one sack, one interception
New Orleans Stars
- James Laurinaitis, LB — 12 tackles
- Will Lutz, K — 3-3 Field Goals, 56-yard long
- Willie Snead, WR — Seven receptions, 38 yards
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
This one should be a great game. According to Madden, it will also go longer than 60 minutes. Our first OT game ends in a Kansas City field goal and the Chiefs win 38-35. They have an 18-point fourth quarter which leads an insane comeback as they stay in the AFC West race.
Kansas City Stars
- Alex Smith, QB — 485 yards passing, three touchdowns, no turnovers
- Chris Conley, WR — Seven receptions, 163 yards, two touchdowns
- Travis Kelce, TE — Nine receptions, 108 yards, one touchdwon
- Derek Carr, QB — 319 yards passing, two touchdowns
- Michael Crabtree, WR — Nine receptions, 135 yards, one touchdown
- Amari Cooper, WR — Nine receptions, 92 yards, one touchdown
Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers
The Dallas Cowboys get their fifth-straight win going into Lambeau Field and dropping 35 on the Packers, who manage just 24. This win only increases the “bench Romo forever” chatter as the ‘Boys are operating just fine with Dak Prescott.
- Dak Prescott, QB — 264 yards passing, two touchdowns, no turnovers
- Ezekiel Elliott, RB — 27 rushes, 104 yards, one touchdown
- Demarcus Lawrence, DE — Four tackles, one sack
Green Bay Stars
- Aaron Rodgers, QB — 276 yards passing, two touchdowns, no turnovers
- Davante Adams, WR — 10 receptions, 144 yards, one touchdown
- Kenny Clark, DE — Five tackles, one sack
Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks
Well, Madden says it’s official. No one can stop the Falcons incredible offense. The Dirty Birds rack up 482 yards of offense and stomp the home team 49-28. They improve to 5-1 while Seattle falls to 3-2.
- Matt Ryan, QB — 286 yards passing, five touchdowns, no turnovers
- Devonta Freeman, RB — 19 rushes, 123 yards, one touchdown
- Julio Jones, WR — Seven receptions, 88 yards, one touchdown
- Russell Wilson, QB — 271 yards passing, three touchdowns. 22 yards rushing, one fumble
- Jermaine Kearse, WR — Seven receptions, 109 yards, one touchdown
- Bobby Wagner, LB — 16 tackles
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Turnovers keep haunting the Texans. This time, quarterback Brock Osweiler plays clean, but running back Lamar Miller and receiver Will Fuller each lose fumbles. Indianapolis scores 13 points in the fourth to win 20-17.
The AFC South race is suddenly very tight. And also very sad.
- Andrew Luck, QB — 204 yards passing, three touchdowns, one interception
- Dwayne Allen, TE — Four receptions, 33 yards, one touchdown
- Darryl Morris, CB — Five tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery
- Brock Osweiler, QB — 328 yards passing, two touchdowns, no turnovers
- DeAndre Hopkins, WR — Nine receptions, 155 yards
- Will Fuller, WR — Five receptions, 89 yards, two touchdowns
New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals – Monday Night Football
Oh, Madden; why must you let us down. The simulation ends in the worst way possible on Monday Night. The Jets and Cardinals battle to a 30-30 tie. Yes, the dreaded tie—this messes up all the standings and, of course, no bragging rights for the fans
New York Stars
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB — 376 yards, one touchdown, one interception
- Matt Forte, RB — 21 rushes, 96 yards
- Bilal Powell, RB — 11 rushes, 33 yards, two touchdowns
- Drew Stanton, QB — 406 yards passing, two touchdowns
- David Johnson, RB — 22 rushes, 77 yards
- Larry Fitzgerald, WR — 10 receptions, 200 yards, one touchdown