42 in. LED TV - $425. DirectTV with Sunday Ticket - $35/month. Snacks to watch the game - $30 Giving the Raiders their worst loss in the series in 50 years - Priceless. That game was as fun to watch as last year's Wild Card game. Impressive performance in all phases of the game. Rec'd! And at last, the Madden simulations were flat wrong and the play-through got one right!
Let's take a look at the results of this season's predictions so far.
Madden Predictions, 2012, Week 1:
Play-through: Pittsburgh 27, Denver 24
Sim Average: Denver 21, Pittsburgh 18
Actual Result: Denver 31, Pittsburgh19
Madden Predictions, 2012, Week 2:
Play-through: Denver 28, Atlanta 21
Sim Av.erage: Atlanta 23, Denver 21
Actual Result: Atlanta 27, Denver 21
Madden Predictions, 2012, Week 3
Play-through: Denver 20, Houston 0 (oops, that result might have been a little off)
Sim Average: Houston 27, Denver 12
Actual Result: Houston 31, Denver 25
Madden Predictions, 2012, Week 4
Play-through: Denver 28, Oakland 20
Sim Average: Oakland 20, Denver 17
Actual Result: Denver 37, Oakland 6 (Hee-hee)
Madden Play-through accuracy: 1-3
And now here are this weeks predictions. For those of you who have not read this series before, I play through each weeks game once in control of the Broncos. In addition to this, I also sim the game. I do a total of 5 sims each week to obtain a decent sample size. Here are the results of the play through.
Final Score: Denver 28, New England 7
This game followed a very similar script to the way the against Oakland went on Sunday; slim half-time lead, second half beat-down. The Patriots got the opening kick-off and after a couple of punts were exchanged, Manning got a scoring throw to Tamme. The Patriots came right back and tied it. After the two minute warning, Brady had the Pats on the Denver 6 yard line, but then was hit while throwing the ball. the pass was picked off by Steven Johnson who returned it 98 yards for a score. After half-time, it was all Broncos.
Denver - P. Manning - 13/21, 250 YDs, 3 TDs
New England - T. Brady - 15/25, 140 YDs, 0 TDs, 2 INTs
Denver - W. McGahee - 20 ATTs, 82 YDs
K. Moreno - 1 ATT, 8 YDs
New England - S. Ridley - 16 ATTs, 63 YDs, 1 TD
D. Woodhead - 2 ATTs, 9 YDs
Denver - D. Thomas - 8 RECs, 101 YDs, 1 TD
E. Decker - 3 RECs, 38 YDs, 1 TD
New England - W. Welker - 5 RECs, 43 YDs
R. Gronkowski - 4 RECs, 29 YDs
Denver - W. Woodyard - 8 TCKLs, 2 TFL
S. Johnson - 1 INT, 1 TD, 98 Return YDs
E. Dumervil - 4 TCKLs, 2 SACKs
New England - D. McCourty - 6 TCKLs
D. Hightower - 2 TCKLs, 2 SACKs
Special Teams: No relevant stats.
And now here are the results of this week's sims.
Sim 1: New England 31, Denver 27
Sim 2: New England 31, Denver 28 OT
Sim 3: New England 23, Denver 20 OT
Sim 4: New England 31, Denver 10
Sim 5: Denver 21, New England 14
Sim Average: New England 26, Denver 20
Boy, Madden '13 just does not like the Broncos. For the fourth consecutive week, Madden is picking against Denver. Let's just hope that the Broncos can make that prediction look as silly as last week's! GO BRONCOS!!!!!