Greetings and salutations, fellow Bronco maniacs. Brought back by request, this is the first installment of the 2013 Madden Predictions. For those of you who have never seen this series before, it works as follows: I will take each upcoming game and play through it on the latest edition of Madden either against a human opponent or against the maximum difficulty in single player. I will try, based off of what I can see in watching games that have already been played, to play it using play calls that would be used in the real games. I will also sit any players that are expected to be out with injury in the real game (or suspension… Von, I am looking at you). I will then recap what happened in that game here. After that, I will also sim the game five times, giving the final scores of each sim, and adding the scores together to get an average game score.
Okay, here we go.
Final Score: Denver 34, New York 20
For the record, I just want to say that I despise the new Madden. I absolutely hate the changes they made to the controls. Now that I have gotten that off my chest….
This game started fast, with Denver jumping to a quick 21-3 lead, later increasing to 34-10, before New York scored some points in garbage time. Peyton was his usual efficient self, picking apart the Giants defense with quick timing throws.
The Giants had trouble getting anything going early, but were able to score some points late with Eli able to stand in the pocket and find the open man, since there was no pass rush to speak of.
In the end, it was too little too late for the Giants, as the Broncos were able to coast to the victory.
Passing: Denver – P. Manning – 20/27, 290 YDS, 3TDs, 1INT
New York – E. Manning – 19/30, 244 YDS, 1TD, 2INTs
Rushing: Denver – K. Moreno – 18 ATT., 48 YDS
M. Ball – 6 ATT., 30 YDS, 1TD
New York – B. Jacobs – 22 ATT., 60 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving: Denver – W. Welker – 7 REC, 50 YDS, 1 TD
D, Thomas – 4 REC, 100 YDS, 1TD
E. Decker – 3 REC, 63 YDS, 1 TD
New York – H. Nicks – 5 REC, 77 YDS, 1TD
V. Cruz – 3 REC, 46 YDS
Defense: Denver – W. Woodyard – 8 TCKLS
N. Irving – 4 TCKLS, 1 SACK
C. Harris – 2 TCKLS, 1 INT
New York – D. Moore – 6 TCKLS, 2 SACKs
T. Thomas – 5 TCKLS, 1 INT
Special Teams: Denver – M. Prater, 2/2 FGs, Long 53 YDS
New York – J. Brown, 2/2 FGs, Long 57 YDS
I will preface this by saying that Madden has the Broncos as a team ranked at a criminally low 81. I find that ridiculous. That being said, Madden gave us the slight edge in this one. Again, for those of you who haven’t read these before, I sim the games five times to get a reasonable sample size. Here are the results.
Sim 1 – Denver 28, New York 19
Sim 2 – New York 31, Denver 27
Sim 3 – New York 20, Denver 10
Sim 4- Denver 42, New York 24
Sim 5 – Denver 26, New York 20 (OT)
Simulation Average: Denver 27, New York 23
So, Madden has spoken. Denver wins in a close one.