The start of the 2016 NFL Season is just days away, and what better method to try and predict who will take home NFL glory this season then a Madden season simulation? Here is the full and in-depth look at how Madden 17 predicts how this season will play out.
NFL MVP – Aaron Rodgers
Coach of the Year – Mike McCoy (Chargers 12-4)
OPOY – Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals
DPOY – Justin Houston – Kansas City Chiefs
OROY – Tajae Sharpe – Tennessee Titans
DROY – Emmaual Ogbah – Cleveland Browns
OPOY – Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
DPOY – Brandon Graham – Philadelphia Eagles
OROY – Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles
DROY – DeForest Buckner – San Francisco 49ers
Top Offensive Numbers Individually:
Passing Yards: Aaron Rodgers – 4,948
Passing TDs: Aaron Rodgers – 36
Rushing Yards: Adrian Peterson – 1,621
Rushing TDs: Javarious Allen – 16
Receiving Yards: Julio Jones – 1,575
Receiving TDs: Keenan Allen – 12
Top Defensive Numbers Individually:
QB Sacks: Justin Houston breaks the record with a whopping 25.5 sacks
Interceptions: Richard Sherman and Josh Norman tied with 9
Defensive TDs: Jalen Ramsey with 2
Wild Card Games
Ravens vs. Bengals: Bengals win 21-9
Vikings vs. Falcons: Vikings win 28-17
Chiefs vs. Patriots: Patriots win 33-14
Cardinals vs. Cowboys: Cardinals win 19-17
Divisional Round Games
Patriots vs. Jaguars: Patriots win 21-20
Vikings vs. Packers: Vikings win 31-26
Bengals vs. Chargers: Chargers win 31-28
Cardinals vs. Eagles: Eagles win 31-16
Patriots vs. Chargers: Chargers win 45-10
Vikings vs. Eagles: Eagles win 38-7
Super Bowl 51
In a Super Bowl match-up no one could have predicted, the expectation exceeding Chargers look to upset the Eagles, despite having a better regular season record.
1st Quarter Action: Early on, we are treated to one of the biggest defensive battles of the playoffs. Neither the Eagles nor Chargers are able to get anything going offensively in the mecca of sport championships as this one gets underway.
2nd Quarter Action: After a number of unsuccessful drives back and forth. The ball is punted endlessly. Finally, the Eagles show a promising drive in the middle of the quarter, but Carson Wentz throws a costly interception, proving that this is still anyone’s game.
After the Chargers fail to take advantage of the Eagles’ turnover, Philadelphia is given another chance as the quarter closes out. A Jordan Matthews touchdown caps off a first half where both teams combined for just 209 yards of total offense. Eagles lead Super Bowl 51 at the half by a score of 7-0.
3rd Quarter Action: Once again there’s a large amounts of back and forth drives that amounts to nothing. Just as the Chargers are trying to creep back into this game, the Eagles gain yet another edge: using it’s relentless pass rush.
4th Quarter Action: In what has been maybe the most boring Super Bowl game of all-time, the Eagles march down the field in an attempt to close out their slim, but obvious insurmountable lead. With four minutes to go in regulation, the Eagles finally add some late insurance found through the passing game.
The Chargers answer the Eagles’ score with a field goal of their own. They burn all of their timeouts as Wentz and Ryan Mathews unsuccessfully run out the clock on the next drive. However, Philip Rivers is miraculously given a chance to tie it on the game’s final drive.
With no timeouts, Rivers is forced to use his hurry-up offense down the field. In a wild turn of events, Rivers is somehow charging down the field with little trouble against the Eagles defense – something he hasn’t been able to do all day. Then finally, with time running out, Rivers airs it out one last time.
The Eagles win their first Super Bowl in history, edging the San Diego Chargers by a score of 10-3, the lowest scoring Super Bowl in history.
Other Simulated Super Bowl Notes:
- The two teams combined for just 344 yards of offense for the game.
- Phillip Rivers threw 2 interceptions and fumbled, as he passed for only 139 yards.
- Jordan Matthews led the way with six receptions for 91 yards.
- Wentz threw for 166 yards and one touchdown to go along with one interception.
- Malcolm Jenkins was awarded Super Bowl 51 MVP for his game-clinching interception.
Let’s all be thankful this is a madden simulation and hope that the actual Super Bowl 51 isn’t this boring.