Madden predictions have become a tradition for some and this year’s John Madden crystal ball went coo coo for cocoa puffs! Last year’s simulation was pretty damn good. Predicting the Super Bowl champion Chiefs and that Eli Manning would hang it up.
Let’s take a look at the hysteria that is Madden 21 PREDICTIONS:
- Tompa Bay becomes a major disappointment. While Tom Brady is simulated to throw for 4,183 yards, 37 TD and 11 INT, the Bucs FAIL to reach the playoffs finishing 8-8(leading to Brady’s retirement).
- Cam Newton dominates in Foxsboro. Things keep getting worse for Tom Brady. Newton steps in throwing for 4,613 yards, 35 TD, completing 61 percent of his passes. At least Brady has some hope as Cam leads the NFL with 24 interceptions. Some things Bill Belichick can’t fix!
- Both Ohio teams make the playoffs. Yeah we call Bull$hit on this one. Madden 21 has the Browns leading the “best division in football” to an 11-5 record. NFL analysts know better after letting them get our hopes up, but a video game can’t shake the fool’s gold. Baltimore(10-6) and Cincinnati(9-7) all made the playoffs under the expanded playoff format.
- Joe Burrow steps on the scene. In his rookie season, Burrow takes the Bengals to the playoffs behind 4,000 passing yards, 31 TD and a 70% completion rate. Considering the Bengals have a roster filled with knuckleheads and no talent, it’s highly doubtful a rookie can just moonwalk into Offensive Rookie of the Year. If he does they’ll start singing folk songs about him by careers end in Cincinnati.
- LSU is king. Star LSU linebacker Patrick Queen dominates like Burrow and leads the Ravens with 106 tackles. He of course would win Defensive Rookie of the Year for that. With a great cast of characters around him, a breakout year for Queen isn’t too far fetched.
- Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert need time. Madden 21’s simulation had these two stinking up the joint in a more realistic rookie season for young quarterbacks. Let’s not forget Kyler Murray became everything and more than the Cardinals expected and they won five games. They have the dolphins finishing with six wins and Herbert’s Chargers with just four. Oof.
- Boring deadline. One notable trade was made: The Ravens sent LB Tyus Bowser to the Patriots for a 2021 fourth-round pick, 2022 fourth-round pick and 2022 seventh-round pick. Let’s hope this prediction flames out.
- Lamar Jackson leaves “Madden curse” in the dust. The reigning MVP throws for over 4,500 years and 38 TD’s, finishing THIRD in the MVP race. Madden might need to tweak their tendencies because they have Jackson running for just 209 yards. I’d bet every last dollar I’ve got that number is a thing of the past by week two.
- The $503 million dollar man is worth it. After Patrick Mahomes’ Super Bowl MVP season, he leads the chiefs to an 11-5 record throwing for 4,416 yards and 39 TD’s, with a league best 70% completion percentage. Kansas City would also advance into the Super Bowl again(Chiefs fans close your eyes in just a bit)
- Denver found a star at quarterback. Drew Lock and Courtland Sutton emerge as one of the deadliest QB-WR duos in the game. Lock finishes second in the NFL with 4,627 passing yards, while Sutton pulled down 1,361 yards from the air. The Lock-Sutton connection was responsible for 11 touchdowns. Maybe a sleeper pick for our fantasy drafts?
- The Skip Bayless wet dream for a Cowboys NFC East title lives on. We’re not sure how Dallas’ theft of CeeDee Lamb ahead of Philly makes Dak Prescott any better in big games, but Madden has clearly seen enough. Prescott finishes the year with 3,799 yards passing and 30 TD’s. Even Madden didn’t give Prescott the stats to negotiate for his asking price!
- Zeke still eats. Zeke Elliot wins his third rushing title behind 1,457 yards on the ground. With a league high 200 yards after the contact, Elliot clearly wants to be the present day Emmitt Smith.
- Washington Football stinks. Turns out trying to work “good Karma” doesn’t work in sports. You actually need good players to win games in professional sports leagues. Who knew? At least a small minority of people are happy with them.
- NICK FOLES WINS MVP. What!? In the most heroic way possible, Nick Foles leads the Chicago Bears to a 14-2 record throwing for 4,801 yards, 44 TD’s and 5 INT(!). They of course would make like Lavar Ball and Neva’ Lose on their way to Super Bowl LV where they would BEAT THE CHIEFS. I wish we could say we were shocked, but 2020 never fails to amaze us.
- Coaching merry go round. Andy Reid and Pete Carroll retire at season’s end. No shot Reid goes just starting a team headed for a dynasty in KC. Bill O’Brien being the only coach fired and that seemed about perfect. However the game unredeemed itself by filling Seattle’s vacancy with O’Brien. Never.
- Retirements. After the big announcement of Brady calling it quits after one year in sweaty Tampa, Florida, plenty others would follow: Adrian Peterson, Ben Roethlisberger, Terrell Suggs, Adam Vinatieri, Julian Edelman, Jason McCourty, and one surprise. Frank Gore. Dude is like an underground pimple. He just won’t go away.