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Madden '11 simulates the entire NFL season

Posted on: September 2, 2010 2:44 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 2:45 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Putting too much stock into an EA Sports simulation of Madden 11 is pretty aggressive -- I won't fault you for not doing it. But that doesn't make the simulation any less interesting, does it? Exactly, and since you already I enjoy the super cool world of virtual sports based on my review of the game , here's a quick breakdown.

Last year, Madden had the New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl, with Tom Brady garnering MVP honors. Other playoff "teams" included Pittsburgh, Tennessee, San Diego, Philadelphia, Arizona, Atlanta and Chicago (who all won their division) and the Colts, Ravens, Giants and Panthers sneaking in as wild cards.

To recap quickly: whoops.

Anyway, Aaron Rodgers is the star to watch, as he wins MVP and gets the Packers homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Same deal with the Ravens, who win the AFC North. New England, Indianapolis and San Diego are the other AFC division winners, while the 49ers, Cowboys and Saints win the other NFC division spots.

In terms of the wild card, Minnesota (who actually ties with Green Bay for the best record in the NFC at 12-4) and Atlanta are the winners in the NFC, while the Texans and Jets secure wild card spots from the AFC side.

In other words, nothing crazier than what a lot of people are thinking.

Terrell Suggs takes home Defensive Player of the Year, Joe Haden wins Defensive Rookie of the Year and Jermaine Gresham wins Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Some interesting individual performances that people might care about include Greg Jennings having a MONSTER year (102 catches, 1438 yards, 13 TDs), Owen Daniels finishing as the second-best TE in the league, Jerome Harrison rushing for 1235 yards and 9 TDs and Darrelle Revis snaring seven interceptions.

Of course, EA doesn't have teams dealing with holdouts or players struggling back from injuries (like Daniels).

Still, that shouldn't stop you from putting the deed to your house on an "Aaron Rodgers for MVP" prop bet in Vegas.

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Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2010 6:01 pm

Madden '11 simulates the entire NFL season

Uh...the simulation and I are pretty much in 100% agreement.  Every single team they picked for the playoffs I had in as well, and all of the same division winners.

Either the NFL's getting predictable or (more likely) I'm in for major disappointment.

Since: Jun 7, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2010 3:48 pm

Madden '11 simulates the entire NFL season

I actually find it very interesting to see what the game simulation thinks should happen. The one factor that is not in the game is a playoff push though. Too many times I will simulate a season a a team that is 6-7 will end up 6-10 rather then 9-7 like the Jets did last lear and make a playoff push. I mean its not a knock on the game, like, who really sits there and had friends come over all wearing their jerseys in August because their team made the SuperBowl on Madden? Well I know I'm not the only one!

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