Using the most recent roster update, we used Madden 17 to simulate all the way through the end of the 2017 NFL season. Things go wacky!
Now that the 2016 NFL season has come to a close, we are too impatient to wait and see what Madden 18 bears in mind for next year. Based on the most recent Madden 17 update, we have gone ahead and simulated a franchise mode all the way to the end of the 2017 NFL season. Why, you ask? Because we want to see just what craziness occurs when an entire offseason, regular season, and postseason is determined by a video game algorithm!
To do this, I used Madden 17 running a franchise mode with all acquisitions, roster moves, depth chart changes, everything done by AI, all the way through to the end of the next year of football. Screenshots before the playoff games are from previous simulations, including our 2016 season simulation from back before the year started. Results are then transcribed in this document.
Without further adieu, let’s get on with the show! Here is our Madden 17 simulation of the 2017 NFL season.
- z-Pittsburgh Steelers: 14-2, +177 point differential (11-5 in 2016)
- Baltimore Ravens: 8-8, -113 point differential (8-8 in 2016)
- Cincinnati Bengals: 7-8-1, +4 point differential (6-9-1 in 2016)
- Cleveland Browns: 4-12, -114 point differential (1-15 in 2016)
With talks surrounding Ben Roethlisberger potentially setting off into the sunset by retiring, Madden 17 puts any of that nonsense to bed with one of the best years of the quarterback’s career. He threw for a career-high 4,963 yards on the season and maintained a respectable 67% completion rate that helped him score 48 touchdowns and just ten interceptions.
The best part of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ game going into the 2017 season is the fact that Le’Veon Bell continues to exist. He’s been unbelievable last season and approached historic levels in the next season. He rushed for 22 touchdowns on the year, which would place him 6th among players with rushing touchdowns in a single season. He averaged just over 100 yards a game; more than enough to keep the defense on edge.
Speaking of records, Antonio Brown put himself in remarkable company with 21 touchdowns on the year. That would place him right behind Randy Moss and Jerry Rice in the all-time leaderboard for a single season, while his 1,743 yards on the year would place him 7th all time.