Ahead of tonight’s kickoff, we have simulated all of the 2018 NFL season’s week one games in Madden 19 to predict the winners and losers.
Football is back, baby! After a long and tumultuous offseason, the NFL makes its triumphant return tonight. While talk of the national anthem and latest Nike ad campaign have dominated the headlines this week, we here at App Trigger are concerned with only one thing when it comes to the NFL: the results of the games being played on the gridiron. Save all that other noise for the talking heads on television and the radio.
With our 2018 season sim completed, we’ll now be simulating each week’s slate of NFL games in Madden NFL 19 to predict the winners and losers. Every Thursday, you can see who Madden 19 predicts will win each game for that week, while also analyzing how accurate the prior week’s simulations actually were.
Before we get into week one’s predictions, here are the parameters with how simulations were handled:
- Absolutely NO user games were played
- Because the 53-man rosters were not implemented in time for our week one sim, we manually edited teams to best reflect their real-life counterpart. Future weeks will use rosters updated by EA.
- Each game was completely super simmed (both teams controlled by AI) with the stats recorded afterward.
- Settings included All-Pro difficulty, Simulation sliders and six-minute quarters.
- Screenshots were taken after the games were played in a completely separate environment.
With that the rules now in place, let’s take a look at Madden 19‘s week one simulation results!
Atlanta Falcons 38, Philadelphia Eagles 14
The 2018 NFL season kicks off in Philadelphia in a rematch of the NFC East divisional game, with the defending Super Bowl champions host the Atlanta Falcons, last year’s No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs. With both teams having high expectations this season, this was a marquee matchup on paper. Unfortunately, it was a completely one-sided event and the Falcons scored 28 unanswered points in the first and second quarters in route to a 38-15 blowout. The Eagles didn’t get on the board until midway through the third quarter.
With Carson Wentz still not cleared to play (at the time of this sim), the Eagles turned to last year’s Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. He went 26-50 with 265 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Much of the quarterback’s struggles could’ve had something to do with the constant barrage of pressure, as the Falcons defense totaled four sacks. The running game didn’t fare much better as the Eagles managed just 66 rushing yards in total with Jay Ajayi (10 car., 36 yds.) scoring the lone touchdown out of the backfield.
The Falcons offense, meanwhile, was clicking on all cylinders. Quarterback Matt Ryan looked like the 2016 MVP-version of himself, posting a 145.2 QB rating. He was an efficient 21-28 with 276 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those went to none other than Julio Jones (6 rec., 99 yds). On the ground, Devonta Freeman made the most of his limited touches, racking up 133 yards and one touchdown on just 13 carries.