After going 12-3 in Week 4 Madden 19 looks to continue its hot streak as we head into the second quarter of the 2018 NFL Season.
Now past the quarter mark of the 2018 NFL season, the honeymoon phase is over. As the wise Bill Parcells once proclaimed, “You are what your record says you are.” Still, I’m not entirely convinced of that.
There are some teams, like the Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers, that I believe are better than their record indicates. Or they are at least capable of turning it around. Then there are some, like the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants, that I fully believe are as bad as their record says they are. And then there are teams where the jury is still out on them, like the inconsistent Miami Dolphins who show flashes of brilliance at times only come crashing down to Earth in a big game against the New England Patriots.
The point is, the 2018 NFL season has been pretty unpredictable, yet Madden 19 has been surprisingly accurate with its predictions thus far. So once again, we turn to Madden 19 to simulate the Week 5 NFL matchups and determine this week’s winners and losers. It should be noted that this simulation was performed after the Thursday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.
Denver Broncos 38, New York Jets 24
Following their heartbreaking loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football last week, the Broncos look to rebound against the lowly Jets, led by rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.
If not for last week’s late collapse, the Broncos would be an impressive 3-1. Instead, they are sitting at 2-2 and find themselves in what is almost a must-win game if they wish to keep pace with the red-hot Chiefs in the AFC West. The Jets, who haven’t won a game since week one, are the best medicine.
The Broncos found themselves in a 14-0 hole after the first quarter, but this is the Jets we’re talking about and the Broncos scored 17 unanswered points to close out the first half.
A second-half pick-six by Broncos safety Justin Simmons extended the lead 24-14 and the Broncos never took their foot off the gas. They scored another 14 points in the fourth quarter – a 37-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum (18-31, 259 yds., 2 TDs, 1 Int) to Emanuel Sanders (5 rec., 93 yds., 2 TDs), and a one-yard touchdown run by Philip Lindsay (21 car., 84 yds., 2 TDs).
The Broncos offense showed some signs of life, but make no mistake, this is a team that will be carried by its defense. As for the Jets, well, it continues to be a learning process for Sam Darnold who went 23-48 with 250 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.