2013-09-24

Madden 25 – WWMD: Week 3 [Updated]

by Yo Snyder

[Update]

Well, in some ways it seems Madden was a bit more accurate
this week. It go the Raiders’ score right. It also go the fact that Pryor would
make the game a bit more competitive right. Finally, it got right that Manning
and Co. would just be too much to handle. Manning only threw for 3 TDs in the
actual game compared to the four in our sim, but he also didn’t throw any picks
(he threw two in the sim). Manning finished 32 of 37 for 374 yards, not far off
from the 31 of 44 for 349 yards in our sim. However, our sim didn’t get right
the fact that the Denver ground game would rack up over a hundred yards using
all three backs. Plus, Manning spread the ball around quite a bit, with Decker
being the biggest beneficiary with 8 catches for 133 yards and a TD. Pryor did
better than Madden predicted and Madden certainly didn’t predict McFadden
throwing for a TD as well as rushing for one. So this one was definitely hit or
miss, but there were more hits this week than there were last week. Next up, we’ll
see what Madden predicts when the Broncos square off against the Eagles.

[Original Post]

It’s only week 3 in the NFL season, but already it’s full of
interesting surprises. Perhaps the biggest surprise is just how competitive the
AFC West is looking. The Chiefs are 3-0. The Chargers have Rivers looking like
a dominant quarterback again. And the Raiders, the Raiders are actually
competitive. Anyone who thought the Broncos would have an easy time with them
should think again. So what does Madden
25
predict Manning and company will do against the surprisingly resilient
Raiders? Well…

It certainly wasn’t a cakewalk of a game, that’s for sure.
Manning and the Broncos got off to a slow start, per usual, and the Raiders
jumped out to a 14-0 lead. However, in the second quarter, Manning led the
Broncos on four consecutive scoring drives, and the next thing you know,
they’re going into halftime with a 28-14 lead. Coming out in the third quarter,
it looked like the Broncos would continue their dominant ways, but an
interception by Manning is returned 52 yards for a TD for the Raiders and
suddenly the game got interesting and then suddenly…it didn’t. Both teams
seemed to run out of gas, and absolutely nothing happened in the fourth quarter
except for a bunch of punts. And so the game ended with the Broncos winning
28-21. A weird game to be sure, but as I said, far more competitive than it
looked at the beginning of the season.

Manning overall had another stellar day, going 31 of 44 for
349 yards, 4 TDs and two costly INTs. Part of the reason he threw so much was
because there wasn’t much happening on the ground. Then again, if Moreno
continues to gain speed like he had last week, I don’t know how accurate that
will be. Pryor did his best, going 13 of 28 for 171 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. He
also had one rushing TD. Welker had a monster day with 9 catches for 142 yards
and 3 TDs, and Julius Thomas continued to show he’s a force to be reckoned with
after his 5 catches for 73 yards and a TD. The real dominant force here was the
Denver D, which pretty much kept Pryor and the Raiders in check. Then again,
the Raiders defense was able to get points and opportunities that prevented the
Broncos from completely running away with things. Once again, I’m not entirely
sure how reflective this will be of the real game, but I do think this week’s
sim got one thing right, this game will be far more competitive than anyone
expected at the beginning of the season.