Madden NFL 13 – WWMD: Week 13 [Updated]
At the end of the first half, it was starting to look like the
Broncos just might need another hefty come-from-behind effort. True, the
score was just 10-7, but the Broncos seemed to be misfiring on offense.
Then again, with Peyton Manning on board, the Broncos are one of the
best second-half adjustment teams around, and the proved that once again
by putting up 21 unanswered points in the third quarter. You cant help
but feel a bit bad for opposing teams; the Bucs showed nothing on
defense, and Manning still came out and dissected them in the second
half. Show too much, hell get ya. Show nothing, hell still get ya.
What are you going to do? Well, if you want to know the outcome of these
games, you should check up with our weekly Madden sims, as theyve been
pretty accurate; heres an example.
Broncos 31, Buccaneers 23 –
The Broncos looked sharp on their first drive, and then seemed to
lose their mojo. Fortunately, the defense things kept things close,
despite Martin finding some success on the ground and in the screen game
for Tampa. However, the Denvers always a different team in the second
half, and they ripped off 21 one points in the third to prove that once
again. Manning ended the day with 27 of 38 for 242 yards, 3 TDs and 1
INT. Thats remarkably close to the 276 yards, 3 TDs and INT predicted
in our game. Meanwhile, Moreno was able to find 69 yards on the ground,
just ten short of what we predicted, while Hillman got 29 yards, four
more than we predicted. Finally, Thomas had 99 yards and 2 TDs. You know
what he had in our Madden game? 99 yards and 2 TDs. Its kind of eerie
sometimes, isnt it?
Well, week 12 was a wild one, yet Denver was able to do something
they often struggle with; win in Kansas City. It wasn’t an easy win, but
it was one that showed just how far this team has come since the season
started. There are several tests left, but if the Broncos continue to
improve as they have throughout this year, they will be a dangerous team
come January. According to Madden 13, they certainly could do just
that. The Buccaneers are coming to town, and they’re no push-overs, but
the combination of offense and defense, balance in the running game and
passing attack, make the Broncos a well-rounded team that’s going to be
tough to defeat. Here’s what Madden 13 predicts will go down this
Broncos 34, Buccaneers 14 –
1st Quarter –
The Bucs were a little shaky to start off. Their first series fizzled
rather quickly. Once the Broncos got the ball, they steadily drove down
the field and capped off their drive with a 15 yard TD pass to Dreessen.
This, however, seemed to wake Tampa Bay up out of their apathy, as they
put together a long, steady drive of their own capped by a 5 yard TD
run by Martin. He also broke a big run on the third down earlier in the
drive, picking up 38 yards on a 3rd and 7.
2nd Quarter – The
Broncos got themselves into scoring position on another good looking
drive, but a sack set them back, and a dropped pass meant they had to
settle for a 46 yard field goal. The defense, however, shut-down
anything the Buccaneers attempted on their next series. Denver got the
ball back and was able to punch it into the endzone on a 31 yard pass to
Thomas. Again, this seemed to bring life to the Tampa Bay offense, as
they marched right down the field and answered with a TD of their own on
a 37 yard pass to Underwood.
When the Broncos got the ball, it
looked like they’d pull ahead further right before half, but a bad throw
by Manning ended up getting intercepted. The Bucs ran an efficient
2-minute drill, but out of time outs and out of time, they were only
able to get the ball to the seven yard line before time expired. So
instead of tying the game, they went into the half still down by three.
Quarter – The Broncos started with the ball in the 3rd, and they
consumed a lot of time on their first drive and capped it off with a 23
yard TD pass to Thomas.
However, the Buccaneers looked like they
were ready to respond once again, as they had throughout the game, but
on a deep pass attempt to Williams, Bailey stepped in and intercepted
the ball. The Broncos ground out the clock on the ground and took the
game to the fourth quarter…
4th Quarter – …where they got into
the redzone, but three attempts at rushing it into the endzone where
shut down, so they settled for a 21-yard field goal. The Buccaneers were
now in more desperate straits, and abandoned the running game. The
Denver D, however, did it’s job. They forced Tampa to go for it on 4th
down, and then hurried Freeman in the pocket, forcing a bad pass and an
INT. Denver ran the ball, ran the clock, and eventually punched through
for a 3 yard TD run by Moreno.
Manning had a solid game, going 16
of 20 for 276 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT. Meanwhile, the Denver ground game
did its part with 79 yards from Moreno and a TD, plus another 25 yards
from Hillman. Thomas ended the game with 99 yards and 2 TDs, while
Dreessen had 79 yards and a TD. Meanwhile, the Denver D held Martin to
just 64 yards and a TD, and Freeman to 18 of 27 for 239 yards, 1 TD and 2
INTs. It was an all-around solid effort by the whole Broncos unit,
which has become their M.O. throughout the season. Will that continue in
the real game this weekend? Tune in Monday to find out how things
compare to our Madden sim predictions.