2012-12-17

Madden NFL 13 – WWMD: Week 15 [Update]

by Yo Snyder

[Update]
I’ve come to really believe that what Madden 13 predicts is going to be fairly accurate in how things will unfold in the real game. So much so, that when I came home from church and turned on the Broncos game and saw them ahead by 21 points, I was fairly shocked. I didn’t really expect that. I truly thought that Madden 13 had it right, that the Broncos would get a hard-fought, close win. Then again, I don’t think anyone’s really expected what’s happened with the Ravens here at the end of the season; they’re falling off at exactly the wrong time, and the Broncos are peaking at exactly the right time. So the outcome of the game wasn’t really comparable to what Madden 13 predicted, but what about the stats? Well…

Broncos 37, Ravens 17 –

This was another example of the Broncos playing balanced football. From offense to defense to special teams, every aspect contributed even when none of them were spectacular. The offense did their job, but they didn’t have sparkling numbers. Manning finished 17 of 28 for 204 yards and a TD. Interestingly, Madden had him going 15 of 27 for 202, 2 TDs and an INT. Not too far off. Meanwhile, Moreno continued his impressive replacement duty for McGahee with 118 yards and a TD, which is bigger chunk than the 79 yards in our Madden game. And although Decker was the stand-out star for the Broncos receivers this time as opposed to Dreessen in our sim, we did predict Pitta would have a big game for the Ravens, and boy did he. 7 catches for 125 yards and 2 TDs. This was a statement game for the Broncos, to prove that they’re a legit playoff threat and not just a pretender feasting off weaker foes in recent weeks. Well, it would seem that issue is settled for now, and with games and Cleveland and Kansas City in the final two weeks, they could extend their nine-game winning streak to eleven and get a playoff bye for all is said and done. Wouldn’t that be interesting? We’ll see what Madden 13 predicts for the final two weeks.

[Original Post]

The Broncos are on one of their longest winning streaks in
recent years, actually since their 1998 Super Bowl Year. Eight wins in a row,
which means their last loss was way back in October. However, it has to be said
that streak hasn’t exactly come against the cream of the NFL, which makes this
week’s game against the Ravens all the more important. John Fox has stated this
game will be a “measuring stick”, it’s the game that will show whether or not
the Broncos are ready for the playoffs. Well, according to Madden 13, Manning
the Broncos still have room for improvement, as they have all year, but it
looks like they’re ready to face tougher teams. It wasn’t a pretty win, but
after four quarters, thanks to a combined effort on offense and defense, the
Broncos emerged victorious. Here’s how it happened:

Broncos 17, Ravens
12:

1st Quarter — Baltimore started things off with a
heavy dose of Ray Rice, as they should, and it was enough to put their first
drive of the day in field goal range, which they hit from 38 yards out. The
Broncos got down to business and had a decent drive of their own going, but
just as they were entering field goal range, Ed Reed stepped in front of a
Manning pass and intercepted it.

2nd Quarter — The Ravens took the rest of the
first quarter and early the second, they were once again in field goal range,
hitting one from 25 yards. The next Broncos drive fizzled, and despite another
well executed drive, the Ravens were unable to punch it into the end zone and
had to settle for another three points with a 21 yard field goal. Well, the
Broncos finally found some rhythm late in the second, and using up a lot of
time, they were finally able to get a 12 yard TD pass to Dreessen.

The Ravens, however, ran an efficient 2-minute drill, and
were able to score yet another field goal from 35 yards out before the first
half ended.

3rd Quarter — The Broncos started with the ball
in the second half, but couldn’t do anything with it. Neither could the Ravens.
In fact, pretty much nothing happened in the 3rd as both defenses
kept the opposing offenses from getting anything going.

4th Quarter — The Broncos finally got an extended
drive going in the fourth, and eventually punched it in for a 9 yard TD pass to
Moreno, giving them their first lead of the game.

The Broncos D kept the Ravens from the moving the ball, but
just when it looked like the Broncos offense was going to take control, Moreno
fumbled the ball and the Ravens recovered. However, the defense stepped up once
again, sacking Flacco and keeping him out of field goal range. The Broncos
started running as much clock as they could with a run game that started to
finally eat up some yards, and they sealed the deal with a 21 yard field goal
to close out the game.

Manning finished the day with 15 of 27 for just 202 yards, 2
TDs and an INT. Flacco never really got anything going, ending with 14 of 21
for 151 yards. It was tough going, but Moreno was eventually able to grind out
71 yards and had a TD pass, while Ray Rice was mostly held in check with 44
yards rushing and another 38 receiving. Dreessen had a huge game, with six
catches for 122 yards and TD, while Pitta was Flacco’s main target with five
catches for 60 yards. It was a tough game, but exactly the type of the game the
Broncos needed to win to show they’re ready for the playoffs. Can the real Broncos
pull out the win as well? We’ll find out this weekend.