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Madden NFL 11 Simulation: Saints 25, Falcons 20

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In the above image, Spoon is seconds away from merging Pierre Thomas and Drew Brees into one person. That's the power of No. 56.

 

In EA Sports latest Madden simulation, the Atlanta Falcons video game doppelgangers come up a little short against the New Orleans Saints. The analysis via ESPN and EA Sports.

Drew Brees threw for 352 yards and two touchdowns as the Saints held on to beat the Falcons, 25-20. Atlanta hung tough with the defending champs, taking the final drive inside the red zone with under two minutes to play, but when Matt Ryan's pass to Roddy White was picked off inside the end zone, the Saints had survived another close call, pushing their record to 3-0.

Player of the Game: Drew Brees

 

Some problems with the Sim:

  • #1 - Michael Turner only rushes for 62 yards on 19 carries. After seeing what Frank Gore did against the Saints on Monday night, I think it's safe to project 20 carries for 287 yards for Turner.
  • #2 - Roddy White only catches five passes. He's averaging 10 a game so far and he needs 10 more in this game to tie the Falcons' team record for catches through three games. He should be good for 18 catches, conservatively.

It's going to be a close game, no one thinks otherwise, but if the Falcons have the ball in the red zone with under two minutes to play with a chance to take the lead, every Falcon fan in America would take those odds.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.