A look at the Madden’s Super Bowl simulations prediction history. Also a tangent on EA.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow can light up one more victory cigar — at least if the virtual prediction of Sunday’s Super Bowl ends up coming true.

In the official Madden ’22 simulation of Super Bowl LVI, the Bengals knock off the Los Angeles Rams, 24-21, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and it is Burrow, the second-year quarterback out of LSU, who becomes the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Burrow, who completed 32 of 44 passes for 317 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, led Cincinnati down the field to set up kicker Evan McPherson for a 49-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give Cincinnati the win.

credit: EA SPORTS

Well the nerds over at EA have decided the Bengals won the Super Bowl. Great season everybody. That’s a wrap!

But seriously let’s take a look at the simulations pick history…

Super Bowl 54KC 35, SF 31KC 31, SF 20Right!
Super Bowl 53LA 30, NE 27NE 13, LA 3Wrong!
Super Bowl 52NE 24, PHI 20PHI 41, NE 33Wrong!
Super Bowl 51NE 27, ATL 24NE 34, ATL 28Right!
Super Bowl 50CAR 24, DEN 20DEN 24, CAR 10Wrong!
Super Bowl 49NE 28, SEA 24NE 28, SEA 24Spooky Good!
Super Bowl 48DEN 31, SEA 28SEA 43, DEN 8Wrong!
Super Bowl 47BAL 27, SF 24BAL 34, SF 31Right!
Super Bowl 46NYG 27, NE 24NYG 21, NE 17Right!
-credit Eddie Makuch gamespot.com

It is so interesting to see these simulations in a grid like the one above. I was fully ready to get on here and absolute rip the simulations apart for being no real reading or barometer for what will be happening in the Super Bowl, but I got to say, looking at these numbers laid out like this, this thing is actually kind of amazing!

If this simulation were just a mere degenerate gambler, he would be in the black for sure!

Look at the years it was right, It got within a close margin for the actual scores on several occasions. And then there is Super Bowl 49! The simulation predicted New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24. I’ll be damned if that wasn’t the score. That being said, 28 to 24 is the one of the more “football score” games (you know games where the numbers are typical integers of 7 and 3). So, not really taking any risks. Had it hit on Super Bowl 54’s prediction of 35 to 31, a far less common “football score” that would have been impressive.

As for 24 to 21 Cincinnati Bengals over Los Angeles Rams, I’m here for it. Not the most risky scoring bet. Honestly 24 to 21 with either team pulling out the win sounds fairly logical and that even sounds like the logical score. But, we aren’t here for logic! We are here for miraculous drives, unlikely heroes, and moments that make you think “Man there was just no predicting that”. So with that I’ve come all the way back around. BOO these nerds.

Also,

side tangent.

EA Sports should be ashamed for the crimes they’ve committed against the public and the American people. By having a monopoly on NFL simulation games, they have stifled game mechanic development and graphic development as well! Their lack of competition in the market is a detriment to the product and gaming culture as a whole. They’ve pumped out the same game, on the same engine since like 2016. It has to stop. Same could be said for NBA 2K22… Complacent. Every last one of them…

Assassins Creed Valhalla is an absolute marvel of modern gaming and everyone who can’t appreciate and enjoy it just has a dump in their shorts.

-Burke

Matt Eberflus. Just some thoughts from this Bears fan.

Matt Eberflus is making his presence felt in Chicago! Mostly through staged as all hell social media posts highlighting his work ethic

That gets me beyond geeked.


This man develops ballers and that’s exactly what we will need him to do for the Bears next year. During his time with the Colts Matt Eberflus installed his more hybrid coverage oriented schemes. This schemes have allowed some of the Colts less prototypical guys to develop into actual monsters on the gridiron. He saw that Darius Leonard was best utilized as a ball hound drifting into coverage often, but for the most part giving him the freedom to make plays where he chooses. This had freed him up to make the second round pick the Turnover King of the NFL.

He doesn’t force guys to fit his schemes, he forces schemes to fit his guys. And this practice is the way to go about cultivating the best defensive presence for your team.

While I was initially hesitant about the hire, just based on myself wanting to bring in a QB whisperer to develop Justin Fields into a top tier QB. It will be interesting to see who’s going to be heading up the Justin Fields development within the team.
With that in mind, I have come around on the hire. Never thought it was terrible, Matt Eberflus is a defensive mastermind. And when the Colts defense was clicking under his watch the whole team played with so much more joy and turnovers weren’t just turnovers, they were parties! So awesome when a coordinator can get through to an entire squad of guys.
-David S.

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