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

Is anyone other than Steelers fans rooting for the LA Rams this Super Bowl?

Looks like most the country is going to be pulling for Joe Burrow and the Bengals. And why shouldn’t they?! They are a fun, young team, with arguably the biggest swag show in the country under center each snap.

Caption missing… as there is no need for one.

What is not to like when your watching them?while AFC North fans, Detroit fans, and the five Rams fans there are in LA will be rooting for Matthew stafford to get a super bowl in his first year in LA. I think im with the rest of the country in rooting for Joe Burrow and the Bengals, a “team of destiny” who just defeated the evil empire of the Chiefs.
As much as I genuinely like Joe Burrow and company. The fallout from a Bengals win for the rest of the league is far less detrimental then an LA win.
By being in Los Angeles the Rams immediately became a free agent powerhouse. Immediately winning the super bowl will win over a fan base and get ACTUAL Rams fans to the games. And why do they deserve that?!

Sad that this was a Rams home game. Pathetic really…


I would give everything short of my closest(and I MEAN CLOSEST) loved ones for a Super Bowl for the Indianapolis Colts, and next weekend all the Kardashians and all hollywood’s elite who could give two shits about the game get to play dress up in BRAND NEW JERSEYS!!! TAGS STILL ON IM SURE! NO FAMILY HEIRLOOMS PASSED DOWN HERE (they were all burned when the team left the first time) and support the Rams in the Super Bowl! What a fickle bitch life can be…


God, I hope the Bengals get after it Sunday. Can’t say I’m confident that the Bengals will be able to beat the Rams. But I’ve been wrong 3 times this playoffs already with them so here’s to number 4!
-Burke

Joe Burrow vs. Matthew Stafford, so tough to root against one.

Joe Burrow

VS.

Matt Stafford

This has got to be the hardest its been for me to root for one team in the Super Bowl in recent memory.

Matthew Stafford has been an absolute Dawg in Detroit all of his career. He has been put through the most vicious gauntlet their is in the NFL. The gauntlet of having to be drafted by the Detroit Lions. Throughout all the struggles and the inept ownership and management, he laced them up and put up some absolutely bonkers numbers over his career when actually looked over. I am a Colts fan but I have a tremendous amount of respect for Matthew Stafford and his resilience. It’s a lot of the reason I wanted him so badly this previous offseason.

Then we have Joe Burrow. Joe is the new hotness in the NFL, and his swagger is absolutely undeniable. He has a whole city in the midst of a Swagdemic. He has brought to the Bengals an attitude that is feeding into every aspect of the franchise. Him and Chase are aligning themselves to be the premier QB/WR connection in the NFL. How cool is Joe Burrow? Joe Burrow is “Make Cincinnati Cool” Cool.

So what will be my deciding factor this year? I would say I’m rooting for Matthew Stafford because Joe will have plenty of time to get his shot at rings… But moving to LA is unforgivable in my book. Why the hell would I root for a team, who can’t even get their own stadium mostly repping the Rams. LA does not deserve football success. Places like Cincinnati do. Places that are currently snowed in with only the warmth of possible football success to keep us going.

DOWN WITH LA.

I need this pic 2.0

-Burke

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