In what has become a yearly tradition, Yahoo Sports ran a full simulated NFL season in the “Madden” video game franchise.
With no preseason games to satisfy our hunger for football this summer, “Madden NFL 21” will serve to hold us over until the season officially kicks off on Sept. 10.
Looking back at last year’s simulation, it turns out that “Madden NFL 20” was actually pretty darn accurate, correctly predicting that the Chiefs would win the Super Bowl, Tom Brady would not fall off a cliff in his age-42 season, the Saints would be an offensive juggernaut, and Eli Manning would retire at year’s end.
That said, 2019 is history and here are 20 takeaways from our new simulated season.
1. More of the same in Tompa Bay. In his first season with the Bucs, Tom Brady continued to defy logic, throwing 4,183 yards, 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing 68 percent of his passes. Tom Brady was born 11 years before the John Madden Football video game franchise ever existed. The fact that he’s still even an active player in the 2020 edition is mind-blowing