Redskins: Madden simulation projects team win in Week 4 vs. Chiefs
Madden simulations have not been kind to the Washington Redskins thus far in 2017. However, Week 4 is bringing a different story.
The Washington Redskins have one of their toughest tests of the early season on Monday night. They are traveling to Kansas City to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the team’s second primetime matchup in as many weeks. The Redskins are considered to be underdogs, but they do stand a chance of beating the Chiefs.
So far in 2017, the Madden simulations that we’ve looked at have not favored the Redskins much. In fact, the simulations have all predicted losses for Washington. Of course, the simulations have a record of 1-2, as the Redskins have gone 2-1 to start the 2017 campaign.
This week, the Madden simulation is predicting a victory for the Redskins. It’s going to be a tough battle, but App Trigger’s Michael Owens has the Redskins prevailing 26-23 thanks to a late game winning field goal from Dustin Hopkins. In terms of other performers, here’s what the simulation predicted.
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"Kirk Cousins managed just 155 yards passing for Washington but did find Terrelle Pryor for a pair of touchdowns that kept them in it. Alex Smith continued lighting up the stat sheet for the Chiefs with 303 yards passing and a touchdown of his own early in the game. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt also found the end zone but put up just 42 yards on 15 carries. Smith’s two interceptions wound up costing the team dearly, including one in the fourth quarter that set up Washington’s game-winning drive."
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It would be truly surprising if the stats for the Redskins end up being correct. Kirk Cousins recording just 155 passing yards will not be enough to lead the team to victory unless their run game performs very well.
Furthermore, Terrelle Pryor catching two touchdowns seems unlikely. He has to battle Marcus Peters, one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL this week and he has not showed any chemistry with Cousins so far this season. Of all the weeks for Pryor to break out, this week seems to be the least likely.
However, even if these stats do ring true on Monday night, the one that would be most indicative of the Redskins victory is Kareem Hunt‘s effort on the ground. Hunt recording 42 yards on 15 carries would be a huge win for the Washington defense. Hunt is the key player to stop, and his lack of performance is likely what allowed the Redskins to win.
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Overall, this is a realistic potential score. But the Redskins aren’t likely to win in the ways that the simulation suggests. The defense will only be capable of doing so much. Cousins and company will have to help out a bit more in order for Washington to emerge victorious in Week 4.