Madden Simulation projects Redskins to beat Cardinals at home
For the first time in a while, our weekly Madden Simulation is projecting a Redskins win. Here’s how they think it will go down.
Over the course of the past four games, the Washington Redskins haven’t played very well. In their past two contests against the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Chargers, they have looked particularly uninspired. But perhaps that will change this Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals are team that is enduring a disappointing season that is fairly similar to that of the Redskins. Both are dealing with major injuries on both sides of the ball and both had potential as Wild Card teams before the season began. Now, they are both playing for pride and this game will come down to who wants it more.
This week, the Madden Simulation done by App Trigger’s Michael Owens is being kind to the Redskins for once. It is projecting a 34-24 victory for the Redskins and they are supposed to be getting a great performance out of their rookie running back Samaje Perine.
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Per the simulation, Perine is going to rack up a lot of yards against the Cardinals defense. He totaled a whopping 30 carries for 123 yards and had two touchdowns, including a critical one in the fourth quarter to win the game for the Redskins. Presumably, this success would depend on the availability of Corey Peters, a run stuffer for the Cardinals who is having a solid year. He is dealing with an ankle injury and hasn’t played since Week 10. If Peters doesn’t play, Perine should have an easier matchup.
In the passing game, the simulation is predicting Kirk Cousins to have a very solid game for what feels like the first time all season. Typically, the simulations have pegged Cousins to finish with less that 200 passing yards with little scoring. This time around, they are predicting 258 passing yards and two scores for the Redskins quarterback.
Cousins had a lot of success targeting Josh Doctson, who scored a touchdowns, and Jamison Crowder who totaled 87 yards on 10 catches and caught a touchdown too. If Cousins can get his top receivers going, there’s no reason that the offense shouldn’t be able to operate efficiently, so this all makes sense.
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At the end of the day, this simulation seems entirely plausible and it would be a big step for Washington. They need to at least stay competitive down the stretch. They don’t necessarily have to win, but if they put forth no effort, the franchise will go through yet another offseason of change as they look to fix problems at every level of their organization.