It’s the preseason for Bear Goggles On too, and we’re trying out a new segment: using a Madden 11 simulation to predict the games. Check it out and tell us what works, what doesn’t work, what we could do to improve the segment. I’ve got to give big props to Sam, his predication for the Chargers game was pretty damn close: he predicted 34-10 Chargers and the game turned out to be 25-10 Chargers but it’s back to the drawing board after missing the mark on his Bears-Raiders prediction. Let’s see what’s in store for the Bears vs Cardinals.
*Note, the sim was run before the Cardinals announced that Matt Leinart was getting banished back to the hot tub, so I actually think the Cards will do better than the predicted score.
The Bears will have payback on their minds after the beating they took from Cardinals last year. The Bears offensive line will be looking to bounce back after a rough outing against the Raiders while the defense still has to prove that they can stop someone (ANYONE!) from converting a 3rd and long.
The Madden 11 simulation doesn’t start off well for the Beloved, with all-world receiver Larry Fitzgerald going off for a long score and topped off with a Steve Breaston TD catch before Matt Forte finally breaks through with a second quarter 7-yard TD run:
I think the blue on blue uni’s show better in the game than in real life. I’ve never been a fan of that look for the Bears.
Peanut Tillman did his best to keep it close with an interception in the end zone of a Matt Leinart pass:
Too bad the Bears won’t have Leinart to kick around this week, at least not until later in the game if at all. I remember last year when the Bears were getting beaten by the Cards and they pulled Warner and brought in Leinart, only to have the Bears come back with a couple of quick scores. The Cards actually brought Warner back into the game, but they won’t have that luxury this season.
Matt Forte caps off the scoring for the Bears with a short TD run:
Unfortunately for the Bears, the Cardinals score a garbage time TD to take the game, with the Bears falling to the Cardinals, 21-17.
Check out the scoring summary and stat leaders:
Preseason Week 3
(ARI) Fitzgerald 45 yd TD pass from Leinart (J.Feely kick)
(ARI) Breaston 20 yd pass from Leinart (J.Feely kick)
(CHI) Forte 7 yd Run (Gould kick)
(CHI) Gould 29 yd FG
(CHI) Forte 1 yd run (Gould kick)
(ARI) A. Roberts 71 yd pass from D. Anderson (J. Feely kick)
Cutler 11-18 131 Yards 0 Td 1 Int
LeFevour 7-12 67 Yards 0 Td 0 int
Leinart 12-18 187 Yards 2 Td 1int
Anderson 3-13 84 Yds 1 Td 0 int
Forte 20 carries 83 yds 4.1 avg 2 td
Taylor 8 carries 69 yds 8.6 avg 0 td
Wells 10 carries 43 yds 4.3 avg 0 td
Hightower 7 carries 41 yds 5.8 avg 0 td
Aromashodu 6 rec 87 yds 14.5 avg 0 td
Ta’ufo’ou 2 rec 23 yds 11.5 avg 0 td
Knox 3 rec 52 yds 17.3 avg 0 td
Fitzgerald 6 rec 143 yds 23.8 avg 1 td
Breaston 3 rec 21 yds 8.6 avg 1 td
Doucet 2 rec 20 yds 10.0 avg 0 td
Wooten 1.0 sack
Tillman 1.0 sack 1 int
A. Adams 1.0 sack
M. Anderson 1.0 sack
C. Campbell 2.0 sacks
B.Robinson 1.0 sack
D. Rodgers- Cromartie 1.0 sack
D.Dockett 1.0 sack
I can’t thank my new buddy Sam for his help with the Madde sims. Follow Sam on Twitter @samgoody14 and tell him if you can do better.
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