Madden 21 predicts Chicago Bears versus New Orleans Saints in their Wild Card matchup.
For as crazy as this season has been, the Chicago Bears did their job and got into the playoffs. They are set to take on the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome in the Big Easy. Never an easy task, the Bears are going into this one missing two of their best players in Roquan Smith and Darnell Mooney. It is going to be a tough challenge for this Bears team to come out of New Orleans with a win.
We simulated the game on Madden 21, and we were able to take Smith and Mooney out to make the simulation more realistic. Unfortunately, the Saints took this one with a score of 28-24. An ending like this to the Bears’ season would be sad, but with the Saints team at full strength versus the shorthanded Bears, the odds are not in Chicago’s favor. Still, it is the playoffs, and anything is possible. Maybe Manti Te’o and some of the other reserves can make up for not having Roquan and Mooney and the Bears could pull off the upset. Too bad Madden 21 did not have that happening. Here are some key stats for the game:
- Mitchell Trubisky – 23/35 completions, 271 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, two rushes, 21 yards
- David Montgomery – 19 carries, 79 yards, one touchdown, three catches, 32 yards
- Allen Robinson – nine catches, 107 yards, one touchdown
- Jimmy Graham – six catches, 61 yards, one touchdown
- Anthony Miller – three catches, 42 yards
- Danny Trevathan – nine tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack
- Khalil Mack – seven tackles, two tackles for loss, two sacks
- Eddie Jackson – six tackles, one intercpetion
- Kyle Fuller – four tackles, one tackle for loss
New Orleans Saints:
- Drew Brees – 28/36 completions, 301 yards, three touchdowns, one interception
- Alvin Kamara – 15 carries, 76 yards, one touchdown, nine catches, 81 yards, one touchdown
- Michael Thomas – eight catches, 79 yards, one touchdown
- Emmanuel Sanders – six catches, 68 yards, one touchdown
- Jared Cook – four catches, 47 yards
- Demario Davis – 11 tackles, one tackle for loss
- Cameron Jordan – five tackles, two tackles for loss, two sacks
- Kwon Alexander – eight tackles, one interception
- Malcom Jenkins – seven tackles, one sack
Another okay game from Mitchell Trubisky in the simulation results in a loss this time. It seems Madden had been generous in having the Bears come away with wins with Trubisky playing mediocre, but he did not do enough in this playoff game to get the win. Hopefully we do not see any turnovers because any giveaway is a huge hurt to the offense against the Saints. Also, David Montgomery is going to have to be great to spark the Bears offense, and that means a must needed high-effort game from the offensive line.
The defense also needs to step up, even though containing Alvin Kamara without Roquan Smith will be a project. The defense has been the strength of this team for so long, let’s hope it comes back and shines against a scrappy Saints team who can find a way to kill a team with long, efficient drives. The Bears will need to scheme up ways to get pressure on Drew Brees and capitalize on turnover chances, unlike they were able to do against the Packers last week.
Madden 21 has the Bears losing to the Saints, but I think there is a good chance they could upset the heavily favored New Orleans. Please be wrong this week, Madden, for the sake of all Bears fans everywhere.