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If ‘Madden 25’ is right, there could be some heart attacks in Green Bay Sunday

This week and every week for the remainder of the NFL season, we will bring you weekly game predictions courtesy of EA Sports’ Madden NFL 25. Our methodology: Each week we will update the rosters using the game’s roster download feature to make sure the game lineups reflect the real teams, then we’ll simulate the week’s match-ups using the Franchise Owner mode. We’ll record the simulation’s scores, its best players of the week, and the injury reports, then post these results each Saturday. This makes the Thursday game something of a litmus test (Madden 25 is 3-0 so far this season on Thursday games) – you can use this info for fantasy or gambling purposes. Or you can ignore it entirely. What does Madden know about football, anyway?

When it comes to injuries, Madden 25 remains bloodthirsty.

Last week was a rough one for Madden 25, with the game breaking even at 8 and 8. To its credit, many of the games it picked incorrectly were in real life decided by less than a touchdown, and in a few cases – like Buffalo versus Carolina – came down to last-minute drives that could have easily gone the other way.

When it comes to injuries though, Madden 25 remains bloodthirsty. This week the injury list in Madden 25 has grown significantly. And while we are focusing on the offensive side of the ball when it comes to reporting those injuries, rest assured that the game does not discriminate and defenses have been decimated as well. The list of injured players reads like a war memorial.

This week Madden says goodbye to St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens (not to be confused with New Orleans wide receiver Chris Givens, who really is on the Injured Reserve list). According to Madden 25, Givens will suffer a complete ACL tear and be out for the remainder of the year. If you have Givens in a fantasy league don’t go dropping him just yet though. Last week it predicted that San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates would suffer a season ending injury. Instead he went on to record 124 receiving yards.

Still, Madden 25 did predict that the Chiefs would open the season 3-0. Maybe the game is on to something.

Week 3 League Leaders:

Quarterbacks

Peyton Manning: 360 yards 2 TD 1INT
Tom Brady: 318 yards 2 TD
Jay Cutler: 306 yards 3 TD 1 INT
Colin Kaepernick: 293 yards 3 TD 1INT 66 rushing yards
E.J. Manuel: 245 passing yards 3 TD, 1 INT 78 rushing yards

Wide Receivers

Brandon Marshall: 185 yards 2 TD
Wes Welker: 125 yards 1 TD
Calvin Johnson: 114 yards 2 TD
Marques Colston: 107 yards 2 TD
Larry Fitzgerald: 105 yards 1 TD 

Running Backs

Alfred Morris: 207 yards 2 TD

Darren Sproles: 165 yards 2 TD
Doug Martin: 134 yards 1 TD
LeSean McCoy: 117 yards 1 TD
Knowshon Moreno: 103 yards 2 TD

Injuries

Demaryius Thomas (WR): 1 week broken thumb
Eddie Royal (WR): 2 weeks Broken Wrist
Geno Smith (QB): 2 weeks Pulled Groin
Jordy Nelson (WR): 4 weeks Broken Collarbone
Stevan Ridley (HB): 1 week Abdominal Tear
Darren McFadden (HB): 1 week Dislocated Ankle
Chris Givens (WR): out for season Complete ACL Tear
Marshawn Lynch (HB): 2 weeks Pulled Groin
Chris Johnson (HB): 3 weeks dislocated ankle
Adrian Peterson (HB): 2 weeks broken thumb

Week 3 Game Results

Thursday Night Game

Madden Result   Actual Result  
Kansas City: 20 Philadelphia: 15  Kansas City 26

Philadelphia 16

Sunday Games

Madden Result   Actual Result  
Houston: 26  Baltimore: 21 Baltimore 30 Houston 9 
New York Giants: 23 Carolina: 20 Carolina 38  New York Giants 0
Detroit: 20 Washington: 17  Detroit 27 Washington 20
Tennessee: 37 San Diego: 6 Tennessee 20 San Diego 17
New Orleans: 38 Arizona: 6 New Orleans 31 Arizona 7
New England: 23 Tampa Bay: 3 New England 23 Tampa Bay 3
Cincinnati: 27 Green Bay: 24 Cincinnati 34 Green Bay 30
Dallas: 27 St. Louis: 6 Dallas 31 St. Louis 7
Cleveland: 26  Minnesota: 17 Cleveland 31 Minnesota 27
Atlanta: 31 Miami: 21  Miami 27 Atlanta 23
Buffalo: 32 New York Jets: 9 New York Jets 27 Buffalo 20
San Francisco: 38 Indianapolis: 3  Indianapolis 27 San Francisco 7
Seattle: 34 Jacksonville: 20 Seattle 45 Jacksonville 17
Pittsburgh: 22 Chicago: 19 Chicago 40 Pittsburgh 23

Monday Night Game

Madden Result   Actual Result  
Denver: 33 Oakland: 27  Denver 37 Oakland 21

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