‘Madden 25’ predicts a very, very bad week for the Miami Dolphins

madden 25 nfl week 8 picks tom brady 13

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 5-2 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?

Say what you will about Madden 25’s ability to predict the winners, the game isn’t afraid to pick blowouts. Despite the parity in the NFL that can turn Super Bowl winners into sub .500 teams, Madden continues to predict the odd blowout. And not just a win by a few touchdowns, but a staggering display of dominance.

This week’s blowout is sponsored by Tom Brady and the Patriots, who Madden 25 picks to win big over Miami. 51-0 big. That doesn’t come close to the epic, record-setting beatdown the Chicago Bears put on the Washington Redskins in 1940, but it would probably sting Dolphins fans a bit. It would also drop the Dolphins net points this season from -5 to -56. Now, second-year QB Ryan Tannehill may be coming off of a game where his QB rating was 71.2 and he threw for under 200 yards with 2 INTs, but the Patriots defense is a few injuries away from going up into the stands of Foxboro Stadium and conscripting fans into service. A 51-point blowout seems a tad unlikely, but it is a divisional game at home for the Patriots, and the 3-3 Dolphins are a tied with the Pats at 2-2 in the division. Maybe Belichick will decide it’s time to make a statement.

Last week Madden 25 went a decent 9-6, but also predicted the Chiefs winning streak would come to an end while selecting the Broncos to continue theirs. Although it was only by a point, a win is a win, and the Chiefs remain the only undefeated team thanks to some help from the Colts, who ruined Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis homecoming. According to Madden 25 though, the Chiefs will move to 8 and 0 in week 8, while the Broncos will pick up a second loss.  Of course, neither result is anything close to guaranteed, but Madden is off to a good start this week. It correctly predicted the winner of Carolina versus Tampa Bay – although with both Jacksonville and Tampa Bay in a sprint to the bottom, maybe that wasn’t a huge stretch.  

Week 8 League Leaders:

Quarterbacks

Tom Brady: 416 yards 4 TD 1 INT
Drew Brees: 352 yards 3 TD
Peyton Manning: 343 yards 3 TD 2 INT
Andy Dalton: 312 yards 2 TD 1 INT
Robert Griffin III: 267 yards 2 TD, 93 yards rushing 1 TD

Wide Receivers

Danny Amendola: 153 yards 2 TD
AJ Green: 121 yards 1 TD
Dez Bryant: 118 yards 1 TD
Calvin Johnson: 116 yards 2 TD
Demaryius Thomas: 107 yards 1 TD

Running Backs

Jamal Charles: 146 yards 1 TD
DeMarco Murray: 123 yards 2 TD
Maurice Jones-Drew: 111 yards 1 TD
Reggie Bush: 108 yards 1 TD
CJ Spiller: 105 yards 1 TD

Injuries

Wes Welker(WR): 4 weeks Dislocated elbow
Frank Gore (HB): 3 weels Pulled groin
Marshawn Lynch (HB): 8 weeks Broken fibula
Owen Daniels (TE): 2 weeks Pulled groin

Week 8 Game Results

Thursday Night Game

Madden Result   Actual Result  
Carolina: 27 Tampa Bay: 3 Carolina: 31 Tampa Bay: 13

Sunday Games

Madden Result   Actual Result  
San Francisco: 20  Jacksonville: 0 San Francisco: 42 Jacksonville: 10
Kansas City: 20 Cleveland: 17 Kansas City: 23 Cleveland: 17
New England: 51 Miami: 0 New England: 27 Miami: 17
New Orleans: 38 Buffalo: 28 New Orleans: 35 Buffalo: 17
Detroit: 32 Dallas: 23 Detroit: 31 Dallas: 30
NY Giants: 28 Philadelphia: 14 NY Giants: 15 Philadelphia: 7
Pittsburgh: 26 Oakland: 14 Pittsburgh: 18 Oakland: 21
Cincinnati: 39 NY Jets: 21 Cincinnati: 49 NY Jets: 9
Atlanta: 27 Arizona: 3 Atlanta: 13 Arizona: 27
Washington: 34  Denver: 31 Washington: 21 Denver: 45
Green Bay: 30 Minnesota: 10 Green Bay: 44 Minnesota: 31

Monday Night Game

Madden Result   Actual Result  
Seattle: 20 St. Louis: 13  Seattle: 14 St. Louis: 9
Emerging Tech

Quantum-based accelerometer can locate objects without GPS

Researchers have created a quantum "compass" that allows navigation without satellites. The instrument, technically called a standalone quantum accelerometer, is small enough to be transportable and has a very high level of accuracy.
Cars

Meet the born-again Ford Bronco that will soothe your ’90s nostalgia

Ford has confirmed it will bring the Bronco back to American showrooms in a few short years. While it's still very much a work in progress, this is what we expect from the Blue Oval's born-again off-roader.
Mobile

Which smartphone has the best camera? We found the sharpest shooters

They say that the best camera is always the one you have with you and that makes your smartphone camera very important indeed. Join us for a closer look at the best camera phones available right now.
Computing

Skip the Apple Care? New Mac mini is easier to repair, iFixit finds

A straightforward disassembly process, the return to user-upgradable RAM, and the lack of adhesives and glue are the key factors in a very high 6 out of 10 repairability score for the new Mac Mini.
Gaming

The Army wants YOU … to play esports with soldiers

The U.S. Army is creating esports teams for games such as Overwatch, Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and League of Legends. The initiative looks to boost recruitment, after missing the mark for the first time since 2005.
Computing

If the speed of AMD’s Radeon RX 590 doesn’t entice you, the game bundle will

AMD's Radeon RX 590 is a new video card that targets 1080p gaming at maximum detail. Starting at $280, it fills a gap between the Radeon RX 580 and the more expensive Radeon RX Vega. AMD says the new RX 590 can beat Nvidia's GTX 1060 Ti.
Gaming

PlayStation 4 celebrates fifth anniversary with ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ bundle

The PlayStation 4 is officially five years old today, November 15, and to celebrate the anniversary, Sony is offering a new console bundle that includes a free copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Gaming

These are the best Xbox One games available right now

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.
Gaming

‘Hitman 2’ makes a target of the unkillable Sean Bean, but you’d better not miss

Famously mortal actor Sean Bean will be available to kill in Hitman 2 beginning November 20. He'll be in the game as an Elusive Target for two weeks and you'll only get one chance to take him out.
Gaming

Bug is turning ‘Fallout 76’ players into mutants even more terrifying than usual

A bug linked to the Power Armor gear in Fallout 76 appears to be turning players into bizarre naked mutants, complete with extremely long limbs that are more than a little unsettling.
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Gaming

Tips for surviving the nuclear wasteland in 'Fallout 76'

Before running into nuclear wasteland with your Pip-Boy, take a moment to consider these Fallout 76 tips. From food and water to maintaining weapons and armor, here are the things all beginners should know.
Gaming

Find a fish and get your boogie on with Fortnite's week 8 challenge

The Fortnite season 6 week 8 challenges have arrived as we near the end of this spooky season. The big free challenge this week is the Fortnite fish trophy challenge where you need to dance with different fishes. Here are all of the…
Gaming

For the first time ever, PlayStation will be a no-show at E3

For the first time in the event's history, E3 2019 will not feature Sony or PlayStation. The massive event almost always features a lengthy press conference from Sony, often after all other major companies give theirs.