Don’t worry about watching football tomorrow, ‘Madden’ already picked the winners of week 1

nfl week 1 madden predictions 25 peyton manning 1500

EA Sports’ Madden series is one of the most sophisticated sports simulators on the market today. The game rates every player individually using a list of attributes, ranks the teams using a variety of factors, and updates itself online with the most current rosters and stats available. So basically it is just like most of the football experts on TV, but it actually knows what it’s talking about.

Here at DT we like football. We also like video games. With Madden 25, it’s a bit like chocolate meeting peanut butter. With the NFL season underway this week, we decided to see just how smart Madden really was.

Madden 25 didn’t predict that Peyton Manning would throw seven touchdowns, but who did?

This week and every week for the rest of the season, we will simulate the week’s matchups using the Madden 25 “Owner’s Mode.” We’ll then pass those results on. Along with the game results, we’ll also include who Madden predicts the top five quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs are, as well as who it listed as injured. We’ll then post the game results and keep a running tally of how good the game is at predicting results.

We’ll post our picks every Saturday, which means the Thursday game each week will be something of a control. This week, for example, Madden picked Denver to easily beat Baltimore, 34 to 20. The Broncos won that game 49 to 27. Madden 25 didn’t predict that Peyton Manning would throw seven touchdowns, but who did? It got the winner and called that it would be a big win. It even had Manning as the top QB of the week, so it was a respectable first outing for the game.

So go ahead and sleep in on Sunday, and be sure to set your Fantasy Football Lineups accordingly. Oh, and if you are a Vikings fan and Madden 25 is right, you’re in for a rough season (see the injury report below…).

Week 1 Results:

League Leaders

Quarterbacks

Peyton Manning: 337 Passing Yards, 2TD
Andy Dalton: 316 Passing Yards, 3 TD 1 INT
Chad Henne: 284 Passing Yards, 3 TD 1 INT
Matt Ryan: 282 Passing Yards, 2TD
Drew Brees: 282 Passing Yards, 1TD

Wide Receivers

Wes Welker: 182 Receiving Yards, 2TD
AJ Green: 140 Receiving Yards, 1 TD
Torrey Smith: 128 Receiving Yards, 1 TD
Julio Jones: 124 Receiving Yards
Cecil Shorts: 116 Receiving Yards, 1 TD

Running Backs

LeSean McCoy: 174 Rushing Yards, 1TD 
Frank Gore: 162 Rushing Yards, 1TD
Matt Forte: 114 Rushing Yards, 2TD
Reggie Bush: 113 Rushing Yards, 1 TD
Darren Sproles: 108 Rushing Yards, 1TD

Injuries

Carson Palmer: QB, 5 weeks with a Hamstring Tear
Ryan Matthews: HB, 4weeks torn knee cartilage
Ryan Tennehill: QB, 5 weeks dislocated ankle
James Jones: WR, 4 weeks pulled groin
Michael Jenkins: WR, 4 weeks broken hand
Christian Ponder: QB, 6 weeks dislocated hip
Kyle Randolph: TE, 4 weeks broken jaw

Week 1 Game Results

Thursday Night Game

Madden Result   Actual Result  
Denver – 34 Baltimore – 20 Denver – 49 Baltimore – 27

Sunday Games

Madden Result   Actual Result  
Buffalo – 24 New England – 6 Buffalo – 21 New England – 23
Pittsburgh – 23 Tennessee – 15  Pittsburgh – 9 Tennessee – 16
New Orleans – 36 Atlanta – 33 New Orleans – 23 Atlanta – 17
Tampa Bay – 26 New York Jets – 16 Tampa Bay – 17 New York Jets – 18 
Kansas City – 24 Jacksonville – 21 Kansas City – 28 Jacksonville – 2
Seattle – 28 Carolina – 6  Seattle – 12 Carolina – 7
Chicago – 34 Cincinnati – 21 Chicago – 24 Cincinnati – 21
Cleveland – 16 Miami – 10  Cleveland – 10 Miami – 23 
Detroit – 24 Minnesota – 20 Detroit – 34 Minnesota – 24 
Indianapolis – 34 Oakland – 12 Indianapolis – 21 Oakland – 17
San Francisco – 34 Green Bay – 10 San Francisco – 34 Green Bay – 28 
St. Louis – 24  Arizona – 7 St. Louis – 27 Arizona – 24 
New York Giants – 25 Dallas – 7 New York Giants – 31  Dallas – 36

Monday Night Games

Madden Result   Actual Result  
Philadelphia 31 Washington 17 Philadelphia – 33  Washington – 27
Houston 33 San Diego 3 Houston – 31 San Diego – 28

Final Tally: Madden 25 correctly predicted 11 games, and was wrong 5 times.

Mobile

Honor to out-megapixel the competition with 48MP camera on upcoming View 20

After its phenomenal success with the View 10 in 2018, it looks like Honor is getting ready up the ante with its forthcoming Honor View 20. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in January 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for January 2019 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.
Gaming

‘CS:GO’ goes free-to-play and players are not happy about it

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), has gone free-to-play this week in a controversial move. Players are angry that the problem of cheating will get much worse now that anyone can make a disposable account to play.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Bumblebee,’ ‘Alita,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame, as well as new trailers for Alita: Battle Angel and Bumblebee.
Mobile

Put down the controller and pick up the best phones for gaming on the go

Which phones are the best if all you want to do is play some mobile games? We've done the hard work and put together a list of the best gaming phones on Android and iOS, so you can keep playing and winning.
Gaming

Need help getting the Sleeper Simulant in 'Destiny 2'? We’ve got you covered

The Sleeper Simulant is one of the coolest new Exotic weapons you can unlock in the Warmind expansion of Destiny 2, but it's an involved process that will take awhile. Here's everything you need to know.
Gaming

Ditch the meditation app. 'Katamari Damacy Reroll' is pure gaming zen

Katamari Damacy Reroll brings the magic of the PS2 classic to Nintendo Switch and PC. With updated visuals and the same great, singular loop, Reroll stands the test of time. Katamari Damacy is the ultimate relaxation game.
Gaming

Xbox One S vs. PlayStation 4 Slim: Which console is worth your money?

Microsoft's new Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4 "Slim" have bucked the generational gaming console trend. But which of these stopgap systems is worth spending your paycheck on?
Deals

Check out the best Xbox One deals and bundles for December 2018

Microsoft's consoles are just as capable of streaming movies as they are of playing the latest games. Check out our top Xbox One deals and bundles, which include new and upcoming triple-A games like Battlefield V and Fallout 76.
Cars

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…
Deals

The NES Classic is back in stock just in time for the holidays

The NES Classic is back in stock at multiple outlets at its original launch price of $60 in time for Christmas. Retailers offering it online are Walmart, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy -- if you're looking for the perfect holiday gift for…
Gaming

Some ‘Fortnite’ players aren’t too happy with the new Infinity Blade weapon

The most recent update for Fortnite added the Infinity Blade melee weapon to battle royale, and some players aren't happy with how much it has changed the game during competitions.
Gaming

Soulja Boy’s ‘new’ console appears to include stolen Nintendo games

Rapper Soulja Boy recently released his SouljaGame console, and it includes several emulated games that appear to be stolen from companies like Nintendo, SNK, and Capcom. A handheld version is also available.
Computing

Razer’s classic DeathAdder Elite gaming mouse drops to $40 on Amazon

If you're looking to pick up a new gaming mouse for the holidays, Amazon has you covered with this great deal on the classic Razer DeathAdder Elite gaming mouse with customizable buttons, RGB lighting, and a 16,000 DPI optical sensor.