Yeah, the Broncos start slow, but maybe that’s just Peyton’s huge football brain taking the time to collect data before producing a solution. Or, maybe it just takes awhile for this team to get going. Whatever the case, you know there isn’t a team in the NFL that’s going to ever feel comfortable being in the lead against the Manning led Broncos. They can roar to life and never look back at any moment. So, in all fairness, I do need to point out that I said I didn’t think this particular sim by Madden 25 was very accurate, nor was it. Peyton Manning didn’t throw for just 1 TD, he doubled that with 2 on 30 of 43 passing for 307 yards (in the ball park of our prediction). The bigger discrepancy was little brother Manning. The sim had him gaining only 136 yards and a TD, but actually he went 28 of 49 for 362 yards, 1 TD and 4 INTs. So, more yards, but more ugly as well. Also, our sim barely had the Broncos gaining 50 yards on the ground, whereas Moreno unleashed 93 yards and 2 TDs on the Giants with just 13 carries. If Monte Ball ever gets going, and learns to hang to the ball, Denver is going to have a monster of a backfield. Thomas didn’t come close to our receiving predictions, but then, none of the receivers did. So, I’d say this week’s sim was a bust as it just didn’t accurately capture what the real game between the Broncos and the Giants would be like. Will Madden 25 do better next time? Come back to find out.

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Football is back! And that means it’s one again time to see if the Madden football video game can accurately predict what will happen in the real NFL. Peyton Manning is still pursuing that second ring with a second team, and he definitely has the weapons to pull it off this season, so with the help of Madden 25, we’ll try and predict whether or not Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will be Super Bowl bound here in the 2013/2014 NFL season. Manning certainly got things off to an amazing start against those hated Ravens, tossing a record tying 7 TD passes in the game. However, things won’t be quite as easy this week.

This week it’s brother against brother as Peyton Manning and the Broncos face off against Eli Manning and the Giants. The Giants started their season off in poor fashion against the Cowboys, so you know they’re going to try to redeem themselves this time around. And it’s hard to imagine Peyton and the Broncos matching their high flying ways from last week, and in fact, according to our Madden simulation, they don’t even come close.

Our Madden 25 sim has the Broncos coming out on top 20 to 10 over the Giants, but it wasn’t an easy win. Denver only managed three field goals as they suffered with some similar problems they had last year; slow starts and an inability to finish off drives in the end zone. Meanwhile, the Broncos D helped keep Eli Manning and the Giants mostly in check. Eli finally got a TD pass early in the third, which actually put them up 10-9 at that point, but Peyton Manning found is new favorite security blanket receiver, Wes Welker, for a short TD pass early in the fourth, after which Denver converted for two points. To seal the game, they later kicked a field goal to reach the final score of 20-10.

Peyton had a decent night, going 25/38 for 278 yards, but he only had 1 TD this time. Meanwhile, Eli did better in so far as he didn’t throw any picks, but he also only had 136 yards on 18 of 31 completions against a stout Denver D which only allowed 1 TD. Deymarius Thomas was the big receiving star for the Broncos, with 11 catches for 178 yards. However, Denver also struggled in a familiar area, with just 50 yards rushing on the ground.

So, will this be reflective of what actually happens? Or will Manning (the Peyton Manning, that is) continue to prove to be almost super human? Tune back in next week to see how our stats compare to those of the real game.