Broncos vs. Raiders: Week Two Madden Simulation
By Tylor Walden
The Denver Broncos face off against the Oakland Raiders in week two. How does Madden see the game playing out? We find out here.
We are back for another installment of the weekly Madden simulation. This week, the Denver Broncos face off against the Oakland Raiders. On paper, it looks like it could be a Broncos win. But as we all know, divisional opponents are no walk in the park.
It took a Justin Simmons interception in week four last season to give the Broncos a win over the Raiders at home. Will we see the same result? It would not be a surprise, that is for sure.
Last week saw the Denver Broncos requiring a Justin Simmons interception in our simulation in order to edge out the Seattle Seahawks. What will happen this week? Let us dive right into it.
This game was a huge defensive battle. For the Oakland Raiders, they were able to intercept Case Keenum four times in the game. I will say this that I need to make better decisions when it comes to throwing the football. Two of those interceptions were on me. The other two were based on good coverage.
Demaryius Thomas also fumbled in the game, which would result in the Broncos committing five turnovers in the entire game. What makes matters worse? The Broncos defense could not get to Derek Carr the entire game. They were close on a few occasions, but never recorded a sack.
Luckily, the Broncos were able to knuckle down when it mattered most. Oakland never got into the end zone. They had to settle for two second quarter field goals.
But what about the Denver Broncos? Well, Royce Freeman had a solid game. With the passing game not working, I took it to the ground game. And it paid off as Royce Freeman scored his first NFL touchdown.
The Oakland Raiders would drive down the field as the game got closer to the end. However, they stalled just before the red zone. Mike Nugent would miss a 50 yard field goal with just a little over a minute left in the game.
Oakland still had all three timeouts. Denver would need to run the football and force them to use them. A scramble by Case Keenum, who had a really bad game, gave Denver the first down they needed to shut the door.
A few quarterback kneel downs would result in a 7-6 win for the Denver Broncos to start the season 2-0.
It turned out that Royce Freeman’s first NFL touchdown would prove to be the game winner. He was also the player of the game. He ran for 80 yards to go with the one touchdown.
It was far from a pretty game, but the Denver Broncos defense keep the Raiders in check for the majority of the game. Hopefully I will get better and will get the offense rolling next week.
Tune in next week as the Broncos travel to face the Baltimore Ravens.