New Orleans Saints: Madden simulation vs. Patriots in Week 3

Chris Hogan (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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This time last week, New Orleans Saints fans were on cloud nine after dominating the Packers in Week 1. Fast forward to the present day, however, and it’s an entirely different mood in the Big Easy. Losing by double-digit points to the Panthers will do that to you.

Week 3 provides a new beginning for the Saints though and they’ll square off against the Patriots in Foxborough. Both teams are 1-1 and are looking to avoid dropping below .500 just three weeks into the season.

With another game on the horizon, let’s check out Madden’s projection of this matchup.

Madden Simulation – New Orleans Saints 17, New England Patriots 24

Saints Stats

  • Jameis Winston – 19-of-37, 325 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT
  • Alvin Kamara – 14 carries, 89 yards; 2 rec, 27 yards
  • Deonte Harris – 4 rec, 54 yards, TD
  • Chris Hogan – 2 rec, 11 yards, TD
  • Demario Davis – 12 tackles
  • Cameron Jordan – Sack
  • Marcus Williams – INT
  • Desmond Trufant – INT
  • Aldrick Rosas – FG: 1/1 (48 yards); XP: 2/2

Patriots Stats

  • Mac Jones – 16-of-24, 198 yards, TD, 2 INT; 3 carries, 12 yards, TD
  • Damien Harris – 17 carries, 106 yards, TD
  • Jonnu Smith – 6 rec, 67 yards, TD
  • Matt Judon – 8 tackles
  • Deatrich Wise – Sack
  • J.C. Jackson – INT
  • Devin McCourty – INT
  • Nick Folk – FG: 1/2 (Made: 38 yards, Missed: 45 yards); XP: 3/3

Madden is 0-2 with their predictions so far so I guess that’s the good news here, as they pegged the Saints to lose this game. This is a tough game to predict, especially with how up and down New Orleans has been in their first two games of the season.

According to this projection, Jameis Winston kind of bounces back, throwing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns but also throwing three picks. This would bring his totals to seven touchdowns and five picks through three games if this was his stat sheet in Week 3.

Kamara has a nice game after doing little last week but doesn’t find the end zone. In fact, the two Saints to find the end zone are Harris and Hogan, who are the only two receivers to score for this team thus far.

As for the Patriots, Jones performs fine in his third-ever NFL game, scoring two total touchdowns but also throwing a pair of interceptions and not passing the 200-yard mark through the air. Damien Harris does a lot of the damage, gashing the NOLA defense for over 100 yards.

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While fans would like to see the black and gold reign victorious, Madden hasn’t done well when it comes to predicting what will happen in these games so there’s a reason to be optimistic.