The New Orleans Saints hit the road with their 5-3 record to face the Tennessee Titans, who currently sit at 7-2 and would have home-field advantage on the AFC side of the playoffs if the season ended today.
Typically, the Saints wouldn’t have to play the Titans this year, as it’s not the year where the AFC South and NFC South meet up. With the addition of a 17th game, however, the Titans and Saints were forced to play each other with the AFC team getting the home game. Next year, the NFC will get home-field advantage.
The Titans have destroyed teams such as the Rams, Chiefs, and Seahawks, but have also lost to the Jets. They’re a hard team to figure out but at this point, they’re the best team in the AFC and the Saints have to get through them to avoid falling even further behind in the NFC South race.
Let’s check out how Madden sees this game going down.
Madden Simulation – New Orleans Saints 17, Tennessee Titans 27
- Trevor Siemian – 18-of-30, 281 yards, TD, INT
- Alvin Kamara – 13 carries, 45 yards; 8 rec, 94 yards, TD
- Mark Ingram – 8 carries, 28 yards, TD
- Tre’Quan Smith – 4 rec, 62 yards, TD
- Demario Davis – 13 tackles
- Cameron Jordan – Sack
- Paulson Adebo – INT
- Malcolm Jenkins – INT
- Ryan Tannehill – 23-of-38, 302 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
- Adrian Peterson – 10 carries, 39 yards, TD
- Julio Jones – 5 rec, 56 yards, TD
- A.J. Brown – 3 rec, 47 yards, TD
- Amani Hooker – 8 tackles
- Jeffery Simmons – 1.5 sacks
- Kevin Byard – INT
This would be a disappointing result for New Orleans but it wouldn’t necessarily surprise anyone. Despite the Titans not having Derrick Henry and struggling to run the ball last week as a result, they still smacked the Rams — who have a very good defense — in the mouth.
The Saints offense scores 17 points and once again, it’s not all on Siemian. He throws a pick but the receivers aren’t putting up great numbers. Kamara and Ingram make an impact in the run game yet Siemian is still throwing the ball 30 times, which isn’t the way the Saints are going to win games at this point.
Madden hasn’t done a great job predicting the outcome of the 2021 games but it’s hard to blame them with how up and down New Orleans has been this year. One week, they’re punching the Bucs in the face and the next week, they’re getting their lunch money stolen by the Falcons.
Let’s see how Madden fares this time around.