It's a good thing that Madden simulations don't mean much. If they did, New Orleans Saints fans wouldn't be happy about how the 2022 season goes for them in App Trigger's recent simulation.
Matthew Liebl concocted the sim and, in stunning fashion, the Saints finish in third in the NFC South. Finishing behind the Buccaneers isn't a shock but it'd be pretty damn surprising if they finished behind the Panthers, who happen to go 11-6 in this particular sim. Even more comical is that Baker Mayfield wasn't the quarterback in this sim, so it was Sam Darnold (!!!!) leading Carolina to the playoffs.
New Orleans was projected to finish with a 7-10 record, which is pretty laughable. Yes, they no longer have Sean Payton leading the charge but the offense and defense are both more than talented to get this team more than seven wins. They went 9-8 last year despite having a wide variety of obstacles thrown their way.
"After missing all of last season, Michael Thomas finally returns to the field and it’s like he didn’t miss a beat. With 128 receptions, 1,660 receiving yards and six touchdowns, Thomas puts up one of the best statistical seasons of his career. Kamara adds 1,294 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, and even Jameis Winston has one of his best seasons with 29 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. Still, it isn’t enough as the Saints miss out on the playoffs with a 7-10 record."- Matthew Liebl, AppTrigger
New Orleans Saints somehow finish behind Panthers in Madden sim
Anything can happen in any given season but it feels farfetched for New Orleans to only finish with seven wins. Jameis Winston has more talent than he did a season ago, the defense is still stacked, and while Payton isn't patrolling the sidelines anymore, Allen had plenty of time to learn from his predecessor.
Madden sims are simply just that -- Sims. There's no reason to get worked up about this result even if it is an insult to the Saints and the work they put in this offseason.