Madden Mayhem is back after yet again another amazing night of simulations. I went 2-0 ATS yesterday as the Falcons covered the big spread in New Orleans despite losing and the Chiefs blew out the Raiders in Kansas City. Tonight’s slate is a better lineup of games if you ask me.
Get your bets in exclusively at MyBookie !
Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills
Line: Bills -6
Friday 5pm PST
The AFC East championship kicks off tonight and for the first time in quite a while it’s not going to involve the New England Patriots. This game is going back to the 90’s where these two played in epic battles year after year as they fought for the top spot in the AFC East that decade.
The Dolphins were perhaps one of the big week one Madden Mayhem stories after Tua Tagovailoa pulled the upset and knocked off the Tom Brady-less Patriots in New England. Tua looked good and as the game went on he looked more and more comfortable under center.
Tagovailoa seemed to have a good chemistry with wideout DeVante Parker and tight end Mike Gesicki. Another thing that really helped Tua throughout the game was the Miami Dolphins run game led by Matt Breida who led the league in rushing after the first week of Madden Mayhem. Breida is essential to the Dolphins success. When you have a young quarterback the run game can be everything for taking the weight off the rookie.
Defensively the Dolphins did a good job against the Patriots. Sure, you could argue Brian Hoyer was so inaccurate that perhaps he made the Dolphins look good but a win is a win.
The Bills were all over the place in their come from behind win over the New York Jets. Judging by the first half the Bills offense was dull and perhaps under achieving and the same can be said for the Bills defense but boy what a difference a half of football makes. The Bills stormed back late and ended up blowing out the New York Jets.
Josh Allen threw for 5 touchdowns against the Jets. Sure, his arm did the trick for throwing touchdowns but his legs were a constant thorn in the Jets side. Running back Devin Singletary played good despite putting the ball on the ground. The Bills also welcomed newly acquired wideout Stefon Diggs to the mix as and he didn’t disappoint after taking a long ball to the house.
Defensively the Bills struggled early but then came around as the game went on, even scoring a pair of defensive touchdowns late. The Bills are led up front with DE Jerry Hughes and DT Ed Oliver. Tremaine Edwards was a beast at linebacker and arguably made the biggest play in the Jets game. The secondary was led by safety Micah Hyde who had a nice couple of hits on Jets players.
One thing I know about football and rookie quarterbacks. Consistency is always an issue, especially on the road. Give me the Bills minus the points to get it done. As far as over/under goes give me the Over.
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
Line: Packers -6.5
Friday 7pm PST
Yes! Yes! Yes! This is what football is all about. Two of the most classic franchises and bitter rivals going head to head in a single elimination game. Just think of the classic names that have been a part of these games. Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Ray Nitschke, Don Hutson, Vince Lombardi, George Halas, Mike Ditka, Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, etc. This is football at perhaps it’s finest. Two tough cold weather teams. No dome’s. No weak fan bases. Just tough iron football.
The Chicago Bears survived a close one in Minnesota knocking off the Kirk Cousins led Vikings and one of their main reasons was Mitch Vick I mean Mitchell Tribisky. Tribisky made enough passes to keep the Vikings defense honest and then used his legs to provide key first downs for the Bears offense.
Allen Robinson and Jimmy Graham led the way for the Bears receiving wise. Running back David Montgomery struggled some but Tarik Cohen played huge in Minnesota. They’ll need one of the two to step up again if they want any chance to beat their hated rivals. I can’t emphasize this enough what it means to have a solid run game when your quarterback is not known or is not comfortable throwing down field. The run opens up the pass.
Defensively the Bears are nasty and they gave the Vikings fits all day. For starters Akiem Hicks was huge on the defensive line and linebackers Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith were everywhere making big hits and forcing turnovers. Secondary wise Kyle Fuller had the game winning pick six that sealed the Vikings fate. The Bears are elite at each position on the defensive side of the ball but they’ll need to create a heavy pass rush and contain Aaron Rodgers from scrambling and buying time to get his receivers open.
The Green Bay Packers offense is about as tough as any Madden Mayhem offense we’ve seen. Aaron Rodgers is perhaps the best quarterback in the game and Davonte Adams and Allen Lazard are big time receivers who are very hard to contain. Rodgers also loves to dump the ball off to tight end Jace Sternberger who came up with a huge game against the Detroit Lions.
The run game is the one position that perhaps could use a bit of a tune up. Sure, Aaron Jones had moments but I’d like to see a more consistent game from Jones and backups A.J. Dillon and Jamaal Williams.
Defensively the Packers were solid. Kenny Clark was a force on the defensive line and should give Mitchell Tribisky a hard time. Linebacker Christian Kirksley was the player of the game and seemed to make every big play on defense. Jaire Alexander played a great game in the defensive backfield as well. One thing I know is that they’ll have their chances against a Bears team that is known for giving away a turnover or two but can they capitalize is the question?
Tribisky makes one too many mistakes and the Packers hold on to cover the 6.5 points. I don’t like the over/under on this game as much but gun to my head I’ll take the Packers and the over.