EA Sports’ “Madden NFL” has long been recognized for its above-average accuracy in predicting Super Bowl results.
Going back to 2004, “Madden” is 10-for-14 in picking the Super Bowl winner. On multiple occasions, it has done so with the precise margin of victory or even the exact final score.
The spread for Super Bowl 52 as of Tuesday was Patriots -4.5, giving New England the equivalent of a 64 percent chance to beat Philadelphia on Sunday. “Madden NFL 18” agrees with that result but sees the game being much closer to a toss-up.
Jay Ajayi was most often the top performer for the Eagles, receiving the MVP award 54 percent of the time the Eagles won. Behind him were Nick Foles and Zach Ertz.
And yet don’t expect much to change for the Patriots, who were denied a sixth Super Bowl title but are favorites to be back next season. Despite the consistent turnover on his staff, Belichick is the one constant.
Without Brady, Belichick might not have had the same success — and vice versa. Despite Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, neither has anything left to prove after winning five Super Bowls together in eight appearances over the last 18 years.
“The guy is literally what everyone is striving to be when it comes to longevity,” Redskins quarterback Alex Smith told NFL Network.
As for Brady, who will turn 41 a month before beginning his 19th NFL season, history is not on his side. He takes care of his body better than most NFL players and says he wants to play until he’s 45, but Father Time is undefeated.
The Steelers thanked the doctors and staff at the UC Health Center for the “excellent care” Shazier received at the facility.
He was in “good spirits” on Wednesday and several of his teammates, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, said they’ve been sending their thoughts and prayers to him while preparing to face the Ravens on Sunday.