Los Angeles Rams Madden NFL 21 Season Simulation

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It’s that time of year again. Madden NFL 21 has hit stores. Downtown Rams decided to simulate the season to see what Madden NFL 21 had in store for the Rams in their football simulation.

SCHEDULE

Week 1: 34-17 LOSS vs. Dallas Cowboys (Player of the Game: WR Amari Cooper – 9 REC, 110 YDs, 2 TDs)

Week 2: 29-23 WIN vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Player of the Game: WR Van Jefferson – 7 REC, 115 YDs, TD)

Week 3: 30-18 WIN vs. Buffalo Bills (Player of the Game: OLB Jachai Polite – 2 Sacks)

Week 4: 20-17 WIN vs. New York Giants (Player of the Game: ILB Kenny Young – 4 TKLs, TFL, INT)

Week 5: 35-13 WIN vs. Washington Football Team (Player of the Game: WR Cooper Kupp – 7 REC, 92 YDs, 2 TDs)

Week 6: 17-10 LOSS vs. San Francisco 49ers (Player of the Game: OLB Dee Ford – 1 Sack)

Week 7: 35-21 LOSS vs. Chicago Bears (Player of the Game: TE Jimmy Graham – 14 REC, 145 YDs, 2 TDs)

Week 8: 33-31 LOSS vs. Miami Dolphins (Player of the Game: OLB Kyle Van Noy – 2.5 sacks)

Week 9: BYE

Week 10: 34-13 LOSS vs. Seattle Seahawks (Player of the Game: S Jamal Adams – 18 tackles, INT)

Week 11: 38-32 WIN vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Player of the Game: OLB Samson Ebukam – 9 tackles, TFL, 2 sacks)

Week 12: 31-23 LOSS vs. San Francisco 49ers (Player of the Game: QB Jimmy Garoppolo – 30/38, 369 YDs, 2 TDs)

Week 13: 34-28 WIN vs. Arizona Cardinals (Player of the Game: QB Jared Goff – 25/30, 385 YDs, 3 TDs)

Week 14: 31-10 LOSS vs. New England Patriots (Player of the Game: QB Cam Newton – 25/34, 401 YDs, 3 TDs)

Week 15: 28-21 WIN vs. New York Jets (Player of the Game: RB Cam Akers – 20 carries, 199 YDs, 2 TDs)

Week 16: 38-13 WIN vs. Seattle Seahawks (Player of the Game: DL Aaron Donald – 4.5 sacks, 7 TFLs)

Week 17: 17-14 WIN vs. Arizona Cardinals (Player of the Game: OLB Leonard Floyd – 2.5 sacks, 5 TFLs)

Wild Card: 28-7 WIN vs. Green Bay Packers (Player of the Game: RB Cam Akers – 26 carries, 203 YDs, 3 TDs)

Divisional Round: 31-17 LOSS vs. New Orleans Saints (Player of the Game: QB Drew Brees – 38/45, 488 YDs, 4 TDs)

STATS

OFFENSE

QB Jared Goff: 3,889 yards passing, 30 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 67% completion

RB Darrell Henderson Jr.: 730 total yards, 6 total touchdowns, 3.5 yards per carry, 20 receptions

RB Malcolm Brown: 611 total yards, 6 total touchdowns, 3.2 yards per carry, 2 receptions

RB Cam Akers: 451 total yards, 5 total touchdowns, 4.3 yards per carry, 2 receptions

RB Raymond Calais: 4 total yards, 0 total touchdowns, 0.8 yards per carry, 0 receptions

RB Xavier Jones: 2 yards, 1 total touchdown, 2.0 yards per carry, 0 receptions

WR Robert Woods: 885 yards receiving, 8 touchdowns, 84 receptions, 10.5 yards per reception

WR Cooper Kupp: 872 yards receiving, 7 touchdowns, 80 receptions, 10.9 yards per reception

WR Van Jefferson: 624 yards receiving, 5 touchdowns, 43 receptions, 14.5 yards per reception

WR Josh Reynolds: 243 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns, 11 receptions, 22.1 yards per reception

TE Tyler Higbee: 826 yards receiving, 4 touchdowns, 76 receptions, 10.9 yards per reception

TE Gerald Everett: 58 yards receiving, 0 touchdowns, 7 receptions, 8.3 yards per reception

TE Brycen Hopkins: 41 yards receiving 1 touchdown, 5 receptions, 8.2 yards per reception

TE Johnny Mundt: 23 yards receiving, 0 touchdowns, 1 reception, 23.0 yards per reception

DEFENSE

DE Aaron Donald: 62 tackles, 16 TFL’s, 12 sacks

DE Michael Brockers: 34 tackles, 14 TFL’s

DE Morgan Fox: 8 tackles, 2 TFL’s

DE Eric Banks: 4 tackles, 1 TFL

NT A’Shawn Robinson: 19 tackles, 7 TFL’s

NT Greg Gaines: 14 tackles, 6 TFL’s, 0.5 sacks

NT Sebastian Joseph-Day: 10 tackles, 3 TFL’s, 1.0 sack

OLB Leonard Floyd: 62 tackles, 10 TFL’s, 4.5 sacks

OLB Samson Ebukam: 50 tackles, 6 TFL’s, 7 sacks

OLB Jachai Polite: 28 tackles, 6 TFL’s, 3.5 sacks

OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo: 24 tackles, 5 TFL’s, 1.0 sack

OLB Terrell Lewis: 4 tackles

ILB Micah Kiser: 100 tackles, 7 TFL’s, 2.5 sacks

ILB Kenny Young: 65 tackles, 7 TFL’s, 3 interceptions, 2 pass breakups

ILB Troy Reeder: 37 tackles, 4 TFL’s

CB Jalen Ramsey: 78 tackles, 2 interceptions, 30 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

CB Darious Williams: 70 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 interception, 18 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

CB David Long Jr.: 14 tackles, 1 interception, 9 pass breakups

CB Troy Hill: 14 tackles, 1 pass breakup

S Terrell Burgess: 86 tackles, 2 TFL’s, 7 interceptions, 21 pass breakups

S Taylor Rapp: 74 tackles, 3 TFL’s, 1 interception, 7 pass breakups

S John Johnson III: 67 tackles, 2 TFL’s, 4 interceptions, 16 pass breakups

S Jordan Fuller: 17 tackles, 1 interception, 5 pass breakups

SPECIAL TEAMS

K Samuel Sloman: 13/19 FG’s, 45/45 XP

P Johnny Hekker: 53 punts, 2,690 yards, 50.8 average, 48.1 net average

KR Raymond Calais: 20 returns, 481 yards, 24.0 return average

KR Nsimba Webster: 26 returns, 594 yards, 22.8 return average

PR Nsimba Webster: 19 returns, 138 yards, 7.3 return average

INJURIES

Notable injuries included:

RB Cam Akers

RB Malcolm Brown

WR Josh Reynolds

TE Gerald Everett

DL A’Shawn Robinson

DL Sebastian Joseph-Day

OLB Terrell Lewis

CB Troy Hill

S John Johnson III

ACCOLADES

Jared Goff finished seventh in MVP voting
Cam Akers and Van Jefferson finished 4th and 5th in Offensive Rookie of the Year voting
Terrell Burgess finished runner-up in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting to Chase Young
Jared Goff, Robert Woods, Aaron Donald, Terrell Burgess & Johnny Hekker were named Pro Bowlers

NFC STANDINGS

1. San Francisco 49ers 14-2
2. New Orleans Saints 13-3
3. Dallas Cowboys 12-4
4. Green Bay Packers 9-7
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-7
6. Los Angeles Rams 9-7
7. Minnesota Vikings 7-9

NFC WEST STANDINGS

1. San Francisco 49ers 14-2 (6-0)
2. Los Angeles Rams 9-7 (3-3)
3. Seattle Seahawks 7-9 (2-4)
4. Arizona Cardinals 5-10-1 (1-5)

OVERALL THOUGHTS

The Madden simulation as usual hit on some things and missed some others. I did like how the AI split the carries for Brown, Akers and Henderson. What I didn’t like is how the game simulated Jared Goff to not throw around the mid-4,000-yard mark. I also didn’t agree with the idea of the Rams having zero 1,000-yard receivers or rushers. It felt like the game didn’t subscribe to the idea that the Rams offense is the strength because the Rams offense in this one finished 26th in the league whereas the brand new Brandon Staley defense finished 11th in the league.

I tend to believe this team is an 11-win team and Madden looked to follow my thinking when they had the Rams win four of their first five games. However, they quickly backed off that with a three-game losing streak. Third-round rookie pass-rusher Terrell Lewis couldn’t get off the injury report and Josh Reynolds who started off the year with a monster 200-plus yard performance ended up tearing his ACL and missing the season. The injuries struck the Rams hard with those losses but also losses to second-round rookie running back Cam Akers who was in and out as well as a veteran back Malcolm Brown. Tight end Gerald Everett ruptured his Achilles and ended up missing the season after week one. The defense was gashed by a Troy Hill bicep tear and Sebastian Joseph-Day high ankle sprain.

Hopefully, the Rams do not experience injuries like the ones Madden simulated in this event. I will take a playoff appearance though and a dominant win over the Green Bay Packers. Getting blown out by the Saints in the divisional round though? Yeah, I don’t think that’s happening. If the Rams made the playoffs, then teams in the playoffs should be quaking. Seeing Samuel Sloman struggle to hit 70 percent of his field goals worried me and seeing Terrell Burgess having a rookie season for the ages and not winning defensive rookie of the year made me angrier than I should probably advertise on here…

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