After scoring an early touchdown in the first quarter, the Cowboys are held scoreless for the rest of Sunday night’s game…at least according to Madden. The popular video game, Madden 12, gives us a look a what might happen in tonight’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets in a simulation.
First, the set up of the game itself. All of the rosters have been updated through Madden Online and using the real-life final injury reports from both teams. Any players listed as probable or questionable were played. Also, the quarter length was set to 10 minutes. (When simmed at 15 mins., the stats we’re blow way out of proportion)
See the team stats, the player stats, the scoring summary, and hear my take on it, after the break.
Dallas – 156 yards
New York – 488 yards
Total passing offense
Dallas – 127 yards
New York – 306 yards
Total rushing offense
Dallas – 29 yards
New York – 173 yards
Dallas – 7
New York – 16
Dallas records 0 sacks, 1 INT (Brooking)
Jets record 6 sacks on Romo, 0 INT
1st Quarter – Romo hits Bryant for a 6 yard passing TD. (7-0, DAL)
2nd Quarter – Folk hits 3 FGS (41,47,29). (9-7, JETS)
3rd Quarter – Folk hits a 36 yard FG. (12-7, JETS)
4th Quarter – Sanchez hits Holmes for a 6 yard passing TD. (19-7, JETS)
McKnight breaks a 43 yard TD run. (26-7, JETS)
QB Romo 14-29, 150 yards, 1TD
RB – Jones 10 carries, 17 yards
WR – Austin 5 recs, 60 yards
WR – Bryant 4 recs, 60 yards, 1TD
QB Sanchez 17-23, 251 yards, 1TD,1INT
RB – Greene 20 carries, 94 yards
WR – Mason 6 recs, 130 yards
WR – Burress 4 recs, 60 yards
WR- Holmes 3 recs, 38 yards, 1TD
I have some major reservations and flat-out disagreements about what happened in this simulation. First off, I think there is no way the Jets hold TE Jason Witten to just one reception. I think he’s the “Jet Killer” tonight. And if Felix Jones only gets 17 yards rushing, I’ll eat my hat!
One thing I think the simulation did get right was the pressure on Tony Romo. Although I’m sure he’ll pass for more than 150 yards, I do think he’ll be running away from and dodging defenders all night. That young offensive line has a lot to prove tonight. And I’ve seen “rookie nerves” get the best of even future Hall of Famers.
Outside of that, it was a close game until the 4th quarter. I see that as a likely scenario. But as the old saying goes: “Nothing beats the real thing.” And that real thing is tonight!