Well, we might as well get down to the nitty-gritty here before the next batch of NyQuil kicks in. Last week our intrepid GameSim successfully predicted the outcome of the ‘Hawks game bringing the season record to 4-1. This week, it took quite a bit of finagling to get the rosters accurate, as Madden 2005 simply REFUSED to trade Jerry Rice to the Seahawks. I had to start a franchise with both Seattle and Oakland as human controlled teams and then execute the trade (which Madden rated F- for Oakland and A+ for Seattle). In addition, Seattle sat Wistrom, Simmons, Brown and Engram for injuries and benched Bierra for Boulware at safety. On the Cardinals side of the ball, Boldin, Poole and Scoby were scratched due to injury. For those joining us late, our GameSim is a CPU vs CPU matchup in Madden 2005 for the PlayStation 2 with six minute quarters. We play each game 5 times and give you the average results as the predicted outcome. Now, on with the show …
Seattle won 4 of 5 games by a wide margin and lost one by a late field goal 20-19. Interestingly enough, Madden gave Jerry Rice #80 on the Seahawks even though if you try to create a player, you are never given #80 as an option because the number is retired. Can anyone tell me how a computer game KNOWS these things? Seriously, anybody? In all five games, Rice broke 100 yards receiving and averaged 7 catches per game. Both Robinson and Jackson broke 100 yards on several occasions with Matt Hasselbeck AVERAGING 389 yards per game. Shaun Alexander also averaged over 100 yards per game on the ground, highlighted by a 4 TD 156 yard extravaganza during the fourth game. The offensive line was stout, yielding .5 sacks per game.
On the defensive side of the ball, things were not quite as impressive. Emmitt Smith enjoyed early success in all the games running behind the left side of his line right at Cochrane and Kaz. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they fell behind quickly in all but one game and were forced to the air, where, despite the total lack of pressure from the Seattle front four, McCown was picked off twice per game on average, with Boulware ringing up 3 over the course of the 5 games played.
During the one game the Seahawks lost, the offense turned the ball over 3 times in the red zone, once with just 2 minutes left, allowing the Cardinals to hang around and put up the game winning 3 with just 20 seconds left on the clock.
The Silicon Swami’s Final Score: Seattle 27 Arizona 13.Dylan Johnson writes for Seahawks.NET. He’s also well-known as “NJSeahawksFan” on our Fan Forums. Feel free to contact him at email@example.com.