Madden NFL 25 Simulations: Who will win it all?


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A couple of guys here at the NFL Network studios were having a conversation about "Breaking Bad" the other day, when somebody walked into the room and said, "Don't spoil anything!" You figured the aforementioned person might have been an episode or two behind and didn't want to hear the conversation.

But no, this person was actually six seasons behind.

Are you freaking kidding me?

Spoilers are out of control, people. I mean, you can't even have a "Star Wars" conversation without somebody getting bent out of shape about it.

With that in mind, let me give you the appropriate spoiler alert because Madden NFL 25 ran a simulation on the entire season to see exactly what is going to happen. If you don't want the upcoming season ruined for you, I suggest you turn away.

Again, please turn away...

1. Here are your AFC Playoff teams in order, according to Madden: The New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens. So, there's going to be no difference in last year's playoff teams? Well, that's not going to happen. There is too much turnover from year to year in the NFL for all six teams to make the playoffs.

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2. The Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins will finish 8-8.

3. Your NFC playoff teams: The San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins. Well at least Madden NFL 25 understood the Vikings were a bit fortunate last year to make the playoffs. And proper deference was given to the return of Sean Payton.

4. The team that owns the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft: The New York Jets. No surprise there. The St. Louis football club takes the second pick. You might as well use the relocation feature if that was to happen in St. Louis.

5. What about Adrian Peterson? He falls short of his goal of 2,500 yards, but he is simulated to rush for 2,139 yards. So Peterson still would become the first player in NFL history with back-to-back 2,000-yard seasons.

6. Peyton Manning is on pace for 112 touchdown passes this season. This makes Madden's simulation of 43 touchdown passes seem a little less gaudy. At least Madden realizes Manning still has trouble winning in the playoffs. Manning also goes for 5,323 yards.

7. No word if C.J. Spiller pukes during his run toward 1,504 yards, which is good for third in the NFL behind Peterson and Jamaal Charles, who goes for 1,886.

8. Calvin Johnson doesn't reach 2,000 receiving yards. Neither does Dez Bryant. The simulation has Johnson going for 1,839 yards. Check the injury rating, but Danny Amendola was simulated for 125 receptions for 1,324 yards and seven touchdowns.

9. Your award winners are Peyton Manning as MVP and Jim Harbaugh as Coach of the Year. I think sports writers have already voted Manning as the winner of the 2013 NFL MVP after Thursday night, so this makes sense.

10. But let's get down to the brass tacks, who wins in the playoffs? Well, I already told you the Broncos lose. Madden NFL 25 has the Texans beating the Patriots to move on to the Super Bowl, while the 49ers hang on to beat the Redskins.

Who takes the Super Bowl? Well, we don't want to spoil everything for you.