The new video game Madden 25 was recently released and as a series for the season we at Ramblin’ Fan will simulate every Rams game on Madden in order to get an idea of what might happen. The first Madden matchup will be the Rams vs the Cardinals as the Rams play the Cardinals week one.
In the full Madden, 15-minute quarters, simulation, the Arizona Cardinals blew out the Rams 39-19. The Rams struggled miserably getting into the end zone as they were forced to kick four field goals and turned the ball over three times in Cardinals territory. The Rams only touchdown came on a 73 yard pass from Sam Bradford to Brian Quick. Bradford finished with 22-36, 344 yards passing, and one touchdown. The Rams also struggled on offense on third-down going 1/11.
Carson Palmer left the game early on with a shoulder injury, but by that time the Cardinals were already up 16-6. Back up quarterback Drew Stanton came in and did a nice job finishing 22-30 for 228 yards and two touchdowns. The Cardinals also found much success running the football as Mendenhall rushed for 109 yards on 29 carries, Ryan Williams also had 5 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown.
Daryl Richardson had his first start as a Ram and didnt do half bad, he had 21 carries for 89 yards, but had a case of Isaiah Pead and fumbled the ball twice. losing one in the red zone. Tavon Austin made his rookie debut and had 6 receptions for 103 yards and would have been the Rams leading receiver had it not been for Brian Quick’s monster day of 112 yards on only two receptions.
Even though the Rams struggled to get into the end zone, they managed to keep the score pretty close. Going into the 4th quarter they were only down 26-12. It just seemed like every opportunity the Rams got to get back into the game, they turned the ball over.
For the Cardinals, they did not miss a beat after losing Palmer and that was really the story of the game other than the Rams’ struggles on offense. Stanton came in and did well, spreading the ball out and completing passes to eight different receivers. Stanton connected with Michael Floyd, Fitzgerald, and Roberts on numerous occasions. Floyd finished with 8 catches for 149 yards, Andre Roberts also had a nice day having 5 catches for 80 yards, and Fitzgerald had 4 catches for 68 yards.
On defense rookie T.J. McDonald lead the team in tackles with nine. Chris Long also had six tackles, four for loss, and three sacks. Will Witherspoon, who was replacing Jo-Lonn Dunbar, made an impact by making an interception. For the Cardinals it was Daryl Washington who lead the team in tackles with eight. Linebacker Sam Acho lead the Cards in sacks with three he also had three other tackles for loss.Patrick Peterson and Javier Arenas came up with big interceptions that really changed the game, Arenas also had a fumble recovery which was forced by Yeremiah Bell.
Now, it was only a video game and you wouldnt really expect Drew Stanton to come in and win the game for the Cardinals in a real game setting. However, there is a reason why this team is one of my sleeper teams for 2013 and it is because they have an opportunistic defense that can create turnovers and mishaps for opposing offenses. For the Rams week one, scoring touchdowns is key along with taking care of the football and converting third downs. Hopefully the real Rams will come out and get a win on Sunday, but in Madden land, the Rams begin the season 0-1 and will now face a tough matchup against the Atlanta Falcons in week 2.