The Bengals had a very rough loss against the Chiefs on Sunday night in primetime, but the season is far from over. The Bengals have a game against the Buccaneers and then they have their bye in Week 9. If Cincinnati beats Tampa Bay they will go into the bye at 5-3 and still very much in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Now let’s take a look at the Bengals vs. Buccaneers Madden simulation to see how the video game predicts this real-life football game will play out.
The Buccaneers start with the ball and are able to get a drive going, but the Bengals defense locks up and forces a punt. The Bengals get the ball and drive down the field. On third-and-long, Andy Dalton is sacked and the Bengals are forced to settle for a long field goal that Randy Bullock barely puts through. Bengals take a 3-0 lead.
The Buccaneers receive the kickoff and start driving down the field converting two first downs with run plays. The Bengals get the Bucs to a third down, but on that play Mike Evans is able to get behind the defense and the Buccaneers get the touchdown.
After the Buccaneers’ touchdown both teams struggle to get a drive going. Eventually the Bengals are able to start to drive down the field, but they end up stalling out and have to settle for the field goal in the red zone.
The Buccaneers get the ball and fail to get much of a drive going, forcing them to punt. The Bengals get the ball and get a long slow drive going. They get down into the red zone and Andy Dalton hits Tyler Eifert for the touchdown. Tyler Eifert is back! Just kidding, Madden just glitched and put both him and Brandon LaFell on the roster. And of course, Eifert scored a touchdown. Let’s just say in real life, this one can go to C.J. Uzomah. Cool? Cool.
The Buccaneers receive the ball with 20 seconds left before half and on a pass play DeSean Jackson catches the ball and then fumbles, giving the Bengals the ball back before half. The Bengals complete a short pass and then take the field goal.
After the half the Bengals get the ball and get a nice drive going, but end up having to punt from around midfield. The Buccaneers end up scoring on a rush from Ronald Jones II on the next drive.
The Bengals get the ball back and once again their drive stalls around midfield giving the Buccaneers the ball back. The Buccaneers drive down the field and on third-and-one from the three yard line Jameis Winston hits Mike Evans for the touchdown to take the 21-16 lead.
The Bengals get to the goal line and the Buccaneers force them into a third down situation. On third-and-goal Dalton is able to hit Tyler Boyd for the touchdown to take the lead. The Bengals go for two, and Boyd also catches that to take a three point lead.
The Buccaneers get the ball back, driving for the win. However, the Bengals defense is able to hold and get the fourth down stop. The Bengals run out the clock, getting the win 24-21 to take good momentum into the bye week.
2018 Madden prediction record: 3-4