'Madden' says Buccaneers will be .500

If you’re a fantasy football player or a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints or Carolina Panthers, you should check out the “Madden’’ simulations for Week 7.

According to the video game, the Panthers will lose to the Dallas Cowboys, 35-27. In the simulation, Dallas running back Felix Jones runs for 80 yards and a touchdown. Call me a pessimist, but I say those numbers for Jones sound a little low against Carolina’s run defense. In the simulation, it’s Dallas quarterback Tony Romo (277 passing yards and two touchdowns) that does more damage. The simulation says Carolina quarterback Cam Newton will have a decent day, but will be intercepted once. The simulation doesn’t say if Newton will pout on the sideline.

The simulation for the game between the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a very entertaining one. It says the Bucs will win, 27-24, on a field goal in overtime. The simulation says the Saints will jump out to a 14-0 lead, but the Bucs will climb back into it with Josh Freeman throwing for 302 yards and Connor Barth hitting a last-second field goal in regulation before hitting the game winner in overtime.

If it really does play out like that, the Bucs will be 3-3 with an actual chance to climb into playoff contention, and the Saints would be 1-5, which basically would mean they can forget about the playoffs.