Madden 13: Arian Foster and Other Running Backs Sure to Be Unstopable

Chris HummerAnalyst IAugust 10, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 15:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter of the AFC Divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore won 20-13 in regulation. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Madden 13 is being released on August 28, which means there are only two weeks until people can get their hands on this highly-anticipated game.

Madden is always one of the bestselling video games each year, and I have certainly spent too much of my studying time playing my friends on this classic.

In recent weeks, the people at EA have periodically been releasing player ratings for the latest version of Madden, and this week they broke down the running backs.

Every year there are one or two backs who can utterly take over the game with their speed or power. You know, the players who make your friends throw their controller across the room.

So, let's take a look at Arian Foster and some other highly-touted halfbacks sure to dominate in Madden 13.


Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Rating: 97 

There isn't a more dominant player in Madden from year to year than Adrian Peterson. The dude is so nasty on the game that he actually can convince some people to play with Christian Ponder and the Vikings.

Peterson combines speed with power better than any back in the game. He has 97 speed, 97 acceleration, 97 elusiveness and, if that wasn't enough, 87 trucking.

The guy is almost unstoppable.

He can break it outside and outrun almost every player on the defensive side of the ball, and has the power to hit the hole and break off 15-yard gains with ease up the middle.

Peterson is a monster, and if you find yourself facing a weak run defense, Peterson and the Vikings should be your pick.


Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

Rating: 90

Thanks to a terrible 2011 campaign, Chris Johnson's Madden rating has taken a hit. But that still won't stop him from breaking off touchdown runs in-game.

He still has 99 speed and can make cuts on the outside with ease. In Madden, Johnson repeatedly breaks off 20-yard-plus runs, making defensive players look silly.

Johnson's rating may have taken a hit, but thanks to his speed, he should still pile up the touchdowns in Madden 13.


LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

Rating: 95

LeSean McCoy is one of the shiftiest backs in the NFL, and thanks to the talent around him, it's almost unfair how good he can be.

McCoy has 93 overall speed and crazy-good 99 elusiveness that will allow him to juke linebackers with an elegant grace. If that wasn't enough, he's also a threat out of the backfield to catch the ball and can run with it after, too.

Plus, he's got Michael Vick and Co. around him, so defenses will have a headache trying to contain all of the Eagles’ talent.

McCoy should be a go-to guy in Madden this year.


Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Rating: 96

Like all of the other backs on this list, Foster is a complete back.

The only difference is, Foster plays behind an elite line.

The Houston Texans have one of the best run-blocking offensive lines in football and Foster has taken full advantage of that over the last two seasons, rushing for 1,616 yards in 2010 and 1,224 in 2011.

These excellent stats have made him a Madden superstar, and that won't change in Madden 13.

Foster is one of those backs who always seems to gain at least six yards in the game, no matter what, and then every once in a while he'll break off a huge touchdown run.

That's thanks to his impressive overall stat line.

He has 92 speed, 96 acceleration, 96 trucking—the best total from an elite running back in the game—and 92 elusiveness.

That skill set allows him to cause havoc for opponents all game long. And if you’re looking for the complete package to punish your opponent in Madden 13, Foster's your guy.