Madden 2013: Teams That Will Help You Dominate Franchise Mode

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions catches a pass for a touchdown in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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In order to win in Madden with consistency, you can be a very good player or just use a very good team. 

Madden football is one of the most popular video game series in history. The franchise mode, which lets a player control a team for years and attempt to win multiple Super Bowls, is always well-liked and keeps the attention of gamers for months.

Many people will just choose their favorite teams for this mode, but selecting a young and talented team could help you set up a dynasty right away without much front office effort.

If this is your goal, these clubs will be the best options.


Detroit Lions

If you like to pass the football, the Detroit Lions are the perfect team. The combination of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson is already among the best in the NFL, and they should be together for a number of years. With the league's leading receiver and third-best quarterback by yards, you cannot go wrong.

The running game was a disappointment last season, but Kevin Smith, Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure are all 25 or younger and are capable of big seasons in the future.

In addition, the defensive line when healthy can shut down the run and help you focus on the passing game. 

It has been a while since the Lions were a competitive team, but it seems that they will be contenders for a long time with this core of players.


San Francisco 49ers

Coming into last season, few fans would have wanted to use the 49ers in a video game. The defense was talented, but the offense did not have many weapons, and the quarterback was well below average.

The team has the same quarterback in Alex Smith, but he proved last year that he can be a winner, posting career highs with 3,144 passing yards and a 61.3 completion percentage. Smith also threw only five interceptions, which was the fewest in the NFL among those who attempted over 200 passes.

They also added skillful players around him at running back and wide receiver. Veterans Brandon Jacobs, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham plus rookies A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James should give the offense new dimensions in real life and in the video game.

San Francisco also boasts one of the best defenses in the league. With three Pro Bowl linebackers under the age of 27, this team is not going away anytime soon.


Washington Redskins

The Redskins were not good last season and might not be good this year, but they are putting together enough pieces to feel good about the future.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III should have good accuracy (72.4 completion percent last year at Baylor) and speed (4.41 40-yard dash at the combine) that will make him fun to play with and build a team around. 

There are a bunch of playmakers that will help Griffin succeed at this level on offense, including running back Roy Helu and tight end Fred Davis. Linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan are recent first-round picks and anchor the defense.

Recent lack of success does not dictate the bright future ahead for the Redskins.