Speed kills in the NFL. It annihilates in Madden.
Take, for example, the San Francisco 49ers—a team that has the best defense in the NFL and is a popular Super Bowl pick for 2012. But does anyone want them in Madden?
Outside of people living in San Fran, probably not. They are boringly good.
Instead, when gamers turn on Madden 13 for next 70 hours, they want the teams that give them the most offensive weapons, the most speed and the best chance to drop 70 on their best friend.
Note: For a complete breakdown of all rosters, check out Bleacher Report's Brian Mazique's comprehensive analysis.
Remember when Michael Vick was always everyone's favorite quarterback to use in Madden? Well, that still might be true, but don't be surprised if Cam Newton soon takes over that role.
The 23-year-old quarterback burst onto the scene last year as a rookie, displaying a powerful arm and, more importantly for video game purposes, legs that move really, really fast. Newton rushed for 706 yards and 14 touchdowns.
And he's a freaking quarterback.
The second-year pro is going to be awesome to use in Madden. He's clearly fast, and at 6'5", 245 pounds, there are plenty of DBs he will be trucking.
Throw in speedy fullback—a very sneaky weapon in video games—in Mike Tolbert, the thunder and lightning combination of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart at running back and Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell serving as solid targets, and the Panthers have an offense made for Madden 13.
If there's something not to like about this offense, I'm not exactly sure what that is.
Elite quarterback? I guess Drew Brees is OK. Check.
Fast running back? Darren Sproles is like a cheetah. Check.
Goal-line back? Boom, boom, boom Mark Ingram. Check.
Legitimate targets? Marques Colston, Lance Moore and a likely unstoppable Jimmy Graham. Check and mate.
The Saints offense might take a slight step back in 2012 with the absence of Sean Payton, but with you calling the shots in the video game world, they will do just fine.
Who will your team be in Madden 13?
I tend to like my teams having a solid running back, but the fact that the Patriots' highest-rated RB on the current roster is Danny Woodhead doesn't scare me away.
Of course, Stevan Ridley or Shane Vereen could get solid bumps when the roster gets updated, but again, it doesn't really matter.
You won't be running with this team anyways.
Tom Brady (98), Rob Gronkowski (97), Wes Welker (95), Aaron Hernandez (88), Brandon Lloyd (88), a solid offensive line...Give me a break. If you get a stop or two with this average defense, you can probably guarantee yourself a win.