Madden 2014: Players Who Will Advance to Final Four of Cover Vote

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 8, 2013

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The 2014 Madden cover vote is down to just eight players now, with plenty of big-name players eliminated from the bracket in the "Sweet 16" of the tournament.

Joe Montana, Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders remain in the old-school tournament, whilst the likes of Adrian Foster, Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Adrian Peterson remain in the new-school bracket—all vying for a chance at the Final Four.

Which players will advance through to the next round of the cover vote? Will there be an upset or two, or will we see all the favorites go through unscathed?

Read on to see predictions for all four quarterfinals in the cover vote this year.

Full bracket available here.


Old School Bracket

[1] Joe Montana vs. [3] Barry Sanders

Few players in NFL history can attest to the career that Joe Montana had, and he'll seemingly be hard to pick against in this quarterfinal as a result.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, Montana has had huge support throughout the over vote so far, with his huge win over Dan Marino in the Sweet 16 showing just how popular the Niners legend is when it comes to the Madden cover vote this year.

Sanders has been popular, but he only chalked up 67 percent against Ray Lewis, and will surely come undone against Joe Cool in the Elite Eight.

Winner: Joe Montana


[1] Jerry Rice vs. [2] Deion Sanders

As good as Deion 'Primetime' Sanders was, it's hard to see him getting past Jerry Rice in this one—arguably the greatest wide-receiver of all time.

Sanders has only averaged 78 percent in his last two bracket wins whilst Rice has been hitting 90 percent on average throughout the entire bracket—making it hard to see Sanders getting through here.

Deion Sandcastle, on the other hand. Now that would be a matchup to see.

Winner: Jerry Rice


New School Bracket

[4] Adrian Foster vs. [3] Russell Wilson

Into the new-school bracket now, and after knocking off the No. 1 seed in Colin Kaepernick, Adrian Foster will be looking to win through to the Final Four here when he takes on Russell Wilson.

And whilst Wilson had a tremendous year for the Seahawks—taking them to the playoffs in his rookie season—Foster should be too popular to win this one.

Fantasy owners religiously pick Foster every year, and given the support he received to beat Kaepernick, you'd have to think he's a big chance here.

Winner: Adrian Foster


[2] Robert Griffin III vs. [1] Adrian Peterson

As good and as superhuman as rookie Robert Griffin III has been so far in the NFL, he simply will not get past Adrian Peterson in their Elite Eight matchup.

Peterson won with 94 percent of the vote against Carson Palmer, 90 percent against LeSean McCoy and 81 percent against Rob Gronkowski. No other player in the new-school bracket has even come close to posting those kinds of numbers—especially not the Redskins quarterback, who has averaged just 70 percent in his last two bracket wins over Doug Martin and Ray Rice.

Griffin won't get through a third running back here, as Peterson wins easily.

Winner: Adrian Peterson


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