Madden 25: Best High-Powered Teams to Use in Connected Franchise

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2013

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The release of Madden 25 on Tuesday has video game fans across the world ready to get their hands on the newest release and use the upgraded Connected Franchise mode.

With the ability to now play as the owner of a team, the head coach or a star player—add in the return of the fantasy draft option—this year’s edition of the game could be the best yet.

All of the following teams feature stacked rosters in the game and will be a dream come true for fans looking to find the most dominant organizations in the league.


New England Patriots

The New England Patriots will be an amazing force in Madden 25. With Tom Brady a 97 overall quarterback, throwing to a 98 ranked tight end in Rob Gronkowski and protected by one of the most impressive offensive lines in the game, the offense will be tough to beat.

As great as the Patriots will be moving the ball, the defense is just as impressive.

Defensive stars like Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Devin McCourty, Vince Wilfork and Adrian Wilson all boast great ratings, making New England one of the toughest teams shutting the ball down in the game as well.

While the Patriots may not have as much success in the AFC this year, Madden fans can win a championship in the video game with this stacked roster.


Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons don’t have the defensive unit that will separate Madden players in the Connected Franchise mode, but there is no more talented offensive depth chart in the game than Atlanta's.

Quarterback Matt Ryan has been given a 94 rating. His quick passing and powerful throw make him one of the most dangerous players in the game this year. Add in a plethora of high-skill players around him, and the Falcons are every Madden fan’s dream.

Tight end Tony Gonzalez is rated 95 overall, wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones are rated 93 and 92 respectively and running back Steven Jackson has an 89 rating.

That’s a dangerous offensive unit.


Houston Texans

The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will get plenty of fanfare because of the big names on their rosters, but the Houston Texans are quietly one of the best options gamers have in 2013.

Not only does the team boast the top-rated defensive player in the league (J.J. Watt is a 99 overall), but the strong secondary and linebackers group—as well as fellow defensive end Antonio Smith getting a 90 rating—also makes this the most dangerous all-around unit.

The offense is just as good in Houston. With an incredibly impressive offensive line and Arian Foster given a 95 rating, Madden fans must plan to run the ball early and often with the Texans.

Add in Matt Schaub (87), Owen Daniels (87) and Andre Johnson (97), and Houston will be tough to beat this season.


All player ratings via EA Sports. (Offense and Defense)