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The Detroit Lions' Top 15 Madden 2011 Shockers

The NFL preseason wouldn't be complete without a fair share of Madden simulation.

I will take part, but it will be the first time in a while.

When the NFL sold Electronic Arts and Madden a five-year contract for exclusive rights to its franchise, I swore off the series.

It's not that I was a big fan of the NFL 2K series or anything, though I know some were. In fact, I actually still own a copy of Madden 2005. It was just the principle of the thing. The two series (Madden and 2K) fought each other for supremacy, and therefore, both were pressed to make the greater gameplay innovation in each annual installation.

And then EA won by TKO, and the Madden series fell into the gutter in terms of quality, and shot through the roof in terms of sales. And then the exclusivity deal got extended through 2012.

With the contract extension, I can't wait any longer for a new NFL-licensed football game. I'm going to break down and buy Madden 2011. Which is okay, because it looks like EA is back on the ball now that their sweet deal is almost up.

But I digress.

The game is on the way, and the annual Madden release has become such a spectacle, even the disclosure of team and player ratings has become newsworthy. And as you might have guessed, the Lions' ratings have been revealed.

So while we wait for the game to come out, why not observe, nitpick, and criticize the player ratings they've designated for Lions players?

Check out the ratings and compare yourself at:

http://espn.go.com/espn/thelife/videogames/madden11?teamId=19

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