NFL Predictions: Which 2011 NFL Teams Will Suffer from the "Madden Effect?"

Eli Nachmany@EliNachmanyCorrespondent IIIJune 10, 2011

NFL Predictions: Which 2011 NFL Teams Will Suffer from the "Madden Effect?"

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 24:  Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers against the San Francisco 49ers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    In 2010, the Tennessee Titans had the 'perfect' team, with Vince Young, Chris Johnson, Randy Moss and Kenny Britt all on the same roster.

    Pick up a controller and play with the Titans in Madden, and the chances of winning are pretty good with all of their physicality and fantastic attributes.

    Madden, however, doesn't account for a locker room, and the Titan locker room went to pieces as the team sputtered to the finish line at 6-10.

    Here are some teams that will be great in Madden next year, but not translate that success onto the field.

Denver Broncos

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    DENVER - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos reacts after throwing a first quarter touchdown against the Houston Texans at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Texans 24-23
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    Tim Tebow is the latest 'big deal' when it comes to video game quarterbacks, having supplanted the Falcons version of Michael Vick (who replaced Randall Cunningham).

    Tebow comes from a nationally exposed school, can run with the ball and passes relatively well—many Madden gamers would be happy to run their offense through Tebow.

    Also, the Broncos have speedsters in Eddie Royal and Demaryius Thomas, as well as a deep threat in Brandon Lloyd, making this a video game-tailored offense.

    The Madden success will not carry itself onto the field, however, and the Broncos would be lucky to be a third-place team in 2011.

Carolina Panthers

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20:  Cam Newton attends the NFL PLAYERS Premiere League Flag Football Game at UCLA on May 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
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    The Carolina Panthers will have a stacked Madden team next year, featuring the likes of Cam Newton, Steve Smith and possibly DeAngelo Williams if the lockout situation goes unresolved.

    Don't forget, either, that the Panthers picked up Jeremy Shockey, a big receiving tight end sure to open up the team's possibilities in Madden 12.

    However, this is a team that is years away from any chance of contending.

    Newton needs to get acclimated to the NFL, and the Panthers need to quell some growing locker room problems before they can be good both in the game and in real life.

Detroit Lions

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    DETROIT - DECEMBER 05: Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions runs for a first down during the second quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on December 5, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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    When a team assembles Calvin Johnson, Jahvid Best, Mikel Leshoure and Titus Young on the same offensive unit, while letting a quarterback with Matthew Stafford's arm run the offense, the team is an instant Madden favorite.

    In fact, my favorite team to play with in Madden, right now, is the Detroit Lions.

    However, the Lions need to get over the losing mindset of Detroit before they can be serious contenders.

    I'm not doubting that the Lions can be serious contenders in 2011, I just think they'll be better in Madden than real life.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 05:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action during the game against the Denver Broncos on December 5, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Adding a 6'5" athletic freak in the first-round made Madden gamers drool over the Chiefs, but real draft analysts questioned the pick.

    Jamaal Charles is a fun back to play with in Madden, but the Chiefs need to show that their high-powered offense can get it done on the actual field in 2011.

    It is doubtful that Matt Cassel repeats his amazing 2010, and the Chiefs played as well as Cassel did last year.

    Should Cassel's play tail off, it's conceivable that the Chiefs' play will, too.

Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans comes scores as he get's his foot down in the endzone in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Baltimore
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    The Houston Texans are, year-in and year-out, a top Madden team that can't get it done on the real field.

    Adding a super-productive Arian Foster only widens the gap between this team's success in Madden and failure in real life.

    The Texans have never made the playoffs despite a scary-good offense, and Matt Schaub-to-Andre Johnson is a combo that many Madden fans are all too familiar with.

    With a "score first, ask questions later" offense, the Texans will be a much-used team in Madden, but may not even make the playoffs in 2011.

Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts against the Green Bay Packers during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotma
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    How did we know this was coming?

    The Eagles have long been a fun Madden team, but combining the lethal Michael Vick with the lightning-fast DeSean Jackson and elusive LeSean McCoy makes this team unstoppable.

    Imagine them adding Plaxico Burress to that team.

    The Eagles will have success in 2011, and may even make the playoffs if Vick stays healthy for a good portion of the year, but their real-life team will be nothing compared to their Madden team.

Minnesota Vikings

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 26, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Madden can't account for migraines, Madden can't account for leftover Brett Favre drama and Madden can't account for the mindset of a team fresh off of one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history.

    The Vikings have the most explosive running back in the NFL with Adrian Peterson, and can jump over you with Sidney Rice and run past you with Percy Harvin.

    The smart Madden player knows how to work the Viking offense and win games in bunches with all of their talent.

    Leslie Frazier isn't playing Madden though, and he will need to do more than press buttons on a controller for the Vikings to contend in 2011.

Chicago Bears

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 20:  Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears is congrtaulated by quarterback Jay Cutler #6 after scoring a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matt
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    The Bears boast one of the strongest-armed quarterbacks in the NFL in Jay Cutler and one of the fastest receiving corps with Devin Hester and Johnny Knox leading the way.

    However, the Bears looked inept at times in 2010, and despite finishing with a bye and high seed, the team may not win as many games in 2011.

    Even with Gabe Carimi, the Bears won't be able to protect Jay Cutler, and the team has no true No. 1 wideout.

    Without these key pieces, the Bears may win in Madden, but the team will fall short in real life in 2011.