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