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Morris, Kerrigan Are Madden’s Next Gen

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 12, 2013 – 12:25 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

For you Madden diehards out there that demand answers to weekly ratings updates this one is for you—and well as you’ll soon find out—you’ll be getting the answers from your own right hand.

A few weeks back, Redskins Blog presented the fact that you, the fans, now directly impact player ratings in Madden 25. Each week after destroying your opponent with the same PA Y-Dragon Wheel play 16 times in a row, you can head over to and rank the top 25 quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and defenses each week. But that isn’t all that you can help decide.

Since being hired as head coach in 2010, every single one of Mike Shanahan’s first round picks have gotten a Pro Bowl nod and like the running back whisperer he’s known to be (it’s on his official business card), exposed diamond in the rough gem Alfred Morris in the sixth round last year.

Speaking of Morris, he and teammate Ryan Kerrigan are part of the newly minted “Next Gen” team, which only seems fitting considering that next generation consoles are hitting stores in the coming months.  But what exactly does that mean for the two?

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Madden Ratings For The Redskins Defense

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 23, 2013 – 8:08 pm


On Monday, the Redskins Blog posted about the offensive units rankings in Madden 25 with the biggest surprises being Kirk Cousins’ low rating (75) and center Will Montgomery taking home the honor of the highest rating (90). While taking nothing away from the veteran center, most expected either Robert Griffin III, Trent Williams, Alfred Morris or even Pierre Garcon to be the highest rated player. Still, virtual defenses will have just as hard of a time stopping the read-option as the rest of the NFC East will–in real life.

Plus it’s always nice (or maybe not so depending on your outlook) to have that one friend who actually stops the game from ending in a 80-76 shootout. You know, makes it a little more realistic.

It took a little bit longer than expected, but here at the full rankings for the Washington Redskins defense with four days until the release of the 25th edition of Madden starting with rookie cornerback David Amerson.

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Madden 25 Ratings For Redskins Offense

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 19, 2013 – 9:00 am

(Screenshot From EA Sports’ YouTube Account)

(Screenshot From EA Sports’ YouTube Account)

The annual Madden holiday is nearly upon us. Will you be getting the game?

I must say on a personal note that I am really stoked for this year’s version. I’ve grown up my whole life spending countless hours each year building the perfect dynasty and making it impossible for anyone to stop me on 4th and 1 (hint: use quarterback draw—it works every time). Also, I miss the old training camp drills from the Madden 04 and 05 days. Just sayin’.

Anyway, it’s always nice to know what you’re getting into before you remove the shrink wrap. As is the case in real life, debates will rage for the next few months at how players were originally ranked on Madden. I’m not afraid to say I think this offense will easily make the Redskins the most played team on the game. The read-option should be really enjoyable to use, we all know the impact mobile quarterbacks have in the series and the wideouts offer up enough variety that your opponent will have to switch out of their basic Cover 2 package.  

Anyway, here is the overall rating for each Redskin on the offensive side of the pigskin with eight days until the game hits stores:  

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Morris Knocks One Out For Madden 25

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 18, 2013 – 2:24 pm

(Screenshot Courtesy MyMaddenPad Youtube Channel)

(Screenshot Courtesy MyMaddenPad Youtube Channel)

Last week at the E3 video game convention in Los Angeles gamers and sports fans alike got another foretaste of the 25th installment of Madden.

In what has become the norm for this year’s version of the virtual football experience, Robert Griffin III and the Redskins were heavily featured in the game’s first two promotional packages with No. 10 taking long touchdown runs to the house against fellow NFC division winners Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers.

While Griffin III got the brunt of the attention everyone seemingly forgot about Alfred Morris yet again.

Sure all of Morris’ end zone trips last year came courtesy of pounding the rock on the ground, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t get the job done in the passing game.

Redskins Nation—here is your first glimpse at Morris’ first NFL receiving touchdown and the debut of his video game homerun celebration.

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RG3’s Speed Highlights Madden 25 Trailer

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 25, 2013 – 12:32 pm

Madden Cover

See this picture above?

It’s not happening.

With yesterday’s announcement that Detroit Lions legend Barry Sanders is the cover athlete for Madden 25, Redskins Nation and Robert Griffin III fans can officially breathe a sigh of relief.

The Madden Curse, which is indeed a real thing Redskins fans, will not be coming to the Nation’s Capital and it will not be hanging over the head of No. 10.

Let’s face it, the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year would be a prime candidate for a video game cover. He was on the cover of NCAA Football 13 with Sanders, has what some would describe as “video game speed”, and will no doubt be a fan favorite for gamers to use.

But the cover of Madden?

No thank you.

While Griffin III isn’t showcased on the cover this go around, it doesn’t mean that he won’t be the star of the show.

Check out this trailer of Griffin III in the first look of Madden 25:

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RG3, Rice in Sweet 16 Matchup for Madden

Posted by Stephen Czarda on March 28, 2013 – 3:08 pm

Robert Griffin III

Another week, another opponent defeated by Robert Griffin III in the Madden 25 cover bracket. In Griffin III’s round of 64 matchup against fellow NFL sophomore gunslinger Ryan Tannehill, the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year took home nearly 90 percent of the vote.

In his second round duel against another 2012 NFL Draft first round pick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, Griffin III got over 75 percent of the vote to catapult him into a Sweet Sixteen matchup against another tailback.

Unlike the first two rounds where he was pitted against men who only had one year’s experience on the professional level, Griffin III is going up against seasoned veteran Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens.

Redskins fans may remember Rice from his cameo at FedExField this past December. Those same fans will also remember that the Redskins would crush the hopes of any Baltimore fans that traveled to Redskins territory that day after the Burgundy and Gold would add the Ravens to their list of team’s defeated during their epic late-season winning streak to end to the 2012 campaign.

Find out how Griffin III stacks up against Rice and why you should continue to help him move on to the next round in the bracket.

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Fans Excited For Orakpo’s Madden Defeat

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 29, 2012 – 2:48 pm

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Redskins fans have rightfully earned the reputation as some of the most-loyal in all of sports, showing constant Washington patriotism.  So it’s not everyday that Redskins Nation rallies to gleefully crush one of their players in a national contest.

But they did it in the best interests of that player, Brian Orakpo, who made it to the round of 32 in the Madden ’13 Cover Bracket, before getting smoked by Victor Cruz.  Although Orakpo won’t have the exposure of the Madden cover, fans realize that he’ll continue his dominance only if he stays healthy.

Evidently, Redskins Nation isn’t in the mood to tempt the Madden Curse, with the mere suggestion sending fans into a tizzy.  Here is a sampling of blog comments from the stories:

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A Redskins Dilemma In Madden Cover Vote

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 23, 2012 – 12:21 pm

Last week, I wrote about the EA Sports/Sportsnation Madden bracket to determine the next NFL player that will grace the cover of Madden ’13.  Redskins fans could choose between top Redskins nominees Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, and see if they might make it through the field of 64 to No. 1.

In that post, I encouraged fans to vote, but reminded them that the Madden Curse is an actual thing, and that fans run the risk of inadvertently dooming their favorite player to injury and soul-crushing failure on the field.  I just pass along the information, you do what you will with it.

As a result, I got torched by commenters and re-tweeters, who accused me of indirectly or deliberately sabotaging the team.  The outcry was candid enough that it caught the attention of Orakpo, who thanked fans for their concerns (it was later retweeted by Kerrigan):

Orakpo was later voted through to the round of 32, earning a 15 seed going up against a No. 2.  The dilemma for superstitious Redskins fans is that that No. 2 seed is Giants receiver Victor Cruz.

Would Redskins fans dare vote for a division opponent in the interests of keeping Orakpo healthy? Would voting for a division opponent guarantee that he gets cursed?

Redskins fans have every right to be careful with their vote, with catastrophic career meltdown on the line.  Here’s a comprehensive review of your options:

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Final 2011-12 Redskins Madden ’12 Update

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 12, 2012 – 5:52 pm

For all of you that waited so patiently for the season-ending Madden ’12 Redskins roster updates, this post is for you.

Over the course of the season, the fine folks at EA Sports made literally thousands of tweaks and adjustments to the virtual rosters, keeping them as close to the genuine article as possible.  Over the course of the season, there have been exactly 271 modifications to the Washington Redskins virtual roster, given to you on a week-by-week basis.

Yes, I counted them by hand.

With all of that being said, here are the final Redskins updates for this season: Read more »

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Redskins Week 16 Madden ’12 Updates

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 24, 2011 – 9:56 am

Good morning Redskins gamers, and welcome to virtual and actual gameday–here are your virtual Redskins’ updates.  For some of you, this has been a weekly update that you can apply to your own Madden franchise throughout the season.  For others of you, this is a preview of what Santa will be delivering later tonight.

I could reveal which of you will be getting the game, but that would ruin the surprise.

The Redskins have had one of the most active rosters in the league for the second half of the season, which has been consistently reflected with the virtual Redskins as well.

Check out the full list of Redskins roster moves and alterations this week: Read more »

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