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MJD, A. Johnson still alive for Madden 12

3/28/2011

First-round results of the competition for the cover of Madden 12 are in.

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew advanced with a strong showing against Indianapolis defensive end Dwight Freeney, 66 percent to 34. Jones-Drew now takes on Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles.

My thoughts: It’s hard for defense to win here. Of six defenders in the tournament, only one advanced -- San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis. And he didn’t beat an offensive player, he beat a gimmick entry, Seattle’s 12th Man.

Houston receiver Andre Johnson is also in the second round after a 69-31 win over Tennessee running back Chris Johnson. Andre Johnson advances to face Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick, who had the second biggest win in his route of Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Ware.

My thoughts: How the mighty have fallen. A year ago, I think CJ would have put up a much better fight. Andre Johnson is a quiet superstar, and a worthy second-round presence. But I predict he gets crushed by Vick.