'Madden NFL 12' Cover Vote Update

March, 23, 2011
03/23/11
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By Jon Robinson
Chris JohnsonStephen Dunn/Getty ImagesChris Johnson needs his fans to vote in full force if he still wants to be on the cover of "Madden 12."

Chris Johnson is one of the top running backs in the history of the "Madden" video game. He's the reason people play as Tennessee and the flashy force behind thousands of dollars wagered on a nightly basis online and in living rooms across the country based on that blazing speed. And it's because of this fan loyalty, I thought he'd make it pretty far in the "Madden NFL 12" cover vote hosted by ESPN's SportsNation.

But so far, CJ2K's fans just haven't shown up as I checked the latest voting results, and Johnson is losing to Andre Johnson of the Texans by a near 70-30 margin. Wow.

Another shocker is the fact that Tim Tebow, the man who was leading the NFL in jersey sales as a rookie, is losing to Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs, 64.9% to 35%. What happened to all of those Tebow fans out there? Are we seeing a fan backlash against the quarterback? Should EA Sports have went with Brandon Lloyd for the cover instead?

And while there are a lot of blowouts in the voting (Matt Ryan, Vick, and Rodgers are dominating!), there are a couple of close races to keep an eye on.

Most notably, the Patrick Willis vs. 12th Man vote, and the shockingly close Mark Sanchez vs. Jake Long battle. In checking the numbers, Willis leads by only four percentage points over The 12th Man, while Sanchez holds a narrow 54.7% to 45.2% lead over Long. With a few days left to vote, both of these contests could go either way.

Don't like these results? Want to see your favorite player advance? There's still time to cast your vote for the "Madden NFL 12" cover athlete. This year, the curse is up to you.

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