'Madden 12' Team Ratings: NFC South

July, 29, 2011
07/29/11
1:23
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By Jon Robinson
Madden NFL 12EA SportsLook for the Panthers to play better than their rating suggests.

ESPN.com and EA Sports conclude our exclusive look at the "Madden NFL 12" overall team ratings with the NFC South. But when it comes to the "Madden" ratings, while the team numbers are coming to an end, starting Monday we will be breaking down the ratings for every player in the game, two teams per day, starting with the AFC East. Until then, check out how EA Sports sees the NFC South playing out.

Atlanta Falcons: 87
Roddy White (96 overall, 92 speed) and Julio Jones (78 overall, 94 speed) provide Matt Ryan with plenty of firepower from the outside, while Michael Turner (93 overall) and Jerious Norwood (95) are just the type of one-two punch from the backfield "Madden" gamers live for.


New Orleans Saints: 85
Drew Brees has three receivers with over 90 speed to throw to, and a rookie runner in Mark Ingram who struts onto the field with 95 toughness and 87 trucking. Talk about a team that can drive a defense crazy.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 84
When I got the ratings, one of the first things I looked up was LeGarrette Blount's jump rating (84), but it's his 98 trucking ability that will make him a "Madden" favorite up the middle.


Carolina Panthers: 72
Cam Newton is going to be a handful for virtual defenses. Check these numbers: 83 speed, 94 acceleration, 97 throwing power, 81 throwing accuracy. Should make Steve Smith a happy man.


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