Top 5 Defensive Ends in 'Madden NFL 12'

August, 5, 2011
08/05/11
2:57
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By Jon Robinson
Madden NFL 12EA SportsGood luck trying to block Haloti Ngata in "Madden 12."

Want to crush the quarterback so bad, EA Sports has to bring back the "Madden" ambulance just to pick up the pieces? These are the guys to do it, as ESPN's Gamer Blog and SportsNation team up to breakdown the Top 5 defensive ends in "Madden NFL 12" according to the raw numbers supplied to us exclusively by the EA ratings guru himself, Mr. Donny Moore.

Haloti Ngata: 97

When Haloti Ngata goes into beast mode, I almost expect the polygonal quarterbacks to break into pieces like when I slice Darth Vader up in "Lego Star Wars." (Hmmm, "Lego Madden," anyone?) Anyway, Ngata hits opponents with 99 strength, 96 tackle, 95 toughness, 95 power moves, 99 block shedding, and 85 hit power. Man, that Ravens D is nasty in "Madden 12."

Julius Peppers: 95

Madden NFL 12EA SportsJulius Peppers has the kind of speed gamers love from a DE.

With 85 speed, 96 acceleration, Julius Peppers storms the backfield faster than any other lineman in the game (it doesn't hurt that he also has 86 power moves and 96 finesse). And once Peppers gets into the face of the ball carrier, boy does he know what to do, especially with that 88 hit power and 87 pursuit.

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