[Ed. Note: ESPN.com and EA Sports are releasing the exclusive "Madden NFL 12" player ratings two teams at a time through August 22. Please keep in mind that the rosters for some teams are wrong due to the NFL lockout. But don't worry -- when the game hits stores on August 30, EA will already have an online roster update ready to transform every squad to their most current lineups.]
Today, we head to the NFC North and take a look at the Lions and Bears.
Look for the Lions to be a lot of fun this year thanks to a defensive line that is going to knock around the offense like few others in the game. Suh and Fairley can disrupt the timing of any play by penetrating the backfield, not to mention, have the power and hit stick skills to make for some serious virtual pain.
As for the Bears, this is a team built for "Madden." Just look at that speed from their wide receivers: Knox (97), Hester (98). Add in Forte's running ability and Cutler's arm strength, and you have an offense that can do a lot of damage in the game.