Madden NFL 18 (Review)

Football is back and we all know that means is that Madden is back. Madden NFL 18 is the first installment that have the Frostbite Engine inside the game. Also, this is included “Longshot”, the first story mode in Madden. With all that said, is Madden 18 good? Yes, it is and it’s better than Madden 17.

Positives

  • Presentation is life-like

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Frostbite Engine has improved the graphics in a incredible fashion. From stadiums to field, everything is looking fantastic than ever. B

  • Running game is improved

Last year in Madden 17, elusive running backs were kind of useless because jukes and spins were hard

  • Open-field blocking awareness is better

Finally, open-field blocking is fixed. Now, on runs and screens, wide receivers has better intelligence when blocking instead of running past the defenders to allow the tackle.

  • Longshot story mode is fun

I really enjoy the Longshot story mode. At first, I didn’t know how to feel about because the story doesn’t carry into the NFL. However, this story is really good.

  • Addition of in-game adjustments

 

  • Different game styles

In this year, Madden introduce different game styles: Arcade, Simulation, Competitive. I discussed about this in my article. With my experience, I enjoy all of them. My favorite is competitive because I feel that it rewards you for your user skills.

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Negatives

  • MUT Draft

MUT Draft or “Draft Champions” is still fun. Now with five extra rounds, it’s more enjoyable than ever. However, my complaint is that there is no unranked mode anymore. This is probably not a problem for some people but I don’t like the idea to buy tickets to play MUT Draft. The game mode is still fun and I recommend to try it.

  • Lack of gameplay in “Longshot”

As I like said, I enjoy the “Longshot” story mode but my problem is the lack of gameplay in some scenes. For example, I wish we could have more gameplay in the combine such as participating in the 40 yard-dash and other drills. I do love some of the drills they have. I just wish there were more.

  • Target Passing

I feel that “Target Passing” is a waste of a feature. At first, I was really to try this out. After I tried it, I don’t like it at all. The controls are confusing for to use and it takes too long to execute it. By the time I figure it out where to throw the ball, I get sacked or the defender there to deflect the pass. I feel that they should bring back “QB Vision” instead of this feature. Maybe somebody find a way to use it but I can’t do it.

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  • Minor glitches

Like every video game, Madden 18 have plenty of glitches that are either small or game-breaking. For me, I have my game crashed a couple times. I say that this need to be fix in the next patch.

Conclusion

All in all, Madden NFL 18 is better than Madden 17. EA Sports actually listen to the community and did a good job with this.

Rating: 8.5/10

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2017 NFL Season Predictions

MVP: Tom Brady

Coach of the Year: Jack Del Rio

Defensive Player of the Year: Khalil Mack

Rookie of the Year: Myles Garnett

Offensive Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers

Divisional Leaders:

NFC East: Dallas Cowboys (11-5)

NFC West: Arizona Cardinals (12-4)

NFC North: Green Bay Packers (12-4)

NFC South: Atlanta Falcons (13-3)

AFC East: New England Patriots (15-1)

AFC West: Oakland Raiders (11-5)

AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

AFC South:  Houston Texans (10-6)

Bold Predictions:

  1. Cam Newton will have a MVP-Caliber Year

2. Ezekiel Elliott will have a 2,000 yard season

3. Cleveland Browns will make to the playoffs

Top 10 Worst NFL Uniforms

Hello, my name is Anthony Payton and today I’m here to discuss to my top ten worst uniforms in the NFL.  Here, we going to see some of the ugliest, oddly-choice uniforms I ever seen.

10. Miami Dolphins Dark Blue Jersey (2004)

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This uniform was never worn on the field but was sold in stores and in ESPN NFL 2K5. Despite that, this jersey is bad because it doesn’t match the Dolphins color scheme.

9. New Orleans Saints Gold Jersey

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Also, this is also called the Brown Mustard Jersey from fans and critics. This jersey with the black pants is really an eyesore to look at.

8. Seattle Seahawks Lime Green Jersey

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Before the last year’s Color Rush uniform, Seattle released this jersey in 2009 and never came back. This uniform was ridiculed by fans and analysts across the country. However, I have a soft spot for this jersey and only like it during night games.

7. Minnesota Vikings Yellow Jersey (2003) (2011)

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6. Jacksonville Jaguars Color Rush Jersey

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When the Color Rush uniforms was revealed from all teams, the Jaguars was deemed as the ugliest of all of them. the loud gold jersey with the half-gold helmet makes it a monstrosity to look at.

5. Green Bay Packers Throwback Jersey

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The rest of list is going to consist of throwback jerseys. Throwback jerseys are the worst because the designs is only fitting for that time when they were available. Green Bay’s uniform is one of them by having navy-blue jersey with tan colored pants.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers Throwback Jersey (2009-2016)

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The “Bumblebee” jersey is an infamous jersey in NFL history. The black-and -yellow stripes  on the jersey is a big eye opener for everybody. Sadly, this uniform was discontinued in 2016.

3. Denver Broncos AFL Throwback Jersey (2009)

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In 2009, we had the 50th anniversary of AFL, where we saw the retro uniforms from teams such as the Titans and the Patriots. Then was saw the Broncos’ retro jersey and this is the definition of ugly. The uniform looks like a rotten banana with stripes.

2. Philadelphia Eagles Throwback (2007)

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All I want to know is who’s idea was to bring back this jersey. I remember when I was ten years old watching football. When I saw these uniforms, I was confused on who was this team. The Eagles color scheme is Green and grey but they decided to go back when the Eagle were bright yellow and baby blue. This is one of the ugliest uniforms I ever seen.

1. Chicago Bears NFL 75th Anniversary (1994)

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Similar to the Broncos’ uniform, this jersey was brought back during 75th anniversary of NFL. Of all uniforms throughout the Bears’ long history, the organization chose these jerseys. Not only the stripes are louder than loud, but they have the number on the upper-right corner of the jersey. Also, you really can’ tell who they are.

 

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All uniform are owed by the National Football League (NFL)

 

 

Top Five Players in the NFL in each position

Hello, my name is Anthony Payton and here’s my Top Five players in the NFL in specific position. My list is based on stats and impact the players have on the team and the league.

QB

5. Drew Brees, Saints

4. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

3. Matt Ryan, Falcons

2. Tom Brady, Patriots

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Honorable Mentions: Dak Prescott, Derek Carr, Cam Newton

RB

T-5: Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys) and Jordan Howard (Bears)

4. Devonta Freeman, Falcons

3. David Johnson, Cardinals

2. LeSean McCoy, Bills

1. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers

Honorable Mentions: Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Thomas Rawls

WRs

5. Deandre Hopkins, Texans

4. Jordy Nelson, Packers

3. A.J. Green, Bengals

2. Antonio Brown, Steelers

1. Julio Jones, Falcons

Honorable Mentions: Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham, Jr., Amari Cooper

TEs

5. Jason Witten, Cowboys

4. Martellus Bennett, Packers

3. Jimmy Graham, Seahawks

2. Delanie Walker, Titans

1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

Honorable Mentions: Anthony Fasano, Tyler Eifert, Jordan Reed

DEs

5. Jadeveon Clowney, Texans

4. Cameron Wake, Dolphins

3. Oliver Vernon, Giants

2. Khalil Mack, Raiders

1. J.J. Watt, Texans

Honorable Mentions: Cliff Avril, Danielle Hunter, Joey Bosa

DTs

5. Fletcher Cox, Eagles

4. Damon Harrison, Giants

3.  Kawann Short, Panthers

2. Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers

1. Aaron Donald, Rams

Honorable Mentions: Calais Campbell, Ndamukong Suh, Geno Atkins

OLBs

5. Chandler Jones, Cardinals

4. Bruce Irvin, Raiders

3. Vic Beasley, Jr., Falcons

2. Sean Lee, Cowboys

1. Von Miller, Broncos

Honorable Mentions: Anthony Barr, Brian Orakpo, Clay Matthews

MLBs

5. Ryan Shazier, Steelers

4. Thomas Davis, Panthers

3. Jordan Hicks, Eagles

2. Luke Kuechly, Panthers

1. Bobby Wagner, Seahawks

Honorable Mentions: Alec Ogletree, Kwon Alexander, Paul Posluszny

CBs

5. Patrick Peterson, Cardinals

4. Marcus Peters, Chiefs

3. Brent Grimes, Buccaneers

2. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Giants

1. Malcolm Butler, Patriots

Honorable Mentions: Richard Sherman, Janoris Jenkins, Darius Slay, Xavier Rhodes

FSs

5. Reggie Nelson, Texans

4. Harrison Smith, Vikings

3. Eric Weddle, Ravens

2. Earl Thomas, Seahawks

1. Eric Berry, Chiefs

Honorable Mentions: Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, Byron Jones, Darrien Stewart

SSs

5. Rashad Jones, Dolphins

4. Quintin Demps, Bears

3. Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles

2. Kam Chancellor, Seahawks

1. Landon Collins, Giants

Honorable Mentions: Morgan Burnett, T. J Ward, Barry Church