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Gaming Around the League: Madden ’11 and The Bears

Graham Bennett grew up with a controller in his hand, having spent most of his youth playing Combat, Super Mario and even spending two years of his high school career in the fantasy world of EverQuest. Thankfully in college he found sports gaming and as they say, the rest is history.

In a series preceding the August release of Madden 11, he’ll be venturing around the league, analyzing each team’s off seasons and how it will affect that team’s overall abilities in Madden 11. Today, he’ll be taking a look at the Chicago Bears.

Graham Bennett grew up with a controller in his hand, having spent most of his youth playing Combat, Super Mario and even spending two years of his high school career in the fantasy world of EverQuest. Thankfully in college he found sports gaming and as they say, the rest is history.

In a series preceding the August release of Madden 11, he’ll be venturing around the league, analyzing each team’s off seasons and how it will affect that team’s overall abilities in Madden 11. Today, he’ll be taking a look at the Chicago Bears.

We all know the Bears are a team with a rich tradition for hard-nosed running attacks and brutal defense. It would look as though Lovie Smith and the rest of the Bears front office would like to continue this tradition with a small draft class that favors the defense as well as a couple of big bruising free agents.

The Bear’s first draft pick, Major Wright will likely have a high awareness rating for a rookie (mid-high 70s) and his overall will probably put him into contention with the current starters and add some much needed depth to the position.

The remainder of the Bear’s draft picks will likely have overall Madden ratings in the 60s by virtue of being selected late in the draft. Note that this overall rating is only in effect before the NFL season kicks off because EA will provide roster updates throughout the year to keep up with the real team. If Joshua Moore or J’Marcus Webb end up stepping up into a starting roll and really lighting up the league, their stats will increase to compensate as long as you can go online and download the updates.

What should really make Bears fans happy about this off season is their moves in free agency. The addition of Chester Taylor will help back up Matt Forte, especially in Franchise Mode where your injuries last longer than the game you’re playing, and adding Julius Peppers whose Madden 10 rating at the end of the year was 93, creates all kinds of options for defensive schemes to employ.

With Peppers on one end and Adewale Ogunleye on the other, you might want to consider changing your default playbook to include a mix of 4-3 and 3-4 schemes. Given the Bears’ depth at linebacker, being able to switch between these different looks could give you an edge on an online opponent who isn’t the best at his pre-snap reads.

On the offensive side, Matte Forte is still probably going to be your bread and butter and in the passing game you’ll be going to Greg Olsen and Devin Hester more than anyone else the management didn’t bolster the receiving corp much this off season.

At QB, Dan LeFevour is probably going to be in the 60s at the beginning of the season and only increase if he sees playing time and takes advantage of it. Thankfully, Jay Cutler is a skilled athlete who is going to be in the low 80s consistently, regardless of real-life play due to his strong arm and natural athletic abilities.

In Madden 11, the Bears’ overall will likely go from 75 to 80-85 and you can expect to win a number of Super Bowls in your franchise mode without having to turn the difficulty down to Pro.


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One Response to “Gaming Around the League: Madden ’11 and The Bears”

  1. Why would Adewale be lining up opposite of Peppers? Ogunleye is a UFA and most likely won’t be with the Bears next season and even if he will be he won’t sign until all roster moves are probably final for Madden ’11.

    Did you mean to say Idonije who will be playing opposite Peppers or maybe even Mark Anderson. Don’t be surprised if you hear the name Henry Melton before to long in that spot.

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