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TOP 5 FREE SAFETIES IN MADDEN NFL 17

The signal callers of the defensive secondary. Free safeties are often times the last line of defense.

Here are the top-rated free safeties in Madden NFL 17.

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TOP 5 CORNERBACKS IN MADDEN NFL 17

Lockdown corners are needed to combat the high power passing offenses of the league.

Here are the top-rated cornerbacks in Madden NFL 17.

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TOP 5 OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS IN MADDEN NFL 17

Outside linebackers are becoming more important to the success of defenses around the league. Their versatility allows defensive coordinators to use them in multiple ways whether it be in pass coverage or rushing the passer.

Here are the top-rated outside linebackers in Madden NFL 17.

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TOP 5 DEFENSIVE TACKLES IN MADDEN NFL 17

Defensive Tackles play a vital role in the success of defenses around the league. They have the ability to disrupt the run game and pressure quarterbacks up the middle of the field on a every down basis.

Here are the top-rated defensive tackles in Madden NFL 17.

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MADDEN NFL 17 | ADDITIONAL GAMEPLAY IMPROVEMENTS: ZONE COVERAGE

In addition to all of the improvements made to the running game, we’ve also given you more tools on the defensive side of the ball on Madden NFL 17 on Xbox One and PlayStation®4. Zone coverage is fundamental to pass coverage in the NFL. In Madden NFL 17 we’re propagating a core piece of technology we call “Behavior Coordinator” to our zone coverage defenders – more on that below.

Prior to Madden NFL 17, our zone coverage logic was written independent of the play. Simply put, our zone assignments didn’t work together and therefore had no concept of a global scheme. It was a priority based system that evaluated the coverage level of each receiver in order to determine who to pick up. Additionally, we only had three underneath zone coverage assignments (flat, curl flat, and hook) and we had to use those three assignments in a variety of coverages, that in real life, ask the players carrying out those assignments to do drastically different things.

When we began to discuss the improvements made to the QB AI in Madden NFL 16, we detailed our new AI architecture called “Behavior Coordinator”. Behavior Coordinator gives us the ability to create new sets of behaviors for a given situation. At the beginning of the Madden NFL 17 production cycle we decided our underneath zone coverage was the next logical choice that would benefit most by the new AI architecture.

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MADDEN 17 GAMEPLAY DEEP DIVE – DEFENSIVE GAPS AND RUN FITS

Defensive AI has gotten a complete reboot in Madden 17 for both run defense and pass defense.  Not only has the coverage gotten an overhaul, but for the first time in Madden history, the defense will have a Defensive Gap control system that makes defending the run more engaging and authentic.

When implementing the run fits system, we installed it the same way the defensive coordinators install their defenses in the NFL – Alignment, Assignment and Technique – and what this amounts to is every defender on the field having a specific job to do on each play the user calls.

ALIGNMENT

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How Linebackers are Rated in Madden NFL 25

What tight ends are to offense, linebackers are to defense. Linebackers are asked to run sideline-to-sideline to clean up ballcarriers in the run game, cover tight ends and WR’s in the passing game and also be a disruptive pass rusher.

The top five linebackers in Madden NFL 25 do everything at an elite level. There’s a mix of ferocious sack artists including Von Miller, Aldon Smith, and Clay Matthews, as well as tackling machines like Patrick Willis and Lance Briggs.

Denver Broncos OLB Von Miller highlights the group as the highest rated linebacker in Madden NFL 25. He’s got the best Finesse Moves and Ball Carrier Pursuit in the game, both at 99, and his speed rating of 88 essentially makes him the defensive version of Michael Vick in Madden NFL 2004.

Here’s a look at what these ratings do inside of Madden NFL 25:

FINESSE MOVES (FMV)
– Finesse move-groups are: Spin, Swim, Hand Knock-Down, Speed Rush
– Determines the chance a defender gets flattened by the blocker
– Determines defenders skill vs. blocker’s skill for success of finesse moves
– AI uses FMV vs. Power Move rating to determine which move-set is used
– Determines the max time taken to perform successful finesse move

The combination of elite speed and devastating pass rush moves that players like Von Miller, Clay Matthews and Aldon Smith possess will help extinguish a vertical passing attack in Madden NFL 25.

Did you Know: FMV is also used in combination with power moves vs. pass block ratings to determine whether the defender or blocker has the advantage when matching an impact block.

The key cog of a great defense is the middle linebacker. While the outside backers get the accolades for sacks and coverage, the Mike backer does the grunt work to stop the running game. No player personifies this trait more than Patrick Willis, who has amassed more than 100 tackles in five of his first six NFL seasons. Willis has an innate ability to pursue the ball and arrive with explosive intentions.

Madden Ratings Czar Donny Moore on Willis: “Nobody takes better angles to the ball carrier than Patrick Willis. In Madden NFL 25, he rates 98 in Pursuit. And with sub-4.5 speed that shows up even faster on Sundays, he has a 90 speed rating.”

To fit the mold of an All-Pro middle linebacker, it’s critical find the ball and make the tackle. Here’s how pursuit works in gameplay:

PURSUIT (PUR)
– Determines amount of time it takes to change direction while chasing the ball carrier
– Determines the chance for a hit stick when chasing the ball
– Determines how quickly a player update his pursuit path relative to the ball carrier
– Determines how quickly a player can break out of chasing the ball carrier

With guys like Willis and Smith on the squad, it’s easy to see why the 49ers will be one of the most used teams in Madden NFL 25. When you’re playing against these guys, you better get your throws out quickly and cover up the ball because they can make it a very long day for your offense.

Did you Know: Pursuit is used in combination with tackle and awareness ratings to determine the chance of committing a facemask penalty.

The top five linebackers in Madden NFL 25 can do it all. If you plan on shutting down offenses like the spread, read option or ground-and-pound, having a few utility knives on your defense is a great way to start.

Madden NFL 25 Defensive Player Ratings

EA SPORTS has revealed the Madden NFL 25 player ratings for defense today. The top five defensive players at each position are below.

Click here to see the full list of ratings for every player in Madden NFL 25. Fans can also check out the offensive ratings roundup.

DEFENSIVE LINE
1. J.J. Watt (99)
T-2. Cameron Wake (97)
T-2. Geno Atkins (97)
4. Muhammad Wilkerson (96)
5. DeMarcus Ware (94)

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year was a no-brainer for a 99 rating after racking up 20.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and perhaps most impressive of all, 16 passes defended last season. Watt brings 97 Strength, 99 Power Moves and 98 Block Shedding to the table.

LINEBACKERS
T-1. Von Miller (97)
T-1. Patrick Willis (97)
T-3. Aldon Smith (95)
T-3. Clay Matthews (95)
5. Lance Briggs (94)

Von Miller made his second consecutive Pro Bowl last season after finishing the year with 18.5 sacks and fix forced fumbles. His 88 Speed, 99 Finesse Moves, and 99 Pursuit Ratings make him nearly unstoppable around the edge.

SECONDARY
1. Darrelle Revis (97)
T-2. Richard Sherman (96)
T-2. Eric Weddle (96)
T-4. Charles Tillman (95)
T-4. Jarius Byrd (95)

New uniform, same shutdown corner. Despite injury, Darrelle Revis is still the top-ranking DB in Madden NFL 25 thanks in part to his 93 Speed, 98 Man Coverage and 94 Zone Coverage.

For a complete list of Madden player ratings, click here.

Rating Defensive Linemen in Madden NFL 25

“Defense wins championships.” Every year, this belief is floated around the NFL by fans and experts alike. However, many agree with Warren Sapp that the saying is largely a myth. As Sapp once said, “Defense doesn’t win championships… but it will give you a chance.”

In Madden NFL 25, the top five defensive linemen are some of the most disruptive forces in the game. J.J. Watt, Cameron Wake, Geno Atkins, Muhammad Wilkerson and Demarcus Ware provide the right toolset to shut down the running game, as well as steady pressure on the quarterback. Let’s take a look under the hood at the ingredients of these defensive stalwarts. Continue reading Rating Defensive Linemen in Madden NFL 25

NBA 2K For Dummies, Guide To Basketball! (Courtesy Of DCT124)

Tired of sucking at NBA 2k12, don’t understand ON BALL DEFENSE or how to play it. Need to learn how to run plays, set screens, dominate in the post, confuse people in the zone or get them on their heels in the triple threat. TSG member & 2k veteran DCT124 has scoured all of YouTube and put together the learning video playlist of all playlists or as he calls it NBA2K FOR DUMMIES! In these videos you will learn all you need about NBA 2k12, game concepts & basketball in general. From Da Czar to Michael Jordan himself this is the definitive guide to go from chump to champ on your way to NBA dominance. Check out his guide HERE, feel free to leave your comments below.