Madden 16 - Pro 10 - AFC Recap
We’ll start with the AFC east which has been a competitive division this year; I’m sure Joe will be happy with his 1st season as the Jets managing to clinch the division with 9-7 record. Chris Ivory was the work horse of this offense, with Geno having an average season. But it was Revis and Co. on defence that kept this team competitive. He’ll face Cardy’s Ravens in the wildcard round. If he can limit the mistakes with Geno, I feel he has a great chance of winning this with that defence.
Next up is Shmarky, who has had an up and down season. If you ask him the game is scripted to an outcome that he can guess. Not so sure about that but with a division record of 5-1 he’ll look to bounce back next season and I’ll be surprised if he’s not challenging for the top spot.
The surprise this season has been Shatners, often the joke of a division but not this year. He took the Patriots with the number one pick and has been no pushover. A disappointing end has seen his record turn but a highlight for him has to be a win over Evo’s Titans. Which I’m sure once that mic was off; he was doing the whip & Nae Nae around the living room.
Finally we come to our dear old Hubble, with his first crack at Madden on the Xbox one it was always going to struggle, but he managed to get a win over division rival Shatners and came close in some other games. He now focuses on the off season and dusts off that trade value chart, this is Hubble’s favourite time on Madden & with the number one pick – don’t be surprised if some insane trade appears. If only you had a 2nd round pick.
Next we move onto the AFC West, and the man at the top - as to be expected is Rainbow Doc. With a talented roster was always going to boss this division going unbeaten in all 6 games. But he didn’t always get his way outside the division with some surprising losses one of which against Milo’s Bungles. But even with the outstanding record it wasn’t enough, losing out to a first round bye to Rayski’s Browns. Which leaves him a tough wildcard game against divisional rival TJ, I’m looking forward to this one as both teams should start to know each other now, but has Peyton got enough left in the tank.
TJ went with his heart when he picked the Raiders, and has put together a respectful first campaign. A 10-6 record was enough to see him in the wildcard spot, but with a long term injury to RB Murray he’s struggled to find a replacement. This has meant leaning heavily on the stud rookie WR Cooper who has had a great year. He’ll face a tough matchup in the wildcard and will need his game to be on point if he’s to be victorious against Doc’s Broncos.
Another up & down season from Dan’s Chiefs, having a bad start but turning things round winning 7 of 8 games. But losing QB Alex Smith to a long term injury would soon damper any hopes of the team seeing the playoffs as he’d then go on to struggle with make shift replacements that wouldn’t get the job done. I expect Dan to regroup and put together a successful second campaign.
Finally Tripperman’s Chargers who have struggled at times, the highlight of the season was breaking the single season rushing record with Melvin Gordon. But being in a competitive division with these other coaches it was always going to be tough. But on a positive note has some nice pieces to work with moving into next season and with a good draft may see him higher up the pecking order in the AFC west.
We have two teams representing the AFC north in the playoffs. First up - Rayski’s Dawg pound.
He took the decision early on not to go with QB Johnny “Football” and traded for Hundley. Who has had an impressive first season, throwing for over 4000yds and 30TD’s. But it was the lack of running game that let him down, so when AP hit the market he quickly moved in on probably the trade of the year. This helped him to secure the division title and see him with a first round bye. I expect Ray to challenge all the way to the final dance, especially now he has that power running game.
Next up is 1st year coach Cardy, who has had an impressive first term. Being new to the league I didn’t know what to expect from him but a respectful 10-6 see’s him into the playoffs beating some formidable opponents along the way. He’ll face up against Joe’s Jets in a game I’m looking forward to watching. Cardy will need to bring his ‘A’ game though if he’s to continue on this impressive rookie season.
Milo and his Bungles or otherwise known as ‘Mr.500’ has put together a respectful but lacklustre season. The talent on that team I’d have had him challenging for the division, but it just hasn’t happened for him. Maybe the lack of a QB hasn’t helped – as it didn’t take long to abandon ship on Dalton. But it’s been that defence that’s been stout for him and kept him competitive in most games. He may look to address the QB issue in the off season, and putting up a better playoff run.
Finally Sparky!! Who started off so well, going on an unbeaten 5 game run to start. Was he suddenly a Madden baller, had he been pulling the wool over our eyes all these years? The answer was unfortunately – No. As the wheels fell off after a close game with ZoSo’s Cardinals. He would then go on to win only one more game against divisional rival Milo, which must have felt good. But that wouldn’t be enough to help rid the disappointment of losing that positive start. He’ll look to regroup and recapture some of that form he had early on for next season.
What looked to be the “Division of Death” hasn’t quite panned out like that. KingJimi has pretty much had this division and conference sewn up from the start. He addressed the lack of a QB straight away when he made the move for Bree’s. A number one defence and MVP Foster have allowed him to put together an impressive run, only losing once to BTG. But a fire burns deep inside Jimi for him to win that inaugural first super bowl after bowing out several times. Will all those countless hours watching Zfarls and SGibs be enough to see him win one!?
Toploaders Jags have done better than expected; everyone scoffed when he took them so early on in the team draft. But the Jags have a young talented roster and should progress quite well. Rookie Dante Fowler having a monster year with 18 sacks!! I must admit though I thought the Jags would be bottom of this division, but they only just missed out on the playoffs. Maybe a season too early, but expect him to be challenging Jimi for that top spot next season.
Danny’s season probably hasn’t lived up to his own expectations. Games he’d of thought he’d won he lost. Part of that was maybe down to him not being able to play so many games, something he’ll look to address. Luck had a good year though throwing for over 4000yds and 35 TD’s. He had big wins against Doc and BTG but ultimately wasn’t enough to see him in the playoffs. Danny heads into the off-season with a lot of cap space and I’m sure we’ll see him improve next year.
Finally Evo! I’m sure he’ll be disappointed with his 4-12 finish. He hasn’t quite made the transition over from Madden 15 to 16 as well as he’d like. Some might say he’s lost some love for the game. But don’t count out this former Xpress giant, I’d expect him to be back with vengeance next season as he looks to build that average Titans team and claim back his AFC south.