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Division Battle Tournament

By Big Man Mike

               In this theoretical breakdown of a scenario I thought up while incredibly sleep deprived, we’re going to create the best team possible from each division, then seed them and run a tournament in Madden between the teams to see which team comes out on top in the Madden 2019 Simulator. Bold indicates the starter or starters. Wherever there was controversy or a tie between deciding the players, the one with the higher Madden rating won out. If you have any disagreements about the players picked, the seeding, or have an improvement for next season’s rendition, let us know in the comments.

NFC South (6)

QB: Drew Brees, Matt Ryan

RB: Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffery, Devonta Freeman

WR: Julio Jones, Mike Evans, Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin, DJ Moore

TE: OJ Howard, Greg Olsen

FB: Zach Line, Alex Armah

LT: Terron Armstead, Jake Matthews

LG: Ali Marpet, Andrus Peat

C: Alex Mack, Matt Paradis

RG: Larry Warford, Chris Lindstrom

RT: Ryan Ramczyk, Daryl Williams

DE: Cameron Jordan, Vic Beasley, Bruce Irvin

DT: Grady Jarrett, Sheldon Rankins, Ndamukong Suh, Kawaan Short

LB: Luke Kuechly, Jason Pierre-Paul, Deion Jones, Devin White, Lavonte David

CB: Marshon Lattimore, Donte Jackson, Desmond Trufant, Vernon Hargreaves III

FS: Ricardo Allen, Marcus Williams

SS: Keanu Neal, Eric Reid

K: Wil Lutz

P: Thomas Morstead

NFC East (8)

QB: Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott

RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley

WR: Amari Cooper, Alshon Jeffery, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Desean Jackson

TE: Zach Ertz, Evan Engram

FB: Elijhaa Penny

LT: Tyron Smith, Trent Williams, Jason Peters

LG: Connor Williams, Will Hernandez

C: Jason Kelce, Travis Frederick

RG: Zack Martin, Brandon Scherff

RT: Lane Johnson, La’el Collins

DE: Demarcus Lawrence, Brandon Graham, Matt Ioannidis

DT: Fletcher Cox, Daron Payne, Maliek Collins

LB: Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith, Ryan Kerrigan, Leighton Vander Esch, Alex Ogletree

CB:  Byron Jones, Ronald Darby, Janoris Jenkins, Josh Norman

FS: Rodney McLeod, Xavier Woods

SS: Malcom Jenkins, Landon Collins

K: Aldrick Rosas

P: Tress Way

NFC North (3)

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford

RB: Dalvin Cook, Kerryon Johnson, Tarik Cohen

WR: Davante Adams, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Allen Robinson, Kenny Golladay

TE: Kyle Rudolph, TJ Hockenson

FB: Malcolm Johnson

LT: David Bakhtiari, Charles Leno Jr.
LG: Cody Whitehair, Pat Elflein,

C: James Daniels, Garrett Bradbury

RG: Kyle Long, Billy Turner

RT: Brian Bulaga, Bobby Massie

DE: Everson Griffen, Akiem Hicks, Danielle Hunter

DT: Damon Harrison, Kenny Clark, Linval Joseph, Eddie Goldman

LB: Khalil Mack, Anthony Barr, Leonard Floyd, Roquan Smith, Eric Kendricks, Blake Martinez

CB: Xavier Rhodes, Darius Slay, Kyle Fuller, Trae Waynes

FS:  Eddie Jackson, Harrison Smith

SS: Adrian Amos, Quandre Diggs

K: Dan Bailey

P: Pat O’Donnell

NFC West (4)

QB: Russell Wilson, Jared Goff

RB: Todd Gurley, David Johnson

WR: Brandin Cooks, Larry Fitzgerald, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Tyler Lockett

TE: George Kittle, Gerald Everett

FB: Kyle Juszczyk

LT: Andrew Whitworth, Joe Staley

LG: Joseph Noteboom, Mike Iupati
C: Weston Richburg, Justin Britt
RG: Austin Blythe, Justin Pugh
RT:  Rob Havenstein, Mike McGlinchey
DE: Ziggy Ansah, Dee Ford, Michael Brockers
DT: Aaron Donald, DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead,
ILB: Dante Fowler, Fred Warner
MLB: Bobby Wagner, Kwon Alexander
OLB: Chandler Jones, Terrell Suggs
CB: Patrick Peterson, Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, Richard Sherman
FS: Eric Weddle, Buddha Baker
SS: John Johnson III, D.J Swearinger
K: Greg Zuerlein
P: Johnny Hekker

AFC South (5)

QB: Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson

RB: Leonard Fournette, Marlon Mack

WR: DeAndre Hopkins, TY Hilton, Will Fuller, Corey Davis, Keke Coutee

TE: Eric Ebron, Delanie Walker

FB: Cullen Gillaspia

LT: Taylor Lewan, Anthony Castonzo

LG: Quenton Nelson, Roger Saffold

C: Ryan Kelly, Brandon Linder

RG: Mark Glowinski, AJ Cann

RT:  Jack Conklin, Braden Smith

DE: JJ Watt, Calais Campbell, Jurell Casey, Yannick Ngakoue
DT: Marcell Dareus, Margus Hunt, Denico Autry

LB: Darius Leonard, Jadaveon Clowney, Myles Jack, Whitney Mercilus, Wesley Woodyard

CB: Jalen Ramsey, AJ Bouye, Malcolm Butler, Bradley Roby

FS: Kevin Byard, Malik Hooker

SS: Kenny Vaccaro, Tashaun Gipson
K: Adam Vinatieri

P: Rigoberto Sanchez

AFC East (7)

QB: Tom Brady, Josh Allen

RB: Le’Veon Bell, Sony Michel, James White

WR: Julian Edelman, Robby Anderson, Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson, N’Keal Harry

TE: Chris Herndon, Ben Watson

FB: Patrick DiMarco

LT: Laremy Tunsil, Kelvin Beachum

LG: Kelechi Osemele, Quenton Spain

C: Mitch Morse, David Andrews

RG: Shaq Mason, Cody Ford

RT: Marcus Cannon, Ty Nsekhe

DE: Jerry Hughes, Leonard Williams, Michael Bennett, Shaq Lawson

DT: Ed Oliver, Quinnen Williams, Star Lotuleiei, Christian Wilkins

LB: Kiko Alonso, Don’t’a Hightower, CJ Mosley, Lorenzo Alexander, Tremaine Edmunds, Kyle Van Noy

CB: Stephon Gillmore, Xavien Howard, Tre’Davious White, Trumaine Johnson

FS: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jordan Poyer

SS: Jamal Adams, Micah Hyde

K: Stephen Gostokowski

P: Jake Bailey

AFC North (1)

QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Baker Mayfield

RB: Kareem Hunt, James Connor, Joe Mixon

WR: Odell Beckham Jr, AJ Green, JuJu Smith-Schuester, Jarvis Landry, Tyler Boyd

TE: Tyler Eifert, David Njoku

FB: Patrick Ricard

LT: Alejando Villanueva, Ronnie Stanley

LG: Joel Bitonio, Ramon Foster

C: JC Tretter, Maurkice Pouncey

RG: Marshal Yanda, David DeCastro

RT: Orlando Brown, Jonah Williams

DE: Myles Garrett, Carlos Dunlap, Cameron Heyward, Olivier Vernon

DT: Geno Atkins, Brandon Williams, Sheldon Richardson, Michael Pierce

LB: TJ Watt, Joe Schoebert, Patrick Onwuasor, Devin Bush, Christian Kirksey

CB: Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Denzel Ward, William Jackson, Greedy Williams

FS: Earl Thomas, Jessie Bates III

SS: Tony Jefferson, Terrell Edmunds

K: Justin Tucker

P: Sam Koch

AFC West (2)

QB: Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers

RB: Melvin Gordon, Phillip Lindsay

WR: Antonio Brown, Keenan Allen, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mike Williams, Emmanuel Sanders

TE: Travis Kelce, Hunter Henry

FB: Anthony Sherman

LT: Eric Fisher, Trent Brown

LG: Ronald Leary, Dan Feeney

C: Rodney Hudson, Mike Pouncey

RG:  Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Dalton Risner

RT: Mitchell Schwartz, Kolton Miller

DE: Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Frank Clark, Alex Okafor

DT:  Chris Jones, Maurice Hurst, Jerry Tillery, Shelby Harris

LB: Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, Thomas Davis, Vontaze Burfict, Brandon Marshall, Todd Davis

CB: Chris Harris, Casey Hayward, Jason Verrett, Kendall Fuller, 
FS: Kareem Jackson, Juan Thornhill

SS: Derwin James, Tyrann Mathieu
K: Harrison Butker

P: Dustin Colquitt

The Matchups

AFC North (1) vs NFC East (8)

AFC West (2) vs AFC East (7)

NFC North (3) vs NFC South (6)

NFC West (4) vs AFC South (5)

After the rosters and seeding had been settled, the matchups were run in the Madden 19 Simulator.

AFC North (1) 28-17 NFC East (8)

AFC West (2) 24-21 AFC East (7)

NFC North (3) 17-27 NFC South (6)

NFC West (4) 10-21 AFC South (5)

After round 1, the semi-finals were locked in and played in the Madden 19 Simulator

AFC West (2) 17-21 NFC South (6)

AFC North (1) 13-7 AFC South (5)

In the final between the 6 seed NFC South and the 1 seed AFC North, the battle for most stacked division was played out in the Madden 19 Simulator.

AFC North (1) 27-24 NFC South (6)

The AFC North Wins!!!!

Some interesting stats about the games in this tournament

  • Michael Thomas led the tournament in receiving yards with 289 yards
  • Melvin Gordon led the tournament in rushing yards with 267 yards, primarily due to a monstrous 202 yard performance against the AFC East
  • Big Ben threw for 950 yards with 5 TDs and 3 interceptions, with all of his interceptions coming against the AFC South
  • The QBs combined threw for 22 TDs and 19 interceptions. Defense matters
  • Marshon Lattimore and Jalen Ramsey tied for most interceptions with 4
  • Carson Wentz went 7/19 for 108 yards and 2 interceptions for the NFC East
  • Patrick Mahomes threw a game sealing interception to Keanu Neal in the red-zone against the NFC South with just 11 seconds remaining
  • Leonard Fournette finished 6th in rushing yards in this tournament, despite playing one more game than half the teams

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