06 Sep 2013
Two very exciting pieces of news this afternoon.
First, we are proud to announce a partnership with EA Sports to bring special Football Outsiders-branded cards to Madden 25 Ultimate Team! Each week, we will be picking out a handful of players who starred in that week's games based not on conventional "fantasy football" stats but on FO advanced stats. It could be a player with a high DVOA/DYAR in a game; a cornerback with strong coverage stats that week; a defensive players with a lot of hits and hurries or Defeats; or a player to be featured in Film Room or Word of Muth. We'll choose these players in conjunction with the Madden 25 team and announce them every week at the end of the DVOA commentary posted on Tuesday afternoons. Then special FO-branded cards for these players with boosted ratings will be available in Madden Ultimate Team card packs starting Friday afternoon.
To kick off our partnership, we're featuring four cards this weekend tied to Football Outsiders' 10th anniversary and the "22 Years of DVOA" series written by Danny Tuccitto:
QB: Tom Brady, all-time best DYAR in a season (card)
RB: Jerome Bettis, 1722 career DYAR (card)
WR: Michael Irvin, all-time best DYAR in a season (card)
TE: Antonio Gates, all-time best DVOA in a season (card)
Yes, I know, some other players might make more sense than Bettis as the running back choice, but unfortunately those players aren't available in MUT, plus this is the first and so far only Bettis card to be released in Madden 25 MUT. Steelers fans are gonna be loving FO.
The other piece of news: I will be on the new Keith Olbermann show on ESPN2 tonight at 11pm EDT to discuss the new NFL season. Come watch!
UPDATE: Here's video!
11 comments, Last at 10 Sep 2013, 8:24pm by Illuminatus
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?