25 Feb 2014
This week's FO content in Madden 25 Ultimate Team celebrates some of the top defenders in a stat we call Defeats. Defeats combine three different types of plays:
Lavonte David of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers led the NFL with 49 Defeats in 2013, which amazingly is the second-highest total we've ever measured, going back to 1996. David broke the record for linebackers, 45 by Ray Lewis in 1999, and overall trails only J.J. Watt, who blew past the previous record with 56 Defeats in 2012. David's 49 Defeats included:
7 sacks (David gets a full Defeat for two half-sacks)
3 tackles for loss after receptions
17 tackles for loss on runs
8 tackles to prevent third-down conversion on run (2 were also TFL)
1 tackle to prevent fourth-down conversion on run
8 tackles to prevent third-down conversion after reception
2 PDs to prevent third-down conversion
Thomas Davis of Carolina was second this year with 37 Defeats. Here are the other players with at least 30 Defeats:
NaVorro Bowman, SF, 35
J.J. Watt, HOU, 35
Luke Kuechly, CAR, 34
Alec Ogletree, STL, 34
Robert Quinn, STL, 33
Daryl Smith, BAL, 33
Robert Mathis, IND, 32
Karlos Dansby, ARI, 31
Kevin Burnett, OAK, 30
Stephen Tulloch, DET, 30
T.J. Ward led all safeties with 26 Defeats. Tramon Williams led all cornerbacks with 21.
To celebrate the top players in Defeats, we'll have special elite FO versions of Lavonte David (96 OVR) and Thomas Davis (92 OVR) in Madden 25 Ultimate Team packs this Friday. There will also be a special Buffalo version of London Fletcher (94 OVR) to celebrate his 38 Defeats in 2006, which is tied for the ninth highest total all-time.
If you want to get one of these players early, you can get a special All-Pro Bundle right now in the Madden 25 Store, which comes with a guaranteed Football Outsiders player topper.
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