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Wanna win?  Virtually all coaches agree that winning the turnover battle is the single most important statistic used to determine the outcome of football games.  Madden games aren't any different.  The team that turns the ball over the least is usually the victor.  On the flip side, forcing turnovers on defense earns extra possessions and scoring opportunities for your team while decreasing the same for your opponents.  Simply put, playing good defense means taking the ball away from your opponent.

 

Kickers are the highest scoring players in the history of the NFL.  Check it out.  The leagues scoring record holders are virtually all kickers. Madden scoring records, not so much.  Madden players don't use their kickers to get points even when they are well within range in fourth and long.  Daring, but not necessarily smart.  After all, they don't call it football for nothing. 

 

People have been playing Madden head-to-head for more than 20 years, but nothing turns the line between gamesmanship and sportsmanship on its ear more than online play. Before Madden NFL 2003, players needed to be in the same room to play. Friends played friends. Taking a lopsided losses were just part of the Madden experience.  Head-to-head Madden games were truly a character building social engagement.  But online play has changed the way we think about playing each other.

 

There's never a good time to fumble. Madden players know that maintaining possession wins football games; putting the ball on the ground is the quickest way to lose. Running the ball might seem to be the best method of maintaining control of the rock, but a hard hit could easily jar the ball loose and change the equation of the game. Using the cover ball button helps, but even it's effect is minimized late in the game when fatigue is a factor. This tip, sent in by legacy member "MaveDork" details a simple way to manage player fatigue while making fumbles harder to force in the late quarters.

 

Many teams in Madden go unused every year because of the Quarterback.  Some teams have a quarterback so good, not using them is tough; while teams with great defenses and stout run games get passed over because the quarterback is sub-par.  Here’s what you need to focus on to win with a bad quarterback.

 

For this Community Spotlight we spoke to Phil Frazier, who worked for 14 years on the Madden series with several years as Executive Producer about how his Madden passion developed and how life's time challenges can be overcome to improve gamer experiences.  Phil left the EA development team in June 2011, a month before the release of Madden NFL 12.

 

Many factors combine to determine a player's stance on the subject including, but not limited to; football experience, Madden experience, awareness, decisiveness, and mental fortitude. With all the swirling opinions, accusations, and rationalization someone must be right, right? Whom, among ethical Madden players, remains to be the question with which we wrestle.


 

In my personal experience through more than 6000 online games I have learned several lessons about what it takes to fully enjoy playing Madden. Being able to compete is paramount, but being competitive isn't an overnight thing. There are no shortcuts to excellence. It takes effort, dedication, attention to detail, the proper mental perspective, and support. I enjoyed playing Madden, I didn't enjoy losing.  So I set off to find the path to better Madden performance.

 

Over the past 8 years of online play, several Madden communities have come and gone. Subject to closings, mergers, or a mere lack of interest many displaced members of ghosted communities have become new faces in new places. If you've ever wondered "Where are they now?," your questions are being answered.  Our first foray includes an old staple of websites dating back to the early days of online Madden and MaddenMania. Adembroski, now a member of OperationSports.com's robust Madden community agreed to answer some questions for this week's Madden 11 Community Spotlight:

 

Once again the mighty Panthers of TNT713 have returned to MaddenUniversity.com's Game Film featuring real Online Ranked games of Madden NFL 16.  This game features a high speed matchup with UwatchingMe's New Orleans Saints squad complete with hurry-up spread offenses, high pressure defenses, power running, and the battle of wits that makes our competitive juices flow. 

Divided by half, each video is comes with complete commentary from TNT713 as he analyzes the game play and the thought that goes into each play before it is executed.  Dig in and find out how the chess match plays out, play-by-play, in a no holds barred Madden matchup.

 

Our 2nd installment of Game Film for the Madden NFL 16 season features an amazing comeback.  A plethora of silly mistakes placed the Panthers in a hole that required a total team effort to prevail.  The Giants built a huge lead after scoring 28 unanswered points in a 4-minute span to apply serious pressure.  Watch the game and be amazed!

Divided by half, each 720p HD video features original music, commentary, and play art for TNT713's Panthers.  Jump in to find out how this amazing comeback plays out.

 

In this episode of Game Film, we see the Kansas City Chiefs fighting against the Carolina Panthers in an epic defensive battle where neither team can seem to get, maintain, and keep the upper hand.  Scores are tough to come by as each team takes calculated risks to control the ball.  Just as soon as the game turns, momentum shifts, then shifts again.  Until the victor rises in a game that comes down to the final play.  Check out the full game video...

 

In this episode of Game Film, TNT713 is locked in a battle with an opponent with a quick strike offense that puts up some quick scores while forcing some key mistakes that keep the game in doubt until the very end.  Check out the video!

 

In this episode of Game Film from Madden NFL 16, TNT713's Carolina Panthers square off with Ob-WuN's Buffalo Bills in battle of punches and counter-punches.  Neither team can seem to hold maintain a grip on the lead and the game sees several tie scores that last until the very end.  As the action unfolds, key moments increase in intensity and culminate in surprise ending. 

 

In this episode of Gamefilm, TNT713's Panthers face off against gee35056's Steelers in a hard fought game with unique scores, defensive battles, and explosive offensive plays.  The game goes back and forth, through all four quarters, until a defining moment occurs deep into the fourth.  Be sure to watch until the end to see the exciting finale to this ranked online game. 

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