Every week we argue and discuss the Madden NFL 12 ratings on Game Changers Radio and every week Aaron Boulding talks about the ratings debate in his weekly blog. This week is Thanksgiving week but that doesn’t matter, everyone has an opinion on how these ratings affect the Madden NFL 12 landscape and what real life performances deserve video game boosts.
This week in his weekly blog; Aaron Boulding continues to talk about defensive lineman being clutch, the new future rivalry in the form of Detroit vs. Carolina, Blount’s “Beast Mode” TD run against the champion Packers, Mark Sanchez’s inability to respond in a game, and other topics that are well deserved of a read.
I want to just touch on a couple of Aaron’s topics, with the first one of defensive lineman being clutch. I think defensive lineman can be clutch. DEs like Jared Allen always seem to come up with a big sack when his team needs it and I think Justin Smith is on the verge of being a clutch defensive lineman. In the article Aaron talks about Justin Smith batting the ball down on a 4th down TD pass that saved the 4ers against the Giants, but I also want to point out weeks earlier when the 49ers were playing the Eagles that Smith was the lineman 15 yards down field to cause a 4th qtr. fumble on Jeremy Maclin and stop the Eagles a chance at winning that game late. So I agree with Aaron, don’t discount these lineman cause 1 more play like that from Smith this year and I’d be all for giving him a clutch rating.
LaGarret Blount’s 54 TD Run was reminiscence of Marshawn Lynch’s signature TD run against New Orleans last year in the playoffs. Blount’s TD run had a little bit of everything. He showed strength, carry, stiff arm, trucking, elusiveness, agility and all of those should go up two points. It wasn’t only that run though, he had been running strong and hard all game. As suggested in the article, his trucking is already at a 98, let’s go ahead and move him to 99. Blount is a force in Madden NFL 12 also as I have witnessed first hand how unstoppable he can become if you give him room and short yards. In real life though I thought the Bucs did a pretty good job at playing with the Champs at first but they are who we thought they are; World Champions, and it’s going to take more than a beastly run to dethrone the Packers this year.
Well that’s it for this week for me but read Aaron’s article and join in the discussion every Tuesday night on Game Changers Radio.
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