Last week, EA Sports, the company which produces the wildly successful Madden video game franchise, announced a new way to determine who will be this year’s cover boy – a fan vote.
EA picked 32 players – one from each team – and then seeded them in a bracket, matching players against someone from their division in the opening round.
Danny Woodhead is the Patriots’ representative in the contest, and today moved on to the round of 16 by besting Bills’ receiver Steve Johnson. Woodhead claimed 62 percent of the vote.
He now moves on to face another receiver — the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks. Nicks topped the Redskins’ Brian Orakpo 61 percent to 39 percent.
Of course, there are some who believe that there’s a “Madden curse” – that the player featured on the cover is prone to injury or poor play in the season in which he’s cover boy. The Vikings’ Daunte Culpepper (2002) threw 23 interceptions and had 23 fumbles; Michael Vick (2004) broke his leg in the preseason and missed the first 12 games of the year; Donovan McNabb (2006) tore his ACL. So if you believe in the curse, maybe you don’t want to vote for Woodhead after all…
Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez topped Dolphins’ tackle Jake Long in the other AFC East vs. AFC East matchup. Sanchez now faces the Saints’ Drew Brees.
Former Boston College star Matt Ryan of the Falcons claimed the biggest first-round win, claiming 89 percent of the vote against Panthers’ tackle Jordan Gross.
Voting for this round has opened; click here to access the page.