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Top 5 Secondaries in Madden 13 
Posted on August 22, 2012 at 01:15 PM.

Top 5 Secondaries in Madden 13

While predicting the top 5 secondaries in Madden 13, I took into account the combination of individual player attributes as well as the depth of the cornerbacks and safeties on each team. The starting lineups I have listed here reflect the best potential Madden lineups and may not mirror real-life starting secondaries.

#5 - Baltimore Ravens


Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard

The Ravens boast the NFL's best ball-hawking safety in Ed Reed. The new ball-hawking feature in Madden 13 should make Reed users very happy this year. An argument can be made that Lardarius Webb was the best cornerback in football last year, but his virtual success depends on how much love he gets with his individual ratings. Jimmy Smith is a tall, physical corner, but a low awareness may hurt his Madden production. Bernard Pollard is the weak link of the group, as he is mostly a run-support safety with weak pass coverage ratings. Notable Madden subs: CB Cary Williams, CB Corey Graham

#4 - New York Giants


Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Antel Rolle, Kenny Phillips

The Giants have some depth at cornerback and can field a strong nickel lineup with CB Terrell Thomas. Corey Webster is a solid corner who just misses elite class status, and Prince Amukamara has the size and ratings to be a Madden playmaker. Safeties Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips form a strong duo, with Rolle excelling in coverage and Phillips offering a balanced attack in both coverage and run support. Notable Madden subs: CB Terrell Thomas

#3 - Cincinnati Bengals


Leon Hall, Dre Kirkpatrick, Reggie Nelson, Taylor Mays

The Bengals possess the most versatile secondary in Madden 13. Cornerbacks Leon Hall and Dre Kirkpatrick excel at both press and zone coverage. Reggie Nelson should benefit from the new ball-hawk feature, and Taylor Mays always ranks among the highest-rated safeties in speed and hit power. If manually controlled, Mays can make an impact. What sets the Bengals' secondary apart from most teams in Madden 13 is that they are loaded at the cornerback position in a pass-heavy league. Nate Clements, Terrence Newman, Jason Allen, and even Adam Jones could potentially start on other teams in the NFL. The Bengals will possess the strongest dime package in Madden this year. Notable Madden subs: CB Nate Clements, CB Terrence Newman, CB Jason Allen, CB Adam Jones, FS George Iloka

#2 - Philadelphia Eagles


Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Kurt Coleman, Nate Allen

From a talent viewpoint, the Eagles have the second-best starting cornerback tandem in the NFL and the ratings will display that in Madden. Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are at their best in man-coverage and users would be wise to use them for such. Safeties Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen are solid, and can be allowed to free-roam more than most NFL safeties. The Eagles have an average nickel corner in Joselio Hanson, and go two-deep at the safety positions with O.J. Atogwe and Jaiquawn Jarrett. Notable Madden subs: CB Joselio Hanson, FS Jaiquawn Jarrett, SS O.J. Atogwe

#1 - New York Jets


Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell

It seems fitting that the best secondary in Madden has the best cover-corner in the NFL. Users can leave Darrelle Revis on an island in man-to-man coverage, which should free up a safety to roam or help in run support. Opposite of Revis, Antonio Cromartie's size and hands should make him a ball-hawking demon in Madden 13. LaRon Landry possesses fantastic speed and hit power from the free safety position, and Yeremiah Bell should excel in run-support while he plays alongside Revis. Cornerback Kyle Wilson is above average as a nickel man. Notable Madden subs: CB Kyle Wilson, FS Eric Smith

Honorable Mention Secondaries: Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs

Who do you think are the top 5 secondaries in Madden 13?
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