Texans Madden 2019 Ratings Released

The Texans Madden 19 ratings were released today. I posted the top players in the image above. Deshaun Watson kind of got snubbed a little bit, but at the same time it’s tough for me to wish for more since the guy only saw about a half season’s worth of action in 2018.

I’ll be rolling with the Texans this fall. I’ll document the games here and post the games on YouTube. It looks like the Texans have a full fledged gamebreaker in Deandre Hopkins; and three defensive players over 90.

Madden Franchise Blog & More

Madden 19 Franchise Deep Dive blog is out. It sounds like it will be another buy for me (along with Red Dead Redemption 2). It should be a good Fall season of gaming for me. I’m rolling with the Texans and Deshaun Watson of course.

Watson had some great quotes in a second article. He responded to a question about pressure – in regards to trying to compete for the MVP and Comeback Player of the Year Award in the NFL.

“I know who I am and what I can do,” is what he had to say. He’s an impressive young man.

Terrell Owens Graces the Madden ’19 Hall of Fame Cover

So I guess this is cool.

Terrell Owens will be on the cover of Madden ’19, or at least the Hall of Fame version of the cover.

This should be great – as more details on the game continue to unfold – we will make them available. When we buy the game and start our franchise with the Houston Texans, we will document some of the games right here.

Madden CFM Online Franchise Update

Here’s your Madden update on my franchise.

I entered Thanksgiving week with a 4-6 record (!) and coming off a two game stretch that Dak Prescott had thrown NINE interceptions. I can’t believe it; but he threw four in a 41-38 loss at Atlanta in the new Falcons stadium, including one that was crippling and lost the Cowboys the game.

In the following week, it was an absolute massacre in Dallas as the Eagles came in and beat the Cowboys up 55-6. The first half ended at 20-6 and then Prescott and the Cowboys were forced to abandon the run to try to get back in the game and throw the ball way too many times. The Eagles secondary played an excellent game and forced Dak into a career-worst five interceptions.

So fast forward to Thanksgiving week. The Los Angeles Chargers came to town with the Cowboys knowing they needed to run the table. The Cowboys got in an early 14-0 hole and had to battle back all day long. At the half, the Chargers led 17-14. From there they trailed 24-14 but charged back to take a 28-27 lead late in the game only to surrender a field goal to Los Angeles to make it 30-28.

Prescott finished 31 of 36 with 5 TD’s and one interception for over 350 yards in one of his greatest games ever. His touchdown strike to Cole Beasley with just over 2:00 to go made for an incredible finish, putting the Cowboys ahead 35-30.

The Cowboys knocked Philip Rivers out of the game on the final drive, but Kellen Clemens led the Chargers down the field and moved the chains. On fourth down from about the 25 yard line, he fired a strike to his receiver and it looked like the Chargers were going in for the winning score. Somehow, the Cowboys defensive backs converged on the receiver at the goal line and kept him out with :00 on the clock in what was a season-saving play for Dallas.

Dez Bryant caught two touchdowns with the second being an incredible leaping grab battling Josh Norman for his 75th receiving touchdown of his career.

The following week, the Cowboys hosted the Redskins on a Thursday nighter with both teams having a 5-6 record. The Cowboys controlled the game with Zeke Elliott and at one point late in the third quarter held a commanding 17-0 lead.

The Redskins at one point trailed 24-3 but the game was far from over. They clawed back with two ‘junk’ touchdowns to make it 24-17. The Cowboys prepared for an onside kick that never happened and Ryan Switzer made a rookie mistake, fair catching the ball at the one yard line and setting up more Dallas drama. With the Redskins stacking for the run, Prescott audibles twice to hit Jason Witten on consecutive throws for a first down that effectively ended the game.

Prescott hit Rico Gathers for his only touchdown pass of the game, and 25th of the season (he has 16 interceptions). He finished the game 28 of 31 for 227 yards. The Cowboys gave the ball to Elliot 24 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns.

Bryant had 8 catches for 80 yards and Witten added 5 catches for 56.

The Cowboys sit at 6-6 with tough games at the Giants and at the Raiders on deck. They’ll have to run the table – with Seattle coming in on Christmas Eve to Dallas and then one would think that the division title will come down to the final weekend in Philadelphia where they could avenge the worst loss at home in franchise history.

Loving Madden 18

So I can’t lie, I really like Madden 18. I started an online franchise with my Cowboys and my friend Corey (Panthers). I am three games in. Here’s a short recap of how things have gone so far – without looking at the exact box scores.

Game 1: Cowboys 25, Giants 16
Dak Prescott has a 300+ yard game, completes something insane like 26 of 30 for 3 touchdowns and 1 interception in the win. Terrance Williams catches two TD’s in the game. I ‘suspended’ Zeke Elliott for two games, so he didn’t play. Owuzie got his first career INT.

Game 2: Broncos 42, Cowboys 28
This one got out of hand. Prescott starts 7 of 8, but throws a pick six to Aqib Talib to open scoring. On the next drive, Von Miller dislocates Prescott’s shoulder on a sack and he’s out four weeks. RGIII is my backup. He enters and is nightmarish. He ends with 266 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 3 INT. Darren Mcfadden and Dez Bryant’s strong play along with some clutch defense get the Cowboys within 35-28 after trailing 35-13 at one point; and the Cowboys get the ball back with under a minute to play. Kellen Moore is subbed in for the injured RGIII and throws an INT to Talib to end the game. Talib had four interceptions on the day.

Game 3: Cowboys 24, Cardinals 16
Kellen Moore is named starter, and the Cowboys re-instate Zeke Elliot. He gets 30+ carries for 140+ yards. Dan Bailey kicks six field goals. The biggest play of the game is on fourth down late in the fourth quarter with the Cowboys down 16-15; Moore hits Elliot out of the backfield for a long touchdown. Moore is surprisingly decent with conservative throws and doesn’t throw an INT in the game. The Cowboys hold on late to hold off a Carson Palmer last minute drive and seal the road victory on Monday Night Football to move to 2-1.