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Madden NFL 11 Team Popularity Leaderboard Depends On Where Randy Moss Is This Week

Madden NFL 11 players are front-runners just like all video game players, but if there's anything they like more than playing as a really good team, it's playing as a really cheap team. The New York Times breaks down, week-by-week, the teams most likely to be used online, and it's pretty much just a chart of Michael Vick's return to prominence.

That and a chronicle of which team had the most famous deep-threat wide receiver at any given point this year.

My least favorite thing about football video games is how easy it is to complete long passes. It's been that way ever since Tecmo Bowl and that one John Elway game where you had to click where you wanted the ball to go while time stood still. Even if you have the God-given talent to win the national championship on Heisman difficulty while running the air raid at Georgia Tech (/points at self), there's still little reason to do anything but bomb it deep on every play, other than forcing yourself to keep your own disbelief suspended.

Rants aside, this chart shows how Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens combined to make the Bengals one of the most-used teams at the beginning of the year, each Randy Moss team's usage spiked during his brief time on campus, and Vick Vick Vick Vick Vick.

Sure, the most fun anyone has ever had while playing a football video game was Madden 04, when Vick treated every opponent like the 2010 Washington Redskins, but it's just not the same with him in that green jersey.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.