Madden 20: All the best (& worst) teams to play with online, in Franchise Mode, and rebuild

Forget OVR, these are the teams you want to use, and avoid, on Madden 20.


Madden 20 has put a fresh importance on player OVR, which has seen some improvements to how players perform, but there are still plenty of lower OVR gems around that you can use to rebuild your franchise.

The same holds for teams. Each franchise receives a team OVR as well as an offense and defense score, but these can be misleading and don’t really tell you enough about how each team might play when you jump into an online game or decide which team to start your franchise mode with.

Don’t fear though, we’ve got you covered. These are the best teams for each situation in Madden 20.

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Best Team: Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have had the most stacked roster in the NFL for a few years now. They used that to claim their first Super Bowl in February 2018, and while they struggled the next season they still have a roster that is high in starter-quality and depth.

The Eagles quality starts up front, with some amazing linemen on both sides of the ball. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (96 OVR) and end Brandon Graham (89 OVR) anchor the defense while Jason Kelce (94 OVR), Brandon Brooks (90 OVR), and Lane Johnson (89 OVR) are all terrific blockers.

That allows quarterback Carson Wentz (82 OVR) the time to strike deep to DeSean Jackson (85 OVR) and Alshon Jeffery (87 OVR) or let Zach Ertz (93 OVR) to create space underneath. The running backs are a deep group, headlined by Jordan Howard (80 OVR) and Corey Clement (75 OVR), with rookie Miles Sanders (72 OVR) an exciting prospect for the future.

On defense the strong defensive line helps cover for some shortcomings at linebacker, but the cornerback depth chart is strong, headlined by Ronald Darby (82 OVR) and Avonte Maddox (78 OVR) while Malcolm Jenkins (92 OVR) roams deep to take away the ball at every chance.

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Best Rushing Team: Dallas Cowboys

This shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Ezekiel Elliott’s potential holdout doesn’t effect Madden, so the Cowboys star back is available and deadly. With terrific agility (95), break tackle (91), stiff arm (93), and juke move (94) he can frustrate a defense single-handedly. Fortunately, he isn’t alone.

Dallas’ offensive line is superb. Left tackle Tyron Smith (92 run block), center Travis Frederick (95 run block), and right guard Zack Martin (97 run block) are all elite players at their position, and if you flip Martin to left guard then you have a mobile, hostile, brick wall that will crush every defense in front of it.

Elliott’s backups don’t have a high OVRs, but Tony Pollard (93 speed, 82 juke move) is a nice option, and QB Dak Prescott (82 speed, 75 elusiveness) can run a bit too, making option plays a viable tactic.

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Best Passing Team: New Orleans Saints

Being a great passing team on Madden is about more than just the quarterback, but fortunately in this case he is pretty great too. Drew Brees (99 short accuracy, 93 throw under pressure) is an assassin in the pocket, and he has the weapons and support to carve up a defense.

Michael Thomas (98 catching, 95 short route) is one of the best receivers in the game and young enough to play for a long time if you use the Saints in franchise mode. The other big weapon is Alvin Kamara (83 short route, 77 catching), who is an elite receiving back in Madden and an absolute nightmare for defenses.

Behind Thomas is the deep threat of Ted Ginn Jr (92 speed 87 deep route) and the reliable hands of Cameron Meredith (90 jumping, 88 catching). At tight end Jared Cook (89 catching, 82 short route), while not elite, is a strong option who can separate from the defense and take advantage of the space Thomas creates.

The Saints also have a strong offensive line that can keep the pressure off Brees. With the bookend tackles of Terron Armstead (91 pass block) and Ryan Ramczyk (88 pass block) they can keep Brees upright all day.

If you like sitting in the pocket and passing all day then this is the team for you.

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Most explosive offense: Kansas City Chiefs

Of course this is the Kansas City Chiefs. It starts with their quarterback Patrick Mahomes (96 throw power, 94 deep accuracy), who is the top-rated passer in the game, and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (99 speed, 99 acceleration) who is the fastest player in the game.

Behind those two is the highest-rated tight end Travis Kelce (93 catching, 88 short route) and explosive running back Damien Williams (90 speed, 88 juke move). Rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman (95 speed, 92 acceleration) can take advantage of the holes Hill & Kelce will create, while veteran receiver Sammy Watkins (91 speed, 91 acceleration) has enough about him to make plays too.

The only downside here is that the Chiefs offensive line is not great, but Mahomes has the agility (88) and speed (81) to escape pressure and can still deliver pin-point passes on the run (97).

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Best defensive team: Chicago Bears

This is a close battle, with the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos coming to taking the crown, but it is the overall package of the Chicago Bears that takes it in Madden 20.

The headliners are pass rusher Khalil Mack (97 power moves, 92 finesse moves), star safety Eddie Jackson (96 zone cover, 78 catching), and shutdown corner Kyle Fuller (95 zone cover, 85 man cover).

Behind that trio is the hoss Akiem Hicks (91 block shed, 88 power moves) and Eddie Goldman (92 tackle, 90 play recognition) that will shut down the run and depth at linebacker. Leonard Floyd (88 acceleration, 84 pursuit) can drop off or rush, while Danny Trevathan (85 pursuit, 82 tackle) is a thumper and Roquan Smith (91 acceleration, 89 speed) is a superb user linebacker.

Prince Amukamara (83 zone cover, 78 man cover) is a nice #2 corner, while Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (82 zone cover, 74 tackle) is a good strong safety.

From top to bottom this defensive unit is stacked with talent and elite players that can crush the quarterback and generate turnovers.

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Toby Durant

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Deputy Editor at RealSport. A life-long gamer, I have been with RealSport since 2016 and spent time covering the world of Formula 1, NFL, and football for the site before expanding into esports.

 

I lead the site's coverage of motorsport titles with a particular focus on Formula 1. I also lead RealSport's Madden content while occasionally dipping my toe into Football Manager and esports coverage of Gfinity Series events.

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