Welcome to the annual cycle preview column! In this column we will break down the top teams to use for franchise in this up coming edition. We will also give you the top 3 players on each team as well as the salary cap information! At the end of the column we will have a mock team draft based on the current lottery chances. I will also be providing links to full ratings in the article. Enjoy!

Here we are, another year and another Madden release! It seems to be coming faster and faster every year right? Well as a new edition of Madden is released, a new season of MOF also coincides. This will be our 62nd season as we keep trucking along. This article will be as about in depth as they come regarding the release rosters, salary cap numbers, and team overalls. Remember these ratings will change with the first roster update, but i'm sure it won't change too much for this article to be irrelevant.

Sports Gamers Online came through once again with a very in depth article and youtube video on each team. They break each team down by cap space, youth power index, adjusted qb, and much much more to give you a full list of which teams are top to use in the upcoming franchise. You can check the article below, but we got alot of our content from this article and we will be ordering these teams not by overall but by their T4Verts analytical breakdown using all 11 data points:

by Commissioner Jeff
August 25, 2021

32. Detroit Lions (78.2):

The Lions are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to Madden 22 Franchise, with their only bright spot being their draft capital grade(first). Offensive weapons(31), defensive coverage(31), and defensive athleticism(30) all rank 30th or worse and have 5 other categories 20th or worse. This is a traditional strip down and rebuild team only having one category above rank 16.

Offense: 75 Overall
Defense: 74 Overall
C - Frank Ragnow: 88 Overall
TE - T.J. Hockenson: 85 Overall
RE - Michael Brockers: 82 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $68.8m

31. Atlanta Falcons (78.6):

The Falcons', from a franchise perspective, problems begin with their 22nd ranked adjusted quarterback and 28th ranked cap availability. Matt Ryan and his contract don't set them up well, but it gets worse being set up with lackluster weapons, ranking 21st and an atrocious offensive line, ranking 29th. They do have an athletic offense, ranking 10th, which is their second highest ranked group, behind draft capital(6th). The defense is one of the worst in the game, only having one thing ranked above 16th: defensive athleticism.

Offense: 79 Overall
Defense: 73 Overall
WR - Calvin Ridley: 88 Overall
RE - Grady Jarrett: 88 Overall
MLB - Deion Jones: 86 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $58.9m

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (80.1):

The Jaguars secured their franchise quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, or so they hope, which landed them at rank 7 for adjusted qb. Outside of that, they rank 9th in draft capital and 11th in cap and then everything else is 12th(O-line) or lower. The defense ranks 26th or worse in every group, besides defensive athleticism which ranks 17th.

Offense: 76 Overall
Defense: 75 Overall
MLB - Myles Jack: 86 Overall
HB - James Robinson: 86 Overall
CB - Shaquill Griffin: 85 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $45.3m

29. Chicago Bears (80.3):

Da Bears are as old as their nickname, ranking 29th in youth power index, which ranks your teams age based on productive players. They have youth, but not productive youth based on ratings, and pair that with an offense with above 25th in every group, besides adjusted qb (15th), you get the 29th worse team. The defense, on the other hand, ranks 4th or higher in two categories: optimal rush(4th) and run defense(2nd).

Offense: 73 Overall
Defense: 87 Overall
LOLB - Khalil Mack: 96 Overall
WR - Allen Robinson II: 90 Overall
FS - Eddie Jackson: 89 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $39.8m

28. Houston Texans (80.3):

The Houston Texans come in at rank number 28, with their highest group being adjusted quarterback which is ranked third. Now outside of that they only have one other bright spot on their team and it is defensive athleticism, which is ranked 6th. Their offense has 2 things ranked 23rd or worse, offensive line (23rd) and weapons (29th). Now on the defensive side of the ball, they have two things ranked 31st or worse. Coming in at 31st ranked is their optimal rush and ranked 32nd is their rush defense. The rating is carried by Deshaun Watson and the athleticism of their defense.

Offense: 78 Overall
Defense: 72 Overall
QB - Deshaun Watson: 90 Overall
LT - Laremy Tunsil: 89 Overall
WR - Brandin Cooks: 85 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $45.9m

27. Cincinnati Bengals (81.5):

The Bengals have 4 highlights of their team: cap space(8th), draft capital(11th), youth power index(4th) and defensive coverage(7th). The rest of the teams rankings are mediocre to poor, with the next highest group being adjusted quarterback which is ranked 16th.

Offense: 74 Overall
Defense: 74 Overall
FS - Jessie Bates III: 91 Overall
HB - Joe Mixon: 88 Overall
WR - Tyler Boyd: 85 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $43.8m

26. Indianapolis Colts (81.5):

The Colts have the 5th ranked cap, 6th ranked offensive line, 3rd ranked ypi and then mediocre everything else. Adjusted quarterback is is their lowest group which is ranked 30, then they have solid rush defense (12th). Their lack of offensive athleticism (30th) and adjusted quarterback is what weighs them down to the 26th spot.

Offense: 75 Overall
Defense: 78 Overall
LG - Quenton Nelson: 95 Overall
DT - DeForest Buckner: 92 Overall
LOLB - Darius Leonard: 89 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $39.5m

25. Las Vegas Raiders (81.8):

The Raiders whole offense is ranked top 10, besides adjusted quarterback (19th) and offensive line (22nd). Now on the defensive side of the ball they are ranked 30th or lower in all but one category, coverage (21st). They are an offensive heavy team, but with the 9th ranked cap space making moves on defense should be easy.

Offense: 82 Overall
Defense: 75 Overall
TE - Darren Waller: 93 Overall
HB - Josh Jacobs: 89 Overall
LG - Richie Incognito: 89 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $44.1m

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (81.8):

A defensive heavy team with the 3rd best cap after year one when Ben Roethlisberger's contract is up. Adjusted quarterback is ranked 31st, which leads to a replacement being needed early. Their front seven carries the team, per usual, with their optimal rush being ranked first and rush defense ranked 3rd.

Offense: 74 Overall
Defense: 88 Overall
LOLB - T.J. Watt: 94 Overall
RE - Cameron Heyward: 92 Overall
FS - Minkah Fitzpatrick: 89 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $59.1m

23. Arizona Cardinals (82.1):

A team with a bunch of aging stars, they are led by their 2nd ranked optimal rush. Their adjusted quarterback rank is 10th and offensive line is ranked 13th. The weaknesses of the team is their offensive athleticism, weighed down by the running back group, which is ranked 32nd.

Offense: 83 Overall
Defense: 84 Overall
WR - DeAndre Hopkins: 98 Overall
LOLB - Chandler Jones: 94 Overall
LE - J.J. Watt: 94 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $31.1m

22. Minnesota Vikings (82.1):

The Vikings are led by their 7th ranked offensive weapons, and 9th ranked offensive athleticism. Their rush defense is ranked 7th as well, while their optimal rush is ranked 17th as Danielle Hunter will need a running mate.

Offense: 77 Overall
Defense: 81 Overall
HB - Dalvin Cook: 95 Overall
DT - Michael Pierce: 91 Overall
SS - Harrison Smith: 90 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $46.1m

21. Los Angeles Rams (82.3):

The Rams are carried by their defense to the 21st spot. Their defense is ranked 15th or better in everything, besides optimal rush (22nd) which is in need of help alongside Aaron Donald.

Offense: 81 Overall
Defense: 83 Overall
CB - Jalen Ramsey: 99 Overall
RE - Aaron Donald: 99 Overall
WR - Robert Woods: 87 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $22.6m

20. Tennessee Titans (82.3):

The Titans come in ranked 20th, carried by their explosive offense, having the 4th ranked weapons. When it comes to defense everything is ranked 11th besides coverage (30th). The Titans youth power index is ranked 32nd, so it seems developing the youth on the team is needed.

Offense: 87 Overall
Defense: 80 Overall
HB - Derrick Henry: 96 Overall
WR - Julio Jones: 95 Overall
FS - Kevin Byard: 88 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $53.0m

19. Carolina Panthers (82.4):

The Panthers are ranked 6th in youth power index, 4th in weapons, and then middle to back of the pack in everything else. Adjusted quarterback is ranked 26th, so keeping or replacing Sam Darnold becomes a necessary decision. The offensive line is ranked 21st, rush defense 24th and coverage 28th.

Offense: 71 Overall
Defense: 76 Overall
HB - Christian McCaffrey: 97 Overall
LE - Brian Burns: 87 Overall
WR - Robbie Anderson: 87 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $96.5m

18. Seattle Seahawks (82.9):

The Seahawks come in with the 6th ranked cap space, 5th in Adjusted quarterback and 6th in rush defense. 29th in draft capital, as they're still seeing effects from that Jamaal Adams trade. They have the 10th ranked offensive weapons and 13th ranked coverage.

Offense: 85 Overall
Defense: 77 Overall
QB - Russell Wilson: 94 Overall
MLB - Bobby Wagner: 92 Overall
SS - Jamal Adams: 90 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $39.6m

17. New Orleans Saints (83.0):

The Saints have the 31st ranked cap space, 23rd ranked draft capital and 29th ranked adjusted quarterback. Those are important together, because the two biggest needs is the acquisition of a quarterback and another corner.

Offense: 80 Overall
Defense: 83 Overall
LT - Terron Armstead: 95 Overall
WR - Michael Thomas: 94 Overall
HB - Alvin Kamara: 94 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $59.6m

16. New York Jets (83.3):

The Jets are setup to do anything you want. With the 2nd ranked cap space and draft capital, paired with the 8th ranked youth power index, they can easily be retooled to fix their 32nd ranked weapons rank. The back end of their defense is ranked 29th and their defensive athleticism is 24th, they remain carried by their front 7. Their optimal rush is ranked 10th with their rush defense being 19th.

Offense: 69 Overall
Defense: 74 Overall
DT - Quinnen Williams: 86 Overall
SS - Marcus Maye: 85 Overall
RE - Carl Lawson: 83 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $48.9m

15. Dallas Cowboys (83.4):

The Cowboys are cap strapped, being ranked 30th, but having an offense ranked top 15 in everything. Their offensive line is first, weapons 11th, 14th in athleticism, and sixth in adjusted quarterback. The defense is a different story only having one thing in the top 15, which is defensive athleticism (15th). Their coverage rank is 32nd and rush defense is 16th.

Offense: 88 Overall
Defense: 76 Overall
RG - Zack Martin: 98 Overall
WR - Amari Cooper: 92 Overall
LT - Tyron Smith: 91 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $20.2m

14. New York Giants (83.5):

The Giants are a well balanced team, having a weapons rank of seventh, offensive athleticism rank of 2nd and coverage rank of eighth. Their draft capital is fourth and youth power index is fifth. The offensive line is ranked 31st, though, and the rest of their defense is 24th or worse.

Offense: 72 Overall
Defense: 82 Overall
HB - Saquon Barkley: 90 Overall
CB - James Bradberry IV: 90 Overall
WR - Kenny Golladay: 85 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $38.4m

13. Miami Dolphins (83.8):

The Dolphins are ranked first in cap space, 5th in draft capital, 5th in defensive coverage and 7th in defensive athleticism. The youth power index is ranked 30th, but they have youthful backups at almost every position outside of corner, who can develop.

Offense: 70 Overall
Defense: 79 Overall
CB - Xavien Howard: 91 Overall
CB - Byron Jones: 88 Overall
WR - Will Fuller V: 85 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $41.1m

12. New England Patriots (84.5):

The Patriots, per usual, rank first in defensive coverage. They also have the second ranked offensive line, while every other rank is middle of the pack. They have a young rookie quarterback in Mac Jones and newly acquired weapons both at receiver and tight end as well.

Offense: 78 Overall
Defense: 86 Overall
CB - Stephon Gilmore: 97 Overall
FS - Devin McCourty: 92 Overall
TE - Hunter Henry: 87 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $32.2m

11. Philadelphia Eagles (84.7):

The Eagles have very effective trenches, with and offensive line ranked fourth and an optimal rush ranked third. They are hindered offensively with nothing beside offensive line ranked higher than 26th(QB).

Offense: 73 Overall
Defense: 77 Overall
DT - Fletcher Cox: 94 Overall
RG - Brandon Brooks: 92 Overall
C - Jason Kelce: 91 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $58.4m

10. Green Bay Packers (85.2):

The Packers kick off the top 10, with their strengths being weapons(5th), coverage(6th) and defensive athleticism(4th). They do have the 32nd ranked cap space, and 26th ranked rush defense which pulls their ranking down. Everything else is around 12th-20th.

Offense: 91 Overall
Defense: 85 Overall
WR - Davante Adams: 99 Overall
QB - Aaron Rodgers: 96 Overall
LT - David Bakhtiari: 96 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $39.3m

9. Los Angeles Chargers (85.4):

The Chargers are consistent across the board, with their highest ranks being cap space(4th), adjusted quarterback(9th), weapons (11th) and defensive athleticism(2nd). Their lowest ranked group is their offensive athleticism(25th). Justin Herbert alongside Keenan Allen and Mike Williams give the chargers a consistent passing attack, but they lack athleticism at offensive skill positions.

Offense: 82 Overall
Defense: 80 Overall
WR - Keenan Allen: 93 Overall
LOLB - Joey Bosa: 92 Overall
SS - Derwin James Jr.: 88 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $42.3m

8. Washington Football Team (85.4):

The Washington Football Team are carried by their defense, nothing ranked below 12th and their highest being optimal rush)6th) and defensive athleticism(3rd). They have the 10th ranked cap space, 7th ranked weapons and 9th ranked offensive athleticism. They are hindered by their 32nd ranked adjusted quarterback and 28th ranked offensive line.

Offense: 76 Overall
Defense: 81 Overall
WR - Terry McLaurin: 89 Overall
CB - Kendall Fuller: 89 Overall
DT - Jonathan Allen: 88 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $40.0m

7. Baltimore Ravens (86.1):

The Ravens feature the seventh ranked draft capital, second ranked adjusted quarterback, sixth ranked offensive athleticism, ninth ranked offensive line and fourth ranked coverage. They do, however, have the 31st ranked youth power index and 28th ranked defensive athleticism.

Offense: 91 Overall
Defense: 85 Overall
LT - Ronnie Stanley: 93 Overall
CB - Marlon Humphrey: 92 Overall
QB - Lamar Jackson: 91 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $53.7m

6. Buffalo Bills (86.3):

The Bills have a top 5 offense, with their rankings being carried by adjusted quarterback(5th), weapons(6th), offensive athleticism(5th) and offensive line(16th). Their defensive ranks are low 20's, but their coverage comes in at third.

Offense: 86 Overall
Defense: 82 Overall
WR - Stefon Diggs: 97 Overall
CB - Tre'Davious White: 93 Overall
QB - Josh Allen: 88 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $31.4m

5. Denver Broncos (87.0):

A true defensive team, with their highest rankings being optimal rush(8th), rush defense(4th), coverage(2nd). Offensively they are high teens and low 20's, but have an offensive athleticism rank of fourth.

Offense: 72 Overall
Defense: 86 Overall
LOLB - Von Miller: 93 Overall
FS - Justin Simmons: 91 Overall
CB - Kyle Fuller: 87 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $48.5m

4. Kansas City Chiefs (87.1):

The Chiefs are offensive juggernauts, with every offensive ranking being top 10. Their highest are adjusted quarterback(1st), weapons(2nd), and offensive athleticism(1st). Their offensive line comes in ranked 10th, which is a huge improvement over last year. Defense is severely lacking, but does have an optimal rush rank of 15th and coverage rank of 14th.

Offense: 96 Overall
Defense: 78 Overall
QB - Patrick Mahomes: 99 Overall
TE - Travis Kelce: 99 Overall
WR - Tyreek Hill: 98 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $19.8m

3. San Francisco 49ers (87.8):

The 49ers are a opposite of the chiefs, being a defensive juggernaut, being ranked top 10 in every defensive category. Their offensive has some bright spots, thou, having the 3rd ranked offensive athleticism and 3rd ranked offensive line. They do have the 32nd ranked draft capital, but 11th ranked adjusted quarterback with game manager Jimmy Garoppolo and promising rookie Trey Lance.

Offense: 80 Overall
Defense: 84 Overall
TE - George Kittle: 96 Overall
MLB - Fred Warner: 94 Overall
LT - Trent Williams: 94 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $41.1m

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (89.5):

Defending Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ranked top 10 in every positional category besides 3. They have the highest rank rush defense, 5th ranked optimal rush, and ninth ranked defensive athleticism. Offensively they have the 3rd ranked weapons group and 8th ranked offensive line. Their adjusted quarterback rank is 17th with Tom Brady always being an avoidable quarterback in franchise.

Offense: 92 Overall
Defense: 90 Overall
QB - Tom Brady: 97 Overall
MLB - Lavonte David: 93 Overall
WR - Mike Evans: 91 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $34.5m

1. Cleveland Browns (90.3):

Topping our rankings is the Cleveland Browns. They have three groups ranked first; youth power index, weapons and defensive athleticism. Their other strengths are their offensive line(3rd), optimal rush(9th) adjusted quarterback(8th) and draft capital(8th). They do have the 25th ranked cap space and 24th ranked offensive athleticism.

Offense: 89 Overall
Defense: 79 Overall
RE - Myles Garrett: 98 Overall
HB - Nick Chubb: 96 Overall
WR - Odell Beckham Jr.: 89 Overall
2021 Salary Cap: $20.7m

Madden '22 - Team Mock Draft

The team mock draft is based on the current lottery standings as of Wednesday, August 25, 2021. We will predict in order of chances, although we all know that is not how it will play out when the real draft is here. However, for prediction purposes we will be going 1-32 from top chances to bottom chances. You can view the updated lottery chance board with the link below:


Kansas City Chiefs
Bubba is trying to be in the lead with lottery chances for a reason, and i think this is why. The Kansas City Chiefs are just too damn sexy not to go number 1 overall.
Cleveland Browns
Canesbucs could go a few different ways here, but I think he's going to go with the Browns here, arguably the best franchise to run in the game!
Baltimore Ravens
I think Q is going to pass on his Dallas Cowboys here and go with the Baltimore Ravens, who just fit his style more than any team remaining.
San Francsco 49ers
DoubleD is arguably the best GM in the MOF and grabbing a team that is already set up to win, will make him very dangerous.
Commish Jeff
Los Angeles Chargers
In the first WOW moment of the draft, Commish Jeff will go somewhere other than the 49ers. The Chargers should be around and they are a solid team.
Arizona Cardinals
Something is calling MackDaddy's name and its the Arizona Cardinals! Get ready for pure dominance from one of the greatest coaches the MOF has ever seen.
Buffalo Bills
We will see if Bill can get his Bills this edition, if he is lucky they can fall to him depending where he drafts but they are a top team this game.
Las Vegas Raiders
It's time for Powers to come home. He could go with the Bucs again in this spot, but I think its time to rebuild those Raiders!
Green Bay Packers
Interesting pick here with Enzo at #9 , he could go in a bunch of different ways but he plays the best when he has a top QB, understatement of the year.
New England Patriots
The defending champ Pettigrew, I believe is going to go back to New England to defend his title and build up these underrated Patriots once again.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jfon needs to come back home to Tampa Bay, and while I really doubt the Bucs will last this long, this mock draft has them falling. Luck needs to be on Jfon's side in this draft.
Washington Football Team
I can see Witness going with Washington here, a very good defensive team and a very good defensive coach. It's a match made in Madden heaven.
New Orleans Saints
Coach Doug just needs to get out of a juggernaut division. I believe he will try to go wherever there is the least toughest competition, right now that could be the NFC South.
Jacksonville Jaguars
Dre has made it more than clear that he needs to go back to Jacksonville to finish what he started. DUVALL!
Chicago Bears
The Bears and Remo is like peanut butter and jelly. I don't see any reason why the Bears will go any higher than 15th here, that's if Remo can get a pick this high.
Cincinnati Bengals
The name has to fit eventually right? I can see Bengalsonly going to the Bengals with Burrow and Mixon, great young team.
Tennessee Titans
Youngcat had great success with the Titans early in his MOF career and i can see him going back there with this offense.
Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos are a severly underreated team coming into this edition, with great cap and young talent these guys will be a great value pick.
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Philadelphia Eagles
We don't know much about rookie Mlett other than he likes the Phillies, so i'm going to go out on a limb and say he takes the Eagles here with his pick.
Seattle Seahawks
I would be surprised if Seattle dropped this far, but I've been surprised before. Shawty in Seattle has a nice ring to it.
Dallas Cowboys
I can see Tex going back to Dallas here to redeem himself from last edition, which was not very good for Tex.
Atlanta Falcons
Home cookin for Big Reg once again, this time he doesn't even have to donate to get his team who will go wherever Reg is placed.
Los Angeles Rams
I am willing to bet that Roc's Titans will be off the board by the time his pick comes around, but if the Rams are still around, this is a no brainer pick.
New York Giants
Trig doesnt mind where he picks, has he does well wherever he lands. I think the Giants would be a nice pick for him here at 24 if thats where he ends up picking.
Carolina Panthers
I can see Minden going to Carolina here. They fit his style, great RB, young QB and a decent defense with cap for days.
New York Jets
Unless Portis increases his lottery chances, it looks like his run with Washington will be coming to an end. However, the Jets are a nice team to build and he's great at that.
Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have Dalvin Cook and will need some upgrades at QB. Krayzie and those Vikes are always together, like best friends.
Pittsburgh Steelers
Vlade has been very quiet this off-season and we're hoping he is still with us! Anyway, he's going to have a low pick and Pittsburgh isn't really a bad team.
Indianapolis Colts
I know Goku was looking at those Jets, but with a low pick he'd be happy to land the Colts who have one of the best cap situations in the game.
Miami Dolphins
Slim pickens here towards the end of the draft, but Boobie will be deadly with these Dolphins. If this happens, watch out!
Houston Texans
Hobo only has 2 lottery chances, so it will prob end up in the bottom 3 or 4 picks. Houston has Deshaun Watson, i mean that's something.
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Detroit Lions
Oof. Detroit not only the worst rated team, they are overall the worst team to even start a franchise with. Have fun in D-Town.