NFL Jam: Who would have the best team if there was a football version of ‘NBA Jam’?
Football video games have gone downhill ever since EA Sports took over the full rights to the NFL in the virtual world, kicking the fan-favorite “NFL 2K” series to the curb and crushing football fans’ dreams around the globe.
The gaming world thrives on competition, and EA Sports has caught some flack over the years for “phoning it in” at times, knowing they’re the only way for fans to enjoy the action on the field on their Playstation, Xbox, PC or phone.
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But, what if there was a way to spark some interest in football video games again? What if there was a way to tackle the industry head on and add a new flavor to the gaming world?
Enter a touchdown of an idea: NFL Jam.
This idea was sparked by a recent SportsCenter tweet about the best one-two punches when it comes to linebacker-cornerback duos in the NFL, highlighting the new team of Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey out in Los Angeles for the Rams.
Everyone misses playing the classic, 2-on-2 “NBA Jam” games. Now, it’s time to reinvent the football video game as we know it, and trade in the hardwood for some turf.
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Too much work, you may say? Well, we’ve got it all covered like Stephon Gilmore for the Patriots. Too hard to think of the rules for a 2-on-2 football game? It’s time to make it simple.
Each team will get two offensive players and two defensive players in four quarters of any length the user wants. A center will be automatically factored in as a third offensive player to snap the ball and serve as a blocker.
Then, it’s on the player to decide how they want to prioritize each side of the ball. Do you want a running back that can juke out the defenders? How about a tall receiver to throw jump balls to, or a fast receiver to send on streaks against the lone defensive player covering him?
On defense, do you pick a solid pass rusher and a lockdown corner? Or, do you double up the receiver, and force a slower quarterback to make the player?
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Now that the rules are set, it’s time to take a stab at the rosters. Since this game is still in its “early development” stages, if you will, and there’s not a lot of money in the budget to dive in on in-depth rosters, we kept it simple.
Each team’s two best current offensive players and two best current defensive players made it into the game, with some liberties taken on some duos. Then, three legends (with one team featuring four) make it into the game for each team, allowing the player to pick whatever positions they want. There are two legends on one side of the ball, and one on the other, showcasing the historic priorities of each team.
Without further adieu, here’s the roster for “NFL Jam.” Who do you think would come out on top if there was a full season played?
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Offense: Kyler Murray, Larry Fitzgerald
Defense: Chandler Jones, Patrick Peterson
Legends include: Kurt Warner, Aeneas Williams, Larry Wilson
Offense: Matt Ryan, Julio Jones
Defense: Isaiah Oliver, Vic Beasley
Legends include: Michael Vick, Roddy White, Deion Sanders
Offense: Lamar Jackson, Marquise Brown
Defense: Matt Judon, Earl Thomas
Legends include: Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Todd Heap
Offense: Josh Allen, Frank Gore
Defense: Lorenzo Alexander, Tre’Davious White
Legends include: Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas
Offense: Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey
Defense: Luke Kuechly, James Bradberry
Legends include: Steve Smith, Julius Peppers, Muhsin Muhammad
Offense: Mitchell Trubisky, Tarik Cohen
Defense: Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson
Legends include: Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Brian Urlacher
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Offense: Andy Dalton, A.J. Green
Defense: Geno Atkins, Dre Kirkpatrick
Legends include: Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson, Lemar Parrish
Offense: Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry
Defense: Myles Garrett, Denzel Ward
Legends include: Jim Brown, Ozzie Newsome, Otto Graham
Offense: Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott
Defense: DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch
Legends include: Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Troy Aikman
Offense: Joe Flacco, Phillip Lindsay
Defense: Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr.
Legends include: John Elway, Terrell Davis, Champ Bailey
Offense: Matthew Stafford, Kenny Golladay
Defense: Trey Flowers, Darius Slay
Legends include: Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson, Lem Barney
Green Bay Packers
Offense: Aaron Rodgers, Davonte Adams
Defense: Za’Darius Smith, Jaire Alexander
Legends include: Brett Favre, Don Hutson, Reggie White
Offense: Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins
Defense: J.J. Watt, Johnathan Joseph
Legends include: Andre Johnson, Mario Williams, Matt Schaub
Offense: Jacoby Brissett, T.Y. Hilton
Defense: Darius Leonard, Malik Hooker
Legends include: Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck (A special circumstance to allow a fourth legend), Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney
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Offense: Gardner Minshew, Leonard Fournette
Defense: Calais Campbell, Marcus Peters
Legends include: Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew, John Henderson
Kansas City Chiefs
Offense: Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill
Defense: Frank Clark, Tyrann Mathieu
Legends include: Tony Gonzales, Derrick Thomas, Priest Holmes
Los Angeles Chargers
Offense: Philip Rivers, Keenan Allen
Defense: Nick Bosa, Derwin James
Legends include: LaDainian Tomlinson, Kellen Winslow, Junior Seau
Los Angeles Rams
Offense: Jared Goff, Todd Gurley
Defense: Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey
Legends include: Marshall Faulk, Deacon Jones, Isaac Bruce
Offense: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kenyan Drake
Defense: Raekwon McMillan, Xavien Howard
Legends include: Dan Marino, Larry Csonka, Jason Taylor
Offense: Kirk Cousins, Stefon Diggs
Defense: Danielle Hunter, Harrison Smith
Legends include: Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Alan Page
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New England Patriots
Offense: Tom Brady, Julian Edelman
Defense: Stephon Gilmore, Jamie Collins/Dont’a Hightower (Pick your poison)
Legends include: Randy Moss, Tedy Bruschi, Ty Law
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New Orleans Saints
Offense: Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara
Defense: Cameron Jordan, Marshon Lattimore
Legends include: Deuce McAllister, Joe Horn, Rickey Jackson
New York Giants
Offense: Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley
Defense: Alec Ogletree, Jabrill Peppers
Legends include: Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Frank Gifford
New York Jets
Offense: Sam Darnold, Le’Veon Bell
Defense: C.J. Mosley, Jamal Adams
Legends include: Joe Namath, Darrelle Revis, Curtis Martin
Offense: Derek Carr, Josh Jacobs
Defense: Tahir Whitehead, Lamarcus Joyner
Legends include: Marcus Allen, Tim Brown, Willie Brown
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Offense: Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery
Defense: Fletcher Cox, Malcolm Jenkins
Legends include: Reggie White, Brian Dawkins, Steve Van Buren
Offense: Ben Roethlisberger, JuJu Smith-Schuster
Defense: Devin Bush, Minkah Fitzpatrick
Legends include: Terry Bradshaw, “Mean” Joe Greene, Jack Lambert
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San Francisco 49ers
Offense: Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle
Defense: Joey Bosa, Richard Sherman
Legends include: Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott
Offense: Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett
Defense: Jadaveon Clowney, Bobby Wagner
Legends include: Steve Largent, Marshawn Lynch, Cortez Kennedy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Offense: Jameis Winston, Mike Evans
Defense: Shaquil Barrett, Vernon Hargreaves III
Legends include: Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, Warrick Dunn
Offense: Marcus Mariota, Derrick Henry
Defense: Cameron Wake, Malcolm Butler
Legends include: Earl Campbell, Steve McNair, Jevon Kearse
Offense: Colt McCoy, Terry McLaurin
Defense: Jonathan Allen, Landon Collins
Legends include: Darrell Green, John Riggins, Art Monk
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