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EA Sports is doing something a little different for the cover of Madden 25. Each team is represented by a current player and a former player. For the Bengals it's two wide receivers.
EA Sports' Madden franchise is arguably the biggest video game year in and year out, selling millions of copies world wide, despite the fact that the game is pretty much the same every single year. Every year, they choose a new player to grace the cover of the game and while they used to select a player based on their outstanding performance the season before, for a couple years now they have been letting fans vote on who gets the cover.
This year there are two brackets. One is a current player from each team while the other is a former player. The Bengals are represented by wide receiver A.J. Green in the first category and by fellow wide receiver Chad Johnson in the second.
Johnson, who is an 11 seed in the former players bracket, is set to go up against the No. 6 seed, former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown. Green, a No. 8 seed, is going up against No. 9 seed, running back Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears.
Johnson vs. Brown:
Johnson caught 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns. He played the majority of his 11 year career in Cincinnati, finishing out with one season (2011) with the Patriots. He is a six-time Pro Bowler, a three-time All Pro, he led the AFC in receiving yards in 2003 and 2005 and led the NFL in receiving yards in 2006. When it comes to franchise records, he has the most receiving yards in a season, most receiving yards all-time, most receptions, most touchdown catches, most receiving yards in a game and most seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards.
Brown caught 1,094 passes for 14,934 yards and 100 touchdowns in his 17-year career, most of which were spent with the Raiders. He's a nine-time Pro Bowler, a one-time second-team All Pro, a six-time All Conference selection and he was named to the 1990's All-Decade team. He has been a finalist to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame two years in a row now.
Green vs. Forte:
Green has caught 162 passes in his two-year career for a total of 2,407 yards and 18 touchdowns. He has made the Pro Bowl in each of his two years in the league and was an All-Pro in 2012. He was also named to PFWA All-Rookie team following the 2011 season. If Green stays with the Bengals throughout his career, there's no reason to think that he won't break all of Johnson's franchise records.
Forte has carried the ball 1,262 times in his five-year career with the Bears for a total of 5,327 yards and 26 touchdowns. He has also caught nine touchdown passes. He made the Pro Bowl in 2011.
So, who wins each matchup?