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The 5 Best Madden NFL 17 Teams

There are plenty of big changes to the top teams in Madden 17.  Traditional powerhouses like the Broncos and Seahawks lost players that were incredibly important to their team while some other teams became significantly better than last year.

The Broncos will be a completely different team in Madden 17 without a dominant QB like Peyton Manning and the gamers who play with the Seahawks won’t be able to rely on Marshawn Lynch to pick up 5 yards whenever they want.

This isn’t an article going over the top Madden 17 teams in terms of overall rating, but rather the teams that all of the top players will use online.  If you’ve been around the Madden community long enough, you know that the highest rated teams aren’t always the best teams to use in the game.

You can check out our top 3 sleeper teams in Madden 17 here. Let’s dive right into the top 5 Madden 17 teams.

#5 Pittsburgh Steelers

For the longest time, when you thought about the Steelers, you’d instantly think about their defense.  Not this year though.  In Madden 17, they will be one of the hardest teams to stop on offense.  They have one of the best quarterbacks in the game, one of the best running backs in the game, and one of the best receivers.  If that isn’t enough, they have a good offensive line for Madden as well.

The addition of tight end Ladarius Green makes this offense downright scary in Madden 17.  Pro gamers know how dangerous a 6’6″ tight end with elite speed can be.  You will see a lot of people using the Steelers online this year.

#4 Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have the best offensive line in Madden.  Now that they’ve added Ezekiel Elliot in the NFL Draft, there will be all kinds of people abusing the running game.  Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden are both good enough to start for other teams in Madden 17, and they are great back up options in case Elliot gets tired.

When you also consider that the Cowboys still have Dez Bryant, Tony Romo, and Jason Witten, you can see how the Cowboys made the list here.  The defense isn’t bad either.

#3 Seattle Seahawks

Even though the Seahawks lost Marshawn Lynch to retirement, they are still a team everyone will use because of their dominant defense.  They have speed everywhere and their secondary locks up even the most explosive offenses.

While the Seahawks definitely could use some upgrades at running back and wide receiver, Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham are 2 of the most dangerous weapons in video game football.  If you have any sort of skill on defense, you won’t have to put up too many points with the Seahawks offense.

#2 New England Patriots

The Patriots have been a top 5 Madden team for a decade and nothing changes this year.  They still have one of the best offenses in the game and the defense is still very hard to move the ball against.

They are just incredibly consistent and don’t have any noticeable weaknesses that you can exploit.  That (and Tom Brady) make them incredibly dangerous

#1 Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have one of the best defenses in the game and the single most dangerous Madden 17 player in Cam Newton.  Cam Newton by himself would instantly make any offense in the NFL one of the best in Madden 17.  He has 2 huge receiving threats in Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen.  Mix that in with the speed of their other receivers and a strong running game and it is easy to see how they came in at #1.

The defense is their strength however.  Luke Kuechly is the best linebacker in the game.  They have speed and skill at pretty much every position on defense.

There were a lot of teams that improved via free agency and the draft but as we see it, these will be the best 5 teams to start off with in Madden NFL 17.  Obviously, things will change quickly based on roster updates.

Which teams did we miss?  Which teams don’t deserve to be on this list?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. I agree with this list. I was just thinking what teams for CFM I will be getting this year. This article has helped in me making a decision.

  2. Excellent job assessing the 5 best. I hope to see the rest of the league. Put in order as well as these top 5. Jaguars should be a much improved team. Along with the Titains. Keep up the good work gang .

  3. What about the Arizona Cardinals, you place the Cowboys over the Cardinals how?

    1. Bac it’s video game in madden Cowboys will perform very well just like how they look very good on paper but they just don’t translate it onto the field the Cowboys on paper ar e btter than the cardinals and two years ago when room, Des, and scan drink were healthy they were better than Arizona on the field too so they will be very good in madden

    2. I know they should have put the Cardnials In front of the coy boys cause the coyboys aren’t even good really

  4. Excellent job assessing the 5 best.

  5. what about the Vikings! they have one of the best defenses in football and AP is not only thing they have on offense now they stacked teddy time in free agency with a new and improved o line and they went and got a weapon in the draft in laquon treadwell #vikestop5

  6. The Patriots with TE Martellus Bennett along with Edelman and Gronkowski is going to be very, very tough to stop and should be at the top! But this is only the case if the opposing defenses keep distance. In Madden 16, the two most difficult teams I had the hardest time stopping are the Patriots and the Cowboys. There were many times when defenders wouldn’t even go near Gronkowski or Bryant which would result in free touchdowns. With the new upgrades I expect the defense to play defense and not let players go unguarded which happens in man coverage. Does anyone know how man coverage will play in 17?