Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/11/14

If Bill Belichick finds a way to have the New England Patriots removed from the Madden video game series next year, don’t be surprised. As we all know, Belichick is the ultimate man of mystery. When it comes to injury reports and other inside information, he tells absolutely nothing. Once he hears that Ravens receiver Torrey Smith knows all about the Patriots’ offensive ability and knows them all by name because of Madden, he might try to have every remaining copy pulled from the shelves.

“The biggest thing I know about New England is my brother always picks them in Madden,” the rookie speedster said Monday according to Shutdown Corner. “They pretty much always have the best offense for some years in that game. I would be lying to you if I say I did not know their names before we play them. I mean, my brother plays with them all the time. It does not fail.”

We know there are people out there who believe in the Madden curse, but could the game actually have something to provide in the scouting department?  In reality, I don’t think Smith needed a video game to tell him the Patriots have an explosive offense.  Not to mention, New England’s offense doesn’t really concern him.

Smith should be salivating at the fact that the Patriots’ defense has been beatable all season long — especially at the corner position.  Following a Pro Bowl rookie season, cornerback Devin McCourty has been torched all year long on the deep ball.  If Joe Flacco can deliver, the potential for a big play or two should present itself on Sunday afternoon.  Perhaps Madden ’12 has given Smith some ideas about the perfect route to run.

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