Basic Matchup Advice In Tecmo Super Bowl

In this article, you’ll learn more tricks that can help you win more games. Most Tecmo Bowl players would find that matchup selection is quite difficult, especially if one lacks the experience and expertise of the different basics of Tecmo Super Bowl.

Step 1: Select two teams that are ideal matchups

It’s important to take note of each team’s advantage over the other team, as this is very essential. In my experience, it’s hard to find two dead even teams and, often, it’s easier to find two teams with a weakness that the other team exploits.

 Dallas vs Phoenix

In this popular matchup, Dallas would seem to have an advantage over Phoenix due to the 56 MS RB and a decent passing game. However, the two safeties on Phoenix, low INT in the Dallas’ secondary and the 19 MS QB on Phoenix can make for a very close game.

Cincinnati vs Detroit

This is a great matchup since the two teams have good offensive plays that are difficult to counter. Winning this matchup would solely be based on Detroit’s ball control or Cincinnati’s turnovers with David Fulcher.

Step 2: Pick two teams that you’d want to use

It’s a good strategy to refrain from putting teams that you’re not good at in a matchup. If you’re good at running the ball, simply choose two running teams. Likewise, if you’re better at passing or defense then select two teams ideal for your strategy.

I, myself, don’t like playing with ATL or TB defense. This is why I rarely select them in a matchup. Also, I don’t like playing against TB so there’s another reason not to have them in a matchup.

It’s wise to practice matchups you’d want to use in a tourney. I’ve practiced the ins and outs with my key matchups teams and feel confident using them in key games. If you have even just one go-to matchup that you practiced out then you have an advantage.

I have a set of key matchups that are my go-to matchups:

  1. DET/MIN
  2. CHI/KC
  3. DEN/DAL
  4. HOU/BUF
  5. DAL/ARI
  6. MIN/MIA

When playing against players who aren’t at the highest level, I use matchups I don’t trust against great players. Most of the time I’d go with a MIN/TB/WAS matchup in opening rounds in order to save my best matchup calls.

I advise you to explore every level of the matchup from SF vs NYG to SEA vs IND. This would definitely make you a better Tecmo Bowl player. You’d never know what other people would call. In most tourneys, every team tends to get used once.

Matchups leaning towards running games:

  1. DET/DEN
  2. CIN/DET
  3. CHI/OAK
  4. SD/DET

Matchups leaning towards passing games:

  1. MIA/MIN
  2. BUF/HOU
  3. SF/HOU
  4. IND/SEA
  5. TB/WASH
  6. RAMS/TB
  7. CLE/GB

Matchups leaning towards defensive games:

  1. CHI/OAK
  2. PIT/DAL
  3. PIT/JETS
  4. SD/MIN

Note: If you play a great player and you’re not as good, go with a matchup with two great offenses. Typically, great players are also great defenders.  Taking a HOU/BUF or NYG/BUF might negate their advantage.

 Using your experience to your advantage

Advancing through tourneys and TPC ranks will help you learn about the weaknesses of each team. You can easily put this to your advantage when you go against different teams. Key players on defense can be countered by running plays to negate their effectiveness:

Byrd on SD at DB2 can be neutralized by sweep plays. 

Haddix on TB can be countered by plays running up. 

Several of those plays like R and S sweep L are also devastating on tough LB1s. A great LB4 can easily destroy a lot of plays but R and S sweep R will give him fits.

You should remember that each team does have its own weakness. There are some teams that can’t run or throw well while others are pretty bad in defense or have one great defender in a bad position. The more you practice and play games the more flaws you will find in each team. SF’s only flaws are intangibles. These make people play overconfidently and slow down just a tad in the red zone. Compare that to IND which has no useable defenders and one fairly decent QB.

But sometimes a team’s weakness can make it go up the proverbial ladder to play a higher-level team. Teams in a matchup don’t have to be right next to each other on the TPC ranking list. They also do not have to be in the same tier or level. These are rare but valid matchups.

For example:

One of my toughest games in a recent tourney was CLE/DAL. CLE is a great team to call if you’d want to go up the ladder. They possess a hard to stop passing game. With the high MS of QB Browns, he makes it a tough match for opponents.

Here is a list of common CLE matchups I have seen that goes up the ladder:

  1. CLE/TB
  2. CLE/DAL
  3. CLE/RAMS
  4. CLE/DEN
  5. CLE/NYJ
  6. CLE/PITT
  7. CLE/ARI

I’m not suggesting to call any of these in a tourney. What I am saying is that if you’re really strong with CLE, you have a chance against these teams. At the same time, don’t go into a call against CLE less serious because you have a way better team.

Note: QB’s with a high PC can change games around. Just like RBs with sick MS, WRs with high MS and DB’s with high INT.

Conclusion

Until matchup calling is eliminated, you must have some idea of what to do if you’d need to call matchups. If you get good at calling matchups, you’d definitely learn how each team could win the game against the other team. You’ll still need to learn and practice how to execute your game plan.

Originally posted on https://tecmo101.wordpress.com/ — edited by davefmurray

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