Category: Strategy

STRATEGY – RUNNING PLAYS SLOT 4

Closing our coverage in top-tier talent running plays, we bring you Running Plays in Slot 4. QB Sneaks can be sneaky. We like to use them. What are your favorites so far?

R and S QB Run                    R and S QB Sneak

R and S QB Run R and S QB Sneak

These two plays are similar slot 4 placeholders for pure R and S playbooks. The QB run involves a few frames of the QB turning and running while moving backwards while the QB sneak involves a few frames of pausing at the end of a short dropback. Both are used as surprise runs by pass-heavy players to move the chains, elite players try to put another run in this spot if possible.

FB Power Dive
FB Power Dive

A powerful dive play from a powerful formation in tournament Tecmo. The player gets a lead blocker plus a TE blocking on the play side. Unlike the T formation dives, this one is a little more difficult to blow up because a defender has to come from the topside instead of the bottom of the formation – there are too many potential high hitting power blockers for a bottom formation player to knife in and stop the ball carrier. This run hits for big yardage against inexperienced players and is good for 4-5 yards a pop against even elite level talent.

*NB There is another T-Formation Dive that can go in slot 4, it is the same exact play as the T-Formation Dive in slot 2.

What are your thoughts on the running game so far? Have you identified any new plays that you may try to implement? Let us know in the comments!

STRATEGY – RUNNING PLAYS SLOT 3

Continuing our coverage in top-tier talent plays, we bring you Running Plays in Slot 3. Yes, the glorious Right+A. Air Bontempo’s path to glory is contained in Right+A. Get good with these two plays!

R and S Sweep Right
R and S Sweep Right

The most effective, most used, and most abused play in Tecmo. Rarely is this play left out of a playbook. The left side of the line, along with the bottom two receivers form a wall of blockers for a ball carrier that is immediately running at speed to the outside of the defense. Unless something drastically goes wrong, this play is good for 6 yards with ease. Thousands of words and hundreds of hours of study have gone into the foundational run play of Tecmo offense and yet it still keeps rolling along in everyone’s playbook.

 

 

Pitch L Open
Pitch L Open

The only other play that appears in the Right + A slot in the rarest of circumstances. It usually rears its head among the elite players when the opponent is using a strong top DB or top LB team. This play generates three blockers by having the top WR block the DB, the offset blocker pushing forward to block downfield, and the playside guard pulling into the gap as well. This play has no good mirror pass, if it’s in the passing playbook is reduced slightly through ineffectiveness.

 

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

Bruddog made an awesome, awesome ROM to utilize in practice against the COM or your buddies. Download the ROM, fire up your emulator of choice (PC | Mac) and get to training!

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Not sure what match to call for practice or just want to have a random Tecmo Madison match created? This is the ROM for you.

This will randomly pick a match from a set of 64 matches typically used in Tecmo Madison matchup calls.

MATCHUPS:
IND, N.E
N.E, SEA
CLE, G.B
CLE, SEA
CLE, PHX
PHX, NYJ
PHX, DAL
PHX, PIT
DAL, NYJ
ATL, PHX
ATL, DAL
ATL, DEN
ATL, N.O
N.O, PHX
N.O, G.B
N.O, DEN
N.O, NYJ
DAL, PIT
PIT, N.O
PIT, NYJ
PIT, S.D
PIT, T.B
PIT, DEN
S.D, DEN
S.D, WAS
S.D, K.C
S.D, T.B
RAMS, S.D
RAMS, T.B
DET, S.D
DET, CIN
T.B, ATL
T.B, WAS
MIN, DET
MIN, WAS
MIN, RAMS
MIN, MIA
MIN, CIN
MIN, T.B
MIA, RAMS
MIA, CIN
MIA, DET
CIN, T.B
CIN, CHI
CIN, DEN
CIN, S.D
CIN, RAMS
CIN, K.C
CHI, RAI
CHI, MIA
CHI, PHI
CHI, K.C
CHI, RAMS
CHI, S.D
PHI, NYG
K.C, RAI
K.C, MIA
RAI, MIA
RAI, NYG
RAI, PHI
NYG, RAI
NYG, BUF
BUF, HOU
S.F, HOU

Source: http://tecmobowl.org/files/file/523-tpc_tsb_tapmeter_madison_matches_v3/

Tecmo Super Bowl – Top Players Per Team

TECMO SUPER BOWL FACES
We have broken down the best players of note for each team in Tecmo Super Bowl. Each player has their noteworthy attributes, good or bad, next to them. Hopefully, this helps you extend your knowledge and choose the right players to coincide with the right plays on offense or defense. Comment any questions or suggestions! Additionally, we have all players sorted by their team in a Google sheet found here.

AFC EAST

BUF.
QB Bills, QB – 81 PC
Thurman Thomas, RB – 63 MS
Andre Reed, WR – 56 MS/69 REC
Bruce Smith, DL – 56 RP/75 HP
Cornelius Bennett, LB – 50 RP/63 HP
Darryl Talley, LB – 44 RP/44 INT

IND.
Albert Bentley, RB – 44 MS/63 REC
Jessie Hester, WR – 63 REC
Bill Brooks, WR – 69 REC
Jon Hand, DL – 56 HP
Rohn Stark, P – 75 KA/56 AKB

MIA.
Dan Marino, QB – 81PS/69 PC
Mark Duper, WR – 50 MS/63 REC
Joh Offerdahl, LB – 50 RP/31 INT
Louis Oliver, S – 44 RP/56 INT
Jarvis Williams, S – 44 RP/56 INT

N.E.
Marv Cook, TE – 44 MS/63 REC
Irving Fryar, WR – 63 REC
Ray Agnew, DL – 50 RP/56 HP/31 INT
Andre Tippett, LB – 56 HP
Ronnie Lippett, DB – 44RP/63 INT

JETS
Al Toon, WR – 69 REC
Dennis Byrd, LB – 69 HP
Kyle Clifton, LB – 50 INT
Erik McMillan, S – 63 INT
Pat Leahy, K – 75 KA

AFC CENTRAL

CIN.
Boomer Esiason, QB – 19 MS/63 PS/56 PC
James Brooks, RB – 56 MS
Rodney Holman, TE– 38 MS/69 HP/56 REC
James Francis, LB – 44 RP/69 HP
David Fulcher, S – 56 RP/69 INT

CLE.
QB Browns, QB – 75 PC
Webster Slaughter, WR – 63 REC
Eric Metcalf, RB – 56 REC
Kevin Mack, RB – 88 HP
Mike Johnson, LB, 44 RP/69 HP
Frank Minnifield, DB – 44 INT

HOU.
Warren Moon, QB – 75 PC
Drew Hill, WR – 63 MS/75 REC
Ernest Givins, WR – 56 MS/75 REC
Ray Childress, LB – 50 RP/63 HP
Richard Johnson, DB – 50 RP/75 INT

PIT.
Gerald Williams, DL – 44 RP/56 HP
Greg Lloyd, LB – 50 RP/63 HP
David Little, LB – 44 RP/50 HP/31 INT
Rod Woodson, DB – 56 RP/63 INT
Dwayne Woodruff, DB – 44 RP/56 INT

AFC WEST

DEN.
John Elway, QB – 25 MS/75 PS
Bobby Humphrey, RB – 63 MS
Vance Johnson, WR – 50 MS/56 REC
Mark Jackson, WR – 44 MS/69 REC
Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 44 RP/56 HP
Simon Fletcher, LB – 50 RP/38 HP
Dennis Smith, DB – 44 RP/44 INT

K.C.
Steve De Berg, QB – 06 MS/63 PC
Christian Okoye, RB – 50 MS/94 HP
Stephone Paige,WR– 50 MS/75 REC
Neil Smith, DL – 44 RP/63 HP
Derrick Thomas, LB – 56 RP/69 HP
Percy Snow, LB – 50 RP/56 HP/31 INT

RAI.
Bo Jackson, RB – 75 MS
Marcus Allen RB- 56 MS
Willie Gault, WR – 63 MS/56 REC
Howie Long, DL – 50 RP/69 HP
Greg Townsend, DL – 50 RP/63 HP/31 INT
Eddie Anderson, DB – 50 RP/50 INT

S.D.
Marion Butts, RB – 63 MS
Anthony Miller, WR – 44 MS/69 REC
Leslie O’Neal, LB – 50 RP/63 HP
Sam Seale, DB – 44 RP/50 INT
Gill Byrd, DB – 50 RP/69 INT

SEA.
Dave Krieg, QB – 25PS/69 PC
John L. Williams, WR – 63 REC
Jacob Green, DL – 50 RP/56 HP
Dwayne Harper, DB – 50 INT
Eugene Robinson, S – 50 INT

NFC EAST

WAS.
RB Ermest Byner – 50 MS/81 BC
Gary Clark, WR – 56 MS/75 REC/81 BC
Ricky Sanders, WR – 56 MS/56 REC/81 BC
Art Monk, WR – 44 MS/63 REC/81 BC
Martin Mayhew, DB – 50RP/69 INT
Darrell Green, DB – 56 RP/44 INT

GIA.
Phil Simms, QB – 50PS/63 PC/81 APB
David Meggett, RB – 56 MS/50 REC
Stephen Baker, WR – 56 MS/56 REC
Lawrence Taylor, LB – 56 RP/75 HP/31 INT
Carl Banks, LB – 44 RP/63 HP
Gary Reasons, LB – 63 INT
Everson Walls DB – 44 RP/63 INT

PHI.
QB Eagles, QB – 56 MS/69 PC
Keith Byars, RB – 69 REC
Keith Jackson, TE – 50 MS/63 REC
Reggie White, DL – 50 RP/69 HP
Jerome Brown, LB – 50 RP/69 HP
Eric Allen, DB – 50 RP/50 INT

PHX.
Johnny Johnson, RB – 50 MS
Roy Green, WR – 44 MS/56 REC
Ricky Proehl, WR – 19 MS/69 REC
Ken Harvey, LB – 44 RP/63 HP
Lonnie Young, S – 69 RS/56 INT
Tim McDonald, S – 44 RP/56 INT

DAL.
Emmitt Smith, RB – 56 MS
Michael Irvin, WR – 44 MS/50 REC
Jay Novacek, TE – 44MS/69 REC/69 HP
Eugene Lockhart, LB – 44 RP/56 HP
Manny Hendrix, DB – 50 RP/44 INT
Issiac Holt, DB – 44 RP/50 INT

NFC CENTRAL

CHI.
Neal Anderson, RB – 63 MS/50 REC
Johnny Bailey, RB – 56 MS/38 REC
Brad Muster, RB – 94 HP/56 REC
Richard Dent, DL – 44 RP/63 HP/44 INT
Mike Singletary, LB – 50 RP/75 HP
Lemuel Stinson, DB – 44 RP/69 INT
Mark Carrier, S – 44 RP/81 NT

DET.
Rodney Peete, QB 31 MS/44 PC
Barry Sanders, RB – 69 MS/44 REC
Mel Gray, RB – 56 MS/50 REC
Robert Clark, WR – 44 MS/69 REC
Jerry Ball, DL – 44 RP/69 HP
Michael Cofer, LB – 50 RP/50 HP/31 INT
William White, S – 44 RP/56 INT

G.B.
Don Majkowski, QB 25 MS/50 PC
Keith Woodside, RB – 44 MS
Michael Haddix, RB – 94 HP
Sterling Sharpe, WR – 50 MS/75 REC
Bob Nelson, DL – 69 RP/56 HP
Tim Harris, LB – 50 RP/50 HP

MIN.
Anthony Carter, WR – 56 MS/75 REC
Chris Doleman, DL – 44 RP/69 HP/31 INT
Mike Merriweather, LB – 44 RP/44 INT
Keith Millard, LB – 50 RP/69 HP
Carl Lee, DB – 50 RP/50 INT
Joey Browner, S – 50 RP/69 INT

T.B.
Vinny Testaverde, QB – 31 MS/56 PC
Gary Anderson, RB – 50 MS/50 REC
Reggie Cobb, RB – 94 HP/44 REC
Mark Carrier, WR – 44 MS/63 REC
Wayne Haddix, DB – 56 RP/75 INT

NFC WEST

S.F.
Joe Montana, QB – 19 MS/81 PC
Roger Craig, RB – 50 MS/44 REC
Tom Rathman, RB – 94 HP/56 REC
Jerry Rice, WR – 69 MS/81 REC
Brent Jones WR – 69 HP/69 REC
Charles Haley, LB – 50 RP/63 HP
Dave Waymer, S – 50 RP/69 INT
Ronnie Lott, S – 56 RP/50 INT

RAMS
Jim Everett, QB – 56 PS/63 PC
Buford McGee, RB – 44 MS/50 REC
Henry Ellard, WR – 56 MS/81 REC
Willie “Flipper” Anderson, WR – 56 MS/75 REC

Kevin Greene, LB – 50 RP/69 HP
Vince Newsome, S –38 RP/ 56 INT

N.O.
Dalton Hilliard, RB – 50 MS
Craig Heyward RB – 94 HP/31 REC
Eric Martin, WR – 44 MS/69 REC
Pat Swilling, LB – 44 RP/63 HP
Vaughan Johnson, LB – 44 RP/63 HP
Renaldo Turnbull, DL – 44 RP/63 HP

ATL.
Mike Rozier, RB – 50 MS
Steve Broussard, RB – 38 MS/31 REC
Andre Rison, WR – 63 MS/75 REC
Shawn Collins, WR – 50 MS/50 REC
Mike Gann, DL – 44 RP/50 HP
Deion Sanders, DB – 56 RP/7 5MS/56 INT

For a full team breakdown and top position breakdowns, see TecmoGeek.com or our Google sheet found here.