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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
  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
  4. CLE/DEN
  5. CLE/NYJ
  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.


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

Name: Dave Brude
Handle: bruddog
Known As: bruddog (brew-dog)
Madison Record: 12-4
Madison Champion: N/A
Elite 8 Appearances: N/A

No one tournament player has delved deeper into the inner workings of the game than Bruddog. He has plumbed the depths of the code, done notation on it, and has revealed more insight into the game than any tournament player ever. This depth of knowledge actually has a practical application in tournament play – He literally knows what’s wrong with your team, what’s best about his team, and what is going to happen if certain players interact with each other. This makes Bruddog an incredibly difficult player to play against because you can’t overcome the knowledge deficit. Unfortunately, this knowledge has yet to translate into deep runs in the tournament. Partly, it’s luck – the draw at times has been very unforgiving for him; however, the other part is that Bruddog cannot tap. Being the worst tapper in the world is not a detriment to a player’s game, but he seems to find himself in situations too often where his lack of tapping causes all kinds of issues. This forces him to play almost perfectly, which is a difficult thing to do over the course of 9+ games.

Bruddog’s play style is a wonderful thing to watch. His playbook is no different than anyone else’s at the top level. It’s how he plays the playbook out that is the best thing about his game. He rarely has a play called, he doesn’t lean on any one play, he throws when the opponent calls run on defense, he runs when the opponent calls pass on defense, he mixes up his plays effectively, and doesn’t make many mistakes. He is a highly technical player who thrives in matchups that tend to favor those with the best skill and knowledge depth. He seeks out matchups and teams that give him incremental edges across the field and uses his knowledge to compound those increments into victories. His losses come to superior tappers that know how to isolate Bruddog as a ball carrier or isolate Bruddog as the lone defender; or he loses to players through matchups that require little knowledge to maximize advantages.

Bruddog is the Tecmo version of Bill Belichick. He is the consummate student of Tecmo with knowledge unparalleled at the tournament level. His experience and ability to play with any team in any potential way make him a difficult opponent. He can overcome most anything opponents throw at him. However, the inability to adjust his game to accommodate his lack of tapping is – like Belichick’s maniacal belief in his way over all others – a flaw in an otherwise great player.

Bruddog is one of our picks to make a deep run at Tecmo Madison XIII. Do you think Tecmo XIII is his year?

Bruddog had an epic battle vs Drake in the online tournament, Thunderdome IX Round of 20. This is worth 20mins of your time.
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Tecmo Super Bowl – Top Players Per Team

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.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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.