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It was an interesting decision to make the Colts as bad as they were in this game

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A lot of people consider the Patriots and Colts as being without a doubt the two worst teams in the game. The 1990 Patriots definitely were as bad as how they were presented in the game. They went 1-15 and scored less than 200 points all season long. They are easily one of the worst teams during the Super Bowl era. THe Colts are more interesting case though. They went 7-9 and though they did have a pretty average offense there were several other teams in the AFC that gave up more points in 1990 than they did.

 

THe Jets, Browns, Chargers, Broncos, Patriots, Bucs, Lions, Packers, Vikings, Rams, and Falcons all had worse records than the Colts in the year this game was based off. You might think that the Colts in TSB represent how bad the 1991 Colts were however the game was released prior to the '91 season even being finished (the '91 Colts were easily as bad as the '90 Patriots were).

 

What is interesting is the Browns should have been that team that was fighting it out with the Patriots to not have that reputation of being the worst team in the game. THe 1990 Browns went 3-13 and scored about 60 points fewer than the Colts did and gave up about a 100 more points. 

 

I'm guessing the reason they chose for the Colts to be that team that the Patriots could play with instead of one of the other teams that had worse records than them in 1990 was because for the most part all the other teams listed (with maybe the exception of the Bucs) were either more popular teams than the Colts or had more popular stars on their team. THe Colts at that point had lost a lot of their luster from being the Baltimore Colts. They moved cities less than a decade earlier and hadn't really done a whole lot. They did have Eric Dickerson but he was hitting the tail end of his career and was in contract disputes during that time period and I'm not sure was all that well liked then. Compare that to the Browns who had Bernie Kosar on their team and had had some really good teams in the late '80's.

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if they had Erik Dickerson in the game the colts would've been better also if PA was effective than i think Jeff George would be a strong qb as supposed to being the second worst in TSB

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I wonder when they actually finalized the rosters before shipping the game out. The Colts were brutal in '91. That team was one of the worst in NFL history.

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On 6/8/2020 at 10:45 AM, SBlueman said:

I wonder when they actually finalized the rosters before shipping the game out. The Colts were brutal in '91. That team was one of the worst in NFL history.

 

Yeah that is what I originally thought might be the case in that the Colts in this game were based off the '91 Colts and not the '90 Colts. However the game was shipped before the '91 regular season was even finished (and most all other teams in the game are good representations of how they were in 1990 and not 1991). I would think they would have had the rosters finalized at least a couple/few months beforehand and that would have been when the '91 season was just getting under way. Them reacting to the '91 season would sound like a good way to really mess up their game.

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As noted Tecmo was projecting what might happen in 1991 based on 1990 and got something right and some things wrong.

The Colts are probably better if Dickerson is in the game given how Tecmo rated stars.  Did they penalize the team in general because Dickerson had named them in the lawsuit vs the NFLPA? (this was why he wasn't in the game)

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17 hours ago, Knobbe said:

As noted Tecmo was projecting what might happen in 1991 based on 1990 and got something right and some things wrong.

The Colts are probably better if Dickerson is in the game given how Tecmo rated stars.  Did they penalize the team in general because Dickerson had named them in the lawsuit vs the NFLPA? (this was why he wasn't in the game)

Yeah that is very possible that they were projecting how good teams may be in 1991 based off of how they did in 1990. Doing things like that would work better back then than it would now as teams change a lot quicker (and there overall is a lot more parity in the league) than there was in the early '90's.

 

My feeling is that the people that made the game tended to favor teams with popular players. As I said in my initial post the Browns should have been that team that was duking it out with the Patriots for the moniker of being the worst team in the game. However the Browns had a very popular player in Bernie Kosar (though they don't name him Kosar in the game) and the team had just come off of several years in the late '80's where they were super bowl contenders. So there probably would have been a lot more people wanting to play as the Browns than there would have been people wanting to play as the Colts.

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