by JClaar51 2 weeks ago
With the reveal show coming very soon, and people submitting lists, I thought about the pros and cons to each team, just how I would break down teams if I was making a list of teams for m22. I take into account the players obviously, but also, draft picks, cap space, and stadiums (playing in the AFCN for 2 cycles has made me hate weather games.), as well as uniforms for some teams.
Arizona Cardinals: On offense there is alot to be interested in. Kyler at QB, DHop, AJ Green, and some other decent WRs like Christian Kirk, and Andy Isabella. On defense you have 2 great pass rushers with JJ Watt, and Chandler Jones, what should be a quick rookie LB in Zaven Collins, as well as Buddha Baker. On top of a nice stadium (not much bad weather in the desert to begin with) the Cards have alot of upside. Now for the cons: O line isnt great (besides Rodney Hudson), as well as no good RB, and the pro of JJ and Chandler also has a con, as they are both old and expensive. Outside of Collins and baker, not to much on the defensive side of the ball to be excited for, but a few trades, FAs, or picks and this team is solid.
Atlanta Falcons: Starting with the Offense, Matt Ryan should still be decently rated after his performance irl. Depsite not having a healthy offense, Ryan still put up decent numbers and that should warrant him a good rating. Along with Ryan you get young WR Calvin Ridley, and rookie TE, Kyle Pitts who will be a STUD right out of the gate (I wouldn't be surprised to see him be the second or thid rookie with XF right off the bat). Now on defense there isn't a ton to be excited for, besides Deion Jones, and Grady Jarrett. Combined with their beautiful indoor stadium, theres some reasons to take Atlanta. The cons, lack of o line, and Rb, as well as an aging and expesnive Matt Ryan. The defense needs alot of work. It will take a full rebuild on defense for the falcons to be enticing and taken early.
Buffalo Bills: There is many reasons of why the Bills should be high on everyones list. Young Stud QB, an XF WR with Diggs, a young fast TE with Knox, and an average Oline. On defense, Ed Oliver is still young and devable, and the Linebacker duo of Edmunds and Milano is nice. The secondary is stacked with Tre White, Micah Hyde, and Jordan Poyer. The cons though are a somewhat simple fix. RB isnt great (easy to dev a rookie RB), o line needs some work (FA or Draft), Pass rush is needed (trade or draft), and after 2 seasons, you'll need new safeties (trade them earlier take a young stud to replace them in the draft). Now the weather games in Buffalo are not an easy fix and come late season/playoffs, they will be annoying to deal with.
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens offense has alot of talent. Lamar obviously, JK Dobbins, Marquise Brown, Sammy Watkins, and Miles Boykin. Their o line for the most part is solid, and Mark Andrews at TE is also a nice piece. Their defense has some good pieces like: Calais Campbell, Patrick Queen, Marcus Peters, and Marlon Humphrey, as well as rookie DE, Odafe Oweh from PSU who should be a stud. The cons are not to bad, besides you'll have to resign Lamar and it will not be cheap. Outside of Lamars contract, it is mostly the defense that will need some fixing. Campbell is expesnive and old, and outside of Queen there isn't any other decent LB. The secondary will need help at safety and if you can do that, you'll have shut down secondary. Finally, its the AFCN so be prepared to deal with EAs dipshit meteorologist and play like 7 weather games out of a 17 game season.
Carolina Panthers: There is hope with the panthers on their offense. You have a young Darnold, who can still be devved if you want to, CMC, DJ Moore, and Roby Anderson. The combination of 2 very fast WRs, a recieving back, and a young Qb, called lead to easy devving of darnold. On defense it won't take much to build an elite defense. Young DE Brian Burns has been a stud the previous 2 maddens, Yetur Gross-Matos is quick of the edge, Shaq Thompson at OLB, Hasaan Reddick will be a fast User LB, rookie Jaycee Horn, and Jeremy Chinn at FS, are all foundation pieces for a stout defense that won't need much to finish it. The cons are not to crazy. Darnold can either be the QB for the future in carolina, or he could be a waste of time, all depends on who takes the panthers. The o line is not great, and with OT Taylor Morton signing a massive contract may be a waste depending on his overall (more than likely a waste in cap space).
Cincinatti Bengals: Offense you'll have a young Burrow who is young and devvable, same with Mixon at RB who will be highly rated, throw in rookie Jamarr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd, the bengals offense is young and has a ton of potential. On defese there is not a whole to be excited about outside of Jessie Bates III, Trey Hendrickson, and ADG, and Larry Ogunjobi. The cons: The o line is servicable for now, but will need revamped. The defense will need secondary help before anything else, and on top of it, you're playing in the AFCN where the weather will FUCKING STINK (see baltimore ravens cons).
Cleveland Browns: The divison mate to the previous team, the Browns are stacked on both sides of the ball. Baker who is young and will be decently rated a QB, a good WR duo (Landry, OBJ), a LOADED RB stable (Chubb, Hunt), and even a lethal duo at TE (Hooper, NJoku), and not to mention an o line that dominated irl which will transition to a ratings bump to the o line that already has, Jack Conklin, Wyatt Teller, JC Tretter, and Jedrick Wills Jr. On defense you have 2 great DEs, in Garrett, and Clowny. At LB you have Mack Wilson, rookie JOK, and Takitaki, and then the seconday consists of: Greedy Willaims, Denzel Ward, Grant Delpit, Ronnie Harrison, and now John Johnson III. (I had Nam flashbacks listing alot of these defenders). Also to be noted: The past 2 cycles a huge amount of browns players got blessed with breakouts, so if the trend continues, it'll be another all star ensemble for clevelands defense for a 3rd year straight. The only downside is alot of these players will need resgined and the huge cap space the browns have will shrink, as well as the AFCN weather, and as far as i'm concerned, their uniforms fucking stink, not that may not be a reason to right a team off, unless you're justin, he would do that. ("ewh their uniforms suck i dont want them."). This team would be my #1 team, no questions.
Chicago Bears: The bears have potential in many areas. At Qb, rookie Justin Fields is an instant starter. WRs you have Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, and at TE you have Cole Kmet. The defensive side of the ball, you have Khalil Mack, Akeem Hicks, Roquan Smith, Robert Quinn, and Eddie Jackson at safety. The cons of this team are, the oline will need work as well as a RB, the secondary will need help, and there are a few players who are a cap casualty, for an already depleted cap.
Dallas Cowboys: The offense has the most to be excited for. A complete offense, Dak at Qb, Zeke at Rb, Amari Cooper, Cedee Lamb, and Michael Gallup at WRs, as well as a loaded o line, their offense will be great right out of the gate. (Also alot of trade capital). On defense they have some pieces to be excited about in their front seven. Demarcus Lawrence MAY be good this madden, he was unstoppable in m20, but silent in m21. At LB the trio of Jaylon Smith, LVE, and rookie Micah Parsons, is something to be excited about. Perfect for a 4-3 scheme, or good trade capital. The cowboys also have an indoor stadium which will be nice for end of the year divional games in the NFCE, as well as playoff games. The cons for this team lie in 2 places: the dline, and the secondary. Both will need revamped to match the LBs level. *Also to note i've noticed like the browns the cowboys get blessed with breakouts, so also something to think about.*
Denver Broncos: The broncos have a decent team on both sides of the ball, just a few holes. On offense, they have good weapons. Melvin Gordon, Noah Fant, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Courtland Sutton, and their o line is not bad at all. On defense they have even more weapons. Von Miller and Bradly chubb as a passrushing duo, and the secondary consisting of rookie PAtrick Surtain, Justin Simmons, Karreem Jackson, and Kyler Fuller. The cons of this team is coincidentally, the QB on each side of the ball. Drew Locke is young and could be devved but his low overall and more than likely normal dev, may make it hard, but all you need is one great season passing and he will be a stud with abilities. On defense the broncos don't really have anyone at LB. For madden though its a quick fix, trade for a fast Lb even if he isnt great, or drafted one and dev him. Other than that the broncos roster is very solid, the last con is their stadium. Beautiful stadium but terrible weather games. (Snow, wind, some rain games)
Detroit Lions: The lions offensively are not great. Some good pieces at o line including rookie Penei Sewell. D'andre Swift can be devved, and Tj Hockenson will be a stud at TE for the rest of the cycle. Goff is servicable but will more than likely need replaced and can be with 1 of the extra draft picks the Lions received with him from LA. On defense there are only a few standouts. Trey Flowers, Michael Brockers, Romeo Okwara, and Jeff Okudah are all the Lions defense bolsters. The cons are obvious. Goff needs replaced, WRs are needed BADLY, and the defense needs everything but dline. This team will need almost a full rebuild so if you like team building in your CFM than this is the team to go with. Also to note, indoor stadium, and some extra draft picks.
Green Bay Packers: The packers have a good offense even if Aaron Rodgers isn't there (a good offense for CFM). If rodgers is there, you have an XF QB, if not, you can dev young Jordan Love. Aaron Jones at Rb, Devante Adams at WR, and Robert Tunyon at TE, there is some weapons, and the o line is very solid. On defense, you have 2 solid Edge rushers in Za'darius and Preston Smith, and Kenny Clark in the middle. The safety tandem of Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage are nice, and rookie CB Eric Stokes could have some upside. The cons of the packers are: May not have ARod, MLBs are needed, as well as some DB help. On top of the roster needs, green bays stadium is outdoors and have some weather games. (and their fucking stadium is uglier than sin and their uniforms are ass).
Houston Texans: I think relatively everyones on the same page here. Texans are a complete rebuild. They fucking stink. Watson and Lindsey are the bright spots on offense, and Cunningham and Reid are the bright spots on defense. Cons: Everything beside Qb, RB, MLB, FS. Thankfully they have cap and a nice stadium, but it'll take a lot to make this team good.
Indianapolis Colts: The colts are a team that should be high on peoples list. A GREAT o line, a speedy RB duo of JT and Nyheim Hines, and some fast WRs in TY Hilton, and Parris Campbell. Carson Wentz isnt bad and can be used, but if you're a run heavy user, you won't have to worry about passing much. On defense with players like Deforest Buckner, Bobby Okereke, Darius Leonard, Rock Ya-Sin, Xavier Rhodes, and rookie edge rusher: Kwity Paye, this defense has alot of potential. The cons: Possibly will need a new QB depending on play style, and DBs will be needed. Look to FA for the Dbs and maybe 1 extra edge rusher, otherwise this team is solid. Also indys stadium is beautiful and indoors.
Kansas City Chiefs: The chiefs have the best offense (outside of Tampa Bay), and its at every level. WRs: Mecole Hardman, Tyreek Hill. TE: Travis Kelce, QB: Patrick Mahomes, RB: CEH, and then the Oline which just got revamped adding: Orlando Brown at tackle, Joe Thuney at guard, Austin Blythe at center, and Kyle Long at guard, this offense is stacked. On defense its the same story. Dline: Chris Jones and Frank Clark. LB: Willie Gay jr. and rookie Nic Bolton, secondary you have: Mathieu, Thornhill, Ward, Sneed, and Sorrenson. Some young pieces in the LB corps and Secondary, which can be devved right off the bat. The Cons: The chiefs cap space is in shambles, and if you don't dev the secondary, you'll need to replace them. Finally their stadium sees alot of weather games so it will be tough come end of the year/playoffs.
LA Chargers: The chargers were high on my list personally but with their team, you'll probably see alot of lists with them ranked towards the top and rightfully so. On offense, Justin Herbert will be fun to dev, with the WR duo of Mike Williams, and Keenan Allen, with Jared Cook at TE, and Austin Ekeler at RB, is fast and has good agility for anyone who likes running the ball (Kiing, Ryan, Justin, Connor), and their offensive line got some good pieces added in the FA and draft, adding: Corey Linsley at Guard and rookie Rashawn Slater at Tackle. Combined with Byran Bulaga, the chargers o line is solid. On the defensive side of the ball, the defense is loaded with talent and alot of it young. The dline includes XF Joey Bosa, linval joseph at Dt, and Jerry Tillery who can be a Dt or a 3-4 DE. Linebackers you have Kenneth Murray and Drue Tranquill who both have good speed and can be devved. The secondary includes: Derwin James, Nassir Adderly, and rookie Asante Samuel Jr. On top of their roster they have an indoor stadium and the best uni combos in the game. The cons would be TE will need to be replaced, possibly WR as well as Keenan Allen is up there in age. Cap space may also be an issue down the road but for now the chargers are solid.
LA Rams: The Rams despite having some good players are the LA team I feel like everyone will pick second if both are available. The Rams have some decent guys on offense: Stafford, Akers, Kupp, Woods, and Whitworth. The same can be said about the defense: Donald, Floyd, Ramsey, and Kenny Young. The cons are everything besides the players I just listed. O line will need a rebuild even with Whitworth (will probably retire after 1 season), Stafford will need replaced eventually, and need a TE. On the defensive side of the ball, linebackers and DBs are needed more than anything else. On top of roster needs, you won't have a 1st for 2 years I believe because of the stafford trade, and the cap situation is hell. Also the new jerseys suck.
Jacksonville Jaguars: The jags have a better team than what people think. Everyone is hyped up about Trevor Lawrence and rightfully so, but Urban Meyer has done a good job trading and signing FAs to make this team nice, even in madden. The offense is led by Trevor Lawrence who will more than likely be the 2nd rookie to ever start out with XF (see Kyle Pitts with Atlanta for either the 2nd or 3rd rookie to start with XF), and beside him at WR will be: speedy DJ Chark, veteran Marvin Jones, and Laviska Shenault. Combined with the RB duo of James Robinson, and Travis Etienne, the offensive weapons are nice. The o line is also in good shape with Andrew Norwell and Brandon linder leading the way. On defense Josh Allen, and K'lavon Chaisson have speed off the edge. Myles Jack and Joe Schobert in the middle at linebacker, and fast corners CJ Henderson and Shaquill Griffen, will help smother WRs in man coverage. The cons of this team are simple: DT and Safety, if you can fix them, the Jags are solid. On top of all of that, the Jags also have a ton in cap space. (Also might want to add a TE).
Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have some good weapons on offense which could lead to users choosing to dev Tua instead of replacing him the first chance they get. Rookie Jaylen Waddle gets added with Will Fuller, and DeVante Parker at WR, and Mike Gesicki at TE. On defense Christian Wilkins, Jerome Baker, rookie Jaelen Philips (OLB) and rookie Jevon Holland (FS), are all young and can be devved. Combined with Bryon Jones and Xavien Howard at CB, the defense is very solid and needs a few pieces added. The cons are in the trenches. Both the Oline and Dline need help, and you can do that, the Dolphins are a sleeper team with decent talent, and a good amount of cap space.
Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have a good offense that can be used to either a heavy rushing or heavy passing attack. With Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen at WR, and Dalvin Cook at RB, users will be set up well at weapons. Their o line has some studs in Rookie tackle: Christian Darrisaw, and veterans Garrett Bradbury (C), and Brian O'Neill (T). The Vikings defense looks nice with Danielle Hunter and Stephen Weatherly at Edge, and Dalvin Tomlinson and Michael Pierce in the middle to stop the run. At LB the longtime duo of Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr are there to help stop either run or pass with their speed, and in the secondary, Patrick Peterson and Harrison Smith help lock down the pass. The cons: Kirk Cousins may be usable for a season but will need to be replaced especially at his age and price point. On defense, some secondary starters and linebacker depth will help out. The Vikings also have a indoor stadium which matters when playing in the NFCN.
New England Patriots: The patriots have a solid foundation on both sides of the ball. On offense, rookie Mac Jones is the clear choice to start over Cam Newton, and Jones will be fun to dev. The pats o line is looking very very good, and the addition of Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith at TE is huge for the run game, and for the passing game. The defense has a great secondary which includes: Stephon Gilmore, JC Jackson, Kyle Duggar, and Jason McCourtey. The pats despite all that they have already will need some key pieces on both sides. On offense they need a RB and WRs, and on defense they need a whole new front 7 (give or take a player or 2), and planning for the rest of the cycle after season 1, it would be smart to replace the older pieces in the secondary.
New Orleans Saints: The saints are a rich mans Texans, their team is a mess and unlike the Texans, the saints have no fucking money at all. I say they are a rich mans Texans because like the texans, they have some pieces, but overall their team isn't great. On offense the only weapons they have are Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. Their o line is very good, so if you're a run heavy user, the saints offense is perfect for you, because their QB room is Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill, neither are long term solutions and will need replaced. On defense, theres a few good players in: Cam Jordan, Marcus Davenport, Marcus Williams, Marshon Lattimore, and Demario Davis. The cons: Alot of the good players eat up a ton of cap, so trying to trade them to get draft capital or some decent players wont work. The saints already are low in cap space, so it'll be interesting to see how someone is able to build up the saints. (do NOT let ryan have this team or itll be the eagles cap situation all over again.)
New York Giants: The giants surprisingly have some decent talent on their team. On offense the skill positions are great. Saquon at RB (obviously), Darius Slayton, Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, and John Ross at WR, and then Evan Ingram and Kyle Rudolph at TE. Danny Dimes at Qb can be devved if you so choosed, and the o line may need some work but isn't terrible. On the defensive side, the d line looks good with Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, and Danny Shelton in the trenches. In the secondary, Jabrill Peppers, James Bradbury, and Adoree Jackson add speed into the secondary, and at linebacker Lorenzo Carter can be a great user or a good edge rusher. The cons of the giants are, their o line will need work, if you choose not to dev Danny Dimes, then you'll need a Qb, and on defense the lack of linebacker talent is concerning.
New York Jets: The jets are in the same boat the rams are. The second best team in the same city. Now offensively, the Jets surprisingly have a decent o line. With rookie Elijah Vera-Tucker, 2nd year man Mekhi Becton, and some other veterans, this line isn't bad. The skill positions on the other hand are bad. With practically nobody besides Zach Wilson, Corey Davis, and veteran Jamison Crowder, there's not much to it. On defense the Jets signed some talent this past FA by getting edge rusher Carl Lawson and DT Sheldon Rankins. They'll join Jets LBs CJ Mosely, Blake Cashman, and Jarrad Davis. Some decent speed in that LB corps despite the ratings. In the secondary, Marcus Maye is the only hope in the secondary. The cons are simple, the lack of offensive weapons, and the lack of defense. Add some WRs, a TE, and a rb. That can be easier than adding some stud corners and maybe a linebacker or 2 on defense.
Las Vegas Raiders: The raiders decided this past FA to just blow up their good o line for whatever Gruden thought was a good idea. Their o line did get Alex Leatherwood in the draft who should be a stud. For Weapons, they have the burner combo of Henry Ruggs III and former buffalo bill, John Brown, and then speedy TE Darren Waller, you also have Josh Jacobs are Rb who may be valuable if powerbacks aren't nerfed for a 3 madden straight. On the defensive side of the the ball, the raiders have 2 decent edge rushers in: Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue, and Solomon Thomas at Dt. In the middle you have LBs Nicholas Morrow, Cory littleton, and Tanner Muse. If you want to keep them and dev those LBs ask morty for the how to because he made them into studs. In the secondary, you have former Charger, Casey Hayward, longtime raider, Karl Joseph, and young Corner Jonathan Abram. The cons of this team are the lack of o line, Derek Carr will need replaced, and the secondary can use some touching up. If you don't decide to dev the LBs, then they will need replaced too. The raiders do bolster a new indoor stadium.
Philadelphia Eagles: The eagles offense is very solid as they have talent everywhere. Jalen Hurts at Qb, miles sanders at RB, Jalen Reagor, Travis Fulgham, and Quez Watkins, are all very fast WRs, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert at TE, and then the veteran heavy oline. The defense is loaded in pass rush/d line, as it has: Fletcher Cox, Ryan Kerrigan, Javon Hargrave, and Brandon Graham. Besides Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox, the secondary is not that great, and there really isn't any talent at linebackers. The cons of the eagles are also one of their highlights. Their o line is good but they are old and expensive and will need replaced. Add in the eagles secondary and linebacker trouble, on top of a possible cap catostrophe.
San Fransico 49ers: The 49ers offense is very interesting. A stud filled o line, 2 burners at WR, a monster TE, but no true talent at RB, and a cap casulty in Jimmy G. Trey Lance will get the start and be devved by anyone. The offense is a RB and 1 more decent WR away from being a powerhouse. The defensive front 7 is also loaded with talent, with names like: JAvon Kinlaw, Nick Bosa, Samson Ebakum, Fred Warner, Maurice Hurst, and Arik Armstead, there is still plenty more depth and talent in that front 7. The seocndary is concerning. Besides Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt, there isn't any other solid DBs. The cons are far and few: RB, CB, if you can replace them the 49ers are a scary team.
Seattle Seahawks: The seahawks offense has some dangeRUSS (ill kill myself now) weapons led by Russell Wilson, the WRs include DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and rookie D'Wayne Eskridge, as well as powerback Chris Carson. Their oline got some help by trading for former Raider Gabe Jackson. On defense outside of Bobby Wagner, Tre Flowers, and Jamal Adams, the seahawks defense is far from its days as the LOB. The cons: o line, and the defense needs fixed. The defense more so because there isn't any run stoppage, or pass rush in the front 7 besides wagner. The secondary can use a little help with Adams and Flowers.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The steelers have a solid group of weapons. rookie Najee Harris at RB would have any run heavy user excited, combined with Juju, Claypool, Diontae Johnson, and James Washington at WR, and Eric Ebron and rookie TE, Pat Freiermuth, there is a ton of offensive firepower. The Steelers o line is young but can be devved if someone chose to. The defensive side of the ball is also loaded. With Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt in the middle, and Tj Watt at Edge, the defensive front also has Devin Bush at MLB and Uylsses Gilbert who can be a very fast lethal LB duo. In the secondary with Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds are a solid safety duo. The cons of the steelers are at QB, CB, and possibly Oline. If you dont want to dev o line, than they will need to be replaced. Ben will be good for 1 year and need replaced whether its because retirement or you don't want to resign him. Despite how good the steelers defense is, their CBs are weak and will need replaced immediately. Some extra pros, the steelers uniforms are nice and they will have a bunch of cap space after ben leaves. Another con: AFCN team so weather will blow.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This will be short like the Texans except the opposite. The bucs are loaded on both sides of the ball, you can't go wrong with picking this team. Defense is solid, offense is loaded with weapons and a decent oline. Only con is brady is 100 years old and will need replaced not long after the start of the cycle.
Tennessee Titans: The titans have a great offense. Led by Derrick Henry and newly acquired Julio Jones, the offense will be hard to stop. The o line is very good, and Hollywood brown compliments Julio to make them a lethal deep threat duo. The defense has some good players in: Bud Dupree, Harold Landry, Jeffery Simmons, Rashaan Evans, Jaylon Brown, Kevin Byard, and rookie Caleb Farley. The cons of the titans are at QB and at DLine. Tannehill will more than likely be rated high enough to be a solid starter for 2 seasons but will need replaced, and the defensive line outside of Dupree and Simmons isnt much. The defensive con can be fixed by switching to 4-3, putting Landry and Dupree at edge with Simmons at one of the DT.
Washington Football Team: The WFT went out and brough in some nice pieces in FA, one of them being on offense and that piece is Curtis Samuel. Combining Samuel with McLaurin is a very fast very lethal combo as both are fast and have high COD. The oline has gotten some help via FA, and Antonio Gibson is fast enough and young enough to be devved early on. The WFT was very high on my personal list because of their defense and I think anyone looks at this defense and would love to have it. With guys like Chase Young, Da'Ron Payne, Jonathan Allen, Monetz Sweat on the d line, a fast user in Cole Holcomb at MLB, rookie Jamin Davis, and the a secondary consisting of: Kendall Fuller, Landon Collins, William Jackson III, and Troy Apke, you can see why people may have the WFT high on their list as well. The cons: The cons are at Qb, with Taylor Heinicke, and Fitzmagic as your starting QBs, they will need replaced, as well as some pieces on the o line. Adding in some LB depth would also help. A pro on top of everything is the WFT Uniforms are a classic and look very nice, and they will have a lot of cap space as well.
Thank you to anyone who read or took a gander at this list. I appreciate you all and good luck to everyone in M22!!!
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