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These Are All the X-Factor Abilities in Madden NFL 21

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While each X-Factor requires different parameters to be met and can be deactivated in a game if the opposition meets its own requirements, when active, X-Factors represent the game's biggest influences. This year's list differs from last year's thanks to new stars rising and others fading. Below we'll give you a rundown of every team's…
These Are All the X-Factor Abilities in Madden NFL 21

While each X-Factor requires different parameters to be met and can be deactivated in a game if the opposition meets its own requirements, when active, X-Factors represent the game’s biggest influences. This year’s list differs from last year’s thanks to new stars rising and others fading.
Below we’ll give you a rundown of every team’s Superstar X-Factor players, what ability they’ve been bestowed, and what each ability does. We’ll also highlight which team has the most X-Factor players and which teams, sadly, have none at all.
Keep in mind this is the launch list and throughout the season, players can acquire or lose X-Factor abilities based on their real-life performance.
Below is every X-Factor assigned in the game on a team by team basis, with special attention paid to teams with the most X-Factors and the teams without any X-Factors.
Chicago BearsX-Factor: Khalil MackAbility: Unstoppable Force – pass runs wins lead to quicker block shedding
Other Superstars: Allen Robinson II
advertisementCincinnati BengalsX-Factor: NoneOther Superstars: Joe Mixon, Geno Atkins
Buffalo BillsX-Factor: Stefon DiggsAbility: Rac ‘Em Up – wins RAC catches versus single coverage
X-Factor: Tre’Davious WhiteAbility: Shutdown – tighter coverage and more INTs on contested catches
Other Superstars: Micah Hyde
Denver BroncosX-Factor: Von MillerAbility: Fearmonger – chance to pressure the QB while engaged with a blocker
Other Superstars: Justin Simmons, Courtland Sutton
Cleveland BrownsX-Factor: Myles GarrettAbility: Unstoppable Force – pass rush wins lead to quicker block shedding
X-Factor: Nick ChubbAbility: Wrecking Ball – high success rate on next three trucks or stiff arms
Other Superstars: Odell Beckham Jr.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersX-Factor: Mike EvansAbility: Double Me – wins aggressive catches versus single coverage
X-Factor: Tom BradyAbility: Pro Reads – highlights the first open target and ignores pressure
Other Superstars: Rob Gronkowski, Lavonte David, Chris Godwin, Shaquil Barrett
Arizona CardinalsX-Factor: Deandre HopkinsAbility: Double Me – wins aggressive catches versus single coverage
X-Factor: Chandler JonesAbility: Fearmonger – chance to pressure QB while engaged with a blocker
Other Superstars: Budda Baker, Kyler Murray
Los Angeles ChargersX-Factor: Keenan AllenAbility: Max Security – high success rate on possession catches
X-Factor: Joey BosaAbility: Unstoppable Force – pass rush wins lead to quicker block shedding
X-Factor: Derwin JamesAbility: Reinforcement – higher chance to defeat run blocks and disrupt catches
Other Superstars: Chris Harris Jr.
Kansas City ChiefsX-Factor: Patrick MahomesAbility: Bazooka – max throwing distance increased by 15+ yards
X-Factor: Travis KelceAbility: Double Me – wins aggressive catches versus single coverage
X-Factor: Tyreek HillAbility: RAC ‘Em Up – wins RAC catches versus single coverage
X-Factor: Tyrann MathieuAbility: Reinforcement – higher chance to defeat run blocks and disrupt catches
X-Factor: Chris JonesAbility: Momentum Shift – on field opponents have their zone progress wiped
Other Superstars: Mitchell Schwartz
Indianapolis ColtsX-Factor: NoneOther Superstars: Quenton Nelson, Deforest Buckner, T.Y. Hilton
Dallas CowboysX-Factor: Amari CooperAbility: Max Security – high success rate on possession catches
X-Factor: Ezekiel ElliotAbility: Freight Train – increased chance to break the next tackle attempt
X-Factor: DeMarcus LawrenceAbility: Unstoppable Force – pass rush wins lead to quicker block shedding
Other Superstars: Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, Dak Prescott
Miami DolphinsX-Factor: NoneOther Superstars: Byron Jones
Philadelphia EaglesX-Factor: Fletcher CoxAbility: Fearmonger – chance to pressure the QB while engaged with a blocker
Other Superstars: Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Darius Slay Jr., Zach Ertz, Lane Johnson, Carson Wentz
Atlanta FalconsX-Factor: Julio JonesAbility: Double Me – wins aggressive catches versus single coverage
Other Superstars: Grady Jarrett, Matt Ryan
Washington Football TeamX-Factor: NoneOther Superstars: Brandon Scherff, Ryan Kerrigan
San Francisco 49ersX-Factor: George KittleAbility: YAC ‘Em Up – increased chance to break the first post-catch tackle
X-Factor: Richard ShermanAbility: Shutdown – tighter coverage and more INTs on contested catches
X-Factor: Nick BosaAbility: Relentless – rush moves no longer cost points
Other Superstars: Trent Williams, Fred Warner, Arik Armstead
New York GiantsX-Factor: Saquon BarkleyAbility: First One Free – high fakeout rate on next juke, spin, or hurdle
Other Superstars: None
Jacksonville JaguarsX-Factor: NoneOther Superstars: Leonard Fournette, Josh Allen
New York JetsX-Factor: NoneOther Superstars: None
Detroit LionsX-Factor: NoneOther Superstars: Kenny Golladay
Green Bay PackersX-Factor: Davante Adams
Ability: Double Me – wins aggressive catches versus single coverage
X-Factor: Jaire Alexander
Ability: Shutdown – tighter coverage and more INTs on contested coverage
X-Factor: Aaron RodgersAbility: Gambler – faster passes that can’t be picked off by AI defenders
Other Superstars: David Bakhtiari, Kenny Clark, Za’Darius Smith
Carolina PanthersX-Factor: Christian McCaffreyAbility: Ankle Breaker – high fakeout rate on skill moves following the catch
Other Superstars: D.J. Moore
New England PatriotsX-Factor: Stephon GilmoreAbility: Shutdown – tighter coverage and more INTs on contested catches
X-Factor: Devin McCourty
Ability: Zone Hawk – More INTs in zone coverage
Other Superstars: Julian Edelman
Las Vegas RaidersX-Factor: NoneOther Superstars: Rodney Hudson, Josh Jacobs, Trent Brown
Los Angeles RamsX-Factor: Aaron DonaldAbility: Blitz – on field blockers have their resistance bars wiped
X-Factor: Jalen RamseyAbility: Bottleneck – dominantly win man press attempts
Other Superstars: Cooper Kupp, Andrew Whitworth
Baltimore RavensX-Factor: Calais CampbellAbility: Run Stuffer – block shedding is more effective versus run plays
X-Factor: Lamar JacksonAbility: Truzz – can’t fumble as a result of a tackle
Other Superstars: Ronnie Stanley, Marlon Humphrey
New Orleans SaintsX-Factor: Michael ThomasAbility: Max Security – high success rate on possession catches
X-Factor: Cameron JordanAbility: Unstoppable Force – pass rush wins lead to quicker block shedding
X-Factor: Drew BreesAbility: Pro Reads – highlights the first open target and ignores pressure
Other Superstars: Terron Armstead, Ryan Ramczyk, Alvin Kamara
Seattle SeahawksX-Factor: Bobby WagnerAbility: Avalanche – downhill hit-sticks force fumbles
X-Factor: Russell WilsonAbility: Blitz Radar – highlights extra blitzers
X-Factor: Jamal AdamsAbility: Avalanche – downhill hit-sticks force fumbles
Other Superstars: None
Pittsburgh SteelersX-Factor: T.J. WattAbility: Unstoppable Force – pass rush wins lead to quicker block shedding
Other Superstars: David Decastro, Cameron Heyward, Minkah Fitzpatrick
Houston TexansX-Factor: J.J. WattAbility: Relentless – rush moves no longer cost points
Other Superstars: Deshaun Watson
Tennessee TitansX-Factor: Derrick HenryAbility: Freight Train – increased chance to break the next tackle attempt
Other Superstars: Kevin Byard
Minnesota VikingsX-Factor: Harrison SmithAbility: Reinforcement – higher chance to defeat run blocks and disrupt catches
X-Factor: Dalvin CookAbility: First One Free – high fakeout rate on next juke, spin, or hurdle
X-Factor: Adam ThielenAbility: Double Me – wins aggressive catches versus single coverage
X-Factor: Danielle HunterAbility: Unstoppable Force – pass rush wins lead to quicker block shedding
Other Superstars: Eric Kendricks
Team with the most X-FactorsWith five Superstar X-Factors in total, the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs have the most in Madden NFL 21 at launch.
Team with the most total Superstars (Superstars and X-Factors combined)Though they have just one X-Factor in Fletcher Cox, the Philadelphia Eagles hold the current record for the most overall Superstars at seven total thanks to six other Superstar-level players on the roster.
Teams with no X-FactorsAlmost a quarter of the league, or seven teams total, have no X-Factor players at all. These teams are the Bengals, Colts, Dolphins, Washington Football Team, Jets, Lions, and Raiders.
The New York Jets stand alone as the only team in Madden NFL 21 without any X-Factors or Superstars following the team’s trade of Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks.
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