We've never actually done it so we can't say this with absolute certainty, but we imagine that studying game tape is hell for NFL players. Not because it's not helpful—we're sure it is—but because it's, well, "studying." After all, don't guys become football players so that they don't have to do things like studying? And yet, it sounds like they're still forced to watch hours and hours of game tape every week to be successful on the field.

With that in mind, we've gotta give some credit to Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith for finding a way to beat the system. Rather than lock himself in Baltimore's film room for 10 hours a day this week, he's found a fun and easy way to scout the Patriots secondary: He's playing plenty of Madden against his brother, who always picks the Pats. "The biggest thing I know about New England is my brother always picks them in Madden," he told reporters this week. "They pretty much always have the best offense...in that game."

Hmmm...So, do you think Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are joining Smith and using Madden to study Tom Brady this week? Unlikely. But, hey: That Pats D is weak this year. So we're pretty sure that Smith can get away with using Madden to study the opposing defense. For this week, at least.

[via Shutdown Corner]

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