Cruz faces Orakpo in Madden tournament

March, 21, 2012
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Victor Cruz is the Giants' representative in the Madden '13 Cover vote tournament, and he's a No. 2 seed.

Cruz beat Jason Pierre-Paul to represent the Giants in the play-in round and now faces the Redskins' 15th-seeded Brian Orakpo in the first round of the 32-man tournament. If Cruz advances, he will face the winner of the matchup between the Jets' Darrelle Revis and Buffalo's Stevie Johnson.

The overwhelming majority of Giants fans want Cruz nowhere near the cover, so as to avoid the Madden curse. The one thing that should benefit those fans is the fact that the No. 1 seed in Cruz's bracket is Carolina's Cam Newton, somebody who could easily advance to the final.

Anyways, if you care to vote -- either for Cruz or for Orakpo -- go here to vote. Tell us who you want to see on the Madden cover below.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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