There are many different things that you can do to try and earn some bragging rights over your friends and family. But if they are a fan of the NFL and video games, it stands to reason that they are probably a pretty huge fan of the Madden NFL series. And even if not, it being the only NFL game every year may still be enough to get you forking over your cash every single year; even if the game is definitely not without some serious flaws. Which also means that I'm sure you've also gotten a little braggy after you've decimated your friends worse than the Broncos in Super Bowl 48.
People are going to have a strong reaction, positive or negative, every time Madden releases their player ratings for the upcoming game. As it may be the awful rating of one of your favorite players that have you leaving the game to collect dust in your cabinet.
Though as vocal as the fanbase has been about some of the worst ratings that will definitely need to be tweaked for upcoming roster updates, that's nothing compared to how upset the players themselves get when they see what Madden has to say about how their past year on the field impacted their rating. But perhaps it is the players who have been the most vocal in how furious they are at their rating, who are also the ones who are getting their phone blown up with people teasing them and are just worried about their ego!
These Are The 25 Madden 19 Ratings That Make No Sense.
25 Leonard Fournette Asked To Get Removed
There is no question that Leonard Fournette will be in Madden 2019 and provided his career continues on the path that it has, he will be in future games too. But if Madden wants to make him happy, they'll definitely err on the side of caution and give him a higher rating next year.
After the game gave him an overall of 87, Fournette joked that he should be removed from the game because he was so displeased.
Fournette was ranked below 9 other running backs. Perhaps he will always feel competitive against fellow sophomore, Kareem Hunt, who came in at an 89 this year.
24 Andrew Luck Gets Overrated With An 87
Andrew Luck has had many moments on the field where he has looked fantastic, but the 87 overall that he earned from last year's non-performance due to sitting out with an injury may have you shaking your head as to where that number comes from.
Luck comes in above players like Carson Wentz (86), Derek Carr (83) and Jared Goff (83).
The Vikings are also probably hoping the guaranteed contract they gave out to Kirk Cousins will produce a player higher than the 82 overall rating they have him entering Madden 2019 with, or they may find themselves with some serious regrets going forward.
23 Chandler Jones Somehow Did Not Crack 90
Chandler Jones has every reason to believe that he was the best defensive end in all of football last year. He led the league in sacks, which is definitely a pretty important statistic for him to care about, and also showed off his dominance by leading the league in tackles for loss.
But despite this, Jones doesn't even crack a 90 overall ranking as Madden felt it was fitting to lowball him with an 89.
This is something that you may agree definitely would not happen if Jones had perhaps played for a bigger market. 12 other defensive ends (right or left side) also have a higher rating than Jones.
22 Alvin Kamara Gets Disrespected With 88 Rating
Alvin Kamara was all over the field last year making things awful for the life of the opposing defensive coordinator. Whether it was his 728 yards on the ground of 826 yards caught through the air, it's clear that Kamara was a double threat. Kamara was also ranked as the 3rd best running back according to the NFL's Top 100 list. His Madden rating of 88 puts him behind 8 other running backs, as well as having 8 other running backs who were considered to have a higher catching rating than Kamara. If he drops that screen pass and you scream at the game, you may know why.
21 Jordan Reed Scores a Higher Rating Than Zach Ertz (94 to 91)
It's hard to say how good of a player Jordan Reed is. But do you really think he's the 3rd best tight end in football? Madden thinks so, with their rating of 94. But let's be real here, Reed's strongest year came back in 2015 when he recorded 952 yards (while starting in 9 games). His performance dipped the next year (686 yards in 8 games started) and last year saw only 5 games started with 211 yards.
Zach Ertz, in comparison who ranks in at 91, has recorded over 800 yards the past 3 seasons including in 2015 when he only started in 7 games.
20 C.J. Mosley Gets An Awful 84 Rating
If you're playing as the Ravens this year, you're going to deal with a QB that has an overall rating of 79 whether you're picking Flacco or Jackson.
But disappointment may also follow you on defense when you find out the team's arguably best defender, C.J. Mosley, got an 84 rating this year.
Mosley went to the pro bowl in 2017 after recording a career high in tackles with 96, with another 36 assisted tackles tacked on for a total of 132. Reuben Foster, in comparison, came in at an 87. Perhaps those numbers should have been reversed and Foster could earn his bump after proving himself in his 2nd year.
19 Stefon Diggs' Miraculous 90
The "Minnesota Miracle" that happened when the Vikings knocked off the Saints on a last second play by Stefon Diggs was amazing. But Diggs' ranking of 90 - despite never having a year where he hauled in over 1,000 yards - may also be a sign of the ratings showing some recency bias in his favor. Diggs did manage to haul in 8 TDs last year which was his career high, but he may need to do a lot more than that if he is going to stay among the very best wide receivers in Madden by the time the year ends.
18 Todd Gurley Only Gets A 92?
Todd Gurley was the best offensive player in 2017, as was recognized at the end of the year awards show. The numbers back Gurley up, who averaged 4.7 yards per carry to the tune of 1,305 yards and 13 TDs. Gurley is also a threat through the air, hauling in 788 yards last year (on 64 catches). So why is he only rated a 92? David Johnson, who battled injuries last year came in at a 93 and Le'Veon Bell, who while talented, may have less promise than Gurley but is the best RB in the game with a 96.
17 Andy Dalton Gets Ranked At 77 Overall
There were a few different issues with the Cincinnati Bengals last year, but there were still some moments where Andy Dalton showed why he's their QB. But if you're a Bengals fan, you may find yourself wanting to go with someone else at the QB position in Madden.
Dalton's year of 25 TDs and only 12 interceptions (with 3,320 yards) saw him score an abysmal rating of 77.
His rating is the same as Patrick Mahomes and below Lamar Jackson, both of whom may have potential, but seriously? At least Dalton will have A.J. Green who comes in as a 93 overall to help him out both in real life and in the game.
16 Landon Collins Is a Top 5 Safety But Ranked 8th
Let's be honest, the New York Giants aren't exactly going to be playing for the postseason this upcoming year and they definitely weren't last year either. But maybe that's why the stats guy at Madden seemed to just overlook Landon Collins who PFF ranked as the 18th best player in the entire league. 7 other strong safeties rank higher than Collins including Adrian Amos out of Chicago who failed to make PFF's top 50 list and was dwarfed by Collins in the statistics department. Unfortunately, if the Giants continue to struggle, Collins may continue to have to plead for his case.
15 Larry Fitzgerald Doesn't Crack The Top 10
You would be foolish if you didn't still consider Larry Fitzgerald one of the best wide receivers in football even if he may also be considered one of the biggest veterans in the league. Last year was business as usual for Fitzgerald as he brought in 100+ catches and 1,000+ yards (ending at 1,156) for the 3rd straight season.
Despite this, Fitzgerald doesn't even crack the top 10 in Madden, coming in as the 12th best wide receiver with a rating of 89.
Perhaps the constant mark of consistency that is Fitzgerald will see him crack the 90s by the time the year is done.
14 Taylor Lewan Gets Ranked As 8th Best Left Tackle
The Tennessee Titans are hoping that Taylor Lewan is going to be able to become the best left tackle in football after they signed him very recently to a contract that made him the highest paid offensive lineman of all-time. The contract, 5-year, $80 million (with $50 million) guaranteed will also keep Mariota happy as Lewan is perhaps the person most responsible for keeping him up on his feet and off the injury report! But if you're looking for Lewan in the top 5 of left tackles in Madden, you'd be looking for a while. Lewan's overall of 85 puts 7 other left tackles ahead of him.
13 Deshaun Watson's Injury Derails Him With An 82
There weren't many injuries last year that was more devastating than Deshaun Watson's injury. And you have to imagine that if Watson had continued playing at the pace that he did, that he would be considered one of the best offensive players in the league. But the lowball rating of 82 definitely seems to indicate that nothing stood out to the person in charge of ratings more than the injury. Watson put up close to 1,700 yards through the air, 269 on the ground and was responsible for 21 TDs and his rating should definitely be reflective of those accomplishments.
12 Tyler Eifert Gets An 89... With 46 Total Yards
Tyler Eifert needs to stay healthy for the Bengals to be competitive this year. Eifert looked like a strong player back in 2015 when he hauled in 52 passes for 615 yards. But 2016 saw him start in only 2 games, leading to 394 yards and 2017 was worse with only one game started with 46 yards. Both years also saw it end with him undergoing back surgery. This means you're justified in being hesitant about Eifert. But as for Madden, they clearly have no doubts in Eifert as they gave him far too high a rating of 89.
11 Budda Baker Gets Underrated With A 79 Rating
Budda Baker isn't the best player on this list, in fact, he may be who you consider to be the worst. But that doesn't mean you should sleep on Baker. He was ranked as the 2nd best player drafted in the 2nd round from the 2017 draft according to PFF. He also helped force two fumbles and recorded 74 tackles (16 assisted) in 7 games started, which means that by the time the 2018 season ends, he may be one of the best players.
But his overall rating of 79 means you might not even know he is in the game. Baker talked about his rating saying "Disappointed @EASPORTS...79!!!?" though at least he did also say he doesn't play video games.
10 D.J. Swearinger Is Ready To Get His Rating Bumped
I'm sure that when D.J. Swearinger sat down and took a look at his Madden 2019 rating and realized he was ranked at an 87 which put 8 other safeties ahead of him, he may have let out a few swear words, as indicated by what he Tweeted out
"Big DisRespect Big Homie But It's All gucci We Gone Sauce It Up With The Updates After Week 1. Really Trying Us Tho!! But I Ain REall Did Much I Ain Have But 8 or 9 picks (on film) give or take the last two years But I Guess I Need that In One Year".
Well, to be fair to Madden, yes Swearinger, you do.
9 Carson Wentz Is The 48th Best At Throwing Under Pressure
Carson Wentz was well on his way to having a year last year that earned him the league's highest honor of MVP. Instead, he had to sit on the sidelines and watch Nick Foles lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl, but I'm sure he still didn't have too many complaints about how his performance on the field went.
Despite this, Wentz's rating of 86 placed him as the 10th best quarterback.
If Wentz stays healthy and continues to prove why he may be an MVP candidate again, he may end the year as the league's best QB. One thing that should be improved? Wentz was ranked as the 48th best QB as throwing under pressure, c'mon guys, that's just wrong.
8 Cameron Heyward Thinks The Rating System Is Trash
Cam Heyward may be able to sleep at night knowing that he ended up getting a small boost to his overall rating in Madden 2019. But the only reason for that was because he was one of the most vocal players about how hosed he felt he got for his rating, saying "88 and it's trash" when asked about it, as many other defensive ends were ranked above him. To be fair, Heyward was one of the best players in the league last year including being named all pro and bringing in 12 sacks which was the best of his entire career.
7 Sean Lee Receives Some Cowboys Bias
There are many people out there who are upset that the person in charge of doing the ratings is a Cowboys fan. One of the biggest examples as to where they feel he overrates the players on the Cowboys may be with Sean Lee. Who despite having a 2017 season that saw him miss time from injury saw his overall rating jump up 5 points and come in at a shockingly high of 96 overall which marked him as the 4th best linebacker in the game. At this point in his career, Sean Lee has yet to finish a complete season. At least his injury rating is an 83!
6 Tyrann Mathieu Doesn't Get Why He's a 93
Tyrann Mathieu is going to do everything he can to make the Arizona Cardinals regret their decision to cut him. Something that I'm sure will also make Houston Texans fans very happy if he ends up putting out the best year of his entire career, which to this point, has had some impressive moments. But if you are surprised that Mathieu was ranked as a 93, you'd be in the same boat as himself as he stated: "Damn I got cut and I'm a 93" which also placed him as the 5th best safety (and 3rd best free safety). Kevin Byard who was a beast for the Titans last year came in at 89.
5 Where Does Keenan Allen Actually Stand?
Keenan Allen's 2016 year was ended after only 1 game that left many fans disappointed as a result. But his 2017 was the best year of his entire career with 1,393 yards and 6 TDs. So why did Madden decide to give Keenan a 92 rating? If you want to draw a comparison, at least to a tight end, the game overrated Delanie Walker's 800 yard (3 TD) season with a score of 93. Odell Beckham Jr's past year of 4 games (2 started) and 302 yards (3 TD) also doesn't seem to indicate why he got a 95.
4 Carlos Dunlap Feels Very Disrespected
Carlos Dunlap is definitely not a new player in the league, having being drafted way back in 2010. Dunlap may be familiar with Madden not giving him the rating he feels he deserves, but his overall rating of 84 in this upcoming game led to him vocalizing his frustrations online, saying
"Smh no R-E-S-P-E-C-T" (though at least his spelling game is apparently still on point!). But to be accurate, Dunlap's 2017 was a bit of a far cry from his 2016 year that saw him be named to the pro bowl. Perhaps it will be the extra motivation that he needs to make sure he gets out to a hot start this year.
3 Ryan Shazier Doesn't Get Why He Deserves His Rating
Ryan Shazier's year came to a tragic end last year after suffering an injury that left people wondering if he may ever walk again. But despite this, Shazier has made a strong recovery and is included in Madden 2019 with a rating of 86, playing him as the 14th best linebacker. A rating that led Shazier to say "This is one of the most disrespectful things I seen a a long time. @EAMaddenNFL what did I do to deserve this??" While drafted in the first round, I wouldn't be surprised if Shazier feels being drafted 15th overall was also disrespectful!
2 Jamal Agnew Gets An 81 Stat For Returning
Who do you think was the best returner in football last year? If your answer isn't Jamal Agnew, you're probably wrong. Agnew led in every statistic that matters for returners including two touchdowns and ended up being named as a First-team All-Pro. Despite this, Madden 2019 ranks his returning stat as a ridiculous 81 that doesn't even make him the top player on his own team and has 50+ players with a higher rating. Agnew tweeted "81 return @EAMaddenNFL! Y'all done lost your mind..."
How do you argue with him there when all of the stats point in his direction? You can expect his numbers to get adjusted.
1 Akiem Hicks' Best Year Hurts His Rating
Akiem Hicks is going to do everything in his power to make sure that he is constantly improving as a player. After the last year that saw him record a career high in sacks (with 8.5) he was hoping for a better rating in Madden 2019. But as you will infer from his tweet, that was not the case:
"How I went from 86 to 85 wit a better season. Yaw gone lose credibility"
While I don't know if the ranking of Hicks alone is enough for the game to lose credibility, the fact that he's one of many upset players may definitely get you thinking.