Sport Best, worst teams in 'Madden NFL 19' based on ratings

20:35  12 july  2018
20:35  12 july  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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With the release of all finalized player ratings for "Madden NFL 19," which can be viewed here, more detailed assessments can now be made regarding the relative strengths of all 32 teams at launch of this year's video game.

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Using a formula involving the number of players rated in the elite class of 90-plus, quality starters that come in at 80-plus, contributors that fall in the 76-79 range and a bonus based on the rating of the team's starting quarterback, we're able to determine the best and worst teams for "Madden NFL 19."

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1. Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have received a significant Super Bowl bump. They have by far the most players rated both 90-plus and 80-plus. They also are one of only two teams that have multiple quarterbacks rated 80 or above, with Carson Wentz (86) and Nick Foles (80). One of the few ways the team could improve would be Wentz rising from his 86, which will happen if he stays healthy and plays at an MVP level.

2. New Orleans Saints

While they fell in stunning fashion in the divisional round last season, the Saints will start this season as the second best team in the game. New Orleans has top-level players, including the league's fourth-ranked QB in Drew Brees (90) and the fourth-best DE in Cameron Jordan (95). Last season's Rookies of the Year, Marshon Lattimore and Alvin Kamara, enter their sophomore seasons at 90 and 88, respectively. The Saints' roster depth is impressive, with 25 players rated between 76 and 88.

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3. New England Patriots

The Patriots are still the top AFC team. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are the only players on the same team rated 99. New England has a cornerback duo rated 87 and safety Devin McCourty at 92, giving it one of the best defensive backfields in the league. Julian Edelman, 88, will miss the first four games of the season due to suspension, leaving Brady during that time with just one wide receiver rated over 77 (Chris Hogan, 83).

4. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons nearly toppled the Eagles in the wild-card round last season, and they're rated as a real threat again. The team has great players at the top of the roster, with five rated 90-plus to go along with good depth (16 players are rated 80-89). Matt Ryan (89) has dynamic players around him in Julio Jones (98), Devonta Freeman (91) and Tevin Coleman (86).

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5. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville almost upset New England in last year's AFC title game, and its roster for "Madden NFL 19" is good enough to suggest the Jags have a chance again this season to win the AFC. No team has lock-down corners like the Jaguars, with Jalen Ramsey, the top rated at the position (97), and A.J. Bouye (94). The defense as a whole is stacked with 10 starters rated 83 or higher. Blake Bortles is an 80.

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6. Dallas Cowboys

The first non-playoff team to appear in the rankings, the Cowboys have a top-heavy roster but are shaky with depth. Their six players rated 90-plus are the second most, but they are in the lower third of the league as far as number of players rated between 76 and 89. Three offensive lineman are rated 95 or higher (Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith) and RB Ezekiel Elliott is a 92. QB Dak Prescott comes off a bit of a sophomore slump at 82.

7. Los Angeles Chargers

The LA team that did not make the playoffs is ranked above the one that did. The Chargers have four players 90-plus and 17 80-plus. They have an edge between the two Los Angeles teams because Philip Rivers is ranked as the eighth best quarterback in the league. The bookends on the defensive line, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, are both rated 90.

8. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams' defensive line will be difficult for any offense to contain, with Aaron Donald at 99 and Ndamukong Suh at 92. Behind them is a secondary of LaMarcus Joyner (92), Aqib Talib (89) and Marcus Peters (87). The team in real life presents some potential headaches, which don't matter to "Madden" unless real-life suspensions occur. Todd Gurley (92) is the third best running back in the league.

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9. Oakland Raiders

Another AFC West team that failed to make the postseason slides into the top 10. The soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders have a game-wrecker in Khalil Mack (98) and a strong offensive line anchored by Rodney Hudson (95). Jordy Nelson pairs with Amari Cooper both at 86, but the team will only go as far as QB Derek Carr (83) can take it.

10. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings arguably are the most underrated team by "Madden NFL 19." After reaching the NFC championship game, they improved in the offseason but find themselves only 10th. The signing of Kirk Cousins didn't offer much improvement for the video game; as an 82, he is just a single point above Case Keenum. The roster features five players rated 90-plus, with Harrison Smith (97) the highest-rated safety in the league.

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11. Pittsburgh Steelers

Four of the top five players for the Steelers are on the offensive side of the ball: WR Antonio Brown (99), Le'Veon Bell (96) as the league's best running back, offensive lineman David DeCastro (95) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (88). The defense is the concern; only four players rate higher than 82.

12. Seattle Seahawks

Having lost some big names over the offseason, the Seahawks no longer have one of the most talented rosters in "Madden." However, with Russell Wilson as the third-ranked QB (92), Bobby Wagner (97) as the second-best linebacker, Earl Thomas (95) as the second-best safety and Doug Baldwin (90) as the eighth-best wide receiver, the roster still has big-time playmakers.

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13. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers joins Tom Brady as the only QBs rated 99 in "Madden," but the roster behind Rodgers is showing more signs of weakness than in recent seasons. Only 16 other players on the roster are rated above 77, which is in the lower third of the league.

14. Tennessee Titans

Tight end Delanie Walker is the only player rated above 90 for the Titans, but the team has good depth with 17 players rated 80-89. The secondary is among the best in the game, and the running game should be strong with Dion Lewis (87) and Derrick Henry (86).

15. Washington Redskins

Washington is balanced but average; it has with three players rated 90-plus and 12 more 80-plus. Tight end Jordan Reed (94) and left tackle Trent Williams (94) lead the way. New QB Alex Smith (84) represents a ratings upgrade from Kirk Cousins last year.

16. Carolina Panthers

The Panthers are in the middle of the pack despite having Luke Kuechly (99) and Greg Olsen (92). Cam Newton at 88 is considered a top-10 QB, and 12 other players are rated 80 and above.

17. Kansas City Chiefs

Starting QB Pat Mahomes (77) might pay off for Kansas City in the long run, but it's a seven-point loss at the position to begin the season in "Madden." Eric Berry (96), Travis Kelce (95) and Justin Houston (90) represent the Chiefs' elite class of players, with 11 others rated 80 and above.

18. Houston Texans

The Texans are one of the most intriguing teams in "Madden NFL 19." They have four players rated 90-plus, but all of them are injury-prone. Only eight others on the roster find themselves at 80 or higher. Deshaun Watson (82) is the one to watch as a dynamic player. He will rise quickly if he performs as he did last year prior to a season-ending injury.

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19. Detroit Lions

The Lions have a good secondary and pair of wide receivers, plus an adequate quarterback, but otherwise don't flash in any way. CB Darius Slay (91) is the only player on the roster who is 90 or better, and WR Golden Tate is next at 89. Matthew Stafford (85) ranks just outside the top 10 among QBs.

20. Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore's best player, LG Marshal Yanda (92), plays one of the least significant positions. The team does have a solid number of players rated above 80, however, with 14 more. Both quarterbacks, Joe Flacco and rookie Lamar Jackson, are rated 79. Jackson will probably be the better "Madden" option, but if he doesn't see the field early in the season, he won't have an opportunity to improve that rating.

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21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lavonte David (95) and Gerald McCoy (90) lead the way for the Bucs' defense, while Mike Evans is the highest-rated player on offense (89). Jameis Winston's suspension will hurt the team early in the season even though he's only rated 80. Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick is seven points lower.

22. Denver Broncos

Despite being led by Von Miller, a 99, the Broncos are the worst team in the AFC West. Fourteen other Denver players, though, find themselves rated 80-plus, which is middle-of-the-pack for the league. At least the team has a competent option at QB this season.

23. Cleveland Browns

Only two teams lack a player rated 90 or better, and the Browns are one of them. However, Cleveland has a roster that could be sneaky-good with 16 players between 80-89. Baker Mayfield and Tyrod Taylor are both fun options at quarterback with ratings of 81. The two best players on the team, rated 89, are the offensive guards, while Jarvis Landry (87) and Josh Gordon (82) are dynamic weapons at receiver. Mayfield and Taylor both will be able to run around and make big plays due in large part to those four players.

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24. San Francisco 49ers

Many are high on the 49ers after a strong finish to last season with Jimmy Garoppolo (83) at quarterback. They'll have to prove it, though, to get big ratings bumps in "Madden." New CB Richard Sherman (90) and LT Joe Staley (90) are the top-rated players on the roster, but only 10 others are rated 80 or above.

25. Chicago Bears

With a young roster that could be on the rise, the Bears are a potential sleeper in the video game. Safety Adrian Amos (90) is the highest-rated player, but 13 others find themselves 80 or better. Jordan Howard seems underrated at 85. QB Mitchell Trubisky (74) is the lowest-rated starting QB in the league.

26. New York Giants

The Giants have WR Odell Beckham Jr. (95) and TE Evan Engram (85), but their strengths are on defense. DT Damon Harrison (95) is joined by SS Landon Collins (88) and CB Janoris Jenkins (88). The trend at the bottom of the league, though, is poor QB play. Eli Manning (76) is past his prime and rated accordingly.

27. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have two players rated 90-plus (A.J. Green and Geno Atkins) but just nine others who are 80-plus. QB Andy Dalton is only rated 77 but can at least throw to big-play targets in Green and Tyler Eifert (89).

28. Miami Dolphins

With of the least dynamic rosters in the game, the Dolphins at least have a 90-plus player in safety Reshad Jones and a good set of defensive ends in Cameron Wake (89) and William Hayes (87). New WR Danny Amendola (85) is the highest-rated skill position player. QB Ryan Tannehill (78) needs to stay healthy, or it'll be Brock Osweiler (72) stepping in.

29. Buffalo Bills

The Bills are the team with the biggest drop, going from a playoff appearance to near the bottom of the league. The team has a great pair of safeties in Micah Hyde (92) and Jordan Poyer (88). However, the Bills' other good player, RB LeSean McCoy (90), is facing accusations that could spell the end of his time with the Bills, if not the league. Only seven other players on the roster are rated 80-plus.

30. Indianapolis Colts

The bottom three teams in the rankings are in a classification of their own as the worst teams in "Madden NFL 19." The Colts don't have a single player at 90-plus and only 10 who are 80-plus. They have the edge on the next two teams because of quarterback Andrew Luck (87), assuming he actually returns from a lengthy injury and performs up to his previous level of play.

31. Arizona Cardinals

With four great players (David Johnson, Patrick Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Chandler Jones), one would not expect to see the Cardinals this low. However, there is no top-tier talent behind those four on the roster; nobody rated above an 82. There also is not a great option at QB with the immobile and injury-prone Sam Bradford (79) and untested rookie Josh Rosen (78).

32. New York Jets

The Jets went into "Madden NFL 18" last year with the worst roster but managed to be a competitive club in real life. The game is more about individuals than how a team comes together, though, and once again, the Jets just don't have the players. Their highest-rated player, SS Jamal Adams, is an 86. They have just nine total players rated 80-plus and no clear top option at quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown are both 78, and rookie Sam Darnold begins at 75.

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Bryan Wiedey posts sports gaming news and analysis daily at Pastapadre.com, is co-founder of the sports gaming site HitThePass.com, hosts the "Press Row Podcast" and can be reached on Twitter @Pastapadre.

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