It’s been a rough offseason for the Madden NFL video game franchise.
After announcing new features for the upcoming game — with a stunning lack of updates for the beloved Franchise Mode — the hashtag #FixMaddenFranchise was trending on Twitter for what felt like forever.
The creative team had to apologize to fans and promise more updates for the forgotten mode — and it’s looking like they’ll have to say sorry again. This time to NFL players for the audacious rankings of some of the best superstars in the league.
In this pandemic, people have a plethora of free time — which means a lot more time to complain about things that don’t really matter. That being said, we’ve got some real bones to pick with EA Sports over these unbelievable Madden 21 ratings.
10. George Kittle, 98 Overall
You’re probably asking yourself, “why is someone who is rated 98 overall on this list?” Well, we’re glad you asked.
More than any other player in the league, Kittle deserves to join the 99 Club — and he should get a contract extension, too. He’s PFF’s best player from the 2019 season, and he even earned PFF’s best grade for a tight end ever.
The difference between a 98 and 99 overall in Madden is minuscule on paper, which makes it’s even more confounding why the premier tight end in the league can’t get the extra point and induction into Madden video game immortality.
The 49ers apparently agree.
9. Minkah Fitzpatrick, 87 Overall
Arguably the best safety in the league after being acquired by the Steelers, Fitzpatrick isn’t even rated as one of the 10 best players in the position group. The disrespect is palpable.
No offense to Harrison Smith, but he shouldn’t be the highest-rated safety in the NFL at 95 overall.
8. Alvin Kamara, 88 Overall
Kamara had the worst season of his young career in 2019, so it’s not a surprise to see his Madden rating take a hit. But the Saints’ dynamic running back is way too good to be rated the 10th best running back.
Kamara could be a great trade target in Madden.
7. Dak Prescott, 84 Overall
In our quarterback ranking, Prescott is the ninth-best quarterback in the NFL, which is exactly where Madden has him. So what’s the problem? It’s that 84 overall is too low, especially when players such as Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have higher ratings.
While both of those guys are future Hall of Famers, they both didn’t play like it in 2019. Prescott was the superior passer and should be rated higher.
6. T.J. Watt, 86 Overall
For some reason Watt doesn’t get the credit he deserves as one of the league’s top pass rushers — in real life and in video games.
The Steelers star has racked up 27.5 sacks over the last two seasons, yet he’s still only the seventh highest-rated outside linebacker?
Watt should be in NFL Defensive Player of the Year discussions and at least closer to the 90s in Madden rating.
5. Kyler Murray, 77 Overall
In his first season in Arizona, Murray proved that he’s a star in the making, both with his legs and his arm. So why doesn’t his Madden rating reflect that?
The 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year is the 21st best quarterback in the game, and Murray has taken notice. On ESPN’s First Take, Murray said he thought his rating was a joke and that he felt that being ranked so low was an act of “disrespect.”
4. Tom Brady, 90 Overall
So far, we’ve made an argument for every player on this list to have a higher rating in Madden 21, until now.
While we acknowledge that Brady is the GOAT, he’s still not going to defeat Father Time. The former Patriots quarterback was good but not great last year, and that should be reflected in his Madden rating.
3. Deshaun Watson, 86 Overall
One of the best players under 25, Watson has been to back-to-back Pro Bowls in his two healthy campaigns but he’s still rated just 86 overall.
Watson, like Murray, wasn’t a fan of his rating — and he let the world know about it.
2. Lamar Jackson, 94 Overall
We’re not here to advocate for Lamar Jackson to be a 99 overall, but the reigning MVP should be much higher than a 94.
The Ravens star quarterback is a league-winner in fantasy football and an absolute cheat code in Madden. The only reason to keep Jackson’s overall at 94 is because he’s so unfair to play with in the game.
1. Rob Gronkowski, 95 Overall
Now, we’re not here to disrespect the former WWE 24/7 Champion, but after taking a year off from football — and looking like he was washed in 2018 — Gronk doesn’t deserve to be a 95 at anything except his famous Gronk Spike.
If Gronk is a 95, then Travis Kelce and Kittle should be 120 overall. Gronk can surely prove us wrong, but that’s what roster updates are for.
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