Expectations primarily based on the earlier season and predictions for the one forward do not all the time match the effectiveness of gamers and groups in video video games. That is very true firstly of the season. Going into 2017 in “Madden NFL 18,” the eventual Tremendous Bowl-champion Eagles have been ranked 25th.
Utilizing a formulation involving the variety of gamers rated within the elite class of 90-plus, high quality starters that are available in at 80-plus, contributors that fall within the 76-79 vary and a bonus primarily based on the ranking of the crew’s beginning quarterback, we’re in a position to decide the perfect and worst groups for “Madden NFL 19.”
1. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have acquired a major Tremendous Bowl bump. They’ve by far probably the most gamers rated each 90-plus and 80-plus. They are also one in every of solely two groups which have a number of quarterbacks rated 80 or above, with Carson Wentz (86) and Nick Foles (80). One of many few methods the crew might enhance can be Wentz rising from his 86, which is able to occur if he stays wholesome and performs at an MVP degree.
2. New Orleans Saints
Whereas they fell in beautiful trend within the divisional spherical final season, the Saints will begin this season because the second finest crew within the recreation. New Orleans has top-level gamers, together with the league’s fourth-ranked QB in Drew Brees (90) and the fourth-best DE in Cameron Jordan (95). Final season’s Rookies of the Yr, Marshon Lattimore and Alvin Kamara, enter their sophomore seasons at 90 and 88, respectively. The Saints’ roster depth is spectacular, with 25 gamers rated between 76 and 88.
three. New England Patriots
The Patriots are nonetheless the highest AFC crew. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are the one gamers on the identical crew rated 99. New England has a cornerback duo rated 87 and security Devin McCourty at 92, giving it top-of-the-line defensive backfields within the league. Julian Edelman, 88, will miss the primary 4 video games of the season because of suspension, leaving Brady throughout that point with only one vast receiver rated over 77 (Chris Hogan, 83).
four. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons practically toppled the Eagles within the wild-card spherical final season, and so they’re rated as an actual risk once more. The crew has nice gamers on the high of the roster, with 5 rated 90-plus to associate with good depth (16 gamers are rated 80-89). Matt Ryan (89) has dynamic gamers round him in Julio Jones (98), Devonta Freeman (91) and Tevin Coleman (86).
5. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville virtually upset New England in final yr’s AFC title recreation, and its roster for “Madden NFL 19” is nice sufficient to counsel the Jags have an opportunity once more this season to win the AFC. No crew has lock-down corners just like the Jaguars, with Jalen Ramsey, the highest rated on the place (97), and A.J. Bouye (94). The protection as an entire is stacked with 10 starters rated 83 or increased. Blake Bortles is an 80.
6. Dallas Cowboys
The primary non-playoff crew to seem within the rankings, the Cowboys have a top-heavy roster however are shaky with depth. Their six gamers rated 90-plus are the second most, however they’re within the decrease third of the league so far as variety of gamers rated between 76 and 89. Three offensive lineman are rated 95 or increased (Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith) and RB Ezekiel Elliott is a 92. QB Dak Prescott comes off a little bit of a sophomore hunch at 82.
7. Los Angeles Chargers
The LA crew that didn’t make the playoffs is ranked above the one which did. The Chargers have 4 gamers 90-plus and 17 80-plus. They’ve an edge between the 2 Los Angeles groups as a result of Philip Rivers is ranked because the eighth finest quarterback within the league. The bookends on the defensive position, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, are each rated 90.
eight. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams’ defensive position will probably be tough for any offense to comprise, 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 crew in actual life presents some potential complications, which do not matter to “Madden” except real-life suspensions happen. Todd Gurley (92) is the third finest operating again within the league.
9. Oakland Raiders
One other AFC West crew that did not make the postseason slides into the highest 10. The soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders have a game-wrecker in Khalil Mack (98) and a robust offensive line anchored by Rodney Hudson (95). Jordy Nelson pairs with Amari Cooper each at 86, however the crew will solely go so far as QB Derek Carr (83) can take it.
10. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings arguably are probably the most underrated crew by “Madden NFL 19.” After reaching the NFC championship recreation, they improved within the offseason however discover themselves solely 10th. The signing of Kirk Cousins did not provide a lot enchancment for the online game; as an 82, he’s only a single level above Case Keenum. The roster options 5 gamers rated 90-plus, with Harrison Smith (97) the highest-rated security within the league.
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11. Pittsburgh Steelers
4 of the highest 5 gamers for the Steelers are on the offensive facet of the ball: WR Antonio Brown (99), Le’Veon Bell (96) because the league’s finest operating again, offensive lineman David DeCastro (95) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (88). The protection is the priority; solely 4 gamers fee increased than 82.
12. Seattle Seahawks
Having misplaced some massive names over the offseason, the Seahawks not have one of the crucial gifted rosters in “Madden.” Nevertheless, with Russell Wilson because the third-ranked QB (92), Bobby Wagner (97) because the second-best linebacker, Earl Thomas (95) because the second-best security and Doug Baldwin (90) because the eighth-best vast receiver, the roster nonetheless has big-time playmakers.
13. Inexperienced Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers joins Tom Brady as the one QBs rated 99 in “Madden,” however the roster behind Rodgers is exhibiting extra indicators of weak spot than in latest seasons. Solely 16 different gamers on the roster are rated above 77, which is within the decrease third of the league.
14. Tennessee Titans
Tight finish Delanie Walker is the one participant rated above 90 for the Titans, however the crew has good depth with 17 gamers rated 80-89. The secondary is among the many finest within the recreation, and the operating recreation needs to be sturdy with Dion Lewis (87) and Derrick Henry (86).
15. Washington Redskins
Washington is balanced however common; it has with three gamers rated 90-plus and 12 extra 80-plus. Tight finish Jordan Reed (94) and left deal with Trent Williams (94) prepared the ground. New QB Alex Smith (84) represents a rankings improve from Kirk Cousins final yr.
16. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers are in the midst of the pack regardless of having Luke Kuechly (99) and Greg Olsen (92). Cam Newton at 88 is taken into account a top-10 QB, and 12 different gamers are rated 80 and above.
17. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
Beginning QB Pat Mahomes (77) may repay for Kansas Metropolis in the long term, however it’s a seven-point loss on the place to start the season in “Madden.” Eric Berry (96), Travis Kelce (95) and Justin Houston (90) symbolize the Chiefs’ elite class of gamers, with 11 others rated 80 and above.
18. Houston Texans
The Texans are one of the crucial intriguing groups in “Madden NFL 19.” They’ve 4 gamers rated 90-plus, however all of them are injury-prone. Solely eight others on the roster discover themselves at 80 or increased. Deshaun Watson (82) is the one to observe as a dynamic participant. He’ll rise rapidly if he performs as he did final yr previous to a season-ending damage.
19. Detroit Lions
The Lions have a superb secondary and pair of vast receivers, plus an satisfactory quarterback, however in any other case do not flash in any manner. CB Darius Slay (91) is the one participant on the roster who’s 90 or higher, and WR Golden Tate is subsequent at 89. Matthew Stafford (85) ranks simply outdoors the highest 10 amongst QBs.
20. Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore’s finest participant, LG Marshal Yanda (92), performs one of many least important positions. The crew does have a stable variety of gamers rated above 80, nevertheless, with 14 extra. Each quarterbacks, Joe Flacco and rookie Lamar Jackson, are rated 79. Jackson will most likely be the higher “Madden” possibility, but when he would not see the sphere early within the season, he will not have a chance to enhance that ranking.
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21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lavonte David (95) and Gerald McCoy (90) prepared the ground for the Bucs’ protection, whereas Mike Evans is the highest-rated participant on offense (89). Jameis Winston’s suspension will harm the crew early within the season despite the fact that he is solely rated 80. Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick is seven factors decrease.
22. Denver Broncos
Regardless of being led by Von Miller, a 99, the Broncos are the worst crew within the AFC West. Fourteen different Denver gamers, although, discover themselves rated 80-plus, which is middle-of-the-pack for the league. No less than the crew has a reliable possibility at QB this season.
23. Cleveland Browns
Solely two groups lack a participant rated 90 or higher, and the Browns are one in every of them. Nevertheless, Cleveland has a roster that could possibly be sneaky-good with 16 gamers between 80-89. Baker Mayfield and Tyrod Taylor are each enjoyable choices at quarterback with rankings of 81. The 2 finest gamers on the crew, rated 89, are the offensive guards, whereas Jarvis Landry (87) and Josh Gordon (82) are dynamic weapons at receiver. Mayfield and Taylor each will have the ability to run round and make massive performs due largely to these 4 gamers.
24. San Francisco 49ers
Many are excessive on the 49ers after a robust end to final season with Jimmy Garoppolo (83) at quarterback. They will must show it, although, to get massive rankings bumps in “Madden.” New CB Richard Sherman (90) and LT Joe Staley (90) are the top-rated gamers on the roster, however solely 10 others are rated 80 or above.
25. Chicago Bears
With a younger roster that could possibly be on the rise, the Bears are a potential sleeper within the online game. Security Adrian Amos (90) is the highest-rated participant, however 13 others discover themselves 80 or higher. Jordan Howard appears underrated at 85. QB Mitchell Trubisky (74) is the lowest-rated beginning QB within the league.
26. New York Giants
The Giants have WR Odell Beckham Jr. (95) and TE Evan Engram (85), however their strengths are on protection. DT Damon Harrison (95) is joined by SS Landon Collins (88) and CB Janoris Jenkins (88). The development on the backside of the league, although, is poor QB play. Eli Manning (76) is previous his prime and rated accordingly.
27. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals have two gamers rated 90-plus (A.J. Inexperienced and Geno Atkins) however simply 9 others who are 80-plus. QB Andy Dalton is barely rated 77 however can at the very least throw to big-play targets in Inexperienced and Tyler Eifert (89).
28. Miami Dolphins
With of the least dynamic rosters within the recreation, the Dolphins at the very least have a 90-plus participant in security Reshad Jones and a superb set of defensive ends in Cameron Wake (89) and William Hayes (87). New WR Danny Amendola (85) is the highest-rated ability place participant. QB Ryan Tannehill (78) wants to remain wholesome, or it will be Brock Osweiler (72) stepping in.
29. Buffalo Payments
The Payments are the crew with the most important drop, going from a playoff look to close the underside of the league. The crew has an excellent pair of safeties in Micah Hyde (92) and Jordan Poyer (88). Nevertheless, the Payments’ different good participant, RB LeSean McCoy (90), is dealing with accusations that might spell the tip of his time with the Payments, if not the league. Solely seven different gamers on the roster are rated 80-plus.
30. Indianapolis Colts
The underside three groups within the rankings are in a classification of their very own because the worst groups in “Madden NFL 19.” The Colts do not have a single participant at 90-plus and solely 10 who’re 80-plus. They’ve the sting on the subsequent two groups due to quarterback Andrew Luck (87), assuming he truly returns from a prolonged damage and performs as much as his earlier degree of play.
31. Arizona Cardinals
With 4 nice gamers (David Johnson, Patrick Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Chandler Jones), one wouldn’t count on to see the Cardinals this low. Nevertheless, there is no such thing as a top-tier expertise behind these 4 on the roster; no person rated above an 82. There additionally will not be an excellent possibility at QB with the motionless and injury-prone Sam Bradford (79) and untested rookie Josh Rosen (78).
32. New York Jets
The Jets went into “Madden NFL 18” final yr with the worst roster however managed to be a aggressive membership in actual life. The sport is extra about people than how a crew comes collectively, although, and as soon as once more, the Jets simply do not have the gamers. Their highest-rated participant, SS Jamal Adams, is an 86. They’ve simply 9 whole gamers rated 80-plus and no clear high possibility at quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown are each 78, and rookie Sam Darnold begins at 75.
“Madden NFL 19” will launch Aug. 7 for these shopping for the $80 Corridor of Fame Version, which options Terrell Owens on the quilt. The usual $60 version will observe Aug. 10. Apart from PlayStation four and Xbox One, the sport may even be releasing on PC for the primary time since 2007.
Bryan Wiedey posts sports activities gaming information and evaluation every day at Pastapadre.com, is co-founder of the sports activities gaming website HitThePass.com, hosts the “Press Row Podcast” and will be reached on Twitter @Pastapadre.