Madden 13 Player Ratings: Quarterbacks Who Will out-Play Their Rankings
If you're like me, the most important thing about Madden is that the players in the game resemble their real-life counterparts from a ratings perspective.
Good graphics? Sure, that's always nice, but I was fine with NFL Fever back in 2002. New gameplay? Also good, but more often than not I'll roll with a franchise instead of playing the actual games.
Which quarterback will most out-play his Madden rating?
Because of that, I want the players' skills to be accurate. For now, it looks like Madden 13 is spot on with its ratings, but as the season gets underway, players will inevitably outshine their expectations, forcing necessary updates.
Let's take a look at what quarterbacks, in a good way, are most likely to screw with the ratings.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
An 83 overall ranking is pretty darn good for a second-year player, but when that youngster throws for 20 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and racks up an 80.4 QB rating during his rookie season, you know he's on his way to stardom.
Dalton continually displayed tremendous accuracy for a first-year player last season, especially on his deep ball. Most importantly, though, he led the Bengals to nine wins, proving—at the risk of sounding like Skip Bayless here—he knows how to win games.
Sure, Dalton is somewhat like Tim Tebow in that fashion, but he actually has the skills and numbers to back up his game.
Anyway, the point is that Dalton looks like the type of player who will only continue to improve at the tender age of 24, so don't be surprised if his rating is soon in the mid-to-upper 80s.
Matt Flynn, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks demonstrated their faith in Flynn's two impressive career starts by giving him a hefty contract, but the creators of Madden aren't sold quite yet.
Flynn, of course, still has to beat out Tarvaris Jackson and Russell Wilson for the starting QB job in Seattle, but should he do that, he'll easily out-perform his 79 rating.
The former Packer quarterback doesn't have the gaudy, jaw-dropping skills of a Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers, but he simply knows the game well and has learned from the best QB in the league for the past couple of years.
You don't need to have a rocket arm or lighting-quick speed to be successful in this league, as being able to put in the necessary work can also be incredibly key. Don't be surprised if Flynn is successful during his first job as a starter.
Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
The sooner the Titans go with Locker instead of incumbent Matt Hasselbeck, the better.
Hasselbeck has had an amazing career, but the future is now for Locker and the Titans, as the former Washington Husky stud proved during limited time as a rookie last year he is ready to take the next step with his game.
In five appearances, Locker only completed 51.5 percent of his passes, but he threw for four touchdowns, zero interceptions and displayed his gaudy mix of athleticism and hardcore toughness in the ground game.
Locker will have to continue to rely a little bit on his legs as he continues to work on his accuracy, but if he takes the expected strides this year, he's much better than a 75.
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