When you open your brand new copy of Madden NFL 13 and fire up your favorite video-game console, you are going to be shocked to see a number of players who are beyond overrated.
The designers of the game did a great job this year to improve the realism, controls and every other aspect of the game but simply failed to properly assess the attributes of certain guys in the league, players who subsequently ended up with overall numbers far higher than those they deserved.
Let’s take a look at these overrated players, who will likely get adjusted as soon as the first roster update drops.
Ratings via PlayerRatingsPro.com
Eli Manning—97 Overall
This rating makes absolutely no sense. Eli is easily the most overrated player in the Madden game and should be knocked down to a mark in the low 90s or high 80s.
His awareness rating is through the roof, at 95, which is on par with Aaron Rodgers' and higher than that of Ben Roethlisberger.
That is perhaps the dumbest rating in the history of the game and will quickly be proven wrong when Manning's INT number spikes back up into the 20s and the number of turnovers that get away from defenders normalizes.
Manning was also given a 96 in deep accuracy, which is ridiculous, as many people have seen just how lucky he gets on some of those balls—especially in 2011.
When Eli’s luck runs out and the picks start piling up again in 2012, this rating will plummet.
Vernon Davis—95 Overall
It’s ludicrous that a tight end that didn’t even garner 800 yards last season is tied with Jimmy Graham as the second-best TE in the game and tied with some other players as the third-highest-rated receiving player in Madden.
Davis had just 67 receptions for 792 yards and six touchdowns in 2011, and his production may actually drop from that in 2012, with the additions of Randy Moss and Mario Manningham in the San Francisco 49ers passing game.
While he finished the season strong (10 receptions for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the 49ers' two playoff games), Davis doesn’t deserve to be ranked higher than Graham or in the same league as Rob Gronkowski.
Expect him to drop as his stats dip in 2012.
Maurice Jones-Drew—97 Overall
Just because someone led the league in rushing yards does not make him the best running back, especially in a video game.
MJD needed 343 touches to garner 1,606 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011. If he even sees the field in 2012 (due to a nasty contract holdout), the Jacksonville Jaguars' 27-year-old RB is likely going to have a down year.
There is no way that Jones-Drew is in game shape after missing training camp and the preseason, and it will lead to a rough start for the minute running back.
Expect MoJo’s stats to dip in Madden this year; that is, if they don’t have to remove him from the roster completely.