Madden 25: Quarterbacks Who Will Outperform Their Player Ratings

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears throws the ball while playing the Carolina Panthers on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
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Madden player ratings always stir up a debate among gamers. And Madden 25 is no different.

Last year's rookie quarterback class received high ratings after stellar seasons. However, several veterans have a gripe after seeing their ratings posted for this year's game. 

The players on this list have something to prove in 2013. I predict the following players will have big years for their teams and prove that they were underrated in Madden.

Jay Cutler is one of the players who will outperform his rating in Madden 25. Check out who joins Cutler as the quarterbacks who are most likely to outperform their ratings.

Click here to see the ratings for every player, courtesy of EA Sports. 


Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

Cutler was one of the most underrated quarterbacks in this year's game, receiving a rating of 86, which is lower than Tony Romo's rating of 88 and Alex Smith's 87.

The quarterback has battled controversy and injuries throughout his career, but he deserves a higher rating.

He threw for only 3,033 yards and completed 58.8 percent of his passes last season. He threw 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. His numbers weren't great, but he has shown the ability to be a very good quarterback.

His offensive line allowed him to be sacked 38 times, which negatively influences his numbers.

Cutler received a 98 for throw power. That is an accurate rating because he has always had one of the strongest arms in the league. However, his 81 rating for accuracy appears to be too low. 

Another season with receiver Brandon Marshall should help his numbers improve this year.

Chicago went 10-6 last season and narrowly missed the playoffs. Cutler's arm is a big reason as to why the team was in that position. He doesn't deserve to be rated among the elite quarterbacks, but he does deserve to be rated higher than Smith.


Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions 

One bad season dropped Matthew Stafford rating to 85 for this year's game. Despite the Lions' 4-12 record, Stafford still put up big numbers, throwing for nearly 5,000 yards for the second consecutive season. His touchdowns (20) dropped by over 50 percent, and his 17 interceptions was one more than he totaled in 2011.

Stafford was helped by record-breaking season of Calvin Johnson, the best receiver in the league, who should continue to put up big numbers in 2013. Johnson caught only five touchdowns, which helps explain Stafford's big drop in TD production.

Newly acquired running back Reggie Bush should help the team become more balanced, and he will help Stafford regain his big-play form.

Like Cutler, Stafford received a great rating (99) in throw power, and his throwing accuracy was rated as an 80. His completion percentage dipped below 60 percent last season, but he is going to have a better percentage this year.

The 25-year-old received a low rating in the game, but that won't stop him from having a big year. 


Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer will easily be able to outperform his rating of 84. Palmer had to deal with a bad team in Oakland. He had no help from either his running game or a receiving corps that lacked explosiveness. And the Raiders defense was terrible.

Despite having very little to work with, he still threw for 4,018 yards in 15 games. Throwing 22 touchdowns on that Raiders offense wasn't easy, and he had only 14 interceptions. 

Palmer also has a reputation for having a strong arm. His arm strength was greatly undervalued with a rating of 91, and he received an 83 rating for accuracy. He completed over 60 percent of his passes last season, which should give him a higher rating.

The 33-year-old has dealt with injuries throughout his career. If he can stay healthy this year, he will get a chance to work with Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts and Michael Floyd—perhaps the best wide receiving corps he has ever played with.

Palmer has always had the reputation of being a risky passer. However, he limited his mistakes and made better decisions last year. The quarterback's rating was hurt by injuries and his lack of mobility. His arm strength still deserves to have a higher rating.

Sam Bradford received a rating of 85. Palmer is still a better passer than Bradford, and he will get a chance to prove himself in the desert.

Palmer and the Cardinals have a chance to shock everyone this year. Now that the quarterback has weapons to work with, he will easily outperform his rating this season.


*All stats are courtesy of 




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