Madden 25: Underrated Teams That Will Be a Blast to Control

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIAugust 26, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 08:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams throws to a receiver against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The long-awaited release of Madden 25 finally arrives on Aug. 27, but the ratings are already obtainable, giving an early look at how all 32 NFL teams stack up in the phenomenon of the video game.

Three non-playoff teams from last season stand out as underrated franchises that would be fun to take control of given their various combinations of strengths, personnel and new additions.

Let's take a look at the St. Louis Rams, the Detroit Lions and the Tennessee Titans, who are all rated below 80 overall, and why they are extremely exciting to consider as Madden options.


Player and team ratings are per Madden 25 and listed in alphabetical order by nickname. Click here to see ratings for every player. H/t to B/R's own Brian Mazique for overall team ratings.


St. Louis Rams (77 overall)

Former No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford has an 85 overall rating at quarterback, with his short- and deep-throw accuracy at 93 and 83 respectively. This should allow him to hit deep threat Chris Givens on the outside and super athletic tight end Jared Cook down the seam.

Meanwhile, all he has to do is lead rookie first-round draft choice Tavon Austin properly with his throws, and let the former Mountaineer operate in open space.

Austin already has a 95 rating in elusiveness, a 90 in ball-carrier vision, a 96 in the ever-trusty spin move and a 95 in juking. With that lethal type of combination, he should be among the most exciting rookies to play with.

Then there's the defensive side of the ball, where Cortland Finnegan (88 overall) and Janoris Jenkins (82 overall) form a stellar tandem. With roster updates and continued progression, Jenkins' rating should only increase.

Linebackers James Laurinaitis is a wise leader in the heart of the defense at middle linebacker, sporting a 91 awareness rating. Rookie Alec Ogletree starts on the weak-side at linebacker with a 77 overall rating, and is a threat to blitz with his 83 speed or to cover running backs and tight ends.

Combine that with Chris Long and Robert Quinn coming off the edge, and this is a fun defense to play.

If you need a long field goal to win a game, who better than Greg "Legatron" Zuerlein? His 99 kicking power will give you all the leg you need to pull out a last-second thriller.


Detroit Lions (76 overall)

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more exciting quarterback-receiver tandem than Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Not surprisingly, Megatron is a 99 overall, while Stafford rocks a cannon for a right arm with 99 arm strength.

The most exciting addition to the Lions' offense is running back Reggie Bush, who has an 84 catching rating, to go with his characteristic speed and agility as an all-around threat out of the backfield.

Sending Bush in motion to match up with a linebacker in man-to-man situations can net a solid gain more often than not, and his improved running between the tackles in recent years should also help.

Defensively, Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are 92 and 90 overall at defensive tackle, respectively, forming an incredible duo that should complement rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah nicely.

Already at 78 overall, Ansah has 83 speed, 84 strength and 85 agility. Detroit's secondary should also allow for ball-hawking with the safety tandem of Louis Delmas and newly acquired Glover Quin alongside 85-rated cornerback Chris Houston anchoring the back end.

Stephen Tulloch will be fun to utilize roaming around from middle linebacker with his 80 speed and 88 awareness to make plays even when you're not controlling him.

Between all of those assets, the Lions are an intriguing Madden team on paper.


Tennessee Titans (75 overall)

Dual-threat quarterback Jake Locker was running plays from the pistol formation earlier in training camp, which indicates Tennessee might actually make better use of his running talents.

Whether that's part of the playbook in Madden is unclear, but Locker has 83 speed in the game and an 87 agility rating to go along with 96 on the throwing power measurement.

Operating off of play-action with Locker should be very effective, with him and superstar running back Chris Johnson (99 speed) both posing a threat to keep defenses on their heels.

The Titans drafted former Alabama guard Chance Warmack in the first round and brought in Andy Levitre in free agency, which should help both dimensions of the offense run more smoothly.

Warmack is already rated at 84, tackles Michael Roos and David Stewart are in the low 90s and Levitre is a whopping 96. Talk about a formidable unit in the trenches to give Locker time in the pocket and to open up running lanes.

Offense alone should be enough to intrigue someone about the Titans, but then there's the linebacker corps to consider. Colin McCarthy and Zach Brown are in the 80s in speed, as is defensive end Kamerion Wimbley.

Bernard Pollard can also lay the boom in the secondary, with an 89 hit power that brings an attitude to the Titans' defensive backfield.


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