The release of Madden NFL 15 on Tuesday, Aug. 26, in North America (Aug. 29 internationally) has hard-core gamers and football fans coming together once again for the most anticipated sports game of the year.
With major upgrades and changes to the next-generation game, even the most jaded gamers will be able to appreciate the effort EA Sports has put into improving the Madden franchise this year.
Here are the top player ratings for Madden NFL 15 and a breakdown of the Skills Trainer mode.
|Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos||98|
|Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers||98|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||96|
|Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks||93|
|Tom Brady||New England Patriots||93|
|John Kuhn||Green Bay Packers||93|
|Mike Tolbert||Carolina Panthers||92|
|Marcel Reece||Oakland Raiders||92|
|Anthony Sherman||Kansas City Chiefs||90|
|Jerome Felton||Minnesota Vikings||88|
|Top Running Backs||Team||Rating|
|Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings||98|
|LeSean McCoy||Philadelphia Eagles||97|
|Jamaal Charles||Kansas City Chiefs||97|
|Matt Forte||Chicago Bears||95|
|Marshawn Lynch||Seattle Seahawks||95|
|Top Tight Ends||Team||Rating|
|Jimmy Graham||New Orleans Saints||97|
|Rob Gronkowski||New England Patriots||96|
|Vernon Davis||San Francisco 49ers||94|
|Jason Witten||Dallas Cowboys||93|
|Greg Olsen||Carolina Panthers||88|
|Top Wide Receivers||Team||Rating|
|Calvin Johnson||Detroit Lions||99|
|Brandon Marshall||Chicago Bears||96|
|Andre Johnson||Houston Texans||95|
|A.J. Green||Cincinnati Bengals||95|
|Dez Bryant||Dallas Cowboys||94|
|Top Offensive Linemen||Team||Rating|
|Joe Thomas||Cleveland Browns||98|
|Evan Mathis||Philadelphia Eagles||97|
|Josh Sitton||Green Bay Packers||97|
|Joe Staley||San Francisco 49ers||94|
|Top Defensive Ends||Team||Rating|
|J.J. Watt||Houston Texans||99|
|Robert Quinn||St. Louis Rams||97|
|Cameron Wake||Miami Dolphins||96|
|Calais Campbell||Arizona Cardinals||96|
|Cameron Jordan||New Orleans Saints||93|
|Muhammad Wilkerson||New York Jets||93|
|Top Defensive Tackles||Team||Rating|
|Ndamukong Suh||Detroit Lions||97|
|Geno Atkins||Cincinnati Bengals||96|
|Gerald McCoy||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||95|
|Kyle Williams||Buffalo Bills||95|
|Jurrell Casey||Tennessee Titans||93|
|Top Middle Linebackers||Team||Rating|
|Patrick Willis||San Francisco 49ers||96|
|NaVorro Bowman||San Francisco 49ers||96|
|Luke Kuechly||Carolina Panthers||94|
|Derrick Johnson||Kansas City Chiefs||91|
|Jerod Mayo||New England Patriots||91|
|Top Outside Linebackers||Team||Rating|
|Von Miller||Denver Broncos||96|
|Aldon Smith||San Francisco 49ers||96|
|Justin Houston||Kansas City Chiefs||93|
|Lavonte David||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||93|
|Robert Mathis||Indianapolis Colts||93|
|Richard Sherman||Seattle Seahawks||99|
|Darrelle Revis||New England Patriots||97|
|Joe Haden||Cleveland Browns||95|
|Patrick Peterson||Arizona Cardinals||93|
|Vontae Davis||Indianapolis Colts||92|
|Top Free Safeties||Team||Rating|
|Jairus Byrd||New Orleans Saints||96|
|Earl Thomas||Seattle Seahawks||95|
|Devin McCourty||New England Patriots||94|
|Eric Weddle||San Diego Chargers||94|
|Charles Woodson||Oakland Raiders||86|
|Top Strong Safeties||Team||Rating|
|Kam Chancellor||Seattle Seahawks||93|
|Troy Polamalu||Pittsburgh Steelers||93|
|T.J. Ward||Denver Broncos||91|
|Eric Berry||Kansas City Chiefs||90|
|Reshad Jones||Miami Dolphins||89|
|Top Kickers and Punters||Team||Rating|
|Brandon Fields||Miami Dolphins||96|
|Matt Prater||Denver Broncos||95|
|Andy Lee||San Francisco 49ers||95|
|Robbie Gould||Chicago Bears||93|
|Justin Tucker||Baltimore Ravens||93|
*All ratings via EASports.com.
Breaking Down Skills Trainer Mode
There have been major upgrades across the board for Madden NFL 15, but one of the most interesting improvements was to the Skills Trainer portion of the game.
While many fans scoff at the idea of practice in Madden, the true gamers know the only way to beat the best competition is to practice strategy and concepts. In this year’s edition of the game, the training has been taken to the next level.
The innovation starts with the new Football Concepts section of the Skills Trainer. With the increased focus on playing defense, Madden developers felt it was imperative to offer the fans a chance to learn how to diagnose and beat different coverage.
If you love football, this year’s Skills Trainer will help you understand the X's and O's of the game better than ever before. In a step-by-step process, gamers are led through the offensive progressions with detailed explanations about what defenders are thinking and what coverage they have been assigned.
To beat the advanced defensive schemes in Madden, gamers must understand them first. With the help of the coaching staff guiding you through the Skills Trainer, it should be easier to learn the lessons before taking the field than to learn them at the hands of a foe in online competition.
Will you utilize the Skills Trainer mode?
In order to help Madden fans with the concepts associated with offense, the EA Sports team has found the most common sets and plays, and will break them down step by step. With the understanding of drops, timing and progression, quarterbacking a pass attack has never been so much fun.
The game also adds the idea of executing the drills in a one-on-one setting before moving it to a full 11-on-11 practice. This allows the coaches to strip the play down and work on the timing, making the eventual transition to a game setting much easier to comprehend.
With an increased emphasis on practicing and getting better, Madden has given fans the opportunity to get inside the game of football like never before.
*Stats and information via EASports.com.