Madden 15: Review of Rookie Player Ratings and Overall Franchise Rankings

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Madden 15: Review of Rookie Player Ratings and Overall Franchise Rankings
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Tuesday marks the release of Madden NFL 15, and hardcore gamers and football fans are ready to get their hands on the latest edition of the classic series.

With a full crop of rookies ready to make teams better and the release of the overall ratings for every franchise, the fans who purchase the new Madden game every year will not be disappointed by this year's release.

Here are the full rookie ratings, franchise ratings and a focus on the most overrated team in the game.

Madden NFL 15 Rookie Player Ratings
Player Position Team Rating
Jadeveon Clowney OLB Houston Texans 83
Greg Robinson OL St. Louis Rams 83
Khalil Mack OLB Oakland Raiders 81
Jake Matthews OL Atlanta Falcons 81
Sammy Watkins WR Buffalo Bills 80
Calvin Pryor S New York Jets 79
Aaron Donald DT St. Louis Rams 79
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Green Bay Packers 79
Taylor Lewan OL Tennessee Titans 79
Blake Bortles QB Jacksonville Jaguars 78
Darqueze Dennard CB Cincinnati Bengals 78
Mike Evans WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers 78
Zack Martin OL Dallas Cowboys 78

Source: EASports.com

Madden NFL 2015 Overall Team Ratings
Rank Team Overall Rating
1 Seattle Seahawks 91
2 San Francisco 49ers 90
3 Denver Broncos 90
4 New England Patriots 88
5 Green Bay Packers 88
6 New Orleans Saints 86
7 Cincinnati Bengals 86
8 Philadelphia Eagles 85
9 Carolina Panthers 84
10 Baltimore Ravens 84
11 Chicago Bears 84
12 San Diego Chargers 83
13 Indianapolis Colts 83
14 Kansas City Chiefs 82
15 Dallas Cowboys 81
16 Arizona Cardinals 80
17 Detroit Lions 80
18 Atlanta Falcons 79
19 Miami Dolphins 79
20 New York Jets 78
21 Pittsburgh Steelers 78
22 St. Louis Rams 77
23 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 77
24 Houston Texans 76
25 New York Giants 76
26 Minnesota Vikings 76
27 Washington Redskins 75
28 Buffalo Bills 75
29 Cleveland Browns 75
30 Tennessee Titans 74
31 Jacksonville Jaguars 73
32 Oakland Raiders 72

Source: EASports.com.

*Ratings via EASports.com.

 

Most Overrated Team in the Game: Baltimore Ravens

Overall Rating: 84

There are many teams in the game overrated by the EA Sports developers, but the Baltimore Ravens are ranked as the No. 10 overall team in the entire game and do not deserve the honor after finishing the 2013 season with a 8-8 record.

Baltimore lost several important pieces during the offseason as well. The biggest departure was franchise left tackle Michael Oher. While the Ravens signed former Jacksonville Jaguars starter Eugene Monroe to replace him along the line, this is still a serious loss for the franchise.

The turnover on the offensive line continued with a trade for center Jeremy Zuttah. The learning process for Zuttah, second-year right tackle Rick Wagner and Monroe will take time and could result in porous play to start the season. Baltimore may have added Steve Smith and Owen Daniels to the passing attack, but the moves are pointless if Joe Flacco isn’t protected.

The Ravens can’t even look to the running game to carry the team early in the season with veteran Ray Rice suspended the first two games and Bernard Pierce dealing with a concussion.

On defense, the concerns are just as legitimate. Training camp began with a season-ending injury to cornerback Aaron Ross, but the secondary has continued to be major problem. With both Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith missing large chunks of time due to injuries, the defensive backs will struggle until the players can regain their endurance and find a rhythm.

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The team will lean on the players entering their second year with the franchise (defensive end Brandon Williams and linebacker Daryl Smith) and will depend on rookies (safety Terrence Brooks and linebacker C.J. Mosley) to become instant difference-makers at the next level.

There is still immense talent on the defensive side of the ball with veterans like Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs, but the unit is still very young and will have its share of growing pains once again this season.

Instead of being rated as a top-10 team in Madden, the Ravens should be ranked closer to the Detroit Lions or Atlanta Falcons at No. 17 or No. 18 overall, respectively. Baltimore deserves no better than an 80 rating.

 

Stats and information via EASports.com and NFL.com.

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