The new Madden video game ratings were recently leaked, and the Denver Broncos overall rating dropped.
Apparently the folks at EA Sports were not to fond of Josh McDaniels' offseason.
Actually, the news isn't that bad, as the Broncos overall only lost two points. They dropped from an 80 to a 78.
Compared with other teams in the AFC West, the Broncos were fine.
As far as overall rankings are concerned, the San Diego is the 10th best team in the game, Denver is 19th, and the Raiders and the Chiefs are ranked 26th and 27th, respectively.
The biggest movers throughout the NFL were the Arizona Cardinals, who lost a massive eight overall rating points (they no longer have Kurt Warner or Anquan Boldin) dropping from an 87 to a 79. Two other NFC teams also had major ratings changes.
The bottom five teams are, from worst to best, the St. Louis Rams, the Buffalo Bills, the Detroit Lions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Cleveland Browns. No real surprises there, but the order might be arguable.
Obviously, Madden is the single most polarizing video game ever made (as it can make you happier than anyone on the planet one minute and then angrier than Satan the next) but it figures to see massive sales again this year.
The folks at EA Sports have gotten in the habit of shaking up the rankings as the season progresses, so these are just their initial impressions, but still interesting to note.
Are they an accurate interpretation of the NFL?
That is always up for argument, but for a video game, they didn't do a half bad job.
Obviously I'll be changing my tune when Knowshon Moreno gets "user-stripped" by some 12 year old kid playing against me online, but like a huge schmuck, I buy the game every year.
If you're reading this article, you know you do too.