With the Madden 2011 player ratings being released, Bills' fans and Madden enthusiasts alike are probably less than thrilled that their highest rated player is—drumroll please—punter Brian Moorman (he also happens to be the only player on the roster rated 90 or higher).
While Buffalo certainly is not a powerhouse of Madden studs, some of these ratings just flat-out don't make sense.
I'll break down what I think are the top five most disappointing ratings for the Bills in the upcoming Madden '11 video game.
The list of Bills player ratings for Madden '11 can be found here: http://espn.go.com/videogames/madden11?teamId=3
Despite starting all 16 games as a rookie last season and playing very well, Andy Levitre's overall rating only went up three points from Madden 2010's 76, and both his Pass Block and Run Block ratings remain the same as last year's at 84 and 86, respectively.
Levitre is rated two points lower than fellow sophomore guard Eric Wood, who missed six games last season.
Geoff Hangartner, despite being one of the few bright spots on Buffalo's offensive line last season, retained the same exact ratings from Madden '10. Not a single change.
I don't think these ratings reflect Hangartner's play as much as they reflect the evaluators' laziness.
George Wilson, despite his impressive statistics last season (103 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions, six passes defended, and a forced fumble) only saw his rating rise from a 69 overall to a 72 overall.
On the other hand, fellow safety Bryan Scott saw his overall jump from 64 to 80 after playing the majority of the season at outside linebacker.
Try explaining how that makes sense. I dare you.
Aaron Maybin is making the switch from defensive end to outside linebacker, where he is widely regarded as a better fit.
Madden responded to this change by dropping Maybin's overall 18 points from a 78 to a 60. After a disappointing rookie season, Maybin's rating was expected to drop, but this is drastic.
Maybin is even rated lower than Nic Harris (62), who played only special teams as a rookie.
This one surprised me the most.
Kyle Williams, a Pro Bowl alternate last year, earned just a 79 rating in Madden '11.
After a stellar season in which he recorded 66 tackles, four sacks, and a forced fumble, Williams saw his overall rise just three points.
Here are a couple defensive tackles who earned higher ratings than Williams did in Madden '11 and their stats from last year:
Terrance Knighton, Jaguars (83): 45 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble
Jason Ferguson, Dolphins (82): 23 tackles, zero sacks, zero forced fumbles
Maybe it's just me, but that doesn't seem right.