NFL Predictions: Madden Ratings for All 32 Starting NFL QBs

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIJune 8, 2011

NFL Predictions: Madden Ratings for All 32 Starting NFL QBs

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    The extremely anticipated Madden 12 will be in-stores August, 30—and all NFL super-fans will be sure to get their hands on a copy of one of America's most popular games.

    As we're only in early June and there has yet to be any sign of the NFL lockout ending, NFL fans need Madden 12 more than ever—it's something to keep their minds off of a possible locked out 2011 season.

    The release of Madden is just less than two months away, and we can start to fantasize about how good our favorite team will be—more importantly, how good are the quarterbacks going to be, as we all know it's the most important position on the field.

    Here are my projections of all the 32 starting quarterback's ratings in Madden 12.

    I hope you all enjoy this—be sure to leave your feedback and have fun with this read!


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Derek Anderson

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    Predicted Rating: 68  

    Derek Anderson is the best quarterback on Arizona's roster and should be the starting quarterback if the Cardinals don't add any quarterback via free agency. However, he may be good enough to start in Arizona, but he's certainly not good enough to start at the majority of team's rosters across the league. 

    Anderson appeared in 12 games last season for the Cardinals and was simply atrocious. He completed 51.7 percent of his passes while being picked off 10 times—his struggles will likely continue in 2011. 

Matt Ryan

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    Predicted Rating: 92 

    Matt Ryan is an emerging quarterback on the verge of being considered elite. Ryan will be entering his fourth year in the league and has been improving year in and year out ever since he was selected by Atlanta with the third overall pick in the 2008 draft.

    In 2010, Ryan threw a career high 28 touchdowns while being only throwing nine interceptions with an impressive passer rating of 91.0. It's safe to say that Ryan will continue to flourish as he gains more experience in the NFL. 

Joe Flacco

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    Predicted Rating: 89 

    Joe Flacco is undoubtedly a winner and has been an extremely efficent passer during his three years in the league.

    In 2010, Flacco tossed 25 touchdown passes while completing 62.6 percent of his passes. Flacco will enter his second year with wide receiver Anquan Boldin and only expect those two to get even more lethal. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick

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    Predicted Rating: 82

    While playing on a very poor Buffalo Bills team, Ryan Fitzpatrick has managed to put up impressive numbers as a starter. In 2010, Fitzpatrick threw for 3,000 yards while playing in 13 games. 

    Fitzpatrick isn't a great quarterback, but he's good enough to get the job done. 

Cam Newton

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    Predicted Rating: 65

    It is unclear on who the Carolina Panthers will choose as their starting quarterback in 2011, but Cam Newton will do whatever it takes to win that quarterback competition.

    Newton has all the physical tools to be a great player, but it's just a matter of adjusting to the NFL style of play. 

Jay Cutler

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    Predicted Rating: 84

    Jay Cutler's first year in Mike Martz' offensive system was a success has he passed for 23 touchdowns and only throwing 16 interceptions—which is considerably low for Cutler. 

    Another year in Martz' offense will only make Cutler better. 

Carson Palmer

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    Predicted Rating: 82

    Chances are that Carson Palmer will not be a member of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011, but as of right now, he's the team's best option for quarterback.

    Palmer has notably struggled the past few seasons after he was on the verge of being considered a top passer. Expect Palmer's free fall to only get worse in 2011 if he's a member of the Bengals. 

Colt McCoy

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    Predicted Rating: 75

    Colt McCoy had a very solid rookie season with the Cleveland Browns as he played in eight games and posted a passer rating of 74.5. 

    McCoy may not be ready to take the Browns to the next level in 2011, but he'll good enough to win a few games in 2011. 

Tony Romo

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    Predicted Rating: 88

    Prior to Tony Romo's season-ending broke clavicle injury that he suffered in 2010, he wasn't all too impressive. Romo may have tossed 11 touchdowns but threw seven interceptions—and was a signifcant reason why the Cowboys struggled in 2010.

    Romo is definitely a good quarterback and can put up huge numbers in the NFL but could have a tough time in 2011. 

Tim Tebow

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    Predicted Rating: 78

    I am going to go out on a limb and predict that Tim Tebow will be the Denver Broncos' quarterback in 2011.

    Tebow had a very impressive rookie season as he played in nine games as he tossed five touchdowns and only three interceptions while posted a respectable 82.1 passer rating.

    Tebow's passing skills will only get better as he gains more and more experience in the NFL. 

Matthew Stafford

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    Predicted Rating: 81

    Matthew Stafford has the potential to be a very good quarterback for the Detroit Lions, but it's just a matter of staying healthy.

    Stafford was having an impressive season in 2010 prior to having surgery on his right shoulder. Stafford played in three games and threw six touchdown passes while only being picked off three times. 

    If Stafford can stay health next season, expect him to have a breakout year as the Lions have only gotten better with their recent draft class. 

Aaron Rodgers

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    Predicted Rating: 99

    It's obvious that Aaron Rodgers is going to be a 99 rating in Madden 12—usually every Super Bowl-winning quarterback gets a near perfect rating in the next edition of Madden.

    Rodgers has definitely taken a step into a whole other level as he's considered to be an elite quarterback. 

Matt Schaub

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    Predicted Rating: 91

    Is Matt Schaub the issue in Houston? Year in and year out, he puts up huge numbers but can never lead his Texans to a playoff appearance. 

    Schaub played very well in 2010 for the Texans as he completed 24 touchdown passes and put up a 92.0 passer rating—good enough to earn him a 91 rating in Madden 12. 

Peyton Manning

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    Predicted Rating: 98

    Despite throwing 17 interceptions in 2010, Peyton Manning really didn't have that bad of a season. In fact, he threw for 4,700 yards and scored 33 touchdown passes.

    Manning is definitely one of the best quarterbacks in the game, and it shows as he'll receive a 98 Madden rating. 

David Garrard

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    Predicted Rating: 85

    2010 was a very exceptional season for David Garrard. While only playing in 14 games for the Jaguars, Garrard managed to toss 23 touchdowns while being picked off 15 times as he posted a 90.8 passer rating.

    Garrard is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the league, but he always finds a way to score points and get the Jaguars close or if not in the playoffs. 

Matt Cassel

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    Predicted Rating: 92

    In my opinion, Matt Cassel deserves a lot of respected after his spectacular season in 2010. Cassel threw a career high 27 touchdowns while only throwing an amazing seven interceptions—can't get much better than that. 

Chad Henne

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    Predicted Rating: 75

    During Chad Henne's NFL career, he's shown signs of being a good NFL quarterback, but all in all, he's simply an average quarterback.

    A 75 Madden rating seems to fit Henne very well as he has a career 75.3 passer rating. 

Christian Ponder

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    Predicted Rating: 67

    As of right now, the Minnesota Vikings' first round selection in the 2011 draft, Christian Ponder, is the likely choice to be the team's starting quarterback in 2011.

    Ponder may have had a colorful college career at FSU but will need time to adjust and adapt to the style of play at the next level. 

Tom Brady

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    Predicted Rating: 99

    Tom Brady was the first ever unanimous Most Valuable Award winner in 2011 after he had one of the best seasons of his career—if not the best.

    The reigning MVP will look to put up even better numbers as his pair of young tight ends will only get better as well as much improved running game with the additions of Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley. 

Drew Brees

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    Predicted Rating: 95

    Drew Brees definitely did not perform to standards in 2010, and it will definitely effect his Madden rating in 2011.

    Brees posted a 90.9 quarterback rating as he threw an awful 22 interceptions. However, Brees is still one of the great quarterbacks in the league as he's apart of the very explosive Saints offense. 

Eli Manning

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    Predicted Rating: 86

    Eli Manning did manage to threw 31 touchdowns in 2010, but he wasn't as good as you think. Manning completed only 62.9 percent of his passes and threw an embarrassing 25 interceptions.

    Manning's biggest weakness is inconsistency, and it shows with an 86 Madden rating. 

Mark Sanchez

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    Predicted Rating: 79

    In 2010, the New York Jets almost literally held quarterback Mark Sanchez' hand throughout the entire season. However, he only managed to complete 54.8 percent of his passes and lacks some much-needed experience. 

Jason Campbell

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    Predicted Rating: 81

    Jason Campbell posted an 84.5 quarterback rating in his first year with the Oakland Raiders. 

    Campbell is a solid NFL starter but certainly isn't a great one—he's just good. 

Michael Vick

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    Predicted Rating: 98

    Michael Vick was unbelievable in 2010 and was even better in Madden 11. It was almost like every single person picked the Philadelphia Eagles to play with in Madden 11 due to Vick's amazing running ability. 

    Vick was a much better passer in '10 and will only get better with another full season in Andy Reid's offense under his belt. 

Ben Roethlisberger

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    Predicted Rating: 94

    Despite being suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season, Ben Roethlisberger managed to score 17 touchdowns while only being intercepted seven times.

    Roethlisberger was very good last season as he led his Pittsburgh Steelers to the Super Bowl.

Philip Rivers

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    Predicted Rating: 96

    Philip Rivers is on the verge of being considered an elite quarterback. 

    In 2010, Rivers led the NFL in passing yards with an incredible 4,710 yards as he tossed 30 touchdowns and posted a passer rating of 101.8.

Alex Smith

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    Predicted Rating: 77

    I believe that this is the year that Alex Smith flourishes as a solid quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

    As of right now, Smith may be a free agent, but he's been leading team organized workouts and is expected to sign a contract with San Francisco.

    Smith will team up with first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh, and I have a feeling that these two will click immediately. 

Matt Hasselbeck

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    Predicted Rating: 76

    At this point of Matt Hasselbeck's career, he's nothing but a game manager.

    Hasselbeck is definitely capable of leading the Seattle Seahawks to victory, but he's just an average quarterback—so a 76 rating is suitable for the former Boston College Eagle. 

Sam Bradford

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    Predicted Rating: 85

    The 2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year will only get better in 2011.

    Sam Bradford had an amazing rookie season as he threw 18 touchdowns and posted a 76.5 passer rating to lead the St. Louis Rams to a 7-9 record. 

Josh Freeman

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    Predicted Rating: 90

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback, Josh Freeman, is on the verge of being a Pro Bowl quarterback.

    Ever since entering the league in 2009, Freeman leads the NFL in fourth quarter comebacks and game-winning drives—now that is impressive.

    Also, Freeman found his go-to-man in 2010 with wide receiver Mike Williams, and this pair will only get better in 2011. 

Jake Locker

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    Predicted Rating: 70

    Jake Locker looks to be set up to be the Tennessee Titans' starting quarterback in 2011.

    Locker has all the tools to be a very good passer, but he'll need a lot of time to adjust to the speed of the game at the NFL level. 

John Beck

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    Predicted Rating: 60

    I really hope that this is a joke—John Beck is projected to be the Washington Redskins starting quarterback in 2011.

    Beck is completely and utterly awful as he's played only a career five games, and all of those games came in his rookie season with the Miami Dolphins back in 2007.

    Beck has thrown only one career touchdown while being intercepted three times. 

    The idea of starting Beck is simply asinine.