Aaron Rodgers, Chandler Jones Headline Madden 22 Week 1 Player Ratings Update

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 17, 2021

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Chandler Jones was virtually unstoppable in Week 1, recording five sacks on his way to earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Jones' Madden rating now better reflects his dominance.

The Arizona Cardinals pass-rusher went up one rating point to a 95 overall in the latest Madden roster adjustment.  

Chad Johnson revealed the most prominent updates as part of his Madden Ratings adjuster series.

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Notable Madden Rating Adjustments

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: 96 OVR to 95 OVR
Arizona Cardinals LB Chandler Jones: 94 OVR to 95 OVR
New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston: 73 OVR to 75 OVR
Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts: 71 OVR to 72 OVR
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Vita Vea: 88 OVR to 90 OVR
Carolina Panthers LB Shaq Thompson: 78 OVR to 80

Rodgers' rating took a slight hit after the worst loss of his career. The reigning league MVP finished only 15-of-28 for 133 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions in a 38-3 blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints.

On the other side of the field, Winston's overall rating climbed following an eye-opening start to the season. In his first start for the Saints, the 2015 No. 1 overall pick went 14-of-20 while throwing for five touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Hurts arguably should have gone up even more following his spectacular Week 1 performance against the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles quarterback threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns while adding 62 yards on the ground, flashing a massive improvement on his poise in the pocket and passing accuracy. If Hurts continues to complete more than 60 percent of his passes, the Eagles will be better than anyone expected.

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Vea and Thompson also turned in dominant all-around performances in Week 1. The Bucs defensive tackle made life miserable in the middle for the Dallas Cowboys despite not recording a tackle or a sack. Vea's ability to create penetration up the middle limited Dallas to only 3.3 yards per carry.

Thompson racked up 10 tackles, a sack, an interception and two passes defensed in perhaps the greatest game of his seven-year NFL career. 

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