Los Angeles Chargers: ‘Madden 19’ team rating is way off
By Matt Pagels
‘Madden 19’ doesn’t come out until August, but ratings for each NFL team were recently revealed.
Thanks to social media, gamers got a sneak peak at roster and player rankings for the new Madden, which is set to release on Aug. 10.
And after all that talk (by experts and fans) of the Los Angeles Chargers having one of the best and most complete rosters in the NFL going into the 2018 season, do you want to guess what their team rating was? 77 overall. Yup, that’s right. 77.
And with that rating, the Chargers rank 21st among all teams in Madden, tied with Denver and behind Oakland (81 overall) and Kansas City (80 overall).
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And by looking at these team ratings in general, the creators seem to be very low on almost every single team. After the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, it’s a steep drop-off.
Sticking with the Chargers, who are their top overall players? As seen in this video here, CB Casey Hayward leads the pack with a 91 overall rating, followed by WR Keenan Allen (90 overall), DE Joey Bosa (88 overall), RB Melvin Gordon (88 overall), QB Philip Rivers (86 overall), CB Jason Verrett (85 overall), DE Melvin Ingram (84 overall) and WR Travis Benjamin (83 overall). It’s fair to note that those ratings are not set and stone, especially when the game constantly makes upgrades.
However, it makes no sense. So you’re telling me that not even one member of the best pass-rush tandem in the league received an overall grade of 90 or better? Or that Rivers, who finished with the second-most yards last season, ranked in the middle of the pack and tied with a quarterback (Andrew Luck) who hasn’t thrown a football since college? Or that Russell Okung, who helped turn what was a very bad offensive line into a halfway decent one, didn’t rank in the mid 80’s? And that Benjamin ranked in the 80’s??
Blasphemous. I bet these guys–Hunter Henry, Jahleel Addae, Trevor Williams, Desmond King, Darius Philon and even Denzel Perryman–are rated way too low, too. As for rookies, they usually start low, but Derwin James should get an 80. I mean, he was the steal of the draft.
And in no way shape or form should the Raiders have the best team rating in the AFC West. I’m not saying the Chargers are the most dominant team, but they’re better than the Raiders. The Chiefs? Hey, they’re division champs. They did, however, lose one of their best defenders in CB Marcus Peters and have an inexperienced QB in Patrick Mahomes.
I guess the Chargers are just going to have to dominate on the field for these things to change.