This week before the start of camp is agonizing. We’re all geared up for football to return, but there’s no news to discuss because the players don’t report until Friday. So instead, lets discuss video game football. It’s better than nothing, right?
As I’ve said before, this is the first time I’ve been excited for a Madden release in what feels like a decade. It might be the promise of no pre-determined collisions, or the fact that a player’s size it finally going to matter, or maybe its the revamped franchise and superstar modes, but something has me ready to dive into pixellated football when the game come out.
One of the fun things to do whenever a game like this comes out is to look at the team and player ratings. No matter what, it’ll always generate debate and get people all worked up. Somehow, I think they do it on purpose just to get people talking.
It turns out that the team ratings have been released already, take a look:
|New England Patriots||86|
|Green Bay Packers||86|
|New York Giants||84|
|San Francisco 49ers||81|
|New York Jets||79|
|New Orleans Saints||78|
|San Diego Chargers||78|
|Kansas City Chiefs||76|
|St. Louis Rams||71|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||69|
The first thing you’ll probably notice is that all the ratings are much lower than normal. There’s no team above 86, as compared to the usual maximum in the mid-90s. The bottom end is also much lower than normal. Having a team below 72 was unheard of before this year, now there are 8 teams below that level.
The Seahawks are ranked 73, and only 9 teams are ranked lower. This is entire absurd, but not unexpected. Madden ratings are always about hype, and no one outside of the NFC West has any idea just how good the Seahawks’ talent really is.