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Lions 30th in Madden NFL 11 Team Ratings

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Madden 11 doesn't launch until August, but the team-by-team ratings were released yesterday. Unsurprisingly, just like last year, this year's edition of Madden doesn't think too highly of the Lions. Detroit was a dismal 66 overall a year ago, and although I personally played quite well with them despite their low rating, I was hoping for a decent improvement this time around. Not so much:

NFC North

Minnesota - 88
Green Bay - 87
Chicago - 77
Detroit - 68

The Lions' 68 overall rating puts them 30th in the NFL, ahead of Buffalo and St. Louis and just behind Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

Hopefully the Lions play well enough on the field in real life that the ratings people at EA Sports will have a reason to bump the numbers up as the season goes by.