If you love Madden and the Detroit Lions, then here’s a story for you. Most Madden players spend the summer wondering when they can get the first glimpse of player ratings in the year’s upcoming game. Well a week after the game’s trailer came out, Madden fans will have to wait no longer as some of the ratings have started to trickle out.
Operation Sport’s Steve Noah tweeted out a list of players rated in the 90’s on Sunday afternoon.
Madden NFL 19 Player ratings - Top rated players in the game (not final) - Full video here https://t.co/OYIYeIkXJv (via @Miguel_Gator) pic.twitter.com/8PqtaGm6TY— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) June 17, 2018
Sadly, there are no Lions rated in the 90s this year. We all know that can change as the game updates its ratings as the season progresses. The good news here, though, is that in the video linked to this tweet Steve goes through the top ten players on each team. Here’s how the Lions shake out.
Who’s rated the highest?
Why it’s Darius Slay. The All-Pro corner who led the league in pass breakups and interceptions is the highest rated player on the Lions in Madden. Sadly, that rating is an 89. That’s not bad, but it is lower than Jalen Ramsey, Xavier Rhodes, Patrick Peterson, A.J. Bouye and Micah Hyde. This is pretty egregious, if you ask me. Slay outperformed each and every one of those guys in 2018, but he plays for the Lions. Looks like Slay wasn’t too pleased when he found out.
I gots to start in the 90’s this year.... most INTs an PBU’s.... Don’t play me @EAMaddenNFL https://t.co/cxf7MjIFkN— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) June 17, 2018
Where is Matthew Stafford?
This one will definitely upset you. Stafford has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league in the past three years. He’s been top five or six in every single statistical category, but Madden has him rated at a lowly 83.
83 is way too low for Stafford. Especially when you consider Andrew Luck—who hasn’t played in nearly two years—is an 86, Philip Rivers is an 86 and Ben Roethlisberger is an 86. This just too low for Stafford, but as mentioned in the video, these may not be the 100 percent final ratings yet. So it’s not too late to get Stafford to at least 88.
Man, these receivers though
If you’re looking to play online and you like to throw the ball, the Lions are gonna be a fun team for that. Marvin Jones Jr. is the second-highest rated player on the team at 86. Golden Tate is just below him at 85 and the possibly the best pass-catching running back in the league, Theo Riddick, comes in at 80. No sight of Kenny Golladay just yet, but it’s a safe bet he’s in the mid to high 70s.
The best free safety in the league
You’ll be happy with Glover Quin’s spot here. He’s the third-highest rated guy on the team at 85. Sadly we don’t see what Quandre Diggs’ ratings are here, but we do see Tavon Wilson. He comes in at an 80 overall.
The rest of the top 10
The video only shows the top ten or so players on each team. Besides the aforementioned players, we also see Ezekiel Ansah come in at 83, Ameer Abdullah come in a surprisingly high 82 and the kick god himself, Matt Prater, coming in at 79. It looks like a lot of this team is going to be rated pretty low, especially that offensive line and anyone the Lions picked up in free agency.
Once again, they mention in the video that these ratings may not be completely final, but the sources here are trustworthy and they got these numbers from EA themselves. So I actually expect nothing to change since the game is slated to be out on August 10.
We’ll probably get to see the full team ratings within the next few weeks, and, remember, these numbers go up and down as the season goes on. So when the Lions are 16-0 at the end of the year, Stafford and the gang will all be at 99.