EA Sports continues to give us daily updates on the ratings of various teams and players.
Today is no different.
Surely the Chiefs, the defending AFC West Champions are the highest rated team in the division, right?
It’s the Chargers.
Here is the breakdown:
San Diego Chargers: 85
Kansas City Chiefs: 84
Oakland Raiders: 76
Denver Broncos: 74
My thoughts, plus some other interesting info, after the jump. And special props to Michael Tavis for the tip on the ratings.
I know some of you might be angry that the Chargers got a higher ranking than the Chiefs but I can live with it. First of all, it is only by one point. Second of all, while they were a wreck on special teams last season, the Chargers are still a very talented team with a lot of proven, veteran starts. They have guys like Rivers (96) and Antonio Gates (99) giving a big boost to their ratings.
The Chiefs, being a young team, have a lot of rising starts who haven’t reached their Madden potential yet. The Chargers, however, are a team that has maxed out their potential both in Madden and in real life in my opinion. Plus, the Chiefs also have a roster filled with guys who, while they might be considered solid contributors, are virtually unkown at this point. Guys like Verran Tucker, Jeremy Horne and Bobby Greenwood are bound to bring the average down a bit.
As for the other teams, I have to say, I think the Raiders got punked here. If anyone should be ticked off, it is Faider fans. Oakland went 8-8 last year and you are telling me they are only rated two points higher than the Donkeys? The Donkeys were TERRIBLE last season. The division had a really easy schedule and the Broncos were still bad. Terrible job here by the Madden team. I’d say the Raiders deserve at least an 80.
Some other interesting points from the ESPN article:
Jamaal Charles’ overall rating remains a mystery but he does have a 98 overall speed rating.
Tim Tebow has an 80 speed but only a 76 accuracy.
What do you think Addicts? Did they AFC West get a fair shake?