Madden 20 is in the hands of most NFL gaming fans. As always, the biggest complaints are the player ratings. While most of the ratings are just fans believing that their favorite player should be ranked higher than someone else, those are never that big of a deal. When it comes to Tom Brady and Drew Brees, does a couple of points make that big of a difference in gameplay?
However, some players received player ratings that are puzzling, to say the least. Whether ranked way too low or way too high, there are many players that make it seem no one actually watches them play. Here is a look at five Madden 20 player ratings we love and five that make no sense.
10 CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (91) - LOVE
Christian McCaffrey is the Carolina Panthers running back, and while he has fought for his role in the NFL, it looks like he is ready to break out. When it comes to his Madden 20 rating, McCaffrey is a solid 91, which is sixth-best behind Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, LeVeon Bell, Melvin Gordon III, and Saquon Barkley.
Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner said that he would get more touches this year which is huge for the player. In 2018, he gained 1,098 rushing yards and 867 receiving yards with 13 touchdowns. He deserves his 91-score and if he increases his numbers this year, expect him to go top 3 next year for running backs.
9 AARON RODGERS (90) - MAKE NO SENSE
Aaron Rodgers struggled last year with the Green Bay Packers stripping him of some of his biggest weapons and running the ball more. Despite that, Rodgers still threw for 4,442 yards and 25 touchdowns with only two interceptions. With those numbers in a bad year, he is still one of the best of the best.
Despite that, Rodgers ranks at a 90, and that puts him below Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers, and third-year star Patrick Mahomes. Yes, Mahomes was terrific last year, but Rodgers has been doing the same things for a decade, and seventh in QB rating is an insult.
8 ELI MANNING (72) - LOVE
Eli Manning fans are mad. Yes, he is a former Super Bowl champion, but look at his numbers over the past few years. Manning had Odell Beckham Jr. as his primary weapon in the offense and in 2018 got a running attack where he was able to take some pressure off his performance.
Manning responded by throwing 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for only 4,299 yards. He also fumbled the ball four times and never has run the ball well. That was a step up from 2017, but it is clear Manning's best days are behind him, and a 72 seems about right until he proves naysayers wrong.
7 PHILIP RIVERS (94) - MAKE NO SENSE
The San Diego Chargers drafted Eli Manning, but he refused to play for them. As a result, the New York Giants drafted Philip Rivers, and the two teams traded their rookie quarterbacks. That connects them to this day. Amazingly, Eli Manning now ranks at 72 in Madden 20 and Rivers ranks at an astronomically high 95.
Yes, Rivers is a much better quarterback at this time of his career than Manning, but he is not a 94. Rivers is ranked ahead of Drew Brees by two points and is four points ahead of Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan. This rating is not close to being accurate.
6 ZACK MARTIN (96) - LOVE
Who looks at offensive linemen ratings? You should if you want to put together a Madden 20 team that can protect your quarterback and help open holes for running backs to gain yards, which is already very hard outside of designed draws and outside pitches.
The Dallas Cowboys' Zack Martin is the second-ranked offensive lineman in the Madden 20 ratings, behind only David Bakhtiari of the Green Bay Packers. The Cowboys have the highest-paid offensive line in the NFL and Martin is the highest-paid player, and he deserves the money and his Madden 20 rating.
5 CHANDLER JONES (82) - MAKE NO SENSE
If there is one player that Madden 20 gamers are angry about, it is the rating given to Arizona Cardinals' outside linebacker Chandler Jones. Over the past three seasons, no one has more sacks than Jones in the NFL. No one at any position has matched up to his 41 sacks in that period.
In 2017, Chandler had 17 sacks, and in 2018, he finished with 13. Chandler also did that while playing for two different defensive coordinators. He is one of the best, and his Madden 20 rating is only an 82. Not only is he that low, but six other Cardinals have higher ratings.
4 ERIC EBRON (86) - LOVE
There is a lot of overrating tight ends in the NFL right now. Two tight ends in 2018 finished as top 5 players at their positions despite disappointing fantasy football owners for years. One of those men was Eric Ebron. Three of the best tight ends in the NFL heading into 2019, based on last year, are Travis Kelse, Zach Ertz and George Kittle.
Here is the problem, Ertz's production in 2019 was higher than anyone except for Rob Gronkowski since 2014. In 2017, Ebron only caught 53 passes for 574 yards, and he only had multiple touchdown years in two of his four previous seasons. One season does not make a tight end a superstar, and at least Madden 2o ranked Ebron fairly based on just one big season.
3 JORDAN PHILLIPS (63) - MAKE NO SENSE
When the Madden 20 ratings came out, a lot of players were mad. Of course, many players overestimated their talent and worth. Other players said they figured where Madden would rank them based on the past but still weren't happy about it. Then, there are those stars who were rated low for no good reason.
Jordan Phillips of the Buffalo Bills has a 63 rating on Madden 20. The defensive tackle may not have the big numbers that stat boys like, but he is a solid plug on the line. Phillips has 5.5 sacks over his career, and one interception as well as 14 passes defended. He isn't a superstar, but he is a lot better than a 63.
2 DEANDRE HOPKINS (99) - LOVE
For those who are new to Madden ratings, the highest score a player can get is a 99. In Madden 20, only four players received the highest score of all, and only one of those players is a specialty position player. The others are Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, and Bobby Wagner. The offensive star is DeAndre Hopkins.
What makes some people puzzled is that, when looking at the best wide receivers in the NFL, they look at Julio Jones, Antonio Bryant, Odell Backham Jr., or even Michael Thomas. Hopkins plays for a team that has never had a star passing quarterback and still makes plays. He is the best in the NFL at his position and deserves this spot.
1 DEMARCUS LAWRENCE (89) - MAKE NO SENSE
The Dallas Cowboys knew they needed to re-sign DeMarcus Lawrence if they wanted their defense to continue to improve to a championship-caliber level. They have let men go, like Anthony Hitchens and DeMarcus Ware. The Cowboys knew they could not let DeMarcus Lawrence go since he is one of the top pass rushers in the NFL.
Despite his high numbers and continued success, Madden 20 ratings have him at an 89. Lawrence was angry about his rank and asked for Cowboys Nation to go on Madden Strike until they give him the respect he deserves. In the last two seasons, Lawrence has 25 sacks and six forced fumbles. It is a complete joke that he is an 89.