Madden just released info about the upcoming edition in the franchise. How good will the Green Bay Packers be in Madden 19?
Playing Madden is a huge part of a football fan’s experience. Being able to control your favorite team, build or rebuild, draft and play as your favorite players is an experience unlike any other.
It’s a virtual world, but Madden is still a very significant piece of football culture. The gameplay isn’t necessarily accurate, but its ratings are typically on target. Madden updates rosters frequently throughout the season to keep things as true to life as possible.
Last year the game launched with three Packers being rated a 90 overall or higher. Aaron Rodgers was a 98, David Bakhtiari was a 91 and Jordy Nelson was a 91. Rookie Josh Jones was a 74 and Kevin King was a 72.
By season’s end, Rodgers was a 97, Bakhtiari was a 90, and Nelson was an 88 overall. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams were big movers throughout the season getting to a 77 and 78 overall, respectively.
The formula for how Madden determines overall ratings for players isn’t a known science. Every player in the game is given a rating on a scale from 0-99 for attributes like awareness, speed, agility, catching, block shedding, tackling, power moves, press and zone coverage to name just a few of the many attributes in the game.
Certain positions weigh these attributes differently. Aaron Rodgers being a poor tackler won’t make him a bad quarterback and a defensive lineman doesn’t need be good in man coverage, for example.
It’s still very early in the process, and Madden may not even be complete with all of its player ratings to this point, but with the release of the new cover there’s no better time than now to think about how the Packers, new and old, will be rated in Madden 19.