Today EA SPORTS started their reveal of Madden NFL 13 Player Ratings via ESPN’s Jon Robinson. They are doing it a little different this year with them being the only one’s revealing player ratings. In year’s past ESPN would give us team ratings, but this year EA is doing a weekly top 10 until we get to the launch of Madden NFL 13. If you want to know the complete schedule check here for EA’s Player Ratings Reveal Plans.
This week it’s all about the signal callers, the QBs.
One thing that ESPN’s writer Jon Robinson noticed is the exclusion of one Cam Newton. Why isn’t he on this list. I think when I asked my followers on Twitter over 50% had him somewhere in the top 10. I’m sorry but give me Cam Newton over Tony Romo, and that’s not because I hate the Cowboys; but because in Madden Cam is a Dual Threat. Yes, as we will find out on Friday his awareness or accuracy in the pocket is no where near the top of the list but what he can do with his feet and the flick of the wrist is amazing and that transcends into Madden NFL 13. I’m sure there will much debate about this list but for now check it out.
Here are the top 10 QBs of Madden NFL 13:
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers 99 overall
Aaron Rodgers is the perfect video game quarterback. He can run, he can throw dimes 50 yards downfield, he can squeeze the ball between defenders in the clutch, and he can throw on the run better than just about anyone in the game. All hail the polygonal Packers, once again, the most feared team in “Madden.”
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots 98 overall
Brady’s throwing power and accuracy are elite, his awareness is off the charts, and his targets are second to none, especially when you combine the already dangerous Gronk and Welker with the deep threat and spectacular catch ability of free-agent acquisition Brandon Lloyd. Can any defense even match up?
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints 98 overall
When playing as Drew Brees, it’s all about making the perfect pass and hitting your receivers in stride so they can rack up those yards after the catch. Brees’ accuracy numbers in the game are just sick, as is his polygonally jacked tight end running free down the middle of the field.
4. Eli Manning, New York Giants 97 overall
Not only does Eli Manning have more Super Bowl wins than his big brother, but now he’s also rated higher in “Madden.” Sounds like he’s got bragging rights to me.
5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: 95 overall
Big Ben can scramble just enough to get you out of trouble, has the strength to take a hit or two and still bounce off to make the throw, and the throwing power to heave the ball deep downfield to his speedy receivers.
6. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: 93 overall
This might have been the toughest ratings call for the folks at EA to make. Is Peyton the Peyton of old, or is he just old Peyton? We won’t know until we see him play in a real game this season, and we won’t know if his neck can hold up to the hits, but we do know the guy can still take charge of a team. His awareness numbers are through the roof, even if the rest of his ratings have taken a slight hit from years past.
7. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers: 92 overall
Rivers is one of those quarterbacks who is better in real life than in “Madden,” as his numbers make him accurate, but his inability to scramble makes him vulnerable to the pressure most gamers bring online. Better get the ball out of his hands quick if you hope to compete.
8. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: 91 overall
The Lions are going to be a popular team in “Madden 13,” thanks to the strong arm of Matthew Stafford and the beast-like ability of Megatron going deep. Stafford can throw the ball farther than any QB in “Madden,” and when you combine that with the spectacular catch ability of the “Madden 13” cover star, these two are going to put up some serious points.
9. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: 90 overall
Romo remains a “Madden” favorite because he possesses the ability to pass the ball deep, throw with accuracy, and have just enough speed to be able to not only scramble away from the blitz, but take off down the field and get you that all-important first down with his legs.
10. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles: 89 overall
Long after Michael Vick has retired, the legend of his video game doppelganger will be remembered alongside other cyber superstars like Bo Jackson and Tom Chambers. Vick once again has the speed that would make most halfbacks in the game jealous, while also possessing one of the biggest arms in all of “Madden.”