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Examining the Madden 2011 Baltimore Ravens' Player Ratings

Over the last week, EA Sports has been working diligently to produce the individual player ratings for each team in their new edition of the Madden series, Madden 2011. For those of you who are not familiar with what Madden is, it is the most successful sports series in history for video game consoles and will be available on XBOX 360, Playstation 3 and the Wii. The Madden series has been around since the early 90's and each year it has progressed to become an even more innovative. 

The version of Madden today involves so many different options throughout the game allowing for the average football fan to be involved with the NFL to the highest degree. Game play options in Madden include...

  • Franchise mode where you can take over any team and play an entire 16 game season
  • Superstar which allows you to make an individual player at any position and play that position throughout an entire season
  • Tons of mini games including rushing and passing drills, 40 yard dash and bench press
  • Endless practice sessions to allows for players to perfect there Madden game

As many Baltimore fans have found out, the Ravens have been rated very highly in this years game with a team rating of 90, which is the 3rd highest only behind the Saints (94) and Indy (92). Now that the player ratings for the Baltimore Ravens in Madden 2011 have officially come out, lets take a closer look at how the people at EA Sports view the Ravens. (Legend for terminology at bottom of the screen.)

Quarterbacks
NUM NAME POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ SWG JMP CAT CAR THP THA TAS TAM TAD
5 J. Flacco QB 87 69 65 74 67 80 92 85 95 65 55 30 58 96 83 87 85 80
10 T. Smith QB 67 82 86 60 88 65 90 80 93 75 86 65 70 86 65 68 67 66
12 J. Beck QB 58 64 65 58 63 65 90 80 85 60 70 25 65 78 74 79 70 49

 

  • The first thing that stands out here is the love that Joe Flacco is finally starting receive. Coming off of a very solid 2010 season, an 87 rating for our boy seems very fair. I do think that Joe has the strongest arm in the league, so the throwing power (THP) could possibly be a 98 or even 99, but a 96 is good. If Joe can continue to improve his game each season like he has already, there is no reason we could not see him with a 90+ rating towards seasons end.
  • For those of you who are wondering why Marc Bulger is not on this list, he has not officially signed a contract with the Ravens, but I am sure these ratings will be updated very soon once final cuts are made.

More ratings throughout the story...

Running Backs
NUM NAME POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ SWG JMP CAT CAR TRK ELU BCV STF SMV JMV
33 L. McClain FB 90 79 84 82 74 78 90 92 93 70 80 70 87 90 46 75 86 68 72
27 R. Rice HB 90 89 97 76 96 79 90 89 94 95 85 80 89 74 92 95 80 88 84
23 W. McGahee HB 83 86 82 79 84 85 79 91 88 89 67 65 91 88 62 92 99 82 83
34 J. Parmele HB 66 82 86 71 79 55 65 79 92 70 85 64 83 83 59 51 76 68 75

 

  • Overall, these ratings seem pretty fair. To have 3 players in the backfield that are rated above 80 (two in the 90's) should tell everyone how good of backfield the Ravens have. Going into week 1, this looks to be the most obvious roster at the moment.
  • Only problem that I think many will have with these ratings is what they gave Ray Rice. Towards the end of last season Rice was a 91 or 92 in Madden 2010, so I am unsure of what he has done during the off season to have his overall (OVR) rating drop to a 90. I also believe that his speed rating (SPD) of 89 is too low, as someone in another thread pointed out that Rice (89) was the one who beat New England Safety Brandon Merriweather (91) in an 83 yard touchdown run. I would say a speed rating of 91 would be fair for Rice.
Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
NUM NAME POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ SWG JMP CAT CAR SPC CIT RRG


81 A. Boldin WR 91 87 87 80 90 89 90 99 80 87 87 93 73 87 98 89


85 D. Mason WR 85 85 88 42 89 95 99 92 93 80 85 91 70 75 85 97


86 T. Heap TE 83 82 82 60 83 86 90 65 72 69 88 88 72 89 70 90


89 M. Clayton WR 76 86 92 45 92 83 93 87 87 74 87 80 68 75 74 82


18 D. Stallworth WR 68 94 89 55 82 75 74 65 70 75 78 72 65 64 65 74


87 D. Williams WR 67 89 85 65 82 68 79 67 82 74 90 75 66 85 65 64


80 E. Dickson TE 65 81 85 69 83 58 85 88 90 70 82 79 65 83 78 64


88 D. Pitta TE 62 81 72 55 79 60 87 67 88 49 84 82 66 84 85 65


16 D. Reed WR 58 87 84 39 89 49 87 60 88 70 85 75 60 85 77 49


83 D. Drew TE 54 75 79 66 76 39 76 75 90 75 80 76 67 60 67 76

 

  • What immediately stands out here is that EA Sports has the Ravens keeping 4 Tight Ends on the roster, which I think most of us will all agree is not happening. With the addition of rookies Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta, things are not looking too good for 3rd year player Davon Drew.
  • When the Ravens signed WR Anquan Boldin, I thought that a rating of 89 or 90 would have been fair for him, so a rating of 91 is very good. As you can see, they have acknowledged that Boldin is an injury concern by giving him an injury rating (INJ) of 80, the 2nd lowest for WR. His toughness (TGH) is a 99 however, so that is a plus
  • Derrick Mason at an 85 is another rating that seems to be off a bit. Yes Mason is getting towards the end of his career, the man still puts up numbers that could deserve a higher overall rating. They did give Mason a 97 in route running (RRG), so at least EA Sports realizes that Mason is one of the best route runners in the NFL, as many of us Ravens fans will tell you.
  • WR Donte Stallworth received a speed rating of 94, so he will be a very useful player in Madden 2011 allowing for him to burn most of team's #3 CB who are usually lower than a 94 speed. I will not complain about the 68 overall rating he got because at this point we really have no idea what kind of impact Stallworth will have, but I think it is safe to say that most Ravens fans believe that 68 rating will rise very quickly.
  • Besides the Davon Drew, I agree that this looks to be the squad that will most likely be taking the field in week 1.
Offensive Linemen
NUM NAME POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ SWG JMP RBK PBK





66 B. Grubbs LG 94 62 75 94 65 84 80 90 94 53 18 94 88





77 M. Birk C 91 54 75 86 60 99 84 92 84 75 20 94 90





74 M. Oher LT 89 61 84 98 65 68 82 95 97 77 72 96 87





71 J. Gaither RT 86 59 78 92 58 74 65 85 92 65 76 85 93





73 M. Yanda RG 80 60 78 85 68 73 85 80 93 65 65 85 84





65 C. Chester RG 76 67 83 82 68 64 82 80 84 75 68 84 79





62 D. Hale C 70 62 76 87 60 42 78 85 94 55 55 80 80





64 O. Cousins RT 68 64 78 91 62 44 74 82 93 70 50 83 78





79 T. Moll LT 61 59 68 86 54 60 74 80 87 45 55 77 82

 

  • When I first saw the ratings given to our O-Line, I was amazed by how good this squad is going to be this year. By far the best group on the Ravens in the game this year and it will only make Flacco and our RB that much better. This is one strong group.
  • Incredible that Ben Grubbs received a 94 rating, this guy is on the rise of becoming maybe the best LG in the game. His jumping rating (JMP) of 18 sucks, but whatever.
  • Love Birk's awareness rating (AWR) of 99, the guy is still one of the league's best Centers.
  • One interesting point about these ratings is the pass block ratings (PBK) of LT Michael Oher and RT Jared Gaither. Being an avid Madden player, I have usually put the player with the better pass block rating at LT because the defense's best pass rusher is usually playing against the LT. So it might be a good option to switch the two players, but if you choose not to I do not see there being any reason to be concerned.
  • Love the overall rating of 80 for Yanda, the guy is quickly becoming a bad ass SOB. The farm boy will be kicking ass and taking names very soon
  • Only player they have making this squad that I do not agree with is Tony Moll. Don't know too much about the guy, but I think most of us here will agree that Ramon Harewood will probably receive the better opportunity to make this squad.
Defensive Linemen
NUM NAME POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ SWG JMP TKL PMV FMV BSR PUR PRC HPR
92 H. Ngata RE 94 67 78 98 68 94 82 95 95 82 67 97 97 65 98 85 93 85
97 K. Gregg DT 84 46 70 91 55 96 84 90 85 55 37 88 83 47 86 80 98 60
90 T. Pryce LE 82 64 72 93 65 92 73 94 75 66 48 90 88 58 87 75 87 68
93 C. Redding LE 76 67 85 85 68 75 78 80 92 72 60 77 78 63 83 80 74 60
63 T. Cody DT 72 42 70 97 52 56 49 82 87 87 55 92 89 33 97 45 70 77
91 B. McKinney DT 65 56 64 89 54 65 65 86 85 64 55 79 76 49 68 63 50 50
96 L. Divens RE 55 52 70 92 48 46 74 84 90 55 40 70 80 64 80 56 44 68
 
  • Haloti Ngata a 94? Anything less than a 99 is uncalled for. We call him "The Baby Eater" for a reason.
  • Even though NT Terrence Cody has a respectable overall rating of 72, everyone should take notice of the love EA Sports gave him in other areas. Of our D-Line, Cody received the 2nd highest tackle (TKL) rating of 92, the 2nd highest power moves rating (PMV) of 89, and the 2nd highest strength rating (STR) of 97. Take into account that all these ratings were just a bit lower than Pro Bowler DL Haloti Ngata. This guy is going to be a beast.
  • Judging by the reports during the off season for the Ravens, it seems that Paul Kruger will indeed be making the switch from OLB to DE, so he should probably be added to this squad.
Linebackers
NUM NAME POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ SWG JMP TKL PMV FMV BSR PUR PRC HPR
52 R. Lewis MLB 94 82 85 79 83 99 90 99 83 97 69 95 75 72 87 97 99 96
55 T. Suggs ROLB 90 84 96 88 77 86 78 85 87 87 80 81 91 99 83 97 84 79
95 J. Johnson LOLB 82 72 85 85 68 82 80 80 90 66 39 85 91 72 88 91 85 87
49 S. Kindle LOLB 78 82 95 69 80 64 93 95 85 86 83 84 76 92 75 92 77 92
50 A. Barnes LOLB 72 86 92 72 86 63 84 80 93 75 82 75 74 71 77 88 68 84
99 P. Kruger ROLB 72 74 79 79 72 67 82 95 94 70 62 79 83 68 85 75 85 80
59 D. Ellerbe MLB 71 83 88 69 85 69 89 90 85 85 75 85 45 63 83 88 73 80
56 T. Gooden MLB 70 86 91 66 86 70 82 50 65 84 78 78 60 68 69 90 64 79
58 J. Phillips MLB 64 76 71 74 70 62 86 89 79 55 64 83 52 48 79 66 86 70
53 J. McClain MLB 63 81 83 77 72 54 88 85 92 68 70 80 78 74 77 77 46 87
54 P. Burgess MLB 51 72 83 65 75 59 78 80 91 76 82 66 52 74 49 85 52 65

 

  • What I immediately noticed when looking at the ratings for the Linebackers is that there are way too many on this list. Most likely at least 1 of these guys will not make the team (possibly 2) because of how deep we are at other positions.
  • For the first time, EA Sports is starting to acknowledge that Ray Lewis' career is coming to an end. Ray has always been around the 97 overall rating and this is the lowest I have ever seen him. Still a beast though.
  • Terrell Suggs power moves and finesse moves (FMV) ratings of 91 and 99 are very, very good. He is going to be a very good player in Madden 2011.
  • One rating that I think Madden got wrong is Jarrett Johnson's speed rating of 72. This guys was one of our best defenders last year and guys that are this good should not be rated as been so slow. Hopefully this is fixed.
  • Sergio Kindle looks to be a very good player in Madden as well. A 78 overall rating is very generous for a 2nd round pick.
  • I fully expect Dannell Ellerbe's overall rating of 72 to shoot up to close to 80 towards mid-season once he takes over the starting MLB duties next to Ray.
Defensive Backs
NUM NAME POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ SWG JMP CAT TKL PMV FMV BSR PUR PRC HPR
20 E. Reed FS 97 93 91 58 94 94 99 84 85 97 91 82 59 45 73 52 86 98 75
24 D. Foxworth CB 82 93 95 55 95 78 93 69 83 82 89 57 53 23 42 40 75 79 40
26 D. Landry SS 82 82 84 65 81 77 95 70 95 83 87 70 77 29 45 66 77 76 82
28 T. Zbikowski FS 76 88 85 68 87 70 95 90 95 45 88 57 72 75 79 77 88 72 84
21 L. Webb CB 74 93 94 52 94 45 88 76 90 78 92 75 58 30 32 48 70 55 62
31 F. Washington CB 72 98 97 44 91 75 93 70 87 70 87 52 49 21 31 28 62 64 37
43 H. Nakamura SS 66 84 87 70 79 56 95 90 93 68 80 41 74 58 61 70 90 46 78
25 C. Carr CB 65 91 94 44 85 67 85 78 88 60 77 45 42 18 24 17 68 65 45
29 C. Williams CB 58 90 88 47 91 59 84 68 87 60 87 42 43 25 28 36 55 42 27

 

  • The first thing that stands out here is that there are a few players left off this list. Newly acquired Ravens Walt Harris, Travis Fisher and Ken Hamlin will all most likely make this squad, so this list should get larger. 
  • Judging by this list, EA Sports says we are only going to keep 5 CB on the roster this year. I do not see this happening at all and expect the Ravens to keep up to 7 CB on the roster considering how shallow we have been at that position late in the season the past few seasons.
  • Glad to see Foxworth at an 82 overall rating, he is only going to get better.
  • We have a very fast secondary, as most of you know, with 5 players in the 90's for speed.
  • Tom Zbikowski getting a low swagger rating (SWG) of 45 does not make sense, but we will get into that later.
Kickers and Punters
NUM NAME POS OVR SPD ACC STR AGL AWR STA TGH INJ SWG KP KA






4 S. Koch P 86 58 60 50 55 75 85 65 85 64 88 98






7 B. Cundiff K 70 60 62 25 49 73 84 50 70 65 92 81

 

  • Sam Koch is going to boom some punts in Madden 2011 considering his 86 overall rating. Koch will be pinning many teams back on their side of the field with that kicking accuracy rating (KA) of 98.
  • At this point, I think Shane Graham has the best chance of making this team simply because he is definitely a better kicker, but it is fair to put Cundiff on there right now.
  • One thing I do not understand when rating the kickers is how they get the overall rating. In this case, Cundiff received an overall kicking rating of 70, but has a kicking power (KP) rating of 92 and kicking accuracy of 81. Considering that those are the only two rating that matter with a kicker in this game, how do they get an overall rating of 70? 

So there are the ratings of your 2010-2011 Baltimore Ravens. Overall, this is definitely going to be one of the toughest teams to play against in the game this year and will be very fun to play with. Here are a few other general notes about the ratings that I have noticed.

  • The Swagger rating to me seems to be one of the most useless and dumb ratings that EA Sports has ever come up with. What is this rating going to do for players in the game, give them better TD celebrations, draw more penalties, demand more balls? The other thing that Baltimore Beatdown contributor DT711 pointed out is that all of the white players on the Ravens have a very, very low swagger rating. Tom Zbikowski, Dennis Pitta and other all have a swagger rating in the 40's. So how does a player like David Reed who has done nothing in the NFL have a higher swagger rating than Tom Zbikowski who has been a very good player in this league? Here is an explanation of the rating I found which breaks it down a little more.

EA Explanation: The "Old Spice Swagger" rating determines the likelihood of a player to celebrate on the way to the endzone, or after a touchdown. For example, a running back like Adrian Peterson (99 rating) has a greater tendency to celebrate than Frank Gore (50 rating)… Not sure who started that rumor or speculation [about confidence]. It’s purely a set personality rating.

 

  • Another thing I picked up about these ratings is that there are 55 players rated on this squad. Of course we all know that we can only have 53 come the start of the season, so a few players are going to be taken off this list, most likely coming from the LB or TE spot where there is an abundance of players.

Here are a few You Tube videos that are on the internet showing a little more about Madden 2011

Thanks to our original informant of these ratings, David, for breaking the news to us with this story and link. As well as Bruce for notifying me of this very quickly. http://gomadden.com/news/footballgame/madden-11-ravens-ratings-fly-through/

Here is a link to anything else you need to know about the new Madden 2011, which should be the best Madden to ever hit the market. Check it out. http://maddennfl.easports.com/home.action


OVR: Overall Rating - SPD: Speed - ACC: Acceleration - STR: Strength - AGL: Agility - AWR: Awareness - STA: Stamina - TGH: Toughness - INJ: Injury - SWG: Swagger - JMP: Jumping - CAT: Catching - CAR: Carrying - SPC: Spectacular Catch - CIT: Catch in Traffic - RRG: Route Running - TRK: Trucking - ELU: Elusiveness - BCV: Ball Carrier Vision - STF: Stiff Arm - SMV: Spin Move - JMV: Juke Move - THP: Throw Power - THA: Throw Accuracy - TAS: Throw Accuracy Short - TAM: Throw Accuracy Middle - TAD: Throw Accuracy Deep - RBK: Run Block - PBK: Pass Block - TKL: Tackle - PMV: Power Moves - FMV: Finesse Moves - BSR: Block Shedding - PUR: Pursuit - PRC: Play Recognition - HPR: Hit Power

For more information on Madden NFL 11, check out the official EA Sports site: http://maddennfl.easports.com/

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