Madden has the value of being the one and only NFL simulation game for a good while now and whenever a new one comes out, there’s always that burning question from every fan, wondering what rating their team received.
It’s a yearly ritual for most fans of Madden and this year proves to be no different - but as we move into the first Madden of the new decade, it’s time to take a look backwards. I went through every past Baltimore Ravens team since the decade began and put them in order from worst to best to see how they compare against each other.
Disclaimer: This list includes teams from Madden 11 - Madden 20 due to the actual league year being the year before the title, therefore the decade would begin at Madden 11. Numbers marked in parenthesis are the overall of the player at the time of the games release.
10. Madden 19
Biggest Strength — Defensive Backs: Jimmy Smith (89), Brandon Carr (80), Marlon Humphrey (80), Eric Weddle (86), Tony Jefferson (84).
Biggest Weakness — Entire offense other than Marshal Yanda (92).
Underrated/Overrated: C.J. Mosley (84), is a four-time Pro Bowler and deserved to be much higher rated. Michael Crabtree (84) rating is a bit too high for what he was and is.
9. Madden 18
Biggest Strength — Defensive backs: Eric Weddle (93), Tony Jefferson (88), Jimmy Smith (86), Tavon Young (80).
Biggest Weakness — Offensive and Defensive Lines, sporting talent such as Chris Wormley (72), and John Urschel (72).
Underrated/Overrated: Brandon Williams (82) should be a bit higher.
8. Madden 17
Biggest Strength — Linebackers: Terrell Suggs (90), Elvis Dumervil (87), C.J. Mosley (83).
Biggest Weakness — Matt Elam (69), was the starting Strong Safety, which is certainly not ideal.
Underrated/Overrated: Justin Tucker (83) is rated too low.
7. Madden 15
Biggest Strength — Tight Ends and Wide Receivers: Steve Smith (87), Torrey Smith (86), Jacoby Jones (79), Dennis Pitta (87), Owen Daniels (82).
Biggest Weakness —Safeties: Omar Brown (73), Matt Elam (79).
Underrated/Overrated: Nothing substantial found.
6. Madden 25, replacing 14’
Biggest Strength — Offensive talent: Joe Flacco (93), Ray Rice (94), Dennis Pitta (87), Torrey Smith (85), Jacoby Jones (81), Bernard Pierce (82)
Biggest Weakness — C Gino Gradkowski (74), DT Terrence Cody (74)
Underrated/Overrated: Michael Huff (83) could be toned down a few points.
5. Madden 11
Biggest Strength — Running Backs: Ray Rice (90), Willis McGahee (83)
Biggest Weakness — Cornerbacks: Domonique Foxworth (82) is solid but Lardarius Webb (74), and Fabian Washington (72) represent a steep drop off.
Underrated/Overrated: Dennis Pitta (62) is too low, even though it was extremely early in his career.
4. Madden 20
Biggest Strength — Defensive Backs: Earl Thomas (95), Marlon Humphrey (85), Jimmy Smith (84), Brandon Carr (81), Tony Jefferson (84)
Biggest Weakness — Linebackers: Pernell Mcphee (79), Patrick Onwuasor (74), Kenny Young (71)
Underrated/Overrated: Lamar Jackson (76) is far too low for the man who would win MVP this season.
3. Madden 13
Biggest Strength: — Defensive Stars: Ed Reed (97), Ray Lewis (94), Terrell Suggs (96), Haloti Ngata (97)
Biggest Weakness — Tight Ends: Ed Dickson (77), Dennis Pitta (74), Davon Drew (57)
Underrated/Overrated: Dennis Pitta (74) is too low
2. Madden 16
Biggest Strength — Linebackers: Daryl Smith (90), C.J. Mosley (88), Terrell Suggs (93), Elvis Dumervil (88)
Biggest Weakness — Wide Receiver: Marlon Brown (76), Breshad Perriman (73), Kamar Aiken (72)
Underrated/Overrated: Justin Forsett (87) is much too high for my taste.
1. Madden 12
Biggest Strength — Offensive Line: Ben Grubbs (95), Matt Birk (91), Marshal Yanda (85), Jared Gaither (84), Michael Oher (82).
Biggest Weakness: None
Underrated/Overrated: Nothing substantial found