Madden 21 initial ratings were not kind to the Atlanta Falcons.
Madden 21 is just over a month away from release and like every year, the initial ratings are a hot topic. For Atlanta Falcons fans, winning will be a tougher task than previous editions of the Madden series.
In Madden 20, the top 10 Atlanta Falcons players went as followed:
- Julio Jones – 98
- Deion Jones – 90
- Devonta Freeman – 89
- Alex Mack – 89
- Matt Ryan – 89
- Keanu Neal – 88
- Desmond Trufant – 88
- Grady Jarrett – 87
- Austin Hooper – 85
- Mohamed Sanu – 82
This gave the Atlanta Falcons top 10 rated players a reasonably high 89 overall. Another note is that the Atlanta Falcons have parted ways with four guys from their top 10 from last year. So how have they fared in the Madden 20 initial ratings?
Julio Jones is once again not rated as the top wide receiver in the NFL. Only once in his NFL career has Jones been the number one receiver at Madden’s initial launch. This came in Madden 18 when Jones was a 98 and Antonio Brown was unveiled with a 97. Brown returned to the top spot a year later with a 99 overall, something that Madden has continuously withheld from Julio, even after a season with 1,800+ yards. He was still slated behind Brown.
Michael Thomas had fewer yards on more receptions than Julio did in 2015 and yet Michael Thomas was given a higher rating with a 98. What’s the issue EA?
Other than Julio being slighted, these ratings seem a bit fair, with the exception of Deion Jones dropping to an 86 after boasting a 90 overall a year ago. Sure the defense fell apart once again, but not enough to knock Jones down 4 overalls.
In addition to the top 10 players, Madden has given the Atlanta Falcons a measly 79 overall. This is to them giving the Atlanta Falcons offense and 80 and the defense a 79. While I can get on board with that low of a rating on defense, I’m not too sold on a rating out an offense that low.
The Atlanta Falcons sit at third in the NFC South with team ratings. New Orleans is not only first in the division, but first, in the NFL They are followed by Tampa at 83 and rounded out with Carolina at 78.
Madden 21 top 10 overall ratings for the Atlanta Falcons comes out to be an 86 overall. This as well sits at third in the division with New Orleans leading the way with the most highly rated players and a 91 overall. Then followed up by Tampa with 88 overall, including a ridiculous Gronk rating of 95.
Carolina rounds out the division with an 83 overall. They are the only team in the NFC South with a player in their top 10 being rated below an 80 overall.
If you’re unhappy with these ratings and not experienced with the Madden series, then you should know that these ratings fluctuate throughout the season and are constantly being adjusted every week to accurately portray their real-life on-field performance.