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EA Sports' Madden 11 Ratings Are Out: Where Do The Denver Broncos Land?

NEW YORK - APRIL 14:  Football Player Matt Ryan and video game contestant Steven Lenard attends the Gillette - EA SPORTS Champions of Gaming Global Finals at ARENA Event Space on April 14, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
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Reid BrooksAnalyst IJune 9, 2010

The new Madden video game ratings were recently leaked, and the Denver Broncos overall rating dropped.

Apparently the folks at EA Sports were not to fond of Josh McDaniels' offseason.

Actually, the news isn't that bad, as the Broncos overall only lost two points. They dropped from an 80 to a 78.

Compared with other teams in the AFC West, the Broncos were fine.

The San Diego Chargers dropped four total points to check in at 85 overall (probably because of the loss of LaDainian Tomlinson and a poor draft) but they are still the front runners of the division.

The Oakland Raiders held steady at 71, and the Kansas City Chiefs were big movers: they gained three points to tie with the Raiders at 71.

As far as overall rankings are concerned, the San Diego is the 10th best team in the game, Denver is 19th, and the Raiders and the Chiefs are ranked 26th and 27th, respectively.

The biggest movers throughout the NFL were the Arizona Cardinals, who lost a massive eight overall rating points (they no longer have Kurt Warner or Anquan Boldin) dropping from an 87 to a 79. Two other NFC teams also had major ratings changes.

The Philadelphia Eagles lost six points, and the Washington Redskins (the biggest winners) gained six points. Apparently, Donovan McNabb is worth exactly six overall points in the Madden formula.

The top three teams in the game will be, in order, the New Orleans Saints, the Indianapolis Colts, and the (somewhat surprising) Baltimore Ravens.

For everyone out there thinking the New York Jets are the team to beat, Madden ranks them at fourth in the NFL, directly followed by the Minnesota Vikings.

The bottom five teams are, from worst to best, the St. Louis Rams, the Buffalo Bills, the Detroit Lions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Cleveland Browns. No real surprises there, but the order might be arguable.

Obviously, Madden is the single most polarizing video game ever made (as it can make you happier than anyone on the planet one minute and then angrier than Satan the next) but it figures to see massive sales again this year.

The folks at EA Sports have gotten in the habit of shaking up the rankings as the season progresses, so these are just their initial impressions, but still interesting to note.

Are they an accurate interpretation of the NFL?

That is always up for argument, but for a video game, they didn't do a half bad job.

Obviously I'll be changing my tune when Knowshon Moreno gets "user-stripped" by some 12 year old kid playing against me online, but like a huge schmuck, I buy the game every year.

If you're reading this article, you know you do too.

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