I have to admit I play Madden quite often so I know the game inside and out enough to justify the statement that the Philadelphia Eagles are going to be stacked at least when it comes to Madden ratings and will likely be the most used team in 2012.
One of my all time favorite teams to use has been the Philadelphia Eagles. Back in the Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook days that was one of the best Madden tandems around and I generally crushed everyone I played with them.
Currently they are my second team behind the Oakland Raiders (not anymore) and my favorite Madden player Jacoby Ford; I know, it doesn’t make any sense except for the speed, but I play better with him than any receiver in the game.
With my Madden expertise, I feel educated enough to make the statement these Eagles have a chance to be one of the most dynamic Madden teams in the franchises history both in rating and how you can use them. If you look across the board, there is only one definable weakness on the roster. The other are merely where they aren’t quite as stacked as they could be.
These ratings are based on the 2011 games final rankings and may fluctuate a little bit. I don’t expect any shocking downward changes for anybody and don’t be surprised to see many of these ratings actually increased.
Michael Vick 91 OVR– need I say more, the ultimate video game quarterback, if you can’t do something good with Vick on even on “pro” you need to return your copy of Madden to GameStop. He’s the 7th best overall quarterback in terms of rating in the game.
LeSean McCoy 88 OVR– forms one of the best QB/RB duos in Madden, and we haven’t even gotten to wide receiver yet. He is fast and slippery and is rated amongst the top 15 overall running backs and with Vick they form the second best overall QB/RB duo.
Owen Schmitt 77 – Fullback is not a game changer and his Madden strengths are in the blocking game anyway. If Weaver is eligible to play in ’12, his rating will probably be down to an 84 because of injury but he is still one of the more versatille “video game esque” options in Madden.
DeSean Jackson 91, Jeremy Maclin 85, Jeremy Avant 77– This is where things get great on offense. I like to use four receivers at all times but that Jackson/Maclin combo stands tied among several as the best in Madden. Not to mention the overall jacked up speed attributes (ACC, AGIL, SPD). Avant is nothing special but he’s not terrible. Jackson is the 8th ranked Madden receiver and Maclin still sits at 30th, making both of them technically No. 1 receivers.
Brent Celek- 81- He has flashed 88 overall potential in the game makers eyes but after significant statistical drop-offs from 2009-2010 it’s hard to argue this isn’t justified. Still he is among the 22 best rated tight ends and is ranked 7th in CIT (catch in traffic), which means he is a very reliable target on quick throws into tight coverage over the middle. If there’s any “weak” spot amongst “Madden skill positions”, this is it, but I think the 91 QB, 89 RB, 91/85 WR with all of that dynamic speed makes up for an average tight end.
I also like using the Eagles because the offensive line is always good. The 91/89 left side of Peters and Herramans is one of the games best combinations (ranked third in terms of overall rating) while the average rating of the C/RG/RT is a decent 79, good for a 21st/22nd/17th best overall. Madden players don’t typically choose teams because of the offensive line, but the fact the Eagles boast a top left side and an overall average rating of 83.5 it’s by no means a weak unit and is complemented by the explosive offense.
Now lets get to why I really decided to write this:
Madden addicts already know all about the potent Eagles offense, but with several acquisitions this defensive unit is top loaded with elite (7 over 85,) players now.
What a defensive line! Already containing the fourth overall RE in the game Trent Cole (95) they have now added they third overall LE in the game Jason Babin (89). That does seem a little skewed, and so I won’t pull a white lie about it to prove a point because the defensive end positions are somewhat interchangeable (all you have to do is edit Babin and change him to RE).
If you add up all defensive ends, he comes in at 13th overall, and together they form the second best overall defensive end tandem in Madden behind Freeney/Mathis. Already on this team we have the the second best QB/RB tandem, (tied) best receiver tandem, and second best DE tandem.
Defensive Tackle is nothing to cry about, if they retain Mike Patterson, both starters average 85 overall and that duo is good for 6th best in the game, giving them arguably the top overall front four in the game.
Linebacker, ugh, the weakness of the team, i’ve been rolling right along until now. This unit still has a chance to be upgraded but as it stands Bradley is gone and their only player of note is Ernie Sims and he comes in at a respectable 24th overall at his position with an 81 rating. The other two current starters clock in at a below average 74. The trick here is to move Brandon Graham and Juqua Parker out to linebacker to maximize this roster. Their rating may be lower as linebackers, but they both possess solid enough TACK ratings (75, 74) to get the job done as well as being rated significantly higher (74<79.5) players.
Alright, glad that’s out of the way, because here’s the fun part.
I mean, this is a Madden addicts wet dream, something that may actually improve his mood for the day, you already know what’s coming.
The most ridiculously rated cornerback trio in Madden history.
Nnamdi Asomuagha- 98
Asante Samuel- 94
Dominique Rodgers Cromartie- 87.
Like Michael Vick, nothing needs to be said here other than the obvious. That’s the best cornerback tandem in the game and the best cornerback trio in the game, period. It’s so damn versatile if you’re feeling ballsy you can just slide Asomuagha over to safety to compensate for the loss of Quintik Mikell; he’s still rated a 95.
That’s what I am going to do at least, I am somebody who prefers to control the Safety on defense and with the Raiders that’s what I typically do with Nnamdi.
Safety isn’t a flashy position for the Eagles but I would be willing to bet that Nate Allen will be ranked over an 80 in 2012. As it stands he ranks 21st amongst FS’s and making use of your roster if you slide Marlin Jackson to SS (where he stays a 78), he is ranked 26th amongst safeties there as well.
Overall, this roster has four three of positions where they are average (TE, right side of offensive line, safety) and one below average area (linebackers), but they have some of the top combinations at the most critical positions: QB/RB (2nd), WR (tied 1st) LT/LG (3rd) DE (2nd), DT (6th) and cornerback (1st***).
I don’t think there is a team that is more stacked at so many critical positions. QB, LT, DE, and CB are generally the highest paid positions in the game for a reason.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I will need to use anyone but the Eagles in Madden come August 31st, my gamertag is MVP SEAHWKS on Xbox live, lets give it a go.