The Game Haus will be analyzing the Madden 19 ratings of every NFL team. Madden has a daunting task of rating all NFL players and their attributes. They have the ability to correct some of these rankings with in-season roster updates, but there are some issues with their initial rankings of players. This article will examine Detroit Lions Madden 19 ratings.
Glasgow, a third-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, started all 16 games last season for the Lions at either center or left guard. The 25-year-old managed to be on the field for all 1041 offensive snaps last season and was given an approximate value of 9 according to Pro-football-reference.com. The interior offensive lineman will continue to be a major cog in Detroit’s line, which enters the season ranked as the 8th best unit by Profootballfocus.com.
EA Sports has given Glasgow a 71-overall rating in Madden 19, which is an outrage. Fellow lineman T.J. Lang has been given an 86-overall rating in Madden 19, although himself and Glasgow share an approximated value of 9. This approximated value of 9 shows that Glasgow, along with Lang and wide receiver Golden Tate, can be considered the second most important offensive assets for Detroit behind quarterback Matthew Stafford, whose approximate value in 2017 was 14.
Clearly, whoever made Detroit’s rankings overlooked Glasgow’s impact in 2017, as he was one of, if not the, most important offensive lineman for the Lions last season. For there to be a 15-overall point differential between Glasgow and Lang, someone must be holding a grudge against the former Michigan Wolverine.
Former first overall pick in 2009, Stafford has managed start in all 16 games for seven straight seasons, which is the third-longest active streak behind only Phillip Rivers and Matt Ryan. Over the last three seasons, Stafford has really come into his own, sporting a 66 percent completion percentage, 4.9 percent TD rate, 1.9 percent interception rate and 96.5 QB Rating, which all rank ahead of Rivers and Ryan over that span.
Stafford will be given an 85-overall rating in Madden 19, which makes him the 11th highest rated QB in the game. I believe he is being criminally underrated, as he has been a more efficient and effective field general than his counterparts Rivers and Ryan, who will be rated 87 and 89 respectively.
Blount’s rating in Madden 19 shows clear laziness from the EA Sports team. In 2017, Blount had only 173 rushing attempts for 766 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. He has since signed with the Detroit Lions, where he will join a crowded backfield consisting of Theo Riddick, Ameer Abdullah, Zach Zenner and rookie Kerryon Johnson.
The 31-year-old running back will be two seasons removed from his 1100 yard, 18 touchdown campaign with the New England Patriots, although his days of obtaining 299 carries in a year are long gone.
Blount’s Madden 19 rating of 87-overall makes him a top-10 rated running back, placing him ahead of fellow tailbacks Mark Ingram II of the New Orleans Saints and Jordan Howard of the Chicago Bears.
Ingram II, an 86-overall rating in Madden 19, has had back-to-back 1000 yard seasons, averaging 5.0 yards per carry and totaling 18 TDs over that span. Howard, an 85-overall in Madden 19, has amassed over 2400 rushing yards and 15 rushing TDs in his two-year career. Both Ingram II and Howard have shown more combined efficiency and effectiveness than Blount, although they both are rated lower. I feel as though Blount is being overrated due to his one breakout season in 2016.
Graham Glasgow: 86
Matthew Stafford: 90
LeGarrette Blount: 83