If you’re like me, you shell out $50 or $60 each year for EA Sports’ latest and greatest Madden video game. It’s always a blast to play as the Minnesota Vikings, challenge other players online, and come out victorious. No other game allows you to control your favorite team, and with today’s systems and technology, the experience is more lifelike than ever.
According to many players, though, the ratings are a different story. Around this time each year, the developers at EA Sports begin releasing player ratings and rankings. Earlier this week, it was the rookies, the quarterbacks, and the running backs. They’ll continue this countdown until the game releases in August, and players will continue arguing their place in the virtual hierarchy.
Rookies always rank themselves higher than they fall on the list despite the fact that they’ve yet to play a down in the NFL. Veterans, on the other hand, usually end up where they should; some higher, some lower than the previous year. With the first three lists available to the sports and gaming world, it’s time to see where a couple of Vikings landed in Madden’s ratings system.
Adrian Peterson captured the third rushing title of his career in 2015 but failed to top Madden’s running back rankings. He fell just short of the No. 1 spot and was beaten out by Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, though that may change after Bell’s recent suspension. Peterson, a 91-Overall in Madden’s rankings, edged out Doug Martin, Jamaal Charles, and Lamar Miller as the game’s second best ballcarrier.
The team at Madden described Peterson as a player who “can run around you or through you and can play all three downs for the Vikings offense.” While that may not totally be true, Peterson’s been a staple in Minnesota’s backfield since 2007 and is widely considered the game’s best pure runner. According to the developers, Peterson’s greatest attributes are his speed (92), strength (88), agility (93), ballcarrier vision (96), and stiff arm (93).
Like his experience in the 2016 NFL Draft, Treadwell suffered a drop in the ratings. He didn’t crack Madden’s list of the game’s top-10 rookies and wasn’t even the top-rated wide receiver; that honor belongs to Corey Coleman of the Cleveland Browns. Coleman, the first receiver off the board in April, enters the year with a 78-Overall rating.
Treadwell was the fourth receiver drafted, but is Madden’s third-ranked pass catcher. Josh Doctson, thought to be Minnesota’s preferred target at the position, is ranked one spot ahead of Treadwell. The Vikings’ first round selection received a 75-Overall rating from the Madden developers and will only grow as he joins Teddy Bridgewater and the rest of Minnesota’s offense.