Vikings have a pair of receivers in the Madden-rated 90s

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The Vikings’ starting quarterback may be lurking in the low 80s, but their top two receivers are among the best in the league, according to the exclusively-licensed NFL video game.

The folks at Madden have made Adam Thielen a 94 and Stefon Diggs a 93 in the new version of the game.

Both players are extremely talented, but it’s surprising to see them rated higher than Bucs receiver Mike Evans (91), Bengals receiver A.J. Green (90), Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper (89), and Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

The 88 for Smith-Schuster is a stunner. Voted the team MVP last year and now the clear-cut No. 1 option for quarterback Ben Roethlisbeger, Smith-Schuster deserves a higher number. The folks at EA clearly don’t see it that way, however.

The full list is here. Rookies of note include Ravens receiver Marquise Brown (77), Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf (76), and Patriots receiver N'Keal Harry (74).

47 responses to “Vikings have a pair of receivers in the Madden-rated 90s

  1. Really, a triple burn on Kirk Caviar. Thanks John but those kind folks up in Minniesoda kindly disagree, dont’cha know.

  2. lol.

    It’s seeming more and more that the designers of the game really don’t watch or know anything about football.

    These are both mid 70s rated receivers by everyone else’s standards.

  3. My interest or angst about video game ratings lies about neck and neck with my feelings about PFT Team Power Rankings.
    But judging from past experiences, I would expect to see quite a response out of the Barneys from this.

  4. Maybe it is just me, but I don’t remember this many stories about a ridiculous video game in any other year….how do these ratings affect anything in reality?

  5. Wafflestomp says:
    July 16, 2019 at 8:04 am
    I would expect to see quite a response out of the Barneys from this.
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    Really genius? Maybe because it’s a story about two Viking players. Brilliant.

  6. Liberalsruineverything says:
    July 16, 2019 at 9:32 am
    Wafflestomp says:
    July 16, 2019 at 8:04 am
    I would expect to see quite a response out of the Barneys from this.
    —————————————
    Really genius? Maybe because it’s a story about two Viking players. Brilliant.
    ————–
    Lighten up Francis!!!

  7. Liberalsruineverything says:
    July 16, 2019 at 9:32 am
    Wafflestomp says:
    July 16, 2019 at 8:04 am
    I would expect to see quite a response out of the Barneys from this.
    —————————————

    Really genius? Maybe because it’s a story about two Viking players. Brilliant.
    __________

    I was actually referring to the normal routine of you/they overreacting, positively or negatively, to these dopey, fluff, non-stories.
    Thank you for proving my point.

  8. tokyosandblaster says:
    July 16, 2019 at 11:13 am

    They were above mediocre last year.
    ————
    waffle, weren’t you the one to say the Packer’s goal this year was mediocrity after two straight loosing seasons?

  9. If you think Adam Thielen is a better reciever than Amari Cooper then bless your heart. At the end of the day Madden is a fictional game with fictional ratings that can be manipulated. Only players on bad teams and rookies care about these ratings.

  10. sportoficionado says:
    July 16, 2019 at 12:36 pm
    If you think Adam Thielen is a better reciever than Amari Cooper then bless your heart.
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    Don’t let the home town goggles cloud your vision. Theilen is a much better WR despite having competition with a really good #2WR to siphon off targets. Cooper was handed a #1 role and is has been the only real target on his teams the past 2 years… despite the difference in pedigrees and competition for throws Theilen has been much more productive.

    Theilen – 2,650 yards the past 2 seasons, 69% catch rate and 5 dropped passes
    Cooper – 1,680 yards the past 2 seasons, 60% catch rate and 16 dropped passes

  11. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 16, 2019 at 12:33 pm
    tokyosandblaster says:
    July 16, 2019 at 11:13 am

    They were above mediocre last year.
    ————
    waffle, weren’t you the one to say the Packer’s goal this year was mediocrity after two straight loosing seasons?
    ________

    Wrong again!
    Don’t you ever get tired at this stupid guessing game, because you are really bad at it.

  12. “Vikings has a pair of receivers in the Madden-rated 90s”

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    What time is the parade scheduled?

  13. mikeinminny says:
    July 16, 2019 at 8:49 am
    Maybe it is just me, but I don’t remember this many stories about a ridiculous video game in any other year….how do these ratings affect anything in reality?
    ###

    To be honest, I had never heard of these ratings before PFT had the story about Rodgers being rated so low.

    Once Florio saw how many hits the story got and all the posts the Packer fans made making excuses for poor Aaron, he knew he had a gold mine for new stories.

    Madden game exec’s simply watched an older, slower, injury prone with declining skills QB and lowered his rating just enough to piss off Packer fans a little, but kept his rating high enough that Packer fans would still buy the game.

    Looks like both (Florio and the Madden execs) made a smart move.

  14. freefromcommonsense says

    What time is the parade scheduled?
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    You missed the parade at Lambeau. It was last month for the off season SB champions…

  15. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    July 16, 2019 at 2:20 pm
    And the only way either wins a Super Bowl is on your Xbox.

    COME ON NOW THAT IS NOT TRUE.

    They could be playing PS4.

  16. Wafflestomp says:
    July 16, 2019 at 10:52 am

    I was actually referring to the normal routine of you/they overreacting, positively or negatively, to these dopey, fluff, non-stories.
    Thank you for proving my point.
    ——————————

    The only thing that has actually been proven is the utter failure of the Wisconsin public school system.

  17. Aaron Rodgers publicly trashes his receivers, he holds internal grudges against his receivers, he questions the work ethic of his receivers, and he questions the offensive planning/audibleing of his coach, yet we’ve got a cheeser commenting on Thielen getting into it with Cousins on one play last season. Some folks simply have zero self-awareness. And geez, do you think Adams might have padded all those stats cause he was the only one Rodgers trusted to throw to last year?

  18. My daughter sometimes you ask me if she’s a better basketball player than someone else on her team. And the answer is usually something like, “you’re a better rebounder and passer, she’s a little bit better ball handler, and a better standing jumpshooter. You’re better moving with the ball and shooting.” It’s the same thing with these guys. Trying to rank one above the other when there are so many aspects to the game, is a difficult job. They should probably agree on who the top 20 receivers are. But once you start trying to rank them, you invite the kind of posts you see here. This one’s better in the clutch, the other ones better beating press coverage, the list goes on and on. the Vikings pair of starters should be high on anyone’s list. We’re lucky to have them, great job by the people who identified them and brought them in and coached them. No disrespect to all the other great receivers ranked somewhere in this list. Everyone of them is excellent in many aspects of their game.

  19. I have plenty of self awareness.

    For instance, I can tell you that I am not Aaron Rodgers. I have never questioned the work ethic of Packers receivers. I am aware.

    So I can talk freely about the schism developing between the $84 Million Guaranteed (.500 QB) and his wide receivers.

    And geez, do you think the two Vikings wide receivers padded all those stats because they were behind by two or more scores in 9 games last season (6 more than the Packers were).

  20. The fudge fans shouldn’t get so bent out of shape that two Viking receivers are both better than their guy. I mean really, it’s like that at every position including quarterback and probably even the waterboy.

  21. Wafflestomp says:
    July 16, 2019 at 1:13 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    July 16, 2019 at 12:33 pm
    tokyosandblaster says:
    July 16, 2019 at 11:13 am

    They were above mediocre last year.
    ————
    waffle, weren’t you the one to say the Packer’s goal this year was mediocrity after two straight loosing seasons?
    ________

    Wrong again!
    Don’t you ever get tired at this stupid guessing game, because you are really bad at it.

    —-
    there is no guessing, I proved you use multiple accounts on here. Everyone saw it too so no, you have no self awareness

  22. pkrlvr says:
    July 15, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Adams out-performed both of them and is rated at a 90. Go figure.
    ________

    It’s not about what kind of stats you put up, it’s about how good you are. If you’re the only receiver on the team, you’re going to get a lot more opportunities than when there are two good receivers from which to choose. Also, isn’t Aaron Rodgers supposed to be worlds better than Kirk Cousins? Shouldn’t that impact the productivity of the wide receivers?

  23. tokyosandblaster says:
    July 16, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    And geez, do you think the two Vikings wide receivers padded all those stats because they were behind by two or more scores in 9 games last season (6 more than the Packers were).
    _________

    You can’t be serious with this. You’re propping up the Packers because they were behind by 9 or more points at some point in the game fewer times than the Vikings? One of those games was a 27-9 victory over Detroit. I’m supposed to feel bad that they were down 9-0 and then scored the next 27 points in a second dominating performance against a team that beat the Packers 31-0?

    There you have it, folks. Most football fans care about what the score is at the end of the game. Packer fans only care about what the score is in the middle of the game, and if they can keep it to a close loss, it’s like a win to them.

  24. Liberalsruineverything says:
    July 16, 2019 at 2:33 pm
    Wafflestomp says:
    July 16, 2019 at 10:52 am

    I was actually referring to the normal routine of you/they overreacting, positively or negatively, to these dopey, fluff, non-stories.
    Thank you for proving my point.
    ——————————

    The only thing that has actually been proven is the utter failure of the Wisconsin public school system.
    __________

    Really? Are you really going to play these, Gotcha!, games over a typo?
    When one of your own local boys misused the word “loosing” earlier in this thread.
    Lame. Childish and lame.

  25. The difference between Packers fans and Vikings fans is that when the Packers don’t make the playoffs, Packers fans can say they were bad and/or had a bad season.

    When Vikings don’t make the playoffs, Vikings fans believe that they’re still by far the best team in the league. The refs and injuries to third string players derailed them.

  26. Not bad for a fourth rounder (i think) from Maryland and an undrafted guy from Minnesota State.

  27. Steffon Diggs might be the most overrated player in the NFL.

    Explosive games occasionally, but still has not outgained a middling talent like Bill Schroeder. Ten yards and a cloud of dust.

  28. Not bad for a guy in his final 8 games barely got 440 yds & the other hasn’t played more than 14 games in a year, EVER

  29. Need context in those stats. Amari Cooper was saddled with Carr and a dysfunctional offense/team in Oakland up until the latter half of last season. Stats don’t reflect the whole story. Perfect example is viking QB Cousins. His stats look great on the surface until you dig in and find that most stats are compiled in between the 20s and not impressive when cross-referencing quality of opponent.

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