Madden 22 quarterback ratings include some curious choices in the top 10

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To no surprise, the new Madden game has Patrick Mahomes rated as the best quarterback, with a 99. The surprises come after that.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who turns 44 in four days, comes in at No. 2 with a 97.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the 2020 NFL MVP, has a 96. He’s third.

Fourth is Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, with a 94. Next comes Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, also with a 94.

At No. 6 is Texans (for now) quarterback Deshaun Watson, at a 90 rating. Bills quarterback Josh Allen, at 88, comes in at No. 7.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill are tied or eighth with 87 ratings. Rounding out the top 10 is Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, with an 85.

The most glaring decision (beyond putting Brady above Rodgers) is dropping Allen at No. 7. But that’s the challenge of drawing lines in the top 10. There are plenty of very good quarterbacks in the NFL, and several have an argument to make or at least being ahead of Ryan, from Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert to Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins to Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray to Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Although many will defend Brady’s placement at No. 2 with a 97 because he won a seventh Super Bowl (and it would have been awkward for the folks at Madden to have too much of a gap between the two cover athletes for this year’s game), how differently would he be viewed if the Packers had completed what would have been a comeback for the ages (and an epic collapse by the Bucs) in the NFC Championship? If Green Bay wins, the narrative on Brady would have been that he melted down with three straight interceptions after his team built a 28-10 lead, and that maybe it finally is over for him.

In the eyes of Madden, Brady’s glass remains more than half full. It’s 97-percent full, to be exact.

31 responses to “Madden 22 quarterback ratings include some curious choices in the top 10

  1. And why in the hell is KIRK COUSINS’ name being tossed around anywhere near this list?!? His name being thrown in here is WAY more tarnishing than Brady throwing 3 ints in the last quarter of the NFCCG…a game which he still won.

  2. In that vein, would Mahomes still be No. 1 if he lost the AFC championship game and didn’t even get to the Super Bowl? You change one game for anybody in that top 3 and they could move up or down a spot, or more.

  3. In the eyes of Madden, Brady’s glass remains more than half full. It’s 97-percent full, to be exact.
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    Every time I see a “glass half full” reference, it reminds me of my favorite George Carlinism:

    Some people see the glass as half empty, others see the glass as half full. I see the glass as too big.

    Life is all about the perspective we bring to it.

  4. I like it. This gives Brady one more chip to put on his shoulder as he tries to lead his team of veterans to his eighth ring. I’m still convinced he and the other Bucs who signed for less than they could have gotten elsewhere are shooting for an undefeated season to go another with the ring. I’m not a Brady or a Bucs fan, but I’d love to see this happen because it would make for such great viewing and suspense. Fun!

  5. Totally agree, they should lower Brady’s rating on what could’ve, but didn’t happen 🙄

    Personally I think Rodgers and Brady should flip flop one another when it comes to Madden ratings as ‘leadership, drive, etc…’ aren’t a rating. Other than that it’s fine.

  6. Every year, Madden ratings seem to be a bit goofy. I don’t know who they use to rate these players; is it experienced NFL people or is it game designer nerds? I mean JJ Watt has been an awesome player, but he’s definitely slipped – but Madden has him tied for the 3rd best DE in the league, while Danielle Hunter is not even in the top ten.

  7. The most glaring decision (beyond putting Brady above Rodgers)

    Really? What has Rodgers done to deserve being ahead of Brady? Because he can run and chuck the ball down the field and look cool doing it? Please. Brady also inspires the players around him while Rodgers mopes around like a sad puppy, but I digress.

  8. dsigrey says:
    July 30, 2021 at 1:01 pm
    The most glaring decision (beyond putting Brady above Rodgers)

    Really? What has Rodgers done to deserve being ahead of Brady? Because he can run and chuck the ball down the field and look cool doing it? Please. Brady also inspires the players around him while Rodgers mopes around like a sad puppy, but I digress.

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    It is a video game. You think they need to give Brady an inspirational level 97 or something?

  9. Rodgers is better at golf and Jeopardy. Brady is better at winning championships. I think madden got it right.

  10. Sources are saying that Rodgers is very unhappy with the lack of commitment to him, and having no direct involvement in the software development for Madden 22. It is highly likely he will demand a trade to another video game. Stay tuned…

  11. Regardless, Ben will always hold the #1 Drama Queen slot in my heart

  12. Really? What has Rodgers done to deserve being ahead of Brady?
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    Well he was pretty much better in every QB stat category in 2020 in the regular season including QB record, completion percentage, TDs, fewer INTs, yards per attempt, QB rating, QBR.

    Brady gained more yards passing by completing 29 more passes on 84 more attempts for an additional 334 yards. However, if you look at those numbers on a normalized basis, they are not very good ( 34% completion percentage and 3.97 yard per attempt) and take away from Brady’s case versus arguing for it.

    And it’s not like he lit it up in the playoffs. He had only one game where he passed over 300 yards and only one game where he completed over 60% of his passing attempts.

    Since the measure is one of athletic ability, not leadership skills, the rating seems fairly glaring.

  13. 6 point difference between Allen and Jackson? That is a head scratcher for me.

  14. If Green Bay wins, the narrative on Brady would have been that he melted down with three straight interceptions after his team built a 28-10 lead, and that maybe it finally is over for him.

    If it’s and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas. Not a Brady fun, but the dude has almost two fists full of Super Bowl rings. He should be a 99 for life.

  15. dsigrey says:
    July 30, 2021 at 1:01 pm
    The most glaring decision (beyond putting Brady above Rodgers)

    Really? What has Rodgers done to deserve being ahead of Brady? Because he can run and chuck the ball down the field and look cool doing it? Please. Brady also inspires the players around him while Rodgers mopes around like a sad puppy, but I digress.

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    Is inspiration a data point on the madden ranking?

  16. None of it matters but it’s very silly that Allen is only an 88, and only 1 point ahead of Tannehill.

  17. Most overrated is Lamar Jackson. If you are talking about passing, he’s not even in the top ten.

  18. Josh Allen was #2 in MVP voting last year. And is at #7. I guess we should remember that this is a video game, and not real life.

  19. Josh Allen is rated too high. I think he takes a step back this year after teams watch that AFCC game to see how Spagnolo stopped the Bills offense.

  20. When they run it with a special “luck” algorithm, Brady takes the Top Five positions by himself.

  21. stellarperformance says:
    July 30, 2021 at 4:54 pm
    When they run it with a special “luck” algorithm, Brady takes the Top Five positions by himself.

    Keep going with the “luck” excuse, we can add that to all the other excuses the Brady crybabies make..

  22. Only rating or number Deshawn Watson needs to worry about is 22. But if he didnt have the pending cases, they’d have had him @ 95-96. Innocent until proven guilty? I think not.

  23. Sounds about right to me. Brady had 40 TDs last year. Whatever you want to say about his age and this and that, he’s still very good until otherwise noted. Same thing with Allen. He’s very good and should only keep going up. But there were a couple of games where you can see he can still be stumped by a good defense, and considering he’s only done it for one year, that’s something he should build on this year.

  24. Been playing Madden since the early 90s when they featured in arcades and have bought them annually each year till this day. My one complain aren’t the ratings because I am a Chargers fan and will always pick them when I play head to head online, but the EA music selection have been HORRENDOUS!!! There used to be a VARIETY selection of theme songs but last season seemed to be all rap…pretty annoying to say the least. Let’s hope they change up the tracks for this upcoming release.

  25. To the Rodgers/Brady NFC Championship debate: say GB wins that game. Who here realistically believes Rodgers would share the cover with Mahomes?

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