Were Stafford, Lions Shafted In Madden Ratings?

As Slay said upon the release of the ratings last year, "They just wanna boo-boo Detroit, man."

Will Burchfield
July 11, 2018 - 2:53 pm

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The player ratings were released for Madden NFL 19 on Tuesday, and just two Lions cracked the top 100. Matthew Stafford wasn't one of them. 

Detroit's highest-rated player is Darius Slay at 91, which is tied for 57th overall. Golden Tate checks in at 89, which is tied for 90th overall. 

Stafford, despite being voted by his peers in April as the 31st best player in the game for the second year in a row, carries a rating of 85, which ranks 11th among quarterbacks and is tied for 192nd overall. He had a rating of 87 at the start of last season. 

He went on to post a career-high 99.3 passer rating, which ranked sixth in the NFL, and threw for 4,446 yards, which ranked third. But somehow his rating declined. 

As Slay said upon the release of the ratings last year, "They just wanna boo-boo Detroit, man. I hate that." 

Slay, who was voted the NFL's fourth best cornerback by his peers, is tied for sixth at that position in Madden. Tate is tied for 11th among wide receivers. 

Detroit's top five is rounded out by LeGarrette Blount (87), Marvin Jones (87) and Glover Quin (87). Blount is tied for 10th among running backs, Jones is tied for 20th among wide receivers and Quin is tied for eighth among free safeties. 

Blount's rating may actually be a tad high. He averaged a respectable 4.4 yards per carry last season, but scored just two touchdowns. He found the endzone 18 times in 2016. 

T.J. Lang (86) is rated the Lions' sixth-best player, while Rick Wagner (85), Theo Riddick (84) and Ziggy Ansah (83) complete the team's 10. 

The Lions' rookie class is led by first-round pick Frank Ragnow, who's listed as a center and carries a rating of 76. Running back Kerryon Johnson is a 73. The highest-rated rookie in the game is Colts left guard Quentin Nelson at 83. 

This year's "99 Club" features seven players: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Donald, Luke Kuechly and Von Miller.