As the NFL moves toward week 7 of the 2020 season, Madden 21 has updated its player ratings to reflect last week’s performances.
While there were some nerve-wracking games that lasted into the final minutes, some players improved their game on the field and on the virtual playing field as EA Sports compiled its weekly rating update on Thursday before the start of next week.
The biggest winner is the Tennessee Titans’ quarterback, Ryan Tannehill. The Titans have been one of the best teams all season, and while most of the offensive praise is due to running back Derrick Henry, Tannehill has proven this season that he is as much a part of their success as anyone else.
Although the Titans lost to the still undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers in week six – thanks to a missed field goal – Tannehill once again put in a great performance with 220 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions, and as a result his overall standings have increased by five to a respectable 88.
EA cites Tannehill’s touchdown/interception ratio, which is a ridiculous 15:2, as one of the main reasons for the jump in the standings.
Every year it’s interesting to see which newcomers excel on the field and how that translates into Madden. Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire of the Kansas City Chiefs has become a solid offensive force for the defending champion.
Two weeks in a row, including the monster game against the Buffalo Bills, have made EA sit up and take his overall standings to a solid 81. With Leveon Bell on the team, Edwards-Helaire may see less touching, so we’ll see if that affects his rating.
On the other side of the medal, reigning league player MVP Lamar Jackson scored a small goal in his overall standings this week. While the Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback continues to put his legs on the offensive, his passing yards and completion rate have taken a turn for the worse. As a result, Jackson’s overall standings have dropped by one to 92 points.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver, Juju Smith-Schuster, is great, but EA has yet to see the production that you would want from a number one receiver from an unbeaten team. That’s in large part because newcomers Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson have stepped up and produced.
Smith-Schuster’s overall standings have suffered a small setback and dropped by one to 86, but that can change with a great game.
If you want to see if Madden will have 21 more 99 total scores – the highest possible in this game – then this week some names are close.
Defensive player Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns and Green Packers wide receiver Devontae Adams raised their overall scores to 97 and 96 respectively.
See the full list of ratings including changes in the EA Sports database.
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