The NFC East team ratings for Madden 16 have been revealed. The Cowboys and the Eagles are at the top of the division with the Redskins and Giants at the bottom. We have the details below.
Dallas Cowboys – 86 Overall
Can the Cowboys win the division without DeMarco Murray? It’s up to HB Darren McFadden (76 OVR) to take his place. The OL is still strong, with LT Tyron Smith (93 OVR), RG Zack Martin (92 OVR), and C Travis Frederick (91 OVR) leading the way. QB Tony Romo (93 OVR) looks to a build on a career year alongside WR Dez Bryant (96 OVR) and TE Jason Witten (93 OVR).
ROLB Sean Lee (89 OVR) is always an impact player when healthy. MLB Rolando McClain (86 OVR) takes over Lee’s spot in the middle. CB Orlando Scandrick (88 OVR) is a standout in the secondary.
Madden School Dallas Cowboys team breakdown for Madden 16
Philadelphia Eagles – 84 Overall
Chip Kelly made a number of high-profile offseason moves. Now it’s time to see them in action. QB Sam Bradford (79 OVR) leads the question marks into camp. HB DeMarco Murray (94 OVR) is no question at all, led by a great offensive line including LT Jason Peters (96 OVR), RT Lane Johnson (88 OVR), and C Jason Kelce (87 OVR). HB Ryan Mathews (84 OVR) can spell him when needed.
The Eagles have a revamped secondary with new arrivals CB Byron Maxwell (84 OVR), CB Walter Thurmond (75 OVR), and rookie CB Eric Lowe (72 OVR). MLB Kiko Alonso (87 OVR) could have a breakout year after coming over in the LeSean McCoy trade.
Madden School Philadelphia Eagles team breakdown for Madden 16
New York Giants – 77 Overall
Head coach Tom Coughlin is back for another go-around in the Big Apple. Can he take the Giants back to the postseason? QB Eli Manning (87 OVR) will look for big years out of both WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (94 OVR) and Victor Cruz (84 OVR). First-round pick Ereck Flowers (76 OVR) gets a chance to shine on Manning’s blind side. HB Rashad Jennings (80 OVR) shares the backfield with the Super Bowl hero Shane Vereen (81 OVR), as well as second-year back Andre Williams (73 OVR).
Rookie SS Landon Collins (74 OVR) joins an excellent secondary with CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (88 OVR) and Prince Amakamura (86 OVR). RE Jason Pierre-Paul (89 OVR) has had an eventful offseason, but can be a force when healthy.
Madden School New York Giants team breakdown for Madden 16
Washington Redskins – 75 Overall
The front office wants Robert Griffin III (78 OVR) at QB, but both Kirk Cousins (73 OVR) and Colt McCoy (73 OVR) are nipping at his heels. WRs DeSean Jackson (88 OVR) and Pierre Garcon (83 OVR) are solid downfield targets. Rookie RT Brandon Scherff (80 OVR) helps a struggling offensive line, while solid HB Alfred Morris (84 OVR) remains the starter after three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
LOLB Ryan Kerrigan (90 OVR) is a bright spot on defense, along with RE Jason Hatcher (87 OVR) and new arrival DT Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton (88 OVR). Chris Culliver (85 OVR) pairs with DeAngelo Hall (77 OVR) as the starting CBs.
Madden School Washington Redskins team breakdown for Madden 16
Maybe it is just me, but I feel like a team like the Chiefs only rated 82 is a much better option than the Cowboys rated 86. It is much better to have a dominant RB like Charles instead of a dominant O line and average RB like McFadden for the Cowboys. Also, there a ton more players on defense for Chiefs (Poe, Smith, Houston, and Berry). There is a ton more team speed on the Chiefs which is the biggest Madden factor in Madden IMO. Am I missing something?
I think you hit on it exactly. The best overall rated player is not always the best player in Madden. The same is true for teams. I would much rather have an 80 overall QB with 90 speed then Tom Brady. Tom Brady’s overall is higher, but he isn’t the better Madden player. I love the Cowboys O-line for running the ball, but I would much rather have the Chiefs running back and defense.
How about quarterback and receivers and tight ends?
@Mark. I agree that speed matters and the only thing I don’t like about the Chiefs is the offensive line. What do you think about the Eagles over the Cowboys?
I see that the Cowboys are 86 to the Eagles 84. I love the Eagles RB depth and O line, good WRs, and very good LBs. I hate Bradford and Sanchez for Madden purposes as they are statues and Bradford is injury prone. Also, the secondary for Philly is below average and I think they will get hurt by the aggressive catches this year. I would rather be a team like the Vikings or Chiefs and develop them as they have speed and young talent everywhere.
The Vikings are very intriguing this year. I can’t decide between their receivers and the Chiefs receivers. Who would you go with as a team?
Maclin is better than any of the Vikings WRs, but I like the Vikings WRs slightly more as I think they have 3 good speed options in Wallace, Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright. They also have Patterson and Diggs (rookie). KC has Maclin, Wilson, Thomas (moved from RB), and rookie Conley (also Jason Avant, but he is old and slow). I like TE Kelce of the Chiefs much better than TE Rudolph of Minnesota. I am leaning KC because of their impact players on D (Poe, Houston, Sean Smith, Berry). I don’t think you can go wrong with either team.
The one concern on that side of the ball for Dallas is running back, as Darren McFadden is the lowest-rated projected starter with a 76 overall. The best running back is one Cowboys fans know well, DeMarco Murray, who brings a stellar 94 overall rating with him to Philadelphia.