Over the course of the next couple weeks, we will be predicting the Madden 18 player ratings for each team. The posts will be broken up by division. For the first week, we will take a look at the AFC North. These are only our predictions for a players overall rating at this point in time. We will also include “last years final rating” that Madden provided in their last update to the rosters which occurred at the end of the season.

Baltimore Ravens

Quarterback

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Joe Flacco: 83 – Finished last year as 81.

Ryan Mallet: 65 – Finished last year as 66.

Dustin Vaughan: 59 – Finished last year as 61.

Running Back

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Terrance West: 78 – Finished last year as 80.

Danny Woodhead: 76 – Finished last year as 82.

Buck Allen: 74 – Finished last year as 74.

Lorenzo Taliaferro: 74 – Finished last year as 73.

Kenneth Dixon: 79 – Finished last year as 77.

Wide Receiver

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Mike Wallace: 83 – Finished last year as 81.

Breshad Perriman: 77 – Finished last year as 73.

Chris Moore: 71 – Finished last year as 65.

Michael Campanaro: 72 – Finished last year as 68.

Keenan Reynolds: 66 – Finished last year as 61.

Vince Mayle: 66 – Finished last year as 66.

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Chris Matthews: 61 – N/A last year.

Tim Patrick: 54 – N/A last year.

Quincy Adeboyejo: 50 – N/A last year.

Tight End

Dennis Pitta: 82 – Finished last year as 81.

Ben Watson: 77 – Finished last year as 80.

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Crockett Gilmore: 78 – Finished last year as 77.

Maxx Williams: 75 – Finished last year as 77.

Darren Waller: 67 – Finished last year as 69.

Offensive Line

Ronnie Stanley: 83 – Finished last year as 80.

De’Ondre Wesley: 67 – Finished last year as 65.

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Alex Lewis: 73 – Finished last year as 70.

Ryan Jensen: 73 – Finished last year as 71.

Jermaine Eluemunor: 66 – N/A last year.

John Urschel: 75 – Finished last year as 73.

Matt Skura: 67 – N/A last year.

Marshal Yanda: 97 – Finished 96 last year.

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Nico Saragusa: 67 – N/A last year.

Jarrod Pughsley: 64 – Finished last season as 64.

James Hurst: 68 – Finished last season as 66.

Stephane Nembot: 58 – Finished last season as 59.

Defensive Line

Brent Urban: 72 – Finished last year as 68

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Carl Davis: 66 – Finished last year as 66.

Bronson Kaufusi: 71 – Finished last year as 69.

Chris Wormley: 69 – N/A last year.

Willie Henry: 67 – Finished last year as 66.

Brandon Williams: 83 – Finished last year as 79.

Michael Pierece: 79 – Finished last year as 77.

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Linebacker

C.J. Mosley: 90 – Finished last year as 88.

Terrell Suggs: 84 – Finished last year as 86.

Za’Darius Smith: 72 – Finished last year as 71.

Tyus Bowser: 75 – N/A last year.

Kamalei Correa: 73 – Finished last year as 72.

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Albert McCllelan: 68 – Finished last year as 70.

Matt Judon: 68 – Finished last year as 68.

Tim Williams: 73 – N/A last year.

Lamar Louis: 55 – Finished last year as 50.

Patrick Onwuasor: 62 – Finished last year as 60.

Cornerback

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Jimmy Smith: 85 – Finished last year as 84.

Brandon Carr: 78 – Finished last year as

Tavon Young: 81 – Finished last year as 80.

Marlon Humphrey: 80 – N/A last year.

Kyle Arrington: 72 – Finished last year 73.

Safety

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Eric Weddle: 93 – Finished last year as 95.

Tony Jefferson: 92 – Finished last year as 88.

Ladarius Webb: 82 – Finished last year as 84.

Anthony Levine: 70 – Finished last year as 71.

Chuck Clark: 66 – N/A last year.

Otha Foster: 58 – N/A last year.

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Special Teams

Justin Tucker: 91 – Finished last year as 87.

Sam Koch: 86 – Finished last year as 84.

The Ravens roster seems to be fairly well rounded. They had a very good draft picking up some solid guys like Tim Williams in the later rounds. Madden usually goes fairly low on the initial rookie rankings but I expect most of these will fluctuate throughout the year as Madden does weekly updates.

The strongest area for the Ravens has to be a the safety position. Adding a young stud like Tony Jefferson really will boost their secondary. Him and Eric Weddle could be one of the better tandems in the league. This team has a lot of question marks at the wide receiver position where Mike Wallace continues to age and Perriman has not shown us much yet.

I expect their overall team ranking to be around an 83 at the start. I think that would be a fair assessment of where this roster is at currently.

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Cincinnati Bengals

Quarterback

Andy Dalton: 81 – Finished last year as 83.

A.J. McCarron: 73 – Finished last year as 72.

Jeff Driskel: 64 – Finished last year as 65.

Running Back

Joe Mixon: 77 – N/A last year.

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Giovani Bernard: 80 – Finished last year as 84.

Jeremy Hill: 77 – Finished last year as 82.

Cedric Peerman: 70- Finished last year as 71.

Brandon Wilson: 60 – N/A last year.

Ryan Hewitt: 81 – Finished last year as 78.

Wide Receiver

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A.J. Green: 92 – Finished last year as 94.

John Ross: 79 – N/A last year.

Tyler Boyd: 75 – Finished last year as 74.

Brandon Lafell: 79 – Finished last year as 82.

Cody Core: 70 – Finished last year as 69.

Josh Malone: 69- N/A last year.

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Jake Kumerow: 63 – N/A last year.

Alonzo Russell: 59 – Finished last year as 62.

Chris Brown: 56 – N/A last year.

Tight End

Tyler Eifert: 88 – Finished last year as 91.

C.J. Uzomah: 72 – Finished last year as 69.

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Tyler Kroft: 73 – Finished last year as 69.

Mason Schreck: 64 – N/A last year.

Cethan Carter: 58 – N/A last year.

Offensive Line

Cedric Ogbuehi: 75 – Finished last year as 72.

Clint Boling: 80 – Finished last year as 77.

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Alex Redmond: 64 – Finished last year as 57.

J.J. Dielman: 67 – N/A last year.

Russell Bodine: 79 – Finished last year as 78.

Andre Smith: 75 – Finished last year as 76.

Christian Westerman: 67 – Finished last year as 65.

Trey Hopkins: 66 – Finished last year as 65.

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Jake Fisher: 70 – Finished last year as 69.

Eric Winston: 74 – Finished last season as 72.

Defensive Line

Carlos Dunlap: 84 – Finished last year as 86.

Geno Atkins: 93 – Finished last year as 91.

Michael Johnson: 77 – Finished last year as 75.

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Wallace Gilberry: 68 – Finished last year as 69.

Jordan Willis: 70 – N/A last year.

Pat Sims: 70 – Finished last year as 73.

Brandon Thompson: 67 – Finished last year as 67.

DeShawn Williams: 64 – Finished last year as 61.

Ryan Glasgow: 71 – N/A last year.

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Linebacker

Kevin Minter: 80 – Finished last year as 78.

Vincent Rey: 83 – Finished last year as 81.

Vontaze Burfict: 88 – Finished last year as 86.

Marquis Flowers: 68 – Finished last year as 63.

Jordan Evans: 66 – N/A last year.

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Nick Vigil: 68 – Finished last year as 67.

Carl Lawson: 69 – N/A last year.

Paul Dawson: 69 – Finished last year as 71.

Bryson Albright: 55 – Finished last year as 61.

Cornerback

Dre Kirkpatrick: 80 – Finished last year as 78.

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William Jackson III: 76 – Finished last year as 73.

Darqueze Dennard: 74 – Finished last year as 72.

Josh Shaw: 71 – Finished last year as 72.

Adam Jones: 78 – Finished last year 81.

Safety

George Iloka: 78 – Finished last year as 77.

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Derron Smith: 71 – Finished last year as 67.

Shawn Williams: 82 – Finished last year as 81.

Clayton Fejedelem: 65 – Finished last year as 64.

Special Teams

Jake Elliot: 65 – N/A last year.

Randy Bullock: 70 – Finished last year as 74.

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Kevin Huber: 86 – Finished last year as 84.

The Bengals are a fairly well rounded roster. These are my predictions based off the current roster that they hold. Looking at their first round pick, John Ross, he blew up the combine running a 4.22 40-yard dash time which is the fastest of all time. Speed is an important factor in Madden ratings and should figure to help him in the initial rating phase.

The strong point of this team is their WR core because of the youth. A.J. Green is in his prime, John Ross is a highly touted rookie and Tyler Boyd was their second round pick last year. It’s now just a matter if Andy Dalton can get them the ball. I would put their overall team rating at the 83 mark.

Cleveland Browns

Quarterback

Cody Kessler: 75 – Finished last year as 74.

Brock Osweiler: 73 – Finished last year as 74.

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Deshone Kizer: 72 – N/A last year.

Kevin Hogan: 68 – Finished last year as a 67.

Running Back

Isiah Crowell: 84 – Finished last year as 82.

Duke Johnson: 81 – Finished last year as 80.

George Atkinson III: 68 – Finished last year as 66.

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Darius Jackson: 68- Finished last year as 67.

Matt Dayes: 64 – N/A last year.

Dan Vitale: 66 – Finished last year as 67.

Wide Receiver

Corey Coleman: 83 – Finished last year as 78.

Kenny Britt: 84 – Finished last year as 83.

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Ricardo Louis: 69 – Finished last year as 66.

Mario Alford: 62 – Finished last year as 58.

Rashard Higgins: 66 – Finished last year as 65.

Jordan Payton: 65- Finished last year as 64.

Rannell Hall: 59 – N/A last year.

Josh Boyce: 66 – Finished last year as 64.

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Jordan Leslie: 56 – N/A last year.

James Wright: 62 – Finished last year as 63.

Tight End

David Njoku: 77 – N/A last year.

Seth DeValve: 72 – Finished last year as 68.

Randall Telfer: 65 – Finished last year as 64.

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J.P. Holtz: 57 – N/A last year.

Offensive Line

Joe Thomas: 93 – Finished last year as 91.

Spencer Drango: 73 – Finished last year as 72.

Matt McCants: 70 – Finished last year as 71.

Joel Bitonio: 85 – Finished last year as 83.

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Marcus Martin: 71 – Finished last year as 67.

J.C. Tretter: 86 – Finished last year as 84.

Austin Reiter: 66 – Finished last year as 63.

Anthony Fabiano: 66 – Finished last year as 64.

Kevin Zeitler: 88 – Finished last year as 87.

John Greco: 82 – Finished last season as 81.

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Zach Sterup: 66 – Finished last season as 66.

Chris Barker: 67 – Finished last season as 65.

Shon Coleman: 70 – Finished last season as 67.

Cameron Erving: 69 – Finished last season as 68.

Roderick Johnson: 67 – N/A last season.

Defensive Line

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Myles Garrett: 84 – N/A last year.

Emmanuel Ogbah: 76- Finished last year as 73.

Carl Nassib: 68 – Finished last year as 66.

Nate Orchard: 70 – Finished last year as 68.

Tyrone Holmes: 65 – Finished last year as 64.

Danny Shelton: 83 – Finished last year as 82.

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Jamie Meder: 69 – Finished last year as 68.

Desmond Bryant: 75 – Finished last year as 77.

Xavier Cooper: 71 – Finished last year as 69.

Larry Ogunjobi: 69 – N/A last year.

Linebacker

Demario Davis: 75 – Finished last year as 74.

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Tank Carder: 65 – Finished last year as 65.

Christian Kirksey: 83 – Finished last year as 82.

Domnique Alexander: 59 – Finished last year as 58.

Jamie Burgess: 60 – Finished last year as 57.

Jamie Collins: 88 – Finished last year as 84.

Joe Schobert: 71 – Finished last year as 69.

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Cam Johnson: 72 – Finished last year as 71.

Cornerback

Joe Haden: 79 – Finished last year as 81.

Jamar Taylor: 80 – Finished last year as 81.

Jason McCourty: 79 – Finished last year as 81.

Briean Boddy-Calhoun: 71 – Finished last year as 71.

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Trey Caldwell: 63 – Finished last year 61.

Safety

Derrick Kindred: 71 – Finished last year as 68.

Ed Reynolds: 73 – Finished last year as 70.

Tyvis Powell: 61 – N/A last year.

Jabrill Peppers: 78 – N/A last year.

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Ibraheim Campbell: 72 – Finished last year as 70.

Justin Currie: 59 – N/A last year.

Special Teams

Zane Gonzalez: 64 – N/A last year.

Britton Colquitt: 79 – Finished last year as 76.

Cody Parkey: 72 – Finished last year as 74.

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It’s actually weird to say this but the Browns could be an up and coming team on Madden 18. They even fit the mold for a fun and exciting franchise rebuild. They really beefed up their offensive line this offseason and it will show in the overall ratings for the team.

Although they do not yet have a for sure franchise quarterback, they added some young talent this offseason. They were also able to land three first-round draft picks in 2017 and all three of those should factor to contribute immediately. My guess for the Browns team overall rating would most likely be 75. It’s not all there yet and they have a lot to prove but they’re on the right track.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger: 89 – Finished last year as 91.

Landry Jones: 72 – Finished last year as 67.

Joshua Dobbs: 68 – N/A last year.

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Running Back

Le’Veon Bell: 98 – Finished last year as 96.

Fitzgerald Toussaint: 69 – Finished last year as 66.

James Conner: 69 – N/A last year.

Knile Davis: 65- Finished last year as 73.

Terrell Watson: 60 – N/A last year.

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Roosevelt Nix: 82 – Finished last year as 80.

Wide Receiver

Antonio Brown: 99 – Finished last year as 97.

Cobi Hamilton: 70 – Finished last year as 68.

Eli Rogers: 75 – Finished last year as 76.

Martavis Bryant: 80 – Finished last year as 82.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster: 75 – N/A last year.

Darrius Heyward-Bey: 70- Finished last year as 72.

Sammie Coates: 76 – Finished last year as 75.

Justin Hunter: 69 – Finished last year as 71.

Marcus Tucker: 61 – Finished last year as 61.

DeMarcus Ayers: 62 – Finished last year as 62.

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Tight End

Jesse James: 78 – Finished last year as 77.

Xavier Grimble: 71 – Finished last year as 69.

David Johnson: 65 – Finished last year as 64.

Ryan Malleck: 59 – N/A last year.

Scott Orndoff: 57 – N/A last year.

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Offensive Line

Ali Villanueva: 83 – Finished last year as 81.

Jerald Hawkins: 69 – Finished last year as 67.

Keavon Milton: 67 – Finished last year as 64.

Ramon Foster: 90 – Finished last year as 88.

Chris Hubbard: 71 – Finished last year as 70.

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Matt Feiler: 69 – Finished last year as 67.

Maurkice Pouncey: 88 – Finished last year as 85.

Mike Matthews: 59 – N/A last year.

Kyle Friend: 60 – Finished last year as 62.

David DeCastro: 88 – Finished last season as 87.

B.J. Finney: 71 – Finished last season as 73.

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Ethan Cooper: 58 – N/A last year.

Marcus Gilbert: 90 – Finished last season as 88.

Jake Rodgers: 66 – Finished last season as 66.

Brian Mihalik: 67 – Finished last season as 65.

Defensive Line

Stephon Tuitt: 84 – Finished last year as 82.

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Cameron Heyward: 82- Finished last year as 81.

Tyson Alualu: 73 – Finished last year as 73.

Leterrius Walton: 63 – Finished last year as 60.

Johnny Maxey: 61 – Finished last year as 57.

Jason Hargrave: 75 – Finished last year as 73.

Daniel McCullers: 69 – Finished last year as 69.

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Lavon Hooks: 59 – N/A last year.

Linebacker

Ryan Shazier: 84 – Finished last year as 80.

Vince Williams: 75 – Finished last year as 74.

Tyler Matakevich: 67 – Finished last year as 65.

L.J. Fort: 70 – Finished last year as 68.

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Steven Johnson: 69 – Finished last year as 68.

James Harrison: 86 – Finished last year as 87.

Bud Dupree: 76 – Finished last year as 74.

T.J. Watt: 77 – N/A last year.

Arthur Moats: 75 – Finished last year as 74.

Anthony Chickillo: 67 – Finished last year as 66.

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Cornerback

Ross Cockrell: 81 – Finished last year as 80.

Artie Burns: 80 – Finished last year as 77.

William Gay: 84 – Finished last year as 84.

Senquez Golson: 73 – Finished last year as 71.

Cameron Sutton: 73 – N/A last year.

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Safety

Mike Mitchell: 83 – Finished last year as 82.

Damion Stafford: 73 – Finished last year as 71.

Jordan Dangerfield: 73 – Finished last year as 72.

Sean Davis: 78 – Finished last year as 74.

Robert Golden: 72 – Finished last year as 71.

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Jacob Hagen: 62 – N/A last year.

Special Teams

Chris Boswell: 85 – Finished last year as 82.

Jordan Berry: 80 – Finished last year as 78.

The Steelers are the most well-rounded team in the AFC North. They have elite talent on the offensive side in the ball in Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Martavis Bryant has the skill level to increase his overall rating as the season progresses but I think ultimately he will start off at an average rating.

I believe their team rating overall will be around 85. With an above average offense and a well rounded defense, I think this team has the most talent on their roster in the AFC North and that will show team rating.

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When going through and predicting these Madden ratings, I used Rotoworld’s depth charts as a base. When making predictions, I would look at each players situations differently. There are a lot of different factors that went into the ratings that were forecasted.

This is just the beginning of a weekly feature with predicting Madden player ratings. We are still weeks away from when teams make their final roster cuts down to the 53-man roster.

Next week we will tackle the AFC East.