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Madden ‘19 ratings: A closer look at the Vikings

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There are a few surprises in there

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We’ve touched a bit on how the Minnesota Vikings project to look in Madden ‘19 when it comes out for the various gaming platforms next month. While we had some unofficial ratings to chew on a week ago or so, the folks from EA Sports have officially released all of the rankings for the game, so let’s take another look now that we know more information.

The Vikings, as you’d expect, are one of the top teams in this year’s edition of the iconic franchise. Having one of the most talented rosters in the NFL will do that. Here’s a look at the top eleven players on the squad and their ratings:

  1. Harrison Smith (97)
  2. Everson Griffen (92)
  3. Xavier Rhodes (92)
  4. Stefon Diggs (90)
  5. Linval Joseph (90)
  6. Adam Thielen (88)
  7. Kyle Rudolph (86)
  8. Dalvin Cook (85)
  9. Andrew Sendejo (85)
  10. Anthony Barr (84)
  11. Danielle Hunter (84)

Of that list, I’d have to say that the most surprising one. . .by a significant margin. . .is Sendejo. Yes, he’s gotten significantly better over the past few years, but I’m not sure how many would rate him as one of the top ten players on the Vikings’ roster. But, in the world of Madden, that’s exactly where he is.

You can see the rankings for the entire Vikings’ roster at this link here.

What about Kirk Cousins, you might ask? Well, he’s just off the top ten on the Vikings’ roster, as Madden has him rated at an 82 overall. On the quarterback hierarchy, that puts him right in the middle of starting quarterbacks. EA has fifteen quarterbacks rated higher than Cousins, and his 82 is the same rating that has been given to Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott and Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson.

The other “primary” new guy on the Vikings’ roster, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, is rated at an 83.

EA doesn’t seem to think too highly of the Minnesota offensive line. The highest-rated player along the offensive front is Riley Reiff, who comes in with a 77. Mike Remmers is just behind him at 76, and Pat Elflein is in at 75. Rookie tackle Brian O’Neill, who might not even be a starter this season, is the fourth-highest offensive lineman on the roster at 72.

Speaking of rookie, cornerback Mike Hughes is rated at 75, which makes him the team’s #4 cornerback behind Rhodes (92), Trae Waynes (80), and Terence Newman (78). Mackensie Alexander comes in at 75.

Last, but not least, the lowest rated member of the Vikings is long snapper Kevin McDermott, who is rated at just 51 overall. However, he isn’t anywhere close to being the lowest-rated player in the game. That distinction goes to another long snapper, Josh Wood of the New Orleans Saints, whose overall rating is just 35.

Anyone going to be picking up the new Madden when it comes out next month?