Madden 21 ratings have started to be released this week which means it’s that time of the year where fans of certain teams and players get mad online about numbers in a video game.
We’ve already seen the ratings for rookie quarterbacks around the league and know about Patrick Mahomes joining the ‘Madden 99’ club, but the latest ratings involve the top running backs in the league.
Christian McCaffrey is also a member of the ‘Madden 99’ club, and deservedly so, but there’s one running back that seemed to have gotten a raw deal in the initial ratings and that’s Saquon Barkley, at least initially, with an 89 overall.
Interestingly enough, Barkley started out as a 91 overall at the launch of Madden 20 before dropping to an 89 by season’s end. It appears Madden elected to keep him at an 89 overall for the Madden 21 launch.
Top 10 RBs in Madden 21:
Christian McCaffery: 99
Derrick Henry: 93
Nick Chubb: 92
Ezekiel Elliot: 92
Dalvin Cook: 91
Aaron Jones: 90
Joe Mixon: 89
Saquon Barkley: 89
Josh Jacobs: 88
Alvin Kamara: 88
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) July 14, 2020
Giants fans, and those that realized Barkley’s rating was a bit too low, took to social media and blasted EA Sports and Madden for handing out such a low rating.
Saquon Barkley slept with the Madden ratings guy’s wife, per sources.
— DJ Augustin Fan Club (@AugustinFanClub) July 14, 2020
So Madden ranked Saquon Barkley as the 8th best RB with an ovr grade of 89….. not that I care but how do these people have jobs? #nygiants
— The Entertainah (@DaEntertainah85) July 14, 2020
After taking a virtual beating by critics, EA Sports appears to have bumped Barkley’s overall rating to a more fitting 91.
Zeke with a 92 rating and Saquon with a 91.
Here are the top 10 #Madden21 RB ratings.
— ESPN (@espn) July 14, 2020
In the long run, it really didn’t make much sense having Barkley less than a 90 overall.
Madden updates their ratings each week during the NFL season so it will be interesting to see where Barkley and others stand at the end of the year.