Madden 11' Ratings Not Kind to Cardinals

Ratings for the new Madden 11′ game are out and if you are an Arizona Cardinals fan, their rating is not surprising, but if you believe the folks at Madden 11′, Arizona will be in a dog fight for the NFC West with the San Francisco 49ers.  The Cards have a rating of 79, which is down from 87 last year.  Only seven NFC Teams have worse ratings than the Cards.

Most likely the drop is due to Matt Leinart taking over the reigns for the retired Kurt Warner.  I am a little surprised though by the amount they dropped.  Most of the other pieces of the offense are still there, minus Anquan Boldin.  That’s fine though because I’m looking forward to the Cardinals proving everyone wrong.  The guys at Madden 11′ aren’t the only ones questioning the projected success of this year’s Cardinals squad.

Here are the ratings:

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys 87
NY Giants 81
Philadelphia Eagles 80
Washington Redskins 76
NFC North

Minnesota Vikings 88
Green Bay Packers 87
Chicago Bears 77
Detroit Lions 68
NFC South

New Orleans Saints 92
Atlanta Falcons 83
Carolina Panthers 75
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 69
NFC West

Arizona Cardinals 79
San Francisco 49ers 79
Seattle Seahawks 75
St. Louis Rams 66

AFC East

NY Jets 89
New England Patriots 86
Miami Dolphins 78
Buffalo Bills 67
AFC North

Baltimore Ravens 90
Cincinnati Bengals 86
Pittsburgh Steelers 84
Cleveland Browns 70
AFC South

Indianapolis Colts 91
Houston Texans 78
Tennessee Titans 77
Jacksonville Jaguars 74
AFC West

San Diego Chargers 85
Denver Broncos 78
Kansas City Chiefs 71
Oakland Raiders 71
How in the world do the Denver Broncos only rate one point below the Cardinals?  That team had trouble scoring it’s way out of a paper bag last season.  Chicago Bears is also another suspect rating at 77.  I realize this is only a game, but with these ratings how much work really went into the research?  I’m going to just chalk it up to uncertainty and sit back and watch the Cards prove they have a better team than projected.  Whether that is with Matt Leinart or Derek Anderson, well, that’s another story.

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