CLEVELAND, Ohio — EA Sports has lowered the ratings of the NFL’s top players as the Madden 23 video game is set to release in days.
Naturally, when players are ranked in any roster, there will always be some sort of uproar.
The Bengals and Steelers, and their fans, weren’t happy with how EA Sports ranked their players.
The biggest of these came when EA Sports released its list of the best rushers in the game. Myles Garrett was the top player on the list, joining the 99 club.
Steelers outside linebacker TJ Watt, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, finished second with a 96. That snub pissed off some Steelers fans on Twitter, especially who Watt was ahead of.
“Myles Garrett is a 99 but TJ Watt is a 96. That’s why Madden sucks”, SteelerNation.com tweeted.
“TJ Watt is only a 96 while Garrett is a 99?? I think I’ll wait for Madden this year,” Steelers fan Tyler T. tweeted.
“TJ Watt at 96 and no Maxx Crosby? Possibly the worst list I’ve ever seen,” Steelers fan Ty Kush tweeted.
Watt led the NFL in sacks last season with 22.5, four ahead of second-placed Robert Quinn and 6.5 ahead of Garrett, in just 15 games. Meanwhile, Garrett’s 16 sacks in 2021 was a career high.
Watt has been an All-Pro in each of the past three seasons with 14.5 sacks in 2019 and 15 sacks in 2020.
While Steelers fans are disappointed that Watt is ranked below Garrett, the Bengals and their fans have also expressed their displeasure with their players’ contempt.
It started when Ja’Marr Chase, who was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and fourth in the league in receiving yards, was not among the game’s top 10 receivers.
“Ja’Marr Chase is not in the top 10 WRs in the Madden rankings. CRAZY,” tweeted Blake Jewellwho writes about the Bengals for SI Now.
“Madden really made a fool of himself, making Ja’Marr Chase an 87 overall. I thought at least 95,” Highlight Heaven’s Alex tweeted.
Even the Bengals’ own Twitter account was confused, using a set of SpongeBob SquarePants memes to express their disappointment.
Chase, however, simply plans to use the lowest note to push it harder.
“I will continue to work. additional motivation, chase tweeted.
The discontent continued when Trey Hendrickson, who finished fifth in the NFL last season with 14 sacks, did not make the top 10 rushers.
“Last edit. Madden Edge Rusher ratings don’t even have Trey Hendrickson in the top 10-15. He’s an 85 overall. 14 sacks last season with 79 pressures generated made Trey the top disrupter. According to you , where does Trey rank compared to you, as an Edge Rusher? Cincinnati Bengals fan Bill tweeted.
The Bengals again expressed their disappointment on Twitter.
But the Bengals got some good news when Madden ranked Joe Mixon seventh in running backs with a 90 rating. The team celebrated the occasion when the news broke.
Madden 23 is set to release on August 19.
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