Every year, there are a few NFL players who aren’t happy about their rating in EA’s annual “Madden” release and aren’t afraid to say so. This year, Kyler Murray is one of them.
The Arizona Cardinals quarterback was rated a 77 overall in “Madden 21.” If that seems low to you, you’re not alone. Murray himself said on ESPN’s “First Take” Thursday that he found it a little “disrespectful” and had to censor himself on the air to keep from airing his true thoughts.
Murray notes that’s the same rating he finished the 2019 season with. It was a season that saw him throw for 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Those are really good numbers for a rookie quarterback, and Murray is confident he’ll be even better in 2020.
Lamar Jackson has agreed to be featured on the cover of the latest installment of the “Madden” video game series, which has naturally led to many Baltimore Ravens fans panicking about the infamous curse. Jackson said he isn’t concerned about that, especially after what happened last year.
Jackson revealed on Tuesday that he will be on the cover of “Madden 21,” which of course led to a discussion about the Madden curse. The reigning NFL MVP pointed to the fact that Patrick Mahomes was one the cover of the game last year and went on to be named Super Bowl MVP.
Lamar Jackson confirms he will be on the next Madden cover
Mahomes did suffer multiple injuries last season, one of which initially looked devastating but turned out to be less severe than expected. Other “Madden” cover athletes have suffered season-ending injuries, so the results for Mahomes were certainly a lot better than some of his predecessors.
If Jackson does suffer a significant injury in 2020, it will likely be because of his style of play rather than his presence on a video game cover. NFL fans are all hoping that doesn’t happen.
Football and video game fans received some exciting news on Tuesday when 2K Games announced a multi-year partnership with the NFL, but that does not mean “NFL2K” is making a comeback.
The press release stated that the renewed partnership between NFL and 2K Games will encompass multiple future video games, but the part of the announcement that many have overlooked is that the games will be “non-simulation football game experiences.”
“We’re thrilled to be back in business with the NFL in a partnership that will span multiple video games centered on fun, approachable and social experiences,” 2K president David Ismailer said. “It’s exciting to bring together 2K’s expertise in creating award-winning sports games with the NFL’s renowned status as a world-class entertainment and sports organization.”
The last simulation football game 2K Games released was the popular “ESPN NFL 2K5” back in 2004. While many fans were quick to conclude that Tuesday’s announcement meant a similar game will be hitting the shelves again at some point in 2021, that is not the case. EA Sports, which produces “Madden,” issued a press release of its own reminding fans and gamers that it remains the “only exclusive publisher of NFL simulation games.”
“Our agreements have always allowed for non-exclusive development of non-simulation games on various platforms,” the release said. “Our commitment to NFL fans, which spans almost 30 years, has never been stronger, and we’re having our biggest year yet.”
That doesn’t mean there won’t be some quality NFL-related games coming out. The new deal between the NFL and 2K Games could result in the comeback of arcade-style games similar to “NFL Blitz,” which was widely popular but has not produced a new title since 2012. But if you only like games that are as close as possible to the real thing, “Madden” will still be your jam.
Lamar Jackson continued to show off his blazing speed when he rushed for 95 yards in Monday night’s blowout win over the Los Angeles Rams, and the performance was enough to inspire “Madden” to raise his speed rating. The Baltimore Ravens star doesn’t believe it was increased enough, however.
Jackson’s overall speed rating in “Madden” was raised to a 96 this week, which is the highest speed rating a quarterback has ever had in the game’s history. The previous record holder, Michael Vick, passed the torch to Jackson and showed off a pair of custom cleats that EA Sports and Nike made for the NFL MVP favorite.
From one Madden legend to the next. @Lj_era8 takes the crown as the fastest QB in Madden history!
Of course, speed doesn’t tell the entire story. If you saw the ridiculous spin move Jackson unleashed during a game earlier this month, you’re probably wondering how he is anything less than a 99 for agility, too. We’re guessing those ratings will keep going up across the board if Jackson continues to make all of his opponents look silly.
All that is leading Allen to boycott the video game.
Allen has put up two pretty excellent seasons for the Chargers in a row. He had 97 catches for 1,196 yards and six touchdowns last season. The year before he had 102 catches for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns. Maybe he’s not getting the Madden respect he feels he deserves, but fans know how good he is.
Patrick Mahomes was revealed on Thursday to be the cover athlete for the latest installment of the “Madden” video game series, and superstitious fans are naturally freaking out about the potential of the MVP quarterback falling victim to the infamous Madden curse. As someone who got the best of the hex, Tom Brady does not think Mahomes should worry.
Brady graced the cover of Madden 18, which was released in advance of the 2017 NFL season. He threw for 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and 18 interceptions that year, and he won the NFL MVP award. The New England Patriots also reached the Super Bowl.
When Barstool Sports said Chiefs fans should be worried about Mahomes getting the Madden cover, Brady reassured them that it’s all good.
The year before Brady was on the Madden cover, his former teammate Rob Gronkowski was given the honor. While Gronk suffered numerous injuries throughout his career, he did appear in only eight games the year he was on the Madden cover. Either way, Brady made it clear when he got the cover that he wasn’t afraid of the curse, and he doesn’t think Mahomes or Chiefs fans should be, either.