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Predicting Each Team's Overall Rating in Madden 20: AFC North

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Predicting Each Team's Overall Rating in Madden 20: AFC North

We’re heading into Madden season quickly! As we anticipate the release of Madden NFL 20 we are spending some time on the site breaking down each team and their projected overall ratings.

If you haven’t done so, check out our previous posts in this series:

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

When you look around the NFL at the other 31 teams, it’s safe to say the Ravens are a unique team. Furthermore, they have an offense that is built around the run game. Lamar Jackson had a solid rookie campaign. His running backs consist of Mark IngramGus EdwardsKenneth Dixon and Justice Hill. For those counting at home, that’s four starting running backs by most standards. Rookie Speedster Marquise Brown is sure to be cheese in this year’s game. And let’s not forget the tight end tandem of Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews — both players can change the outcome of a game. Defensively, Baltimore took a hit this offseason, but they still have one of the better units in the AFC North. And with the addition of Earl Thomas, Baltimore’s secondary is vastly improved.

Overall Prediction: 85 Overall

Cincinnati Bengals

The AFC North from top to bottom is pretty competitive. But if there’s one team in the division that could be firmly etched at the bottom of the standings this NFL season, it’s the Cincinnati Bengals. After all, they brought in an unknown head coach in Zac Taylor, and somehow Andy Dalton is still an unknown commodity heading into his ninth season. And sure, Ryan Finley isn’t a top-tier NFL prospect, but he might give you a better chance than Dalton. Joe Mixon and A.J. Green  are both superstars at the very least. Defensively, there’s work to be done, but with a front-seven that consists of Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and Jordan Willis it will be hard on opposing offenses. Lastly, a secondary consisting of William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick should stymie opposing receivers.

Overall Prediction – 78 Overall

Cleveland Browns

When you look around the rest of the NFL, there’s not a team like the Cleveland Browns on paper. The number of weapons they have surrounded Baker Mayfield with is truly a thing of beauty. Cleveland’s offensive line is stout and their running back trio of Nick ChubbDuke Johnson and Kareem Hunt is quite impressive. And yes, Hunt is expected to miss significant time in real life, but that won’t affect his virtual counterpart (unless you leave pre-existing injuries on). Additionally, the playmakers on the outside that Mayfield has at his disposal is like nothing else around the league. David Njoku is destined for a breakout season and Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway make up one of the best receiving corps in the NFL. On defense, pass rushers Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon should cause fits for opposing quarterbacks.

Overall Prediction: 88 Overall

Pittsburgh Steelers

All the talk in Pittsburgh this offseason was how they traded away Antonio Brown and let Le’Veon Bell leave for New York. However, the Steelers are still really, really good. Ben Roethlisberger is still a top QB. And with JuJu Smith-SchusterJames Washington and Donte Moncrief as his top receiving targets, there’s some potential for big plays in Madden 20. And who can forget James Conner, the three-down running back that kept the offense rolling in Bell’s absence. There’s also a defense that should be in for a bit of a resurgence. T.J. Watt has starting potential off the edge, and with the addition of Devin Bush, could round out one of the younger defensive units in the game. Plus, they’ll also have the services of Joe Haden. The question now remains, is Pittsburgh the best team in the AFC North?

Overall Prediction: 87 Overall

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  1. Letter grade time!
    Baltimore Ravens: B-
    Baltimore is going to depend a lot on how much progress Lamar Jackson has made and his ability to stay healthy. They do have a great supporting cast to tout the rock and a stout defense. They could be a team that jumps in either direction.
    Cincinnati Bengals: C+
    I don't think the Bengals are as bad as commonly thought. They have a solid front 7, and Dalton can get it done in an offense that demands less play making and more game managing. They don't have much room for error though, so ig you get behind coming back isn't going to be easy.
    Cleveland Browns: C+
    The opposite of the Bengals, the Browns have an incredible ceiling. They could be amazing, but isn't that just the story of the Browns for as long as we can remember? I'm optimistic for once though.
    Pittsburgh Steelers: C
    I really want to put the Steelers at a C+ as they always seem to find a way, but you can't ignore losing what they have on offense an expect Big Ben to magically be able to carry them against father time yet again.
    Outside of the Bengals I wouldn't be surprised with any of these teams being the best in the division. If the Bengals are the best at year's end I can only assume they performed at a consistently high level and the other 3 failed to live up to expectations.

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