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

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

As we inch closer and closer to Madden’s release on August 2, details about the next installment will slowly start to emerge. In the mean time, I will do my best to fill in the uncertainty that looms over Madden 20 by trying to accurately predict what each team is bringing to the table in this year’s installment.

Earlier this year, EA announced that ratings would be completely redesigned this year. And although it is anyone’s guess as to how this new formula will work, I am going to try and predict each team’s overall rating.

AFC West

Denver Broncos

Surprisingly enough, the one thing John Elway has struggled to find in a post-Peyton world has been a quarterback. But after trading for Joe Flacco and drafting Drew Lock in the second round, the team appears to have a plan for the present and future (albeit both the present and future remain suspect). The running back corps, however, has the potential to be one of the best in Madden 20. Philip Lindsay broke out in 2018 and Royce Freeman is itching for his chance at more carries. Denver’s receivers are young, with big-play potential and includes the likes of Emmanuel Sanders, Cortland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. They also drafted what might be the best tight end in Noah Fant. But what remains most impressive about the Broncos is the defense. And with an elite pass rushing tandem of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, the Broncos should be one of the more well-rounded teams in this year’s game.

Overall Prediction: 85 Overall

Kansas City Chiefs

If you ask folks who the best team in the NFL is, they might say the Kansas City Chiefs. And with this year’s Madden 20 cover athlete Patrick Mahomes, they will be one of the most utilized teams in this year’s game. Mahomes can do it all, and his no-look passes, and ability to make plays with his rocket arm and quick feet are elite. He is a real-life video game, and he should be nearly unstoppable this season. And even if Mahomes was just average, he still would have offensive weapons like Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, Damien Williams, Mecole Hardman and potentially Tyreek Hill to prop him up. In short, there’s no stopping them. Defensively, the Chiefs admittedly could use some help. But with the additions of Frank Clark, Tyrann Mathieu and Bashaud Breeland this offseason, the defense is in better shape than before.

Overall Prediction: 93 Overall

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers have been one of the better teams in the NFL for several years, and it starts at the quarterback position with Philip Rivers. Rivers remains one of the best QBs in the NFL, and with the arsenal of weapons at his fingertips, no one should be surprised. At running back, Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson all have proven they’re more than capable of carrying the load. And with receivers Mike Williams and Keenan Allen on the outside, the Chargers offense will be hard to contain in Madden 20. Oh, and who can forget 6-foot-6 Hunter Henry? On defense, the Chargers are as good as it gets. Up front, Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram and rookie Jerry Tillery make things extremely difficult for opposing offenses. In the secondary, Casey HaywardDerwin James and Nasir Adderley make them nearly impossible to throw against.

Overall Prediction: 89 Overall

Oakland Raiders

It was unclear what Jon Gruden’s end game was in 2018. After all, he traded away Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. But now that the dust has settled, the Raiders are arguably in a better situation. The addition of 99-overall club member Antonio Brown completely changes the look of Oakland’s offense. Furthermore, the additions of Tyrell Williams and rookie Hunter Renfrow should pay dividends for QB Derek Carr. And with Marshawn Lynch kind of retired, rookie first-round pick Josh Jacobs should be a fan favorite in this year’s game. On defense, new additions Clelin Ferrell, Johnathan Hankins and Vontaze Burfict should make things difficult in the run game.

Overall Prediction: 87 Overall

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  1. My prediction?
    Drew Lock is a bust and Denver continues with the QB problems as Flacco will be average.
    Raiders, 87? Really? lol. Oakland wins 6 games dispite the drafted players on paper looking good. They lack experience and Half will not make it in the league and 87 is much too high a rating for them. They gonna have how many rookies starting for them? 4-5?
    Burfict will get suspended and out of the league as will Incognito lol. Raiders are the Bengals West in that catagory. Gruden with again reliance on aging vets.
    Rayzaa
    My prediction?
    Drew Lock is a bust and Denver continues with the QB problems as Flacco will be average.
    Raiders, 87? Really? lol. Oakland wins 6 games dispite the drafted players on paper looking good. They lack experience and Half will not make it in the league and 87 is much too high a rating for them. They gonna have how many rookies starting for them? 4-5?
    Burfict will get suspended and out of the league as will Incognito lol. Raiders are the Bengals West in that catagory. Gruden with again reliance on aging vets.

    Sounds like a Chargers fan
    :cool:
    I think the KC rating is probably right. The other ratings are to high imo, especially the raiders. With the spread out ratings I'm hoping the team overalls aren't super inflated like every year.
    Chiefs 92
    Chargers 84
    Broncos 83
    Raiders 78
    TrustTheProcess
    Sounds like a Chargers fan
    :cool:

    I am but it's also how I feel and the division I'm most familiar with.
    Gruden I'm is a bad GM and regardless that Mayock is there, his fingerprints are all over some of these signings. He loves old guys and Inconito is old and a bad charactor guy as well.....so is Burfict.
    I was never high on Drew Lock but at least they got him in the second round, ....which is telling in a weak QB class.
    If the ratings are spread out, I would not rate the chiefs past an 89. Then chargers and raiders to follow, with the Broncos being at the bottom.
    By the end of the season, the chiefs and raiders will be tops. Chargers are just too soft. They looked pathetic in the playoffs, as usual. Raiders will be better off gaining back some of their violent image with Burfict. Yes, I liked Burfict, a true old school player, when he was in cincinnati. He is an enforcer and what the Raiders need.
    The key to the Raiders success outside a more violent defense, is Carr. If Carr can gain back some of his flash, the Raiders are in the playoffs. If not, Carr is gone next season.
    4thQtrStre5S
    If the ratings are spread out, I would not rate the chiefs past an 89. Then chargers and raiders to follow, with the Broncos being at the bottom.
    By the end of the season, the chiefs and raiders will be tops. Chargers are just too soft. They looked pathetic in the playoffs, as usual. Raiders will be better off gaining back some of their violent image with Burfict. Yes, I liked Burfict, a true old school player, when he was in cincinnati. He is an enforcer and what the Raiders need.
    The key to the Raiders success outside a more violent defense, is Carr. If Carr can gain back some of his flash, the Raiders are in the playoffs. If not, Carr is gone next season.

    The Raiders won't finish even at .500 and have had a winning record once the past 15 years.
    They turn it around in one season? Don't think so. First of all Gruden runs a complex sysyem and it will take a good portion of the year for the rooks and newcomers to have it down. Especially rookies coming from basic college play books.
    That team was awful last season and had a good draft but starting 4 or 5 rookies in a complex system isn't gonna turn it around in one year. I look for a bigger upswing in 2020.
    The NFL isn't like being at Clemson and Alabama and Alabama has had many that didn't work out in the NFL.
    As for the Chargers, they won a playoff game and lost to the eventually champions. Who BTW beat KC who the Chargers beat a couple weeks before in KC.
    Not trying to be a homer, I know the Chargers have zero chaionships but to say Oakland will be at the top this year is a laugher. LA is a lot better team than the Raiders. Kinda funny hearing someone call the Chargers soft while talking up the Raiders, but it can't be denied from past HC's.
    Anthoney Lynn has instilled new attitude to the Chargers where Norv and McCoy had no sack.
    Chiefs should be low 90s, lost a few playmakers but gained on defense.
    Chargers high 80s.
    Broncoslow-mid 80s, I don't see us improving that much with the additions.
    Raiders 78 OVR.
    Rayzaa
    The Raiders won't finish even at .500 and have had a winning record once the past 15 years.
    They turn it around in one season? Don't think so. First of all Gruden runs a complex sysyem and it will take a good portion of the year for the rooks and newcomers to have it down. Especially rookies coming from basic college play books.
    That team was awful last season and had a good draft but starting 4 or 5 rookies in a complex system isn't gonna turn it around in one year. I look for a bigger upswing in 2020.
    The NFL isn't like being at Clemson and Alabama and Alabama has had many that didn't work out in the NFL.
    As for the Chargers, they won a playoff game and lost to the eventually champions. Who BTW beat KC who the Chargers beat a couple weeks before in KC.
    Not trying to be a homer, I know the Chargers have zero chaionships but to say Oakland will be at the top this year is a laugher. LA is a lot better team than the Raiders. Kinda funny hearing someone call the Chargers soft while talking up the Raiders, but it can't be denied from past HC's.
    Anthoney Lynn has instilled new attitude to the Chargers where Norv and McCoy had no sack.

    I can agree with your position. My initial post was meant to just ride on you for slamming the Raiders - just some good ole raider v Chargers trash.. :)
    I smiled when you mentioned how difficult it is to turn a team around in one year because you made sure to mention Clemson. Thank god others agree with my shock that a team as bad as what clemson was, losing 5 in a row to South CArolina even, could bounce back so fast..
    Broncos should be the worse team in the division. The chargers you think should take a few steps back this year. Rivers is very decent, but he’s almost 40 and he’s not Brady, not even close. The Chiefs should take a little step back as well. In football you don’t get that many chances and the chiefs have had their chance for 4-5 years now. Raiders had their chance in 16 when Carr got hurt, then they took steps back. Time for them to be back on top again.
    I'm going to give out letter grades instead of numbers here.
    Denver Broncos: C
    The Broncos didn't do much to move the needle. They shored up their defense, and adding Lock was a positive move as a long term solution, but Flacco was a terrible move. He's an aging QB, who has already proven to be a poor mentor in Baltimore.
    Kansas City Cheifs: B
    Despite the mess of talent that was lost last season with scandals, the Cheifs remain the favorites in the AFC West thanks to having the NFL's most impressive young QB. Their defense might be better or it might not, as they swapped last years best peices for promising ones. It fixing the issues there is to be seen though.
    Los Angels Chargers: B
    The Chargers didn't do a lot this off-season, but they didn't need too. Adding Thomas Davis is great move from a locker room perspective, and if he still has a bit left in the tank they could steal the division fron the media favorite Cheifs and make some thunder in the playoffs.
    Oakland Raiders: D+
    Sorry, not sorry on this one. The Raiders spent last season bleeding the team of all the talent it had in order to rebuild from some mysterious bedrock far bellow the foundation. They signed the NFL's most penalized defender, past his prime, and followed it up with his counter part on offense. This is fine when you have a shot at a deep playoff run with a talented roster, but in a rebuild with a team this heavily invested in rookies? And the rookies, what exactly happened there? The Raiders looked incompetent if not for the Giants. Not that the players they picked won't contribute and play well, but there were better options for a team in need of everything. Trading back to not reach and more chances would have been just as fine. Then it comes full circle to what they can do with Carr, who they've demonstrated very little faith in. Until they prove it isn't a mess, it is what it is.
    4thQtrStre5S
    If the ratings are spread out, I would not rate the chiefs past an 89. Then chargers and raiders to follow, with the Broncos being at the bottom.
    By the end of the season, the chiefs and raiders will be tops. Chargers are just too soft. They looked pathetic in the playoffs, as usual. Raiders will be better off gaining back some of their violent image with Burfict. Yes, I liked Burfict, a true old school player, when he was in cincinnati. He is an enforcer and what the Raiders need.
    The key to the Raiders success outside a more violent defense, is Carr. If Carr can gain back some of his flash, the Raiders are in the playoffs. If not, Carr is gone next season.

    You realize the Chargers outbattled and grinded out a win against the Ravens who are a hard nosed team that plays physical football. Yes they lost convincingly against the eventual champs but they also replaced their weak links by adding tillery at DT (they lacked pressure up the middle vs pats) and replaced addae (who was horrible at safety) with adderley. So they strengthened their weakest spots, added a vet in Davis and get a fully healthy Hunter Henry back.
    If you wanna give the raiders an edge based on what's on paper, go ahead but let's not forget how the eagles' "dream team" turned out
    Rayzaa
    I am but it's also how I feel and the division I'm most familiar with.
    Gruden I'm is a bad GM and regardless that Mayock is there, his fingerprints are all over some of these signings. He loves old guys and Inconito is old and a bad charactor guy as well.....so is Burfict.
    I was never high on Drew Lock but at least they got him in the second round, ....which is telling in a weak QB class.

    We've done nothing but make great moves since Mayock has come over. You can't simultaneously say how we have a lot of rookies starting and then in another post claim that Gruden is relying on vets. Clearly it's a balanced mix between the two. Burfict knows the defense, Incognito fits the scheme at a position of need. They're low risk high reward signings.
    Phillyboi207
    We've done nothing but make great moves since Mayock has come over. You can't simultaneously say how we have a lot of rookies starting and then in another post claim that Gruden is relying on vets. Clearly it's a balanced mix between the two. Burfict knows the defense, Incognito fits the scheme at a position of need. They're low risk high reward signings.

    Didn't say he was relying on vets. I said he likes old guys and two of those old guys are bad charactor guys past their prime while trying to fill voids with them.
    Burfict and Incognito are timebombs so "low risk" is a pretty funny statement. Even the Bengals, kings of drafting bad charactor guys had enough of Burfict lol.
    His backup QB situation is atrocious as they all stink. Worst backups in the league. Better hope Carr doesn't get hurt.
    Phillyboi207
    We've done nothing but make great moves since Mayock has come over. You can't simultaneously say how we have a lot of rookies starting and then in another post claim that Gruden is relying on vets. Clearly it's a balanced mix between the two. Burfict knows the defense, Incognito fits the scheme at a position of need. They're low risk high reward signings.

    Umm.. low risk? They both have the potential to be suspended at any moment. All Burfict is a run stopper who can't cover which was valuable ten years ago but not the way the NFL is trending. I do like incognito if he can control his mental problems. Also like the LaMarcus Joyner and Tyrell Williams move. But to sign Trenton Brown and moving him to RT instead of keeping him at LT is beyond stupid especially when he was one of the best last year. Not to mention keeping a struggling Kolton Miller at LT.
    Rayzaa
    My prediction?
    Drew Lock is a bust and Denver continues with the QB problems as Flacco will be average.
    Raiders, 87? Really? lol. Oakland wins 6 games dispite the drafted players on paper looking good. They lack experience and Half will not make it in the league and 87 is much too high a rating for them. They gonna have how many rookies starting for them? 4-5?
    Burfict will get suspended and out of the league as will Incognito lol. Raiders are the Bengals West in that catagory. Gruden with again reliance on aging vets.

    This is always good. Make assumptions about players before they’ve played a single down. Real expert analysis here. Coming from the all time letdown team of the AFCW. Why don’t you wait for 2 or 3 seasons until Lock has an NFL resume to bring your predictions on the rook. Hell, even waiting until after preseason so you actually have something to base this on.
    Heisman
    Broncos should be the worse team in the division. The chargers you think should take a few steps back this year. Rivers is very decent, but he’s almost 40 and he’s not Brady, not even close. The Chiefs should take a little step back as well. In football you don’t get that many chances and the chiefs have had their chance for 4-5 years now. Raiders had their chance in 16 when Carr got hurt, then they took steps back. Time for them to be back on top again.

    Why is that? They will have the best defense in the NFL and the West. Elite. Something Oakland hasn’t had in decades. How are the Raiders going to defend... well anybody? Denver should finish either 2 or 3, with the Raiders going back down where they belong. In the basement.
    Why are the Chargers going to take a step back? Rivers is still accurate and they still have pieces on defense. They continue to play well despite being outnumbered in fan attendance at a soccer stadium. They also continue to fall off almost every season. Or crap the bed in the playoffs. Something I’ve been accustomed to for... well my entire life.
    The chiefs will fall of some with the loss of Tyreek Hill. That is really going to hurt them. Also they’ll be installing a new defense with some new personel. They won’t fall off under 10 wins though unless Show Time is injured.
    The raiders won’t be on top because it’s not their time. Their main concern is getting the team ready for Vegas. Anything outside that is icing on the cake. And in case anyone is wondering... their won’t be much of that. They should finish in the
    fzbronco77
    This is always good. Make assumptions about players before they’ve played a single down. Real expert analysis here. Coming from the all time letdown team of the AFCW. Why don’t you wait for 2 or 3 seasons until Lock has an NFL resume to bring your predictions on the rook. Hell, even waiting until after preseason so you actually have something to base this on.

    It's a prediction. We see them all the time and yes I could be wrong.
    However, i wasn't a fan of Lock in college. Just don't see a franchise QB and don't see how him playing against second and third stringers in preseason against vanilla defenses is a good gauhe.
    Hope he won't suck against those guys then it really looks bleak.
    I get the fans have faith but then Ive also seen Bronco fans in their fan forum think Chad Kelly was going to be a star. You know, Bronco fans prediction!
    I wasn't a fan of Tebow, Osweiler or Lynch either. Especially Osweiler, a real head scratcher in the 2nd round. But your right. Let's wait for 2-3 seasons. ....til Elway releases him too lol. BY which time maybe Elway will be fired for missing again.
    fzbronco77
    Why is that? They will have the best defense in the NFL and the West. Elite. Something Oakland hasn’t had in decades. How are the Raiders going to defend... well anybody? Denver should finish either 2 or 3, with the Raiders going back down where they belong. In the basement.
    Why are the Chargers going to take a step back? Rivers is still accurate and they still have pieces on defense. They continue to play well despite being outnumbered in fan attendance at a soccer stadium. They also continue to fall off almost every season. Or crap the bed in the playoffs. Something I’ve been accustomed to for... well my entire life.
    The chiefs will fall of some with the loss of Tyreek Hill. That is really going to hurt them. Also they’ll be installing a new defense with some new personel. They won’t fall off under 10 wins though unless Show Time is injured.
    The raiders won’t be on top because it’s not their time. Their main concern is getting the team ready for Vegas. Anything outside that is icing on the cake. And in case anyone is wondering... their won’t be much of that. They should finish in the

    Best defense in the league? Elite? Why you say that?
    Denver's defense was 22nd last year and only drafted two defenders in the 3rd and 5th rounds.Don't see them being the best let alone elite.
    Rayzaa
    It's a prediction. We see them all the time and yes I could be wrong.
    However, i wasn't a fan of Lock in college. Just don't see a franchise QB but hey let's wait til preseason while he is playing against second and third stringers. There's a good gauge to judge. Hope he won't suck against those guys then it really looks bleak.
    I get the fans have faith but then Ive also seen Bronco fans in their fan forum think Chad Kelly was going to be a star. You know, Bronco fans prediction!
    I wasn't a fan of Tebow, Osweiler or Lynch either. Especially Osweiler, a real head scratcher in the 2nd round. But your right. Let's wait for 2-3 seasons......til Elways releases him too lol.
    QB seems to be Elways evaluation Achilles heel ....which is weird for a Former QB himself.
    It it makes you feel better,I'm not real high on our 3rd round OT either.

    How many guys have killed it in college, only to come into the NFL and bomb out? A lot more than have achieved even a label such as “good”. Team predictions are one thing, and although college play does tell us about how a player might play in the NFL, it obviously doesn’t tell us enough. Scouts and teams in general continue to fail to find franchise QBs every season. The standard is the ‘83 draft. Not only did it produce 3 HOF QBs, but 7 HOF players total.
    At least when Lock plays in the preseason, he’ll actually be playing against NFL players. It’s not the same as college period. I’m not going to judge him until I actually see him in a real regular season game. He can sit and learn for now. I only suggested you wait, because all he has is college film. I’m not going to make a prediction or assumption on a single player until I at least see them play against other NFL talent... but you go ahead with your prediction lol.
    I was a fan of Tebow when he kept winning, and destroyed the Steelers defense and HOF coordinator in a playoff game. Other than that he was gimmicky. Osweiler was a serviceable backup. Lynch was a tool. Somewhere he is playing Fortnight right now...
    There’s only a handful of teams that have a franchise guy. And if you want to go a step further, a franchise guy that uplifts a team a wins more than they lose. A lot of teams are looking for that guy. There’s about 15-17 teams right now that don’t actually know what they have at the position. Whether you go from guys that used to be...guys that are good, but not good enough, or guys drafted this year. Nobody has completely figured it out.
    It’s not that weird that Elway can’t find a guy when you think about it. Do you think that e spent his entire career studying other QBs??? He spent the majority of the time studying defenders. It’s no coincidence that he’s added some great defenders throughout his tenure.
    Rayzaa
    Best defense in the league? Elite? Why you say that?
    Denver's defense was 22nd last year and only drafted two defenders in the 3rd and 5th rounds.Don't see them being the best let alone elite.

    Guess you didn’t know they changed coaching staffs from last seasons inept ones... Did you by chance watch the Bears last season? Vick Fangio doesn’t play when it comes to defense. And he definitely has some pieces to work with. Last season was a fluke because the entire coaching staff couldn’t do their job. Hence the reason the former HC is a DC and former DC is a secondary coach. They did so well the last 2 season they were both demoted.
    If Vance Joseph wouldn’t have showed up to 2 games last season the Broncos would have finished 8-8.
    fzbronco77
    How many guys have killed it in college, only to come into the NFL and bomb out? A lot more than have achieved even a label such as “good”. Team predictions are one thing, and although college play does tell us about how a player might play in the NFL, it obviously doesn’t tell us enough. Scouts and teams in general continue to fail to find franchise QBs every season. The standard is the ‘83 draft. Not only did it produce 3 HOF QBs, but 7 HOF players total.
    At least when Lock plays in the preseason, he’ll actually be playing against NFL players. It’s not the same as college period. I’m not going to judge him until I actually see him in a real regular season game. He can sit and learn for now. I only suggested you wait, because all he has is college film. I’m not going to make a prediction or assumption on a single player until I at least see them play against other NFL talent... but you go ahead with your prediction lol.
    I was a fan of Tebow when he kept winning, and destroyed the Steelers defense and HOF coordinator in a playoff game. Other than that he was gimmicky. Osweiler was a serviceable backup. Lynch was a tool. Somewhere he is playing Fortnight right now...
    There’s only a handful of teams that have a franchise guy. And if you want to go a step further, a franchise guy that uplifts a team a wins more than they lose. A lot of teams are looking for that guy. There’s about 15-17 teams right now that don’t actually know what they have at the position. Whether you go from guys that used to be...guys that are good, but not good enough, or guys drafted this year. Nobody has completely figured it out.
    It’s not that weird that Elway can’t find a guy when you think about it. Do you think that e spent his entire career studying other QBs??? He spent the majority of the time studying defenders. It’s no coincidence that he’s added some great defenders throughout his tenure.

    Actually he added better to his defense in free agency more than the draft. The only real notable players he drafted was Miller and Chubb and he was picking 2nd and 5th to get them. Not that hard to do. Brandon Marshall was good for a few years.
    And yes I expect a HOF QB to know a good QB when he sees one. Not reach because they are desperate. Peyton being the only good one he got and really, the hardest part there was to convince him to sign with Denver
    Elway hasn't been that great of a GM. But he did win a SB with Peyton and I'd take that.
    Fangio is a good one. We'll see how much he let's Donatell be the DC he was hired for.
    Will be a more competitive division anyways. I see us all splitting both games, but we may beat Oakland twice yet again. They will be better but how can they not?
    Rayzaa
    Best defense in the league? Elite? Why you say that?
    Denver's defense was 22nd last year and only drafted two defenders in the 3rd and 5th rounds.Don't see them being the best let alone elite.

    Denver the last 2 seasons has had the worst coaching in the nfl
    while the QB OT is a big ? mark the rest of the team looks better Denver also drafted DE/DT Demont Jones that couild be a sleeper in the DE/DT spot
    Todd davis is very underrated esp as a run stoper
    denver top 3 CB are stong Harris jr can grand the num 1 or slot K Jackson Can tak and be better than roby Callanen knows the system simmons parks is rangey
    but it all comes to flecco and lock if they pro from denver can be 10-6

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