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

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

As we move headfirst into Madden season, here’s another divisional breakdown of each team and their projected overall in this year’s game.

In case you missed it, we posted the AFC West last week.

NFC North

Chicago Bears

No one expected the Bears to become an overnight sensation as quickly as they did. But the addition of offensive mind Matt Nagy coupled with Mitchell Trubisky took the offense to new heights sooner than expected. And now with a backfield tandem that consists of David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen, this should make up one of the better 1-2 punches in football. Don’t forget about the receivers and tight ends, which consist of Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller and Trey Burton. On defense, the Bears have a devastating duo of Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks, and let’s not forget about linebackers Leonard Floyd and Roquan Smith. The secondary is no slouch either with Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamura, Eddie Jackson and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Chicago is a force to be reckoned with in Madden 20.

Overall Prediction: 88 Overall

Detroit Lions

For years, we waited to see the Lions take the leap towards becoming NFC contenders. And to this day we are still waiting. But this year, the roster is carefully constructed to allow them to compete and be the hard-nosed football team Matt Patricia expects. Matthew Stafford remains one of the league’s better quarterbacks. And surrounded by a plethora of weapons like Kerryon Johnson, Kenny Galladay, T.J. Hockenson and Marvin Jones, this could surely be one of the more sneaky good teams in this year’s game. On defense, the Lions have built an attacking unit featuring Trey Flowers, Jarrad Davis, Darius Slay and Jalen Tabor. They may not be the best team this year, but they won’t be the worst.

Overall Prediction: 82 Overall

Green Bay Packers

No matter who the head coach of the Green Bay Packers is, as long as Aaron Rodgers is behind center, they’re in pretty good shape. But now with Matt LaFleur as head coach, a giant leap in 2019 is expected. And with a two-headed monster that features Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, it should help alleviate some of the burden placed on Rodgers’ shoulders. Furthermore, his arsenal of weapons that he’s been surrounded with consists of superstar wide receiver Davante Adams. In addition to Adams, Rodgers has Equanimeous St. Brown, Geronimo Allison and Jimmy Graham. If you look at the Packers’ defense, there’s more playmakers than we have been accustomed to seeing over the years. Rookie defensive lineman Rashan Gary and Kingsley Keke could both make impacts rushing the passer. And a second and third tier that consists of Blake Martinez, Jaire Alexander, Darnell Savage and Josh Jackson should once again make them a fan favorite in Madden 20.

Overall Prediction: 87 Overall

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins‘ debut in Minnesota didn’t quite go as planned, but that doesn’t mean the weapons on both sides of the ball have vanished. Let’s not forget, the Vikings were a Super Bowl contender one year ago, and a lot of that has to do with weapons like Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph. Additionally, a healthy Dalvin Cook and newly drafted running back Alexander Mattison add to the offensive mix. Surprisingly, the offense isn’t Minnesota’s most dominant unit. Mike Zimmer’s defense remains one of the best in the league. And with weapons like Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen, Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks in the front seven, it’s easy to see why. Lastly, the secondary consists of big-time players like Xavier Rhodes, Mackensie Alexander, Trae Waynes and Harrison Smith. A good defense coupled with a very good run game and weapons on the outside, the Vikings should be a favorite in this year’s installment.

Overall Prediction: 86 Overall

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  1. lol the Vikings as the 3rd best overall rating in the division?  I'd say the writer was a Packers' fan, but I think we would've seen them rated even higher than the Bears if that were the case..
    PhillyPhanatic14
    With ratings in general being lower in this game I doubt we will see ratings this high, especially for a team like the Packers. ESB is going to be like a 65 in this game.

    Im still waiting to see this from EA. I still have my doubts ratings will be as spread out as ppl think or want tbh. Green Bay does seem high & it's anyone's guess with the free agent signings and a new unproven coaching staff how they will be. I think GB gets the benefit of the doubt since like the last 5 yrs they're picked for the SB in Vegas & we know how that worked out.
    Mauer4MVP
    I get why the Bears are the top rated team but it wouldn't shock me if they finished 3rd or 4th in the division.
    Trubisky is bad.
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    He'll be fine, it's only his 3rd yr & 2nd with an actual coaching staff . Needs to improve on the deep ball. I honestly would have him over Cousins which appears to being a nightmare in Minnesota for paying all that money with a very small return so far. Trubisky doesn't need to an MVP and has an upside.
    DaReal Milticket
    He'll be fine, it's only his 3rd yr & 2nd with an actual coaching staff . Needs to improve on the deep ball. I honestly would have him over Cousins which appears to being a nightmare in Minnesota for paying all that money with a very small return so far. Trubisky doesn't need to an MVP and has an upside.
    Considering who they could've had had pick 2 over Trubisky, that pick set them back probably a decade. Trubisky isn't going to be awful enough for the Bears to look for a replacement in the near future, and he isn't ever going to lead them to a championship as Mahomes or Watson could have. In other words the Bears will be stuck with mediocrity for the foreseeable future. And with that defense will never be picking high enough to land a top QB, basically the Bills of the last 2 decades.
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    Godgers12
    Considering who they could've had had pick 2 over Trubisky, that pick set them back probably a decade. Trubisky isn't going to be awful enough for the Bears to look for a replacement in the near future, and he isn't ever going to lead them to a championship as Mahomes or Watson could have. In other words the Bears will be stuck with mediocrity for the foreseeable future. And with that defense will never be picking high enough to land a top QB, basically the Bills of the last 2 decades.
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    Its easy to say that now looking back after the fact. The bears aren't the only team that missed on Mahomes, just like all the teams that past on Brady - it happens every year in every draft. I doubt the bears are going to be mediocre or set them back at all, but coming from a packer fan I wouldn't expect much of an insight, the smallest grain of salt tbh. I'll take the mediocre division championship of last yr. No one even knows if Watson is going to be any good, he had a ok yr last yr.
    DaReal Milticket
    He'll be fine, it's only his 3rd yr & 2nd with an actual coaching staff . Needs to improve on the deep ball. I honestly would have him over Cousins which appears to being a nightmare in Minnesota for paying all that money with a very small return so far. Trubisky doesn't need to an MVP and has an upside.
    Trubisky has the upside of a Super Christian Ponder. He's not good at all
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    Back with letter grades!
    Chicago Bears: B-
    The Bears lost and gained some peices, but are a team on a fairly impressive trajectory. I think they'll struggle a bit early given the changes they've gone through, but ultimately be better than this past season by years end.
    Detroit Lions: C
    Not sold on them until they prove it. They've made good moves in the off-season, so we'll see if it translates.
    Minnesota Vikings: C+
    They'll be a good team if they can keep Cousins healthy. It all depends on their offensive line.
    Green Bay: C
    Tons of change for the Packers this year. I don't think it will come together from week 1. They have to prove they can protect Rogers and play some enough defense to not put so much burden on the offense.
    DaReal Milticket
    Lol Ponder? Thanks for the laugh, I needed that one. Trubisky 6 tds in one game & a better QB rating than Cam Newton last yr. Enjoy Cousins lmao.
    Big fan of a 1 game sample size where if you watch the highlights all you hear is "to a wide open.."
    He has a horrible arm and is the 4th best qb in the division by a wide margin
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    Mauer4MVP
    Big fan of a 1 game sample size where if you watch the highlights all you hear is "to a wide open.."
    He has a horrible arm and is the 4th best qb in the division by a wide margin
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    Your right it's one game, but when you set a record next to Rodgers, Marino, Brady, Brees etc it's worth noting. Last time I checked the other team is getting paid right? Let's see Rodgers has been in the league 14yrs, Stafford 10yrs, Cousins 7yrs - give or take. A lot more playing time under their belts. Nothing is backing up your stance. Must be easy to throw 6tds in a game according to you since there has been only like 20 or so ever in the history of the NFL. If he has a horrible arm I wonder what Cousins has? Trubisky has accuracy issues, but I can tell you only watched the two Bear/Viking games last yr. If you listen to the scouts (im sure u don't) its the 3rd yr that basically shows what type of player they're going to be. I'll hang up & listen, what else you got?
    DaReal Milticket
    Your right it's one game, but when you set a record next to Rodgers, Marino, Brady, Brees etc it's worth noting. Last time I checked the other team is getting paid right? Let's see Rodgers has been in the league 14yrs, Stafford 10yrs, Cousins 7yrs - give or take. A lot more playing time under their belts. Nothing is backing up your stance. Must be easy to throw 6tds in a game according to you since there has been only like 20 or so ever in the history of the NFL. If he has a horrible arm I wonder what Cousins has? Trubisky has accuracy issues, but I can tell you only watched the two Bear/Viking games last yr. If you listen to the scouts (im sure u don't) its the 3rd yr that basically shows what type of player they're going to be. I'll hang up & listen, what else you got?
    Cousins has a MUCH better arm than Trubisky. That's not even debatable
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    Madwolf
    Back with letter grades!
    Chicago Bears: B-
    The Bears lost and gained some peices, but are a team on a fairly impressive trajectory. I think they'll struggle a bit early given the changes they've gone through, but ultimately be better than this past season by years end.
    Detroit Lions: C
    Not sold on them until they prove it. They've made good moves in the off-season, so we'll see if it translates.
    Minnesota Vikings: C+
    They'll be a good team if they can keep Cousins healthy. It all depends on their offensive line.
    Green Bay: C
    Tons of change for the Packers this year. I don't think it will come together from week 1. They have to prove they can protect Rogers and play some enough defense to not put so much burden on the offense.
    Packers will have a top 10 possibly top 5 defense this season. Also, if we improve our guard play, which we should as we signed a OG in free agency and drafted one in the 2nd, and if Bulaga stays healthy we will have a very good OL. We already have the best LT in the NFL, one of the better centers, and Bulaga is one of the better RTs when he's healthy.
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    Godgers12
    Packers will have a top 10 possibly top 5 defense this season. Also, if we improve our guard play, which we should as we signed a OG in free agency and drafted one in the 2nd, and if Bulaga stays healthy we will have a very good OL. We already have the best LT in the NFL, one of the better centers, and Bulaga is one of the better RTs when he's healthy.
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    Lmao, Not a chance. Kings of the North BEARDOWN.
    DaReal Milticket
    Lol! You're to funny man. Go pack go! Lmao
    I'm enjoying the memes & your personal attacks towards me.
    Name one personal attack? I speak the truth. Packers defense will be legit next year. But hey think what you want. You'll get a huge dose of reality week 1 when the Bears lose by 20.
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    I think the Packers are in for 1 more rough season.
    Not buying the defense, and unless 1 of the young receivers steps up, I'm not really buying the offense yet either.
    Madden08PCgmr
    I think the Packers are in for 1 more rough season.
    Not buying the defense, and unless 1 of the young receivers steps up, I'm not really buying the offense yet either.
    If 12-4 is rough then I'll take it. Our defense was ranked 15th last season and that was with pretty much every starter other than Martinez missing games due to injury. If King stays healthy and Alexander takes that next step into lockdown CB territory our D will be stout. Not to mention if we get good play out of Gary and Savage we could have a top 5 defense. Offense, my only concern is if Adams goes down we're pretty much ******. But assuming he stays healthy our our other WRs can complement him nicely especially if the young guys take a leap...any offense that has the best QB in the NFL leading it will be good.
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