Most disrespected Detroit Lions in the initial Madden 21 ratings

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Lions had many players rated too lowly in the initial Madden 21 ratings. Four, in particular, stood out the most.

The Madden 21 player ratings have been fully released and, as always, many Detroit Lions have been given disrespectful ratings. While it’s not to be taken too seriously most people (and players) still enjoy looking at, and oftentimes, disagreeing with those ratings.

Even overall team ratings are quite laughable from time to time. For example, the Lions’ overall rating in Madden 21 is a 77 (which is fair on the surface for a team that finished 3-12-1 the previous season), but their offense (77) is actually rated two points lower than their defense (79)!

Moving into specifics, four players, in particular, were given insultingly low ratings when you look at their play on the field in 2019. The rating they were given just doesn’t add up with their on the field product.

3 offensive stars and 1 defender make up the four most disrespected Lions in Madden 21

1. Quarterback Matthew Stafford

Throughout the eight games that Stafford played in last season, he was easily a top-five quarterback, arguably top-three. He was also in line to be an MVP candidate and most likely would’ve found himself among the finalists had he kept up his 16-game pace.

Through those eight games, Stafford threw for 2,498 yards and 19 touchdowns to just five interceptions. On a 16-game pace, that would put him just south of 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions.

Despite that stellar on-the-field performance in 2019, the Madden 21 game makers felt that he deserved an overall rating of just 83 behind 12 other quarterbacks, including Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady; all of whom he objectively played better than when on the field in 2019.

Looking at individual ratings, he was given just a 94 in throw power despite having one of the strongest arms in the NFL (top-three) and just an 85 rating on play-action passing, despite being one of the best play-action quarterback in the league (the 85 puts him around the 20th in the league in the game). Overall, Stafford deserves a healthy boost to his overall rating that should have seen him land an overall grade of somewhere between an 85-87.