Electronic Arts named the four top players for each team in the AFC and NFC North today on their official website.
Here’s the rundown:
Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins (96), Wide Receiver AJ Green (95), Defensive End Carlos Dunlap (90) and Cornerback Leon Hall are the highest ranked players on a Bengals team that is ranked 86 overall. Missing from the list is Quarterback Andy Dalton, who threw fro 4,293 yards and 33 TDs last season.
Baltimore Ravens: Kicker Justin Tucker (93), Defensive Tackle Haloti Ngata (92), Cornerback Lardarius Webb (90) and Wide Receiver Steve Smith (87) round out the top four of a Baltimore team (Ranked an 84 overall) that looks to bounce back from a 8-8 season.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Wide Receiver Antonio Brown (92), Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (90), Center Maurkice Pouncey and Linebacker Lawrence Timmons are the Steelers (78) top five players in Madden 25. Add in veteran Troy Polamalu and there’s some depth, but not enough for “Big Ben” and company to be a real threat.
Cleveland Browns: Offensive Tackle Joe Thomas (98), Cornerback Joe Haden (95), Center A Mack (92) and Wide Receiver Josh Gordon (92) represent a Browns team (75) that has the potential to be dangerous in a few seasons.
Green Bay Packers: No surprises here as Aaron Rodgers (98), Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson (93), Linebacker Clay Matthews (90) and Running Back Eddie Lacy (87) were the highest ranked players on a Packers team that was devastated by injuries last season, but still ended up with an 8-7-1 record. Overall, the Packers are rated an 88 as a team.
Chicago Bears: Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall (96), Running Back Matt Forte (95), Kicker Robbie Gould (93) and Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffrey round out a Chicago team that is ranked 84 overall and boasts one of the best offenses in the NFL. Add in Lance Briggs and their defense isn’t too shabby either.
Detroit Lions: Wide Receiver Calvin Johnson (99), Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh (97), Defensive Tackle Nick Fairley (91) and Quarterback Matt Stafford are the top talents on a Lions team that is rating an 80 overall. With Brandon Pettigrew, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, Stafford has serious weapons.
Minnesota Vikings: Running Back Adrian Peterson (98), Center J Sullivan, Offensive Tackle P Loadholt (90) and Fullback J Felton (88) compile the best of a Vikings team (76) that has more question marks at Quarterback than Charlie Sheen has paternity suits.
“Madden 15” is set for an August 26 release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One home gaming consoles.
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