As Bills fans know, Buffalo routinely gets no love from EA Sports when it comes to ratings in the Madden franchise, and this year is no different.
As a team, the Bills are the third worst overall in the game. The only teams lower are the Dolphins and Giants. Even teams like the Cardinals and Jets are rated better than the Bills.
Buffalo is probably rated so low because the team lacks star power and plays in a small market, but several players are severely underrated this year. Especially on the defensive side of the ball, which was excellent last year and should be even better this year.
Numerous players should have been rated higher in this year’s Madden, but these five are the most underrated.
Levi Wallace – 74 overall CB – 88th best CB
Levi Wallace was an undrafted rookie last year who played in seven games last season, so the low rating is expected. But when he did play, he completely blanketed opposing receivers.
Wallace was graded as the top rookie cornerback last year by ProFootballFocus. Even grading 4.5 overall points higher than Cleveland Browns corner Denzel Ward, who is an 88 in Madden this year.
Wallace is in a good position to secure the starting corner job opposite of Tre’Davious White. If Wallace can continue his success from last season, his rating should increase dramatically
Jordan Poyer – 80 Overall SS – 18th best SS
Jordan Poyer is rated as the 18th best strong safety this year. Poyer had a nose for the ball last season, helping Buffalo’s defense allow the least amount of passing yards in the league.
Poyer had 100 total tackles last season, which is the eighth most out all safeties. He also had four interceptions, tied for fourth among safeties.
What makes Poyer’s low rating even worse, is some of the player ranked ahead of him. For example, DJ Swearinger had 53 tackles and is an 83 overall, Taushan Gibson had 54 tackles and is an 82 overall.
If Poyer plays how he has since coming to Buffalo in 2017, EA Sports will have to give his ratings a boost as the season progresses
Jerry Hughes – 83 Overall DE – 15th best RDE
Jerry Hughes is the 15h best right end in this year’s Madden. This is a terrible rating for Hughes because he consistently pressures opposing quarterbacks even if he isn’t racking up sacks.
Hughes not only boasted the highest pressure rate out of pass rushers last season, but he also had an overall grade on Pro Football Focus on 88.8
Demarcus Lawrence, defensive end for Dallas has a 89 overall this year, but boasted an 82.7 pass rushing grade, compared to Hughes’ 90.4 pass rushing grade.
After several weeks, if Hughes can get to the quarterback and secure a few sacks, EA Sports will have to raise Hughes’ overall.
Mitch Morse – 81 Overall C – 11th best C
Mitch Morse signed with Buffalo in free agency this offseason after spending four years in Kansas City. Morse is a massive upgrade to the offensive line, however, Madden graded Morse as the 11th best center in the game, even though he flat out doesn’t allow pressure.
Morse has the longest current streak of not allowing a sack, which is 1,543 snaps. His streak dates back to 2015, according to ProFootballFocus.com. He also has the second lowest pressure percentage, allowing pressure on just 1 percent of all snaps.
Despite these impressive pass protection stats, he was given just an 82 in pass block rating.
If Morse continues his impressive streak and spearheads an improved Bills offensive line not only will the team see success, but his Madden rating will too.
Tremaine Edmunds – 74 Overall MLB – 35th best MLB
Tremaine Edmunds had 121 total tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, 14 pass deflections and two forced fumbles in 2018 and is a 74 overall. For comparison, Jaylon Smith had 121 total tackles, four sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 pass deflections and two forced fumbles, but is an 85 overall in the game.
Tremaine Edmunds, despite similar stats to Smith, is a 74 overall and the 35th best middle linebacker in the game. Edmunds is completely disresepcted by EA Sports this year.
At this point, besides getting every single tackle, there isn’t much else Edmunds can do to prove to Madden developers he deserves a higher rating. He is just another example of Buffalo getting hosed by EA Sports.