Madden 19: Minnesota Vikings Defense Ratings

The heart and soul of the Minnesota Vikings resides in the defense.  Unsurprisingly, the highest rated Madden players on the Vikings are also on the defense.  Check them out!

Left Defensive Ends

Madden 2018: Danielle Hunter – 86; Brian Robison – 80; Sam McCaskill – 63
Average: 76.33

Danielle Hunter was a beast and Brian Robison was still good in his old age.  McCaskill never saw the field.

Madden 2019: Danielle Hunter – 84; Brian Robison – 73; Ade Aruna – 67; Hercules Mata’afa – 64
Average: 72.00

Interesting… Danielle Hunter got worse according to Madden stats.  Robison makes sense, as he is getting to be an old ass man, but the Hunter rating confuses me.  oh, and Hercules already blew out his leg and has been released.

Right Defensive Ends

Madden 2018: Everson Griffin – 86; Ifeadi Odenigbo – 65; Stephen Weatherly – 64; Tashawn Bower – 62
Average: 69.25

The average rating doesn’t do justice.  Griffin, Hunter, and Robison all rotated around freely it felt like, and were all interchangeable.

Madden 2019:Everson Griffin – 92; Ifeadi Odenigbo – 69; Stephen Weatherly – 69; Tashawn Bower – 68
Average: 74.5

Yes.  Griffin is a beast and deserves every bit of his 92 rating.  Great to see the other guys greatly improving as well.

Defensive Tackles

Madden 2018: Linval Joseph – 86; Shariff Floyd – 83; Datone Jones – 76; Tom Johnson – 71; Will Sutton – 70; Jaleel Johnson – 69; Shamar Stephen 65
Average: 74.29

Joseph deserved to be rated higher, and Floyd hasn’t played in years with an injury.  Finally released from the team.

Madden 2019: Linval Joseph – 90; Sheldon Richardson – 83; David Perry – 72; Jalyn Holmes – 70; Jaleel Johnson – 70
Average: 77.00

An average rating of 77 is really high.  The 90 rating is much more accurate for Joseph.  And he should get great rest with Sheldon Richardson playing as well.

Left Outside Linebackers

Madden 2018: Emmanuel Lamur – 72; Ben Gedeon – 65; Eric Wilson – 61
Average: 66.00

Yikes.

Madden 2019: Ben Gedeon – 76; Eric Wilson – 66; Reshard Cliett 64
Average: 68.67

Ben Gedeon had a fantastic rookie campaign in 2017.  He earned the starting position early on and never relinquished it.  The ratings boost is well deserved.

Right Outside Linebackers

Madden 2018: Anthony Barr – 79; Elijah Lee – 65; Edmond Robinson – 56
Average: 66.67

Double yikes.  Anthony Barr had a bad 2016 and deserved a lower rating.

Madden 2019: Anthony Barr – 84; Antwione Williams – 69
Average: 76.5

Barr had a great 2017 however and deserved the large boost he received.  And the money he is getting.

Middle Linebackers

Madden 2018: Eric Kendricks – 80; Kentrell Brothers – 66
Average: 73.00

Kendricks was honing in on being one of the best middle linebackers in the league and his rating showed it.

Madden 2019: Eric Kendricks – 79; Kentrell Brothers – 67; Devante Downs – 65
Average: 70.33

Interesting to see the ratings decline in Kendricks.  But, I’ll still take a 79 overall.

Cornerbacks

Madden 2018: Xavier Rhodes – 88; Terence Newman – 85; Trae Waynes – 75; Mackenzie Alexander – 73; Marcus Sherels – 70; Jabari Price – 65
Average: 76.00

I see that the Madden folks from last year weren’t high on Trae Waynes doing well for the Vikings.  He (thankfully) had a fairly good season.

Madden 2019: Xavier Rhodes – 92; Trae Waynes – 80; Terence Newman – 78; Mike Hughes – 75; Mackenzie Alexander – 73; Marcus Sherels – 72; Holton Hill – 65; Trevon Mathis – 62
Average: 74.63

Terence Newman entering his 16th season is still rated higher than the rookie first round pick Mike Hughes.  I’m not even mad about Hughes being a 75 rating, that’s pretty good.  Just surprised Newman is still that highly regarded.

Safeties

Madden 2018: Harrison Smith – 93; Andrew Sendejo – 78; Antone Exum Jr. – 71; Anthony Harris – 67; Jayron Kearse – 64; Jack Tocho – 63
Average: 72.67

A lot of these players saw significant time for the Vikings this season as Sendejo had a flurry of minor injuries.  But, he had a great season himself.

Madden 2019: Harrison Smith – 97; Andrew Sendejo – 85; Anthony Harris – 74; Jayron Kearse – 67; Jack Tocho – 66; Tray Matthews – 63
Average: 75.33

Harrison Smith gets the highest rating on the Vikings with his 97, and I think that is absolutely correct.  Dude is a beast.

Special Teams

Madden 2018: (K) Kai Forbath – 77; (P) Ryan Quigly – 76
Average: 76.50

Not too much to look at here.  Just wish Kai could have made his damn extra points.

Madden 2019: (P) Ryan Quigly – 79; (K) Kai Forbath – 78; (K) Daniel Carlson – 77
Average: 78.00

And because he couldn’t make his extra points, the Vikings drafted a kicker in the 5th round who is hot on his tails in the ratings.

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