We now know the ratings given to all NFL starting quarterbacks in EA Tiburon’s upcoming Madden NFL 20 video game — and it’s not much of a surprise that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has the highest one.
Mahomes — following his 50-touchdown, 5,000 yard NFL MVP season — was given a Madden rating of 97, which was just ahead of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The Patriots legend got a 96, followed by Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (94), Indianapolis Colts signal caller Andrew Luck (92) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (92).
These ratings are used by the Madden software to control how well each player can potentially perform in its game simulations — and are sometimes hotly debated by fans.
Four players will have ratings of 99 in Madden NFL 20: Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner and Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Mahomes had already made Madden news this offseason. In April, we learned that he will grace the cover of the game this year.
“It’s special. It really is,” Mahomes said at the time. “When you look at the guys that have been on that cover — from Michael Vick to Tom Brady and Drew Brees, to name a few — it really was a special moment when I got to really see that cover and see myself on it.”
Mahomes also said he wants to be the first player to have a Madden rating of 100.
Last month, we learned that Mahomes will also have some special abilities in the game.
Madden NFL 20 will debut another new feature called “X-factor ability,” and for Mahomes, that’s a “bazooka” ability, which will increase his max throwing distance. Mahomes will also have “escape artist,” “dashing deadeye” and “red zone deadeye” in his repertoire.
Mahomes’ no-look pass will also be featured, which is apparently still very true to real life.
Other Chiefs players with high Madden ratings this season include tight end Travis Kelce (96), wide receiver Tyreek Hill (94), right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (93), defensive tackle Chris Jones (89), cornerback Kendall Fuller (87), safety Tyrann Mathieu (87), defensive end Frank Clark (83) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (82).