A look at the historic Sunday performances of Mahomes, Carr, and Fitzpatrick

Yesterday Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick all put on historic performances passing the ball. This article will take a look into the context of what these three men did yesterday by using Pro Football Reference.

Mahomes

Mahomes put on a passing clinic in his team’s week two win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, having only the 39th game in NFL history with at least six passing touchdowns. In addition to being the youngest quarterback to achieve this, he was also only the second Chief to do so.

Hall of Famer Len Dawson threw six touchdowns in a game for the team back in 1964. Finally, Mahomes became only the sixth quarterback to have at least a 150 QB rating in a six-touchdown game.

Name Year When Score QB Rating Comp Att Comp% Yards TD Int
Y.A. Tittle 1962 Week 7 Win: NYG 49 – WAS 34 151.4 27 39 69.23 505 7 0
Peyton Manning 2003 Week 4 Win: IND 55 – NO 21 158.3 20 25 80.0 314 6 0
Tom Brady 2007 Week 7 Win: NE 49 – MIA 28 158.3 21 25 84.0 354 6 0
Tom Brady 2009 Week 6 Win: NE 59 – TEN 0 152.8 29 34 85.29 380 6 0
Nick Foles 2013 Week 9 Win: PHI 49 – OAK 20 158.3 22 28 78.57 406 7 0
Ben Roethlisberger 2014 Week 8 Win: PIT 51 – IND 34 150.6 40 49 81.63 522 6 0
Patrick Mahomes 2018 Week 2 Win: KC 42 – PIT 37 154.8 23 28 82.14 326 6 0

Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick carried over his magical week one performance into week two of the season, leading the Buccaneers to a 27-20 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. In the last two games, he has had the 96th and 97th games in NFL history having at least 400 passing yards and four passing touchdowns. (Kirk Cousins had the 98th such game yesterday).

Fitzpatrick also became only the third quarterback to do so in back-to-back games, joining Hall of Famer Dan Marino and Billy Volek. He also became only the third quarterback to throw four or more touchdowns in each of his team’s first two games, joining Drew Bledsoe and Patrick Mahomes.

Quarterbacks with 400 yards and 4 TDs in multiple games over one season

Name Year When
George Blanda 1961 Week 8 and 11
Dan Marino 1984 Week 14 and 15
Dan Fouts 1985 Week 2 and 10
Dan Marino 1986 Week 3, 11 and 15
Ken O’ Brien 1986 Week 3 and 9
Billy Volek 2004 Week 14 and 15
Peyton Manning 2013 Week 13 and 16
Drew Brees 2016 Week 1 and 6
Ryan Fitzpatrick 2018 Week 1 and 2

Carr

Meanwhile, in the afternoon slot of game Carr put on one of the most accurate passing displays in NFL history. He put up only the 27th game in NFL history where a quarterback completed at least 90% of their passes (minimum 10 completions).

Carr also had only the ninth game ever in which a quarterback threw at least 20 passes and still completed at least 90% of them. In fact, he became the first to ever throw at least 30 passes and do so. However, Carr also became the first quarterback to complete at least 88.5% of his passes (minimum 14 attempts) and lose the game.

Name Year When Score QB Rating Comp Att Comp % Yards TD Int
Ken Anderson 1971 Week 9 Win: CIN 17 – PIT 10 109.7 20 22 90.9 227 0 0
Lynn Dickey 1981 Week 15 Win: GB 35 – NO 7 149.5 19 21 90.5 218 5 0
Steve Young 1991 Week 8 Win: SF 35 – DET 3 149.4 18 20 90.0 237 2 0
Vinny Testaverde 1993 Week 17 Win: CLE 42 – STL 14 134.8 21 23 91.3 216 2 0
Tom Brady 2008 Divisional Round Win: NE 31 – JAX 20 141.4 26 28 92.9 262 3 0
Kurt Warner 2009 Week 2 Win: ARZ 35 – JAX 17 131.2 24 26 92.3 243 2 0
Philip Rivers 2012 Week 9 Win: SD 31 – KC 13 125 18 20 90.0 220 2 1
Tony Romo 2014 Week 16 Win: DAL 42 – IND 7 151.7 18 20 90.0 218 4 0
Derek Carr 2018 Week 2 Loss: DEN 20 – OAK 19 114.7 29 32 90.6 289 1 0

Notes and Info:

Featured Image: “A football on a field” by U.S. Department of Agriculture is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Pro Football Reference Source for Mahomes info

Pro Football Reference Source for Fitzpatrick info 

Pro Football Reference Source for Carr info

All charts and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

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Best and worst franchises in the NFL’s 16 game era

What teams have had the most winning and losing seasons since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule for the 1978 season? Who has finished with what record the most times? This will look at each team’s seasons from 1978 through 2017 (not counting the strike-shortened 1982 and 1987 seasons) to find out.

Most common record and NFL Bingo

The table below takes a look at which teams have finished with what record the most amount of times since the 1978 season.

Record Team # of times
0-16 Browns (2017), Lions (2008) 1
1-15 *10 different teams 1
2-14 49ers, Buccaneers 4
3-13 Bengals 4
4-12 Jets, Raiders 6
5-11 Cardinals 10
6-10 Giants 7
7-9 Saints 11
8-8 Broncos 8
9-7 Seahawks 10
10-6 Eagles 10
11-5 Eagles, Patriots, Steelers 6
12-4 Cowboys 8
13-3 Broncos 5
14-2 Patriots 4
15-1 *6 different teams 1
16-0 Patriots (2007) 1

*10 teams are: Browns (2016), Chargers (2000), Colts (1991), Cowboys (1989), Dolphins (2007), Jets (1996), Panthers (2001), Patriots (1990), Rams (2009), Saints (1980)

*6 teams are: 49ers (1984), Bears (1985), Packers (2011), Panthers (2015), Steelers (2004), Vikings (1998)

Notes

Out of the seven teams to finish 15-1 or 16-0, only two won the Super Bowl that year

Since 1978, there have only been six 15-1 seasons, with two coming in back-to-back seasons in 1984 and 1985

The Patriots are the only team to go 16-0, on top of being one of 10 teams to go 1-15

The Panthers are the only team to have been both 15-1 and 1-15

Browns are the only team to be both 1-15 and 0-16, which they did in back-to-back seasons

NFL Bingo

Since the 1978 season, every NFL team is between three and eight spots away from hitting NFL Bingo. This means that they would have finished with each possible record in a 16-game schedule at least once.

The farthest away are the newest team, the Houston Texans at eight. They would need to have seasons of 0-16, 1-15, 3-13, 11-5, 13-3, 14-2, 15-1 and 16-0 to hit NFL Bingo. In contrast, the Indianapolis Colts are the closest team, only needing to finish at 0-16, 15-1 and 16-0.

The NFL’s biggest winners and losers in the 16-game era

The stacked column chart below shows the number of times each team has finished with a winning, losing or even record in the 16-game era. It is sort by winning record with the Patriots (28) being first and the Texans (6) being last.

How NFL teams finished the season since the 16-game era started in 1978 (not counting strike years of 82 and 87)

In the 38 non-strike shortened NFL seasons since the 16-game era started, 13 teams have finished with a winning record at least half of that time against the total seasons they have played.

*The Colts (18 winning-16 losing), Titans (18-15), Redskins (17-16) and Chargers (16-15) all have had more winning seasons than losing ones. The other 15 NFL teams all have had more losing than winning seasons.

Team
Win record against total seasons
Patriots 28/38 (73.68%)
Steelers
27/38 (71.05%)
Broncos
24/38 (63.15%)
Cowboys
23/38 (60.52%)
Eagles 23/38 (60.52%)
Packers 23/38 (60.52%)
49ers 21/38 (55.26%)
Dolphins
21/38 (55.26%)
Chiefs 21/38 (55.26%)
Ravens
12/22 (54.54%)
Seahawks 20/38 (52.63%)
Vikings 20/38 (52.63%)
Giants 19/38 (50%)

The stacked column chart below shows the number of times each team has finished with a winning, losing or even record in the 16-game era. It is sorted by losing record.

How NFL teams finished the season since the 16-game era by lose.png

In contrast, there have been 13 teams who have finished with a losing record at least half the time in the total seasons they have played in the 16-game era.

Team
Losing Record
Browns 24/35 (68.57%)
Cardinals 26/38 (68.42%)
Buccaneers 25/38 (65.78%)
Lions 24/38 (63.15%)
Falcons 22/38 (57.89%)
Rams 22/38 (57.89%)
Panthers 13/23 (56.52%)
Jaguars 13/23 (56.52%)
Bengals 21/38 (55.26%)
Bears 20/38 (52.63%)
Bills 19/38 (50%)
Saints 19/38 (50%)
Texans 8/16 (50%)

Least amount of losing and winning seasons

Only six teams have managed to have less than 10 losing seasons since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule. Although two of these, the Ravens and the Texans, are newer franchises. In contrast, only five teams have less than 10 winning seasons but three are also newer franchises.

Teams # of losing seasons
Packers 9/38 (23.68%)
Patriots 8/38 (21.05%)
Texans 8/16 (50%)
Steelers 7/38 (18.42%)
Ravens 7/22 (31.81%)
Broncos 6/38 (15.78%)
Teams # of winning seasons
Browns 9/35 (25.71%)
Cardinals 8/38 (21.05%)
Jaguars 8/23 (34.78%)
Panthers 7/23 (30.43%)
Texans 6/16 (37.5%)

The most .500 records and ties

The Buccaneers have had the least .500 seasons, only have finished 8-8 once in the last 38 seasons. In contrast, the Broncos have the most 8-8 seasons, having done so eight times. This is on top of Denver having the least losing seasons and the third most winning ones.

How NFL teams finished the season with a .500 record in the 16-game era (not counting strike years of 82 and 87)

Since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule, there have been 18 times that a regular season game has ended in a tied game. 20 of the 32 teams have had a tie in this period, with the Eagles accounting for the most with four.

How NFL teams have tied in the 16-game era (not counting strike years of 82 and 87).png

The most common record teams have finished with when having a tie has been 8-7-1, followed by 10-5-1. The Dolphins (1981) and 49ers (2012) finished 11-4-1, while the Giants (1983) finished 3-12-1.

Record # of times
11-4-1 2
10-5-1 6
9-6-1 3
8-7-1 8
7-8-1 4
6-9-1 4
5-10-1 4
4-11-1 4
3-12-1 1

Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “2009 NFL Black Logo” by Michael Tipton is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/index.htm

All graphs and tables made using Google Spreadsheet

 

Which state has won the most professional sports championships?

Which states (along with the nation’s capital Washington D.C.) have the most professional championships in the five biggest team sports in America? For the purposes of this article, I counted all championships won in each of the leagues listed below for football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer.

Which leagues are counted towards championships? 

Football (American Football): NFL, AFL, AAFC, USFL, Arena League, CFL

Basketball: NBA, ABA, NBL, WNBA

Baseball: MLB (NL+AL), NAPBBP, Union Association, American Association

*For baseball before the World Series (1903, 1905-present), I counted championships for which team won the pennant for that year. All World Series before 1903 were considered exhibitions, so I did not count them.

Hockey: NHL, WHA, PCHA, WCHA

Soccer (Football): MLS, NWSL (plus predecessors WPS and WUSA)

States with the most championships

Out of the 50 states and D.C., only 26/51 (50.98%) have one at least one championship in any of these five sports. The top four states of New York, California, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania 223 championships. All other states and D.C. combined have 268.

Out of New York’s 66 championships, the Yankees have 27 (40.90%) of them. In fact, the Yankees alone have more World Series titles than all but six states (counting NY minus the Yankees total) have fewer total championships across these five sports.

States with the most professional championships

Below is a table showing the number of championships each state has won in each sport. The states with N/A never had a team in that sport in any of the above leagues mentioned.

State Football Basketball Baseball Hockey Soccer Total
Alabama 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Alaska N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Arizona 5 3 1 0 N/A 9
Arkansas N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
California 14 20 18 3 9 64
Colorado 5 0 0 2 1 8
Connecticut 0 0 0 0 N/A 0
Delaware N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A 0
Florida 11 3 2 1 0 17
Georgia 0 0 1 0 0 1
Hawaii N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Idaho N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Illinois 12 7 13 6 1 39
Indiana 1 7 N/A N/A N/A 8
Iowa 0 0 0 N/A N/A 0
Kansas N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Kentucky 0 1 1 N/A N/A 2
Louisiana 1 0 N/A N/A N/A 1
Maine N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Maryland 7 1 6 N/A 0 14
Massachusetts 5 17 22 6 0 50
Michigan 10 6 5 11 N/A 32
Minnesota 0 10 2 0 0 12
Mississippi N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Missouri 2 1 16 0 4 23
Montana N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Nebraska N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 0
Nevada 0 0 N/A 0 N/A 0
New Hampshire N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
New Jersey 0 0 0 3 1 4
New Mexico N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
New York 12 7 37 8 2 66
North Carolina 0 0 N/A 1 1 2
North Dakota N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Ohio 13 4 8 0 1 26
Oklahoma 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Oregon 0 1 N/A 0 3 4
Pennsylvania 15 4 17 7 0 43
Rhode Island 1 0 2 N/A N/A 3
South Carolina N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
South Dakota N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Tennessee 0 0 N/A 0 N/A 0
Texas 8 12 1 1 2 24
Utah N/A 1 N/A N/A 1 2
Vermont N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Virginia N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A 0
Washington 2 3 0 1 1 7
Washington D.C. 5 1 1 1 5 13
West Virginia N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Wisconsin 13 4 1 N/A N/A 18
Wyoming N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0

States with three or fewer championships

Georgia: Atlanta Braves 1995 World Series (MLB)

Louisiana: New Orleans Saints 2009 Super Bowl (NFL)

Kentucky: Kentucky Colonels 1975 ABA Champions (ABA), Louisville Colonels 1890 pennant winners (AA)

Utah: Utah Stars 1971 ABA Champions (ABA), Real Salt Lake 2009 MLS Cup (MLS)

North Carolina: Carolina Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup (NHL), Carolina Courage 2002 Founders Cup Champions (WUSA)

Rhode Island: Providence Steam Roller 1928 NFL Championship (NFL), Providence Grays 1879 and 1884 pennant winners (NL)

Some interesting facts from this information

  • Pennsylvania has the most football championships (15)
  • California has the most basketball championships (20)
  • California has the most soccer championships (9)
  • New York has the most baseball championships (37)
  • Michigan has the most hockey championships (11)
  • Ohio is tied for the 3rd most football championships even though a team from the state has not won since the Browns captured their last NFL Championship in 1964.
  • Rhode Island has as many or more football championships then North Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota, Louisiana, Indiana, and Tennessee. This is despite all these states currently having NFL teams.
  • Despite being the smallest state, Rhode Island has more championships than 31 states.
  • Maryland is the only state to have won a Grey Cup when the Baltimore Stallions won it in 1995 during the CFL’s brief expansion into America.
  • 17 states have never had a professional team in any of the five major sports.

 

Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “USA State Flag Map” by WonderWhy is licensed under CC BY-2.0

All graphs and tables made using Google Spreadsheet

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/

http://www.remembertheafl.com/AFL.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-America_Football_Conference

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Football_League#1983

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Grey_Cup_champions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArenaBowl

http://www.nba.com/history/nba-season-recaps/

http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ABA_champions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Basketball_League_(United_States)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WNBA_Finals

http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Association_of_Professional_Base_Ball_Players

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_League_pennant_winners

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_League_pennant_winners

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Association

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Association_(19th_century)

http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=25426

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Hockey_Association

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Canada_Hockey_League

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Coast_Hockey_Association

http://www.mlssoccer.com/history/mls-cup

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Women%27s_Soccer_League

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Professional_Soccer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_United_Soccer_Association

Madden 19: Comparing the best and worst defensive players at each position

Following the release of Madden 19, I have looked at how the best and worst offensive players at each position stack up against each other. Now, it is time to look at how the best and worst players at each defensive position in Madden 19 compare to each other. For this comparison, I used the game’s day one roster.

Left End

LE

Player Khalil Mack (98) JJ Watt (98) Claudy Mathieu (60) Kendal Vickers (60)
Speed 87 78 75 72
Strength 89 97 79 72
Agility 88 77 67 65
Acceleration 89 83 81 84
Awareness 95 97 43 50
Jumping 94 87 75 74
Tackle 92 93 78 76
Hit Power 86 87 74 77
Power Moves 93 92 69 68
Finesse Moves 88 86 64 64
Block Shedding 92 93 74 71
Pursuit 93 93 74 78
Play Recognition 95 97 43 50
Impact Blocking 88 94 80 73

Right End

RE.png

Player Aaron Donald (99) Tyrell Chavis (60) Dee Liner (60)
Speed 83 62 68
Strength 97 70 81
Agility 82 59 48
Acceleration 90 76 81
Awareness 99 55 50
Jumping 76 63 64
Tackle 93 80 79
Hit Power 76 80 68
Power Moves 98 68 70
Finesse Moves 92 73 52
Block Shedding 88 72 69
Pursuit 89 75 75
Play Recognition 99 55 50
Impact Blocking 93 78 79

Defensive Tackle

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Player Damon Harrison Sr. (95) Parker Cothren (58)
Speed 62 72
Strength 93 80
Agility 64 54
Acceleration 76 81
Awareness 95 45
Jumping 73 71
Tackle 94 75
Hit Power 77 73
Power Moves 82 68
Finesse Moves 70 50
Block Shedding 96 68
Pursuit 92 73
Play Recognition 95 45
Impact Blocking 95 80

Left Outside Linebacker

LOLB

Player Von Miller (99) Vontarrius Dora (60) Emmanuel Smith (60)
Speed 87 72 84
Strength 84 76 66
Agility 90 74 84
Acceleration 90 83 91
Awareness 99 55 50
Catching 47 45 43
Jumping 80 77 85
Tackle 94 78 75
Hit Power 89 74 76
Power Moves 89 68 51
Finesse Moves 95 64 58
Block Shedding 95 71 67
Pursuit 98 73 74
Play Recognition 99 55 50
Man Coverage 53 35 51
Zone Coverage 63 45 60
Press Coverage 62 30 31
Impact Blocking 89 75 75

Middle Linebacker

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Player Luke Kuechly (99) Ben Niemann (58) Nick DeLuca (58)
Speed 86 81 77
Strength 83 64 65
Agility 83 82 79
Acceleration 89 84 87
Awareness 99 48 51
Catching 80 47 49
Jumping 90 81 79
Tackle 98 79 79
Hit Power 93 75 85
Power Moves 65 51 59
Finesse Moves 56 57 53
Block Shedding 90 70 67
Pursuit 97 79 75
Play Recognition 99 48 51
Man Coverage 79 49 54
Zone Coverage 88 58 59
Press Coverage 54 31 40
Impact Blocking 91 74 67

Right Outside Linebacker

ROLB.png

Player Sean Lee (96) Joel Lanning (61) Emmanuel Ellerbee (61) Cayson Collins (61)
Speed 83 81 84 79
Strength 76 79 69 70
Agility 81 81 75 70
Acceleration 88 81 87 82
Awareness 97 52 50 50
Catching 77 57 47 45
Jumping 75 80 95 80
Tackle 97 76 75 78
Hit Power 83 75 81 73
Power Moves 61 51 52 53
Finesse Moves 52 58 57 59
Block Shedding 87 67 69 67
Pursuit 97 76 75 79
Play Recognition 97 52 50 50
Man Coverage 72 47 50 52
Zone Coverage 81 56 57 60
Press Coverage 53 35 30 38
Impact Blocking 89 76 73 69

Cornerback

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Player Jalen Ramsey (97) Antwuan Davis (60) D’Montre Wade (60) Henre’ Toliver (60) Chris Jones (60)
Speed 93 88 87 85 87
Strength 69 75 56 44 54
Agility 89 83 80 82 83
Acceleration 94 88 88 87 87
Awareness 97 50 46 52 50
Catching 71 54 68 56 55
Jumping 93 79 87 79 83
Tackle 72 56 47 50 49
Hit Power 81 54 49 47 45
Block Shedding 50 47 48 46 45
Pursuit 76 70 68 71 67
Play Recognition 97 50 46 52 50
Man Coverage 96 68 68 68 70
Zone Coverage 93 66 72 71 68
Press Coverage 98 67 71 66 67

Free Safety

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Player Harrison Smith (97) Raven Greene (60) Jeremy Reaves (60) Jameill Showers (60)
Speed 87 89 84 84
Strength 73 54 60 66
Agility 87 80 82 79
Acceleration 91 90 88 87
Awareness 96 48 47 52
Catching 82 63 58 60
Jumping 85 82 76 88
Tackle 81 65 64 59
Hit Power 92 72 86 63
Block Shedding 73 52 50 58
Pursuit 93 73 73 71
Play Recognition 96 48 47 52
Man Coverage 82 59 68 58
Zone Coverage 95 66 66 69
Press Coverage 79 61 72 62

Strong Safety

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Player Eric Berry (97) Damon Webb II (59)
Speed 90 85
Strength 68 60
Agility 89 81
Acceleration 90 88
Awareness 93 50
Catching 79 61
Jumping 93 80
Tackle 79 66
Hit Power 86 70
Block Shedding 65 57
Pursuit 85 76
Play Recognition 93 50
Man Coverage 91 58
Zone Coverage 95 64
Press Coverage 87 63

Punter

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Player Johnny Hekker (86) Will Monday (67)
Kick Power 97 97
Kick Accuracy 88 74
Awareness 72 67

Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “Sean Lee” by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Used physical disk copy of Madden 19 to get roster information.

All tables and graphs made using Apache OpenOffice Spreadsheet

Madden 19: Comparing the best and worst offensive players at each position

Following the release of Madden 19, I have looked at how this latest installment stacks up to past games, as well as roster comparisons to Madden 03. Now, it is time to look at how the best and worst players at each offensive position in Madden 19 compare to each other based off of their key skills. For this comparison, I used the game’s day one roster.

Quarterback

QB.png

Player Aaron Rodgers (99) Tom Brady (99) Wes Lunt (51)
Throw Power 97 96 87
Short Throw Accuracy 98 99 72
Medium Throw Accuracy 94 97 66
Deep Throw Accuracy 88 86 62
Throw on Run 97 88 73
Throw Under Pressure 96 96 65
Break Sack 90 66 34
Play Action 96 99 69
Awareness 99 99 53

Running Back

RB

Player Le’Veon Bell (96) Tra Carson (54)
Speed 90 84
Strength 77 77
Agility 95 82
Acceleration 93 87
Break Tackle 92 56
Trucking 90 81
Elusiveness 89 56
Ball Carrier Vision 96 70
Stiff Arm 92 76
Spin Move 90 64
Juke Move 96 68
Carrying 88 77
Catching 75 70
Short Route Running 80 58
Medium Route Running 73 51
Deep Route Running 65 43
Catch in Traffic 77 60
Spectacular Catch 72 50
Release 73 58
Jumping 92 87
Awareness 98 50
Pass Block 65 53

Fullback

FB

Player Kyle Juszczyk (84) Lawrence Thomas (57)
Speed 82 73
Strength 79 83
Agility 80 73
Acceleration 88 83
Break Tackle 64 34
Trucking 84 58
Elusiveness 68 49
Ball Carrier Vision 81 60
Stiff Arm 81 52
Spin Move 72 46
Juke Move 76 54
Carrying 76 74
Catching 71 60
Awareness 84 73
Pass Block 52 50
Pass Block Power 38 37
Pass Block Finesse 34 33
Run Block 70 56
Run Block Power 61 53
Run Block Finesse 58 48
Lead Block 92 72
Impact Blocking 69 51

Wide Receiver

WR

Player Antonio Brown (99) Jonathan Krause (54)
Speed 92 92
Strength 54 66
Agility 98 84
Acceleration 93 88
Break Tackle 89 74
Trucking 51 35
Elusiveness 97 71
Ball Carrier Vision 99 77
Stiff Arm 80 43
Spin Move 88 72
Juke Move 97 78
Carrying 80 62
Catching 99 72
Short Route Running 98 51
Medium Route Running 97 52
Deep Route Running 96 51
Catch in Traffic 99 76
Spectacular Catch 98 69
Release 97 59
Jumping 89 92
Awareness 99 50
Run Block 58 47

Tight End

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Player Rob Gronkowski (99) Alan Cross (59)
Speed 83 78
Strength 85 74
Agility 85 72
Acceleration 88 82
Break Tackle 79 34
Trucking 86 60
Elusiveness 59 49
Ball Carrier Vision 88 62
Stiff Arm 87 59
Spin Move 71 58
Juke Move 75 61
Carrying 78 73
Catching 96 72
Short Route Running 88 59
Medium Route Running 86 49
Deep Route Running 78 41
Catch in Traffic (CIT) 97 65
Spectacular Catch 94 68
Release 94 63
Jumping 84 74
Awareness 96 68
Pass Block 73 55
Pass Block Power 72 40
Pass Block Finesse 71 36
Run Block 83 55
Run Block Power 81 49
Run Block Finesse 79 45
Lead Block 56 69
Impact Blocking 74 48

Left Tackle

LT

Player David Bakhtiari (97) David Steinmetz (58)
Speed 69 60
Strength 90 79
Agility 69 54
Acceleration 80 73
Awareness 99 50
Pass Block 96 70
Pass Block Power 93 69
Pass Block Finesse 97 71
Run Block 81 67
Run Block Power 78 66
Run Block Finesse 81 68
Lead Block 88 74
Impact Blocking 87 75

Left Guard

LG

Player Andrew Norwell (91) Fred Lauina (57)
Speed 62 67
Strength 87 73
Agility 49 55
Acceleration 74 77
Awareness 93 50
Pass Block 92 68
Pass Block Power 93 67
Pass Block Finesse 91 69
Run Block 87 69
Run Block Power 86 67
Run Block Finesse 83 70
Lead Block 59 72
Impact Blocking 85 73

Center

C

Player Travis Frederick (96) Alex Thompson (57) J.C. Hassenauer (57)
Speed 56 65 65
Strength 93 79 84
Agility 69 59 55
Acceleration 80 82 78
Awareness 98 50 50
Pass Block 91 68 69
Pass Block Power 92 70 66
Pass Block Finesse 86 67 70
Run Block 94 71 70
Run Block Power 92 72 68
Run Block Finesse 94 69 70
Lead Block 93 72 73
Impact Blocking 95 71 75

Right Guard

RG

Player Zack Martin (96) Chris Gonzalez (57)
Speed 70 58
Strength 93 80
Agility 65 52
Acceleration 81 76
Awareness 93 52
Pass Block 94 68
Pass Block Power 94 69
Pass Block Finesse 94 69
Run Block 94 71
Run Block Power 93 72
Run Block Finesse 94 69
Lead Block 94 50
Impact Blocking 92 75

Right Tackle

RT

Player Lane Johnson (91) Ike Boettger (57)
Speed 80 57
Strength 88 74
Agility 77 63
Acceleration 87 76
Awareness 94 50
Pass Block 90 66
Pass Block Power 91 64
Pass Block Finesse 90 67
Run Block 86 70
Run Block Power 86 68
Run Block Finesse 86 72
Lead Block 90 67
Impact Blocking 91 70

Kicker

K

Player Justin Tucker (86) Michael Badgley (69)
Kick Power 98 88
Kick Accuracy 98 77
Awareness 73 49

Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “E3 2016: EA Leaning More into eSports With Upcoming Titles” by BagoGames is licensed under CC BY-2.0

Used physical disk copy of Madden 19 to get roster information.

All tables and graphs made using Apache OpenOffice Spreadsheet

Comparing the best, worst and oldest players at each position in Madden 19 against Madden 03

With the release of Madden 19 last week I decided to do some roster comparisons between it and arguably the best game in the seriesMadden 03. Using the day one roster for both games, I took a look at comparing the best, worst and oldest player at each position in terms of there overall rating. Beyond that, I also noted which players in Madden 03 were still around to be in Madden 19.

Quarterback

Tom Brady is the only player in Madden 03 or Madden 19 to be both the highest rated player as well as the oldest player at his position.

QB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Cory Sauter 27 Colts 37 2
Worst in 19 Wes Lunt 24 Free Agent 51 1
QB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Kurt Warner 31 Rams 97 4
Best in 03 Brett Farve 32 Packers 97 11
Best in 19 Tom Brady 41 Patriots 99 18
Best in 19 Aaron Rodgers 34 Packers 99 13
QB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Randall Cunningham 39 Free Agent 68 16
Oldest in 19 Tom Brady 41 Patriots 99 18

Running Back

RB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 R.J. Bowers 28 Steelers 41 1
Worst in 19 Tra Carson 25 Bengals 54 2
RB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Marshall Faulk 29 Rams 99 8
Best in 19 Le’Veon Bell 26 Steelers 96 5
RB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Terry Allen 34 Free Agent 65 11
Oldest in 03 Fred McAfee 34 Saints 57 12
Oldest in 19 Darren Sproles 35 Eagles 83 13
Oldest in 19 Frank Gore 35 Dolphins 78 13

Fullback

FB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Mike Green 25 Titans 32 2
Worst in 19 Lawrence Thomas 25 Jets 57 2
FB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Larry Centers 34 Bills 93 12
Best in 19 Kyle Juszczyk 27 49ers 84 5
FB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Kimble Anders 35 Free Agent 77 11
Oldest in 19 John Kuhn 35 Free Agent 73 12

Wide Receiver

WR Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Thabiti Davis 27 Free Agent 41 2
Worst in 19 Johnathan Krause 26 Free Agent 54 4
WR Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Randy Moss 25 Vikings 98 4
Best in 03 Terrell Owens 28 49ers 98 6
Best in 19 Antonio Brown 30 Steelers 99 8
WR Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Jerry Rice 39 Raiders 84 17
Oldest in 19 Larry Fitzgerald 35 Cardinals 89 14

Tight End

Technically, there are a number of players listed at tight end in Madden 19 with a worse rating then Alan Cross. However, Cross is the lowest rated actual tight end as all players worse then him are all full-time long snappers in real life.

TE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Scott Slutzker 29 Free Agent 37 5
Worst in 19 Alan Cross 25 Bucs 59 2
TE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Tony Gonzalez 26 Chiefs 97 5
Best in 19 Rob Gronkowski 29 Patriots 99 8
TE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Wesley Walls 36 Seahawks 85 13
Oldest in 03 Brian Kinchen 36 Free Agent 52 14
Oldest in 19 Antonio Gates 38 Free Agent 83 15

Left Tackle

LT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Daryl Terrell 27 Jaguars 45 3
Worst in 19 David Steinmetz 23 Dolphins 58 Rookie
LT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Orlando Pace 26 Rams 98 5
Best in 03 Jonathan Ogden 28 Ravens 98 6
Best in 19 David Bakhtiari 26 Packers 97 5
LT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Lomas Brown 39 Free Agent 76 17
Oldest in 19 Jason Peters 36 Eagles 91 14
Oldest in 19 Andrew Whitworth 36 Rams 88 12

Left Guard

LG Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Elliot Silvers 24 Chargers 41 1
Worst in 19 Fred Lauina 23 Browns 57 Rookie
LG Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Larry Allen 30 Cowboys 99 8
Best in 19 Andrew Norwell 26 Jaguars 91 4
LG Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Ray Browns 39 Free Agent 85 16
Oldest in 19 Richie Incognito 35 Free Agent 85 13

Center

In Madden 03 there are three players, Ethan Albright (38), Joe Maese (36) and J. Philipe Darche (36) listed at center with a worse rating than Kevin Dogins. Same in Madden 19, as Nick Sundberg (54) and Garrison Sanborn (54) have lower ratings then Thompson or Hassenauer. However, all of these players are actually full-time long-snappers and not centers.

C Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Kevin Dogins 29 Bears 40 5
Worst in 19 Alex Thompson 23 Ravens 57 Rookie
Worst in 19 J.C. Hassenauer 22 Falcons 57 Rookie
C Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Kevin Mawae 31 Jets 97 9
Best in 19 Travis Frederick 27 Cowboys 96 5
C Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Bruce Matthews 40 Titans 87 19
Oldest in 19 John Sullivan 33 Rams 78 10
Oldest in 19 Ryan Kalil 33 Panthers 76 11

Right Guard

RG Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Brad Bedell 25 Browns 40 1
Worst in 19 Chris Gonzalez 23 Vikings 57 Rookie
RG Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Will Shields 30 Chiefs 97 9
Best in 19 Zach Martin 27 Cowboys 96 4
RG Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 David Diaz-Infante 38 Free Agent 65 9
Oldest in 19 Jahri Evans 35 Free Agent 74 12

Right Tackle

RT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Brian Crawford 24 Vikings 38 1
Worst in 19 Ike Boettger 22 Free Agent 57 Rookie
RT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Lincoln Kennedy 31 Raiders 95 9
Best in 19 Lane Johnson 28 Eagles 91 5
RT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Harry Swayne 37 Free Agent 70 15
Oldest in 19 Allen Barbre 34 Free Agent 67 10

Left End

Interestingly enough, Shawn Price managed to end up with the same overall rating as his age, which likely does not happen very often. Also, he is in his ninth professional season as a pro. Everyone else who is the worst player at their position in either game was at most in their fifth professional season.

LE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Shawn Price 32 Free Agent 32 9
Worst in 19 Kendal Vickers 23 Steelers 60 Rookie
LE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Michael Strahan 30 Giants 99 9
Best in 19 Khalil Mack 27 Raiders 98 4
Best in 19 JJ Watt 29 Texans 98 7
LE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Trace Armstrong 36 Raiders 74 13
Oldest in 19 Julius Peppers 38 Panthers 82 16

Right End

David Bowens, who is tied with Lionel Barnes as the worst right end in the game, actually ended up having a solid career in the NFL. At this point in his career, he had played 38 games, recording 34 tackles and  5.5 sacks. He ended up playing in 167 games and started 41 of them, recording 227 tackles and 38.5 career sacks.

RE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 David Bowens 25 Dolphins 41 3
Worst in 03 Lionel Barnes 26 Free Agent 41 3
Worst in 19 Tyrell Chavis 24 Giants 60 Rookie
Worst in 19 Dee Liner 24 Chiefs 60 Rookie
RE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Jevon Kearse 25 Titans 94 3
Best in 19 Aaron Donald 27 Rams 99 4
RE Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Bruce Smith 39 Redskins 78 17
Oldest in 19 Michael Bennett 32 Eagles 88 9
Oldest in 19 Robert Ayers Jr. 32 Free Agent 84 9
Oldest in 19 Cliff Avril 32 Free Agent 82 10

Defensive Tackle

DT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Glen Steele 27 Bengals 32 3
Worst in 19 Parker Cothren 24 Steelers 58 Rookie
DT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Warren Sapp 29 Bucs 99 7
Best in 19 Damon Harrison Sr 29 Giants 95 6
DT Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 John Randle 34 Seahawks 93 12
Oldest in 03 Ted Washington 34 Bears 88 11
Oldest in 19 Kyle Williams 35 Bills 82 12

Left Outside Linebacker

LOLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Twan Russell 28 Dolphins 45 5
Worst in 03 Jack Golden 25 Bucs 45 3
Worst in 19 Vontarrius Dora 25 Cardinals 60 2
Worst in 19 Emmanuel Smith 23 Falcons 60 Rookie
LOLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Peter Boulware 27 Ravens 93 5
Best in 19 Von Miller 29 Broncos 99 7
LOLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Vinson Smith 37 Free Agent 54 14
Oldest in 19 Lorenzo Alexander 35 Bills 78 12

Middle Linebacker

MLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Bobbie Howard 25 Bears 34 2
Worst in 19 Ben Niemann 23 Chiefs 58 Rookie
Worst in 19 Nick DeLuca 23 Titans 58 Rookie
MLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Ray Lewis 27 Ravens 99 6
Best in 19 Luke Kuechly 27 Panthers 99 6
MLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Hardy Nickerson 36 Packers 75 15
Oldest in 19 Karlos Dansby 36 Free Agent 74 14

Right Outside Linebacker

Oddly enough the Cowboys have the best and worst ROLBs in the league on their roster in Madden 19.

ROLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Fred Jones 24 Bills 35 1
Worst in 19 Joel Lanning 23 Cowboys 61 Rookie
Worst in 19 Emmanuel Ellerbee 21 Falcons 61 Rookie
Worst in 19 Cayson Collins 22 Dolphins 61 Rookie
Worst in 19 William Ossai 23 Free Agent 61 Rookie
ROLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Junior Seau 33 Chargers 98 12
Best in 19 Sean Lee 32 Cowboys 96 8
ROLB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Roman Phifer 34 Patriots 74 11
Oldest in 19 Terrell Suggs 35 Ravens 86 15
Oldest in 19 Thomas Davis Sr 35 Panthers 83 13

Cornerback

CB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Carey Scott 23 Vikings 37 1
Worst in 19 Antwuan Davis 23 Lions 60 Rookie
Worst in 19 D’Montre Wade 23 Chiefs 60 Rookie
Worst in 19 Henre’ Toliver 21 Free Agent 60 Rookie
Worst in 19 Chris Jones 23 Free Agent 60 Rookie
CB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Sam Madison 28 Dolphins 98 5
Best in 19 Jalen Ramsey 23 Jaguars 97 2
CB Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Darrell Green 42 Redskins 81 19
Oldest in 19 Terence Newman 39 Vikings 78 15

Free Safety

FS Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Jason Doering 24 Colts 41 1
Worst in 03 Jason Perry 26 Chargers 41 2
Worst in 19 Raven Greene 23 Packers 60 Rookie
Worst in 19 Jeremy Reaves 22 Eagles 60 Rookie
Worst in 19 Jameill Showers 26 Cowboys 60 3
FS Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Brian Dawkins 28 Eagles 98 6
Best in 19 Harrison Smith 29 Vikings 97 6
FS Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Rod Woodson 37 Raiders 92 15
Oldest in 19 Reggie Nelson 35 Raiders 77 11

Strong Safety

SS Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Chris Akins 25 Browns 32 3
Worst in 19 Damon Webb II 22 Titans 59 Rookie
SS Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Rodney Harrison 29 Chargers 97 8
Best in 19 Eric Berry 29 Chiefs 97 8
SS Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Tim Hauck 35 Free Agent 60 11
Oldest in 19 Mike Adams 37 Panthers 79 14

Kicker

At the time of Madden 03, Neil Rackers was the worst kicker in the game, having only made 29/49 (59.2%) of his career field goals. From this point forward, Rackers went from being the worst kicker to having a very successful career. Over the next 10 seasons, he made 235/281 (83.6%) of his field goals. In 2005, he was named to the Pro Bowl and as an AP First-Team All-Pro.

K Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Neil Rackers 25 Bengals 34 2
Worst in 19 Michael Badgley 23 Free Agent 69 Rookie
K Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Orlando Mare 29 Dolphins 97 5
Best in 03 Matt Stover 34 Ravens 97 11
Best in 19 Justin Tucker 28 Ravens 86 6
K Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Gary Anderson 43 Free Agent 82 20
Oldest in 19 Adam Vinatieri 45 Colts 84 22

Punter

P Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Worst in 03 Brad Costello 27 Free Agent 44 3
Worst in 19 Will Monday 26 Free Agent 67 2
P Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Best in 03 Darren Bennett 37 Chargers 95 7
Best in 19 Johnny Hekker 28 Rams 86 6
P Name Age Team Rating Years Pro
Oldest in 03 Sean Landeta 40 Eagles 82 17
Oldest in 03 Lee Johnson 40 Free Agent 76 17
Oldest in 19 Shane Lechler 42 Texans 78 18

Graphs and Madden 03 players in Madden 19

The following three graphs take all the information above and show side by side the comparisons between both games in terms of worst player, best player and oldest player at each position.

Out of the 24 players in Madden 03 who were the worst at there position, none of them were rookies. However, in Madden 19 25/33 (75.75%) of the worst players at each position were rookies. The only positions in Madden 19 where the worst positions players didn’t feature a rookie were QB, RB, FB, WR, TE, and Punter.

Overall rating for worst players at each position for Madden 03 compared to Madden 19

The biggest difference between the two Maddens is how the ratings for the top fullback, kicker, and punter have fallen off of a cliff over the last 16 years.

Overall rating for best players at each position for Madden 03 compared to Madden 19

Madden 03 featured four players 40 or older (C, CB, K, and P) who were the oldest at their respective position. In comparison, Madden 18 has three such players at QB, K, and P.

Age of oldest player(s) at each position for Madden 03 compared to Madden 19

The table below shows the eight players who appear in Madden 03 who are still around in Madden 19. Everything on the left is from 03 (Brady being 24), while the right is from 19 (Brady now being 41).

Current Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is the only player in Madden 19 who played during the 2002-03 season (his debut season in the league, Bryant went undrafted in 1999) and was not featured in Madden 03.

Name Team Rating Age Years Pro
Tom Brady NE 84/99 24/41 2/18
Drew Brees SD/NO 71/91 23/39 1/17
Josh McCown ARZ/NYJ 55/78 22/39 R/16
Julius Peppers Car 83/82 22/38 R/16
Adam Vinatieri NE/Ind 91/84 29/45 6/22
Phil Dawson CLE/ARZ 83/78 27/43 3/19
Sebastian Janikowski Oak/Sea 92/81 24/40 2/18
Shane Lechler Oak/Hou 88/78 25/42 2/18

Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “Tom Brady” by Jeffrey Beall is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Used physical disk copies of Madden 03 and Madden 19 to get roster information.

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/BoweDa20.htm

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/R/rackenei01.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Bryant#2002_season

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/bryanmat01.htm

All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheet

Madden: A Metacritic history

The first game in the Madden franchise released all the way back in 1988, with John Madden Football. Since then the series has seen a release every single year, going through five different generations of consoles, as well as PC, mobile and handheld systems.

This look at Madden’s Metacritic history starts with Madden NFL 2001, the first to have review scores on the site. It will only look at the main games in the series, so no handheld/mobile only games or spinoffs will be accounted for. It will also only factor in console/PC scores and not those for handheld/mobile.

Madden’s Metacritic history

17 out of the 19 (89.47%) games in the Madden franchise on Metacritic have an average score over 80. However, only 3/19 (15.78%) have a score over 90. The last time a Madden game reach those heights among reviewers was Madden 05. Since then the series has consistently gotten about the same aggregate scores with each installment.

Average Metacritic score of every Madden game

The graph below shows the total number of combined reviews for all non-handheld/mobile systems that each Madden game has been on.

Number of Metacritic reviews for each Madden game

To calculate the average critic score for a game I weighed the number of reviews. As an example, for Madden 17 I took the 30 Xbox One reviews and multiplied it by there average score of 83. I then did the same for the PlayStation 4. I then took both those numbers, added them together and divided it by the total number of critic scores to get the average Metacritic score.

Game Year Systems Metacritic Score # of Critics Avg Critic Score
Madden 01 2000 PS2, N64, PC, PS1 91, 89, 78, 90 25+6+13+14 = 58 87.63
Madden 02 2001 PS2, Xbox, GC, N64, PC, PS1 94, 90, 89, 78, 71, 88 23+16+12+5+10+9 = 75 87.49
Madden 03 2002 PS2, Xbox, GC, PC, PS1 95, 92, 92, 89, 84.5 25+16+13+12+2 = 68 92.35
Madden 04 2003 PS2, Xbox, GC, PC, PS1 94, 92, 94, 91, 80 29+27+19+13+1 = 89 92.79
Madden 05* 2004 PS2, Xbox, GC, PC 91, 91, 90, 85 30+39+26+12 = 107 90.08
Madden 06 2005 360, PS2, Xbox, GC, PC 74, 88, 86, 86, 78 48+29+39+21+16 = 153 81.77
Madden 07 2006 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, Xbox, GC, PC 80, 76, 81, 84, 83, 82, 80 54+25+35+29+27+14+15 = 199 80.80
Madden 08 2007 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, Xbox, GC, PC 85, 81, 76, 78, 76, 75, 75 46+31+29+11+6+4+6 = 133 80.36
Madden 09 2008 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, Xbox 83, 85, 82, 67, 80 50+38+19+4+1 = 112 82.91
Madden 10 2009 360, PS3, Wii, PS2 85, 85, 77, 67.66 58+41+23+3 = 125 83.11
Madden 11* 2010 360, PS3, Wii 84, 83, 75 47+36+6 = 89 82.98
Madden 12* 2011 360, PS3, Wii 78, 79, 75 55+31+3 = 89 78.24
Madden 13 2012 360, PS3, WiiU, Wii 81, 83. 75, 72.5 36+22+9+2 = 69 80.6
Madden 25 2013 One, PS4, 360, PS3 73, 74, 80, 76 18+13+32+19 = 82 76.58
Madden 15* 2014 One, PS4 80, 81 19+37 = 56 80.66
Madden 16* 2015 One, PS4 84, 83 23+37 = 60 83.38
Madden 17* 2016 One, PS4 83, 82 30+35 = 65 82.46
Madden 18 2017 One, PS4 82, 82 22+40 = 62 82
Madden 19 2018 One, PS4, PC 82, 80, 80 19+26+6 = 51 80.74

*Madden 05 is on the PS1 but has no Metacritic reviews on the site.

*Madden 11 and 12 are on the PS2 but has no Metacritic reviews on the site.

*Madden 15, 16 and 17 is on the PS3 and 360 but has no Metacritic reviews on the site.

 

Despite not factoring in the handheld or mobile scores into the above graphs for the mainline Madden games, I did take separate note of them to share in the table below for anyone interested.

Game Year Systems Critic Score # of Critics Highest Score Lowest Score
Madden 02 2001 GBA 76 3 80 70
Madden 03 2002 GBA 75 5 82 60
Madden 04 2003 GBA 70 9 90 50
Madden 05 2004 GBA, DS 79, 68 9+25 = 34 85 (2) 40
Madden 06 2005 GBA, DS, PSP 71, 66, 75 7+9+23 = 39 90 40
Madden 07 2006 GBA, DS, PSP 68, 70, 78 4+9+18 = 31 90 56
Madden 08 2007 DS, PSP 71, 75 11+10 = 21 80 (4) 50 (2)
Madden 09 2008 DS, PSP 66.33, 68 3+8 = 11 80 60 (3)
Madden 10 2009* PSP 79.5 2 80 79
Madden 11 2010 PSP, iOS, iPad 66, 78, 77 1+8+4 = 13 100 50
Madden 12 2011* iOS 71 6 100 50
Madden 13 2012 Vita 63 6 70 (2) 55
Madden 25 2013 iOS 39 8 70 20

*Madden 10 is on the iOS but has no Metacritic reviews on the site.

*Madden 12 is on the PSP but has no Metacritic reviews on the site.

 

Finally, let’s take a look at the highest and lowest scores that each Madden game has received, as well as what percentage of reviews gave a game a perfect score of 100. Oddly enough, since Madden 10 every game in the series with the exception of Madden 17 has not gotten a lower score than 60 from any Metacritic review.

Game Highest Score Lowest Score % of 100s
Madden 01 100 (9) 67 15.51%
Madden 02 100 (11) 40 14.66%
Madden 03 100 (20) 74 (2) 29.41%
Madden 04 100 (25) 60 28.08%
Madden 05 100 (9) 56 8.41%
Madden 06 100 (6) 40 3.92%
Madden 07 100 (2) 30 0.10%
Madden 08 100 (1) 45 0.75%
Madden 09 100 (4) 58 3.57%
Madden 10 95 60 (4) 0%
Madden 11 100 (1) 60 1.12%
Madden 12 100 (1) 60 (10) 1.12%
Madden 13 100 (1) 60 (3) 1.44%
Madden 25 95 60 (11) 0%
Madden 15 91 60 (2) 0%
Madden 16 95 60 0%
Madden 17 91 70 (5) 0%
Madden 18 95 60 (2) 0%
Madden 19 92 60 (2) 0%

Highest score and lowest score on Metacritic for each Madden game

Sources and info:

Featured Image: “First Madden NFL 16 Screenshots Released” by BagoGames is licensed under CC BY-2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madden_NFL

http://www.metacritic.com/ (used to find the games, critic reviews, and scores)

All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets