EA Sports has been rapidly releasing the top players at each position in Madden 16 over the last couple weeks and we just saw the completion of that with the punter position. Now as predicted, it is time for them to take a look at the ratings for every team in the game by division, and we start with the AFC East.
The AFC East has been one of the least competitive divisions in the league since 2003 for the champion at least, though it has produced a few Wild Card winners as well. That doesn’t seem to be changing this year, if we are going by Madden 16 stats, as the New England Patriots are the runaway favorite with a 91 OVR rating, which is led by players like QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski on offense and standouts FS Devin McCourty and ROLB Dont’a Hightower on defense.
Dropping a full 10 points is the next team up in the division with the Miami Dolphins at an 81 OVR. The Dolphins have improved for sure, barely missing the playoffs the last two seasons, and they hope QB Ryan Tannehill will continue to improve, especially with the addition of TE Jordan Cameron. The defense got a major overhaul with the addition of DT Ndamukong Suh, who along with LE Cameron Wake will be nightmares for opposing offensive lines.
With a slight drop of a couple points is the Buffalo Bills at 79 OVR. Behind new coach Rex Ryan, who comes from a rival in the division, one of the Bill’s biggest question marks is at quarterback, with no starter really known between Matt Cassell, EJ Manuel, and even Tyrod Taylor, though the load should be lessened by the addition of RB LeSean McCoy from the Eagles. The defense was dominant in many games in 2014 and should continue to be that way with DTs Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams dominating up the middle, along with a strong secondary.
Lastly in the AFC East, we have the New York Jets with a 76 OVR. Coming in with a new coach, quarterback is also a question here between newcomer Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith, but the addition of Brandon Marshall alongside Eric Decker at wide receiver should definitely help whoever starts. The defensive should also be very solid, with a strong defense line that includes Muhammad Wilkerson and the return of Darrelle Revis at CB.