EA Sports released the Madden 16 team ratings for the AFC South on Wednesday, and not surprisingly, the Indianapolis Colts are head and shoulders above the rest.
Here are the full ratings:
|Indianapolis Colts||87||CB Vontae Davis (95), QB Andrew Luck (94), WR T.Y. Hilton (89), ROLB Robert Mathis (87), WR Andre Johnson (86), HB Frank Gore (83)|
|Houston Texans||79||RE J.J. Watt (99), RB Arian Foster (91), DT Vince Wilfork (91), WR DeAndre Hopkins (88), ROLB Jadeveon Clowney (78)|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||73||TE Julius Thomas (89), DT Sen’Derrick Marks (87), DT Jared Odrick (84), WR Allen Robinson (79), RE Dante Fowler (79), Blake Bortles (74)|
|Tennessee Titans||72||TE Delanie Walker (87 OVR), ROLB Brian Orakpo (87 OVR), CB Jason McCourty (86 OVR), SS Da’Norris Searcy (86 OVR), WR Kendall Wright (83 OVR), QB Marcus Mariota (78 OVR)|
The Colts are going to be a lot of fun to use this year, with quarterback Andrew Luck now having T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Dwayne Allen (85 overall) and Coby Fleener (83 overall) to find in the passing game. If you love utilizing a high-powered passing attack in your Madden style, the Colts will be for you.
They are balanced, however, with Frank Gore running the ball and an improving defense led by Vontae Davis and Robert Mathis, while new additions in Trent Cole (82 overall) and Kendall Langford (80 overall) will improve the front seven.
The Colts should prove to be a popular pick for Madden users.
The Houston Texans may be more successful in the game than they are in real life after the news that Arian Foster will reportedly need surgery for his groin, per Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. That could put a lot of pressure on either quarterback Ryan Mallett (74 overall) or Brian Hoyer (73 overall), depending on who wins the job, a decision Madden users will have to make for themselves.
The Texans defense should be a lot of fun to use, however, with a front seven that includes J.J. Watt, Vince Wilfork, Jadeveon Clowney, Brian Cushing (82 overall) and Whitney Mercilus (80 overall).
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans might be more popular among players who like taking a struggling organization and improving it throughout seasons of drafts, trades and signings.
Jaguars fans will have an improving defense and a young quarterback in Blake Bortles to enjoy along with a slew of young weapons, including Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee (74 overall), T.J. Yeldon (73 overall) and, of course, Julius Thomas.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota should be fun to use for Titans fans, though his offensive weapons are limited, with Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright the top options.
Patient fans might be well-rewarded using these teams a few years down the line in Franchise Mode, however, as the slew of young talent both organizations are accumulating could develop into excellent rosters.