Madden 13 was released at midnight Monday and, while that isn't going to be news to many, there are likely some non-gamers interested in hearing how the Minnesota Vikings rank in the virtual world. Those fans are likely going to be disappointed, too, because the Vikings got the short end of the stick when it came to the rankings.
The Vikings were given a 72 overall rating which doesn't necessarily sound awful ... until one realizes that Minnesota is tied with the St. Louis Rams as the worst team on the game -- ranked nearly 20 points below the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.
As far as individual player ratings are concerned, our friends over at the Pioneer Press did the dirty work and gave the rundown of some of the more notable Vikings players. An example:
Christian Ponder (overall ranking: 75) - The Vikings' second-year quarterback is one of the lowest-rated starters in the league. He's tied for 35th place, 24 points behind the top rating of Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. Ponder gets relatively low scores for strength (57) and awareness (66). On the bright side, his 81 score for throwing accuracy is a full 70 points ahead of his right offensive tackle, Phil Loadholt.
Personally, it seems that Blair Walsh got the worst rating when compared to his actual skill level -- but maybe that's just because I'm already on the Blair Walsh Bandwagon following all of the positive preseason reports.
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