Dallas Cowboys: Where Madden 20 went wrong with their ratings

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JANUARY 05: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys gestures in the fourth quarter in a game against the Seattle Seahawks during the Wild Card Round at AT&T Stadium on January 05, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Dak Prescott: Hit

Overall: 81

Rank: QB14

Originally seeing Dak at an 81 overall while being ranked as QB14 felt weird. However, the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.

This year, EA intentionally lowered player overalls, thus it’s common to see starting players in the low 70s. Dak, at this point in his career, has been to two pro bowls, won rookie of the year, and has been responsible for all the 33 regular season games the Cowboys have won. The resume is loaded and so are his statistics show a consistent and efficient production.

Which attributes did EA nail?

Throw Accuracy Deep: 85

Dak didn’t get the opportunity throw the ball deep compared to other passers, but that didn’t stop him from being an effective passer. Dak was an average to above average passer throwing the ball for more than 30 yards. The 85 rating places him 16th amongst quarterbacks, just right where he belongs.

Injury: 95

I don’t think this needs much explaining but Dak has yet to miss a game of football.

Throw Power: 87

Dak’s arm is evidently strong enough to play quarterback, however, he doesn’t have the zip like some other quarterbacks. The 87 throw power rating is identical to Phillip Rivers, Josh Rosen, and Nick Foles.

Hopefully with an improvement in footwork, not only will Dak’s throw power will get better in the game, but also in real life.

Speed: 82

I initially envisioned Dak falling in the 84-86 range, however, compared to all the quarterbacks ranked higher the 82 rating is correct. With an 83 speed rating are Andrew Luck, Drew Lock, and Daniel Jones. The higher you go the faster the quarterbacks become. The 82 rating feels the most correct with Dak.

All these attributes are small pieces to a bigger puzzle, but I felt like at the end Dak was given the right overall rating especially considering how EA was trying to rate certain starters in this year’s version of the game.