5 Detroit Lions Player Rankings That ‘Madden NFL 15′ Got Wrong

5 Detroit Lions Player Rankings That 'Madden NFL 15' Got Wrong

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EA Sports has started to officially release their player rankings for the 'Madden NFL 15' game, and the Detroit Lions' full roster was released this past Sunday. Some of the Lions' player ratings have been controversial, while some are right on the money. This countdown explores which five Detroit Lions players were incorrectly rated in the game.

5. Jed Collins, FB, Rating: 85

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5. Jed Collins, FB, Rating: 85

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Madden NFL 25 Rating: 90

Fullbacks don't get an even break in this business and they don't here, as I believe Jed Collins is rated way too high at 85. Collins was a non-factor for the Saints in 2013, scoring one touchdown on 20 attempts. His run blocking also was questionable, as the Saints did not even have a back who produced more than 600 rushing yards.

4. James Ihedigbo, SS, Rating: 81

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4. James Ihedigbo, SS, Rating: 81

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Madden NFL 25 Rating: 74

A career backup, James Ihedigbo had his best season last year with the Baltimore Ravens, recording 101 tackles and three interceptions, but it was not good enough for them to re-sign him following the season. This season, Ihedigbo will be playing for his fourth team in the past five seasons, proving that he still isn't a dependable player. An 81 rating is still way too high for this career journeyman.

3. DeAndre Levy, ROLB, Rating: 83

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3. DeAndre Levy, ROLB, Rating: 83

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Madden NFL 25 Rating: 79

The only player on this list whose ranking was way too low, DeAndre Levy had his best season in 2013. The former Wisconsin linebacker made 117 tackles and finished with six interceptions. His performance was even worthy of Pro Bowl discussion. An 83 rating for what Levy did last season was an absolute joke.

2. Dominic Raiola, C, Rating: 91

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2. Dominic Raiola, C, Rating: 91

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Madden NFL 25 Rating: 83

Dominic Raiola's career is almost ending, but he is still a solid center in the NFL. However, at 91, Raiola is rated way too high, even in Madden. Raiola did not allow a sack in 2013, yet Detroit did not want to move on from him to begin the 2014 season. With no clear replacement in sight, Raiola was brought back on just a one-year deal.

1. Nick Fairley, DT, Rating: 91

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1. Nick Fairley, DT, Rating: 91

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Madden NFL 25 Rating: 90

Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are the fiercest defensive tackle tandem in the NFL today, but Fairley I think is overrated. He had a career-high six sacks in 2013, but most of it can be attributed to teams focusing on Suh and not Fairley. The former Auburn Tiger also was undisciplined in 2013, racking up nine by himself, including four personal foul calls. His ranking at 91 is way too high.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook, and connect with him on Google+.


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