(CBS) Madden ’15 was released today, which means it’s that time of year to evaluate the totally meaningless but nonetheless fun ratings of each player.
Receiver Brandon Marshall is the highest-rated Bears with a 96 rating, which ranks as the second-best receiver behind Calvin Johnson of the Lions. Marshall is followed by running back Matt Forte (95), kicker Robbie Gould (93), receiver Alshon Jeffery (91) and guard Matt Slauson (91). Quarterback Jay Cutler received an 86 rating, ranking as the 12th-best Bear.
Defenisvely, Madden ’15 predicts the Bears defensive line to be much improved, giving defensive end Lamarr Houston an 89 and defensive end Jared Allen an 87. Cornerback Tim Jennings also got an 88.
Madden ’15 also reflects the concern that some Chicago fans have. Linebacker Shea McClellin, who’s in the running for a starting job, is pegged with a 67 rating. The top-rated safeties were Ryan Mundy (79), Chris Conte (74) and M.D. Jennings (74).
Of course, you should probably take Madden with a large, large grain of salt. The EA Sports website for Madden predicted “Michael Ford and Eric Weems can be a dangerous duo on the return team.” They’ve since been cut since that line was penned, but hey, it sounded good at the time.