In 2019, the Green Bay Packers went 13-3 and won the NFC North before falling in the conference championship game to the San Francisco 49ers. According to Football Outsiders, they were the second-worst 13-win team in NFL history, but they enter 2020 with expectations of another deep run led by an impressive group of young defensive players, a study offensive line, and solid talent and continuity at the skill positions.
But, how does EA Sports evaluate the 2020 Packers? Let’s go though the 10 highest rated Cheeseheads in Madden 21.
1) David Bakhtiari (LT, 96 OVR)
Bakhtiari’s combination of physicality and smarts is represented by EA, with 91 Strength and 98 Awareness ratings. Bakhtiari made second-team All Pro in 2019, his fourth straight All-Pro selection. Per ESPN, he ranked first in the NFL with a 96 percent pass block win rate. He’s undeniably one of the game’s best linemen.
2) Davante Adams (WR, 94)
Adams played 12 games in 2019, but still nearly reached 1,000 yards (997) to go with 127 targets. His 83.1 YPG was the fifth best in football. In two playoff games, he caught 17 passes for 298 yards and two scores. When healthy, Adams is elite. He boasts a 97 Awareness rating and 94 Catch rating in Madden.
3) Aaron Jones (HB, 90)
Somehow, Jones was left off the 2019 Pro Bowl roster despite his breakout campaign. He played all 18 games (including playoffs), putting up 1,202 rushing yards, 505 receiving yards, 19 rushing TDs, and four receiving scores. He should be among the top picks in your fantasy football draft.
In light of Packers RB Aaron Jones not being named to the Pro Bowl, here's every one of his NFL-leading 23 touchdowns during the 2019 season. pic.twitter.com/9zwNhudTSh
— Joe Kipp (@joepkipp) January 26, 2020
4) Jaire Alexander (CB, 90)
Alexander’s athleticism is what makes him stand out, earning a 93 Speed and 93 Acceleration rating along with a 94 Agility Rating from EA. Alexander played in all 16 games in 2019, making 58 total tackles and 17 passes defended. His interception rate was low, partially due to his excellent coverage. At just 22, Alexander’s rating projects a breakout sophomore season.
5) Kenny Clark (DT, 90)
Clark started all 16 games in 2019 for the Packers, recording 62 total tackles (31 solo), including seven for losses. He also posted six sacks and seven QB hits and an elite 62 total pressures. At 24, he made his first Pro Bowl and emerged as one of the best young interior defenders in the sport. The big guy gets a 95 Strength rating in Madden.
6) Aaron Rodgers (QB, 89)
This sub-90 rating stirred up some controversy. Rodgers is past his prime, but he still threw 26 touchdowns to four interceptions in 2019 while leading the Packers to 13 wins and an NFC title game appearance in his first year in a new system.
“It’s pure disrespect,” one of Rodgers’ top targets, Packers Marquez Valdes-Scantling, told GMFB.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray clearly agrees.
So Disrespectful to AR… 🤦🏽♂️ https://t.co/a2CVknVdJk
— Kyler Murray (@K1) July 13, 2020
7) Za’Darius Smith (LOLB, 88)
With a sub-90 Madden rating in the wake of his omission from the 2019 All-Pro team, Smith may officially be the most underrated edge rusher in football. In his first year with the Packers after signing a four year-$66 million deal, Smith recorded 13.5 sacks and made the Pro Bowl. He was on the field for nearly 84% of plays, and racked up 66 quarterback pressures.
8) Adrian Amos (SS, 86)
Like both Smiths on this list, Amos was brought in before 2019 in the rare Green Bay free agency spending spree, and his solid play across the board validated the signing.
Amos isn’t a flashy playmaker or monster hitter—he can just kind of do it all, and do it well. He possesses great speed—reflected by his Madden skill ratings. His best ability, though, may be availability: he played 100% of Packers snaps in 2019 (you know, in case you happen to play Madden with injuries turned on.)
9) Preston Smith (ROLB, 84)
Smith—another 2019 offseason signing by the Packers—proved his worth, too. He was productive both as a pass rusher and in coverage, finishing 10th in pass block win rate, with 12 sacks and four passes defended. His sack on Russell Wilson in the divisional round clinched the win for Green Bay. Playing alongside Za’Darius Smith and Clark should only increase his effectiveness in 2020.
10) Elgton Jenkins (LG, 80)
As a Packers rookie in 2019, Jenkins was eighth at his position in pass block win rate. He played center for Mississippi State, but showed his versatility by playing all over the line last season. Assuming he takes another step forward in 2020, this Madden rating could rapidly rise.