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If the Madden team ratings didn’t induce some raised eyebrows Authentic
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, the base quarterback ratings for the new
edition of the game will.

Via USA Today, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers leads the way with
a maximum rating of 99. At No. 2, with a 97, is the reigning NFL MVP, Patriots
quarterback Tom Brady.

Seven points lower, at No. 3, resides Saints quarterback Drew Brees, with a
90. Then comes Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at 89, Falcons quarterback
Matt Ryan at 88, a three-way tie at 86 between Steelers quarterback Ben
Roethlisberger, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, and Colts quarterback Andrew

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, a short-list MVP candidate before he
suffered a torn ACL, lands next with only an 85. Lions quarterback Matthew
Stafford rounds out the top 10 with an 83.

The gap between Rodgers/Brady and the rest of the league seems a bit off. If
the low rating for Wentz arose in part from his injury, why didn’t Rodgers get a
lower number for the broken collarbone that caused him to miss most of the

Other quarterbacks not in the top 10 may have legitimate beef with their
numbers, including Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (82), Rams quarterback Jared
Goff (81), 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (80), Texans quarterback Deshaun
Watson (78), and Giants quarterback Eli Manning (76).

The video from EA that contains the numbers explain that it’s a “work in
progress.” If that’s the case, here’s our suggested numbers for the various
quarterbacks: Rodgers 98, Brady 98, Brees 97, Wilson 96, Wentz 95, Ryan 94,
Newton 94, Roethlisberger 92 Justin
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, Rivers 91, Stafford 91, Garoppolo 90, Watson
90, Goff 90, Manning 87, Luck 84.

Drew Brees will lead the New Orleans
offense onto the field at Minnesota and commence the 13th postseason game of his
stellar career, already armed with seven such victories and one Super Bowl ring
for the Saints.

”I prepare for every game as if it’s that magnitude,” Brees said.

”When you’re in games of that magnitude, it’s as if you’ve been there and
done it many times before, even if it was just in your mind.”

For Case Keenum, it’s truly all in his mind.

His first start in the NFL playoffs will come when the Vikings kick off their
divisional round game on Sunday.

”I’m going to play like I know how to play. I don’t have to be anybody but
myself. Not more conservative or less conservative. Either way, I’m going to be
me,” said Keenum, whose successful takeover for the injured Sam Bradford helped
lead the Vikings (13-3) to their best record in 19 years. ”That’s all I have to
be. I’ve got a great squad in this room.”

Solely measuring quarterback experience and accomplishment, the Saints have a
clear advantage over the Vikings in this divisional round game to help determine
the matchup in the NFC championship game. Keenum, though, has been overcoming
the odds all season, let alone his career .

”I always root for guys like that. Kind of the undersized guy that is coming
out and nobody wants to give him any credit and always plays with a chip on his
shoulder,” Brees said.

Though he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round in 2001
out of Purdue, with Keenum going undrafted out of Houston and needing the Texans
practice squad to get his career going in 2012, Brees can relate. He’s shorter
than the NFL standard for their position, too. Oh, and they’re both from

Brees added another highlight last week, with 376 passing yards to help the
Saints (12-5) advance with a 31-26 victory over Carolina while the Vikings had a

”Just a guy that I really admire in how he moves the ball down the field and
how he operates, what kind of leader he is,” Keenum said.

”I read his book a long time ago. I think he’s someone to learn from. I try
to watch all of the really good quarterbacks in the offseason and take little
things to try to work on my game.”

Here are some other angles to follow with the game:

SLOWED UP: The Pro Bowl pair of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara had the least
productive combined performance for the Saints against Carolina, with just 68
total yards from scrimmage. They each had more than 1 Sam
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,500 total yards in 2017.

The Panthers brought one safety closer to the line of the scrimmage to spy on
the running back, and it worked.

”This league is a copy-cat league so I wouldn’t be surprised if Minnesota did
it,” Kamara said, expressing no concern about the strategy by pointing to Brees,
whose passing yardage total against the Panthers was his second-highest of the

The Vikings, led by the speed of linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks,
have held several pass-catching running backs to minimal production this

LINE ITEM: The Saints will be without starting left guard Andrus Peat, a
versatile former first-round draft choice who also filled in for Terron Armstead
at left tackle this season when he was injured. Peat broke his fibula against
the Panthers.

Senio Kelemete, who has filled in at both guard spots and right tackle this
season, is slated to start for Peat. Armstead, meanwhile, said he’s never been
close to 100 percent healthy this season.

”But it doesn’t matter,” Armstead said. ”I’m willing and able to put my body
on the line for an opportunity to play again next week.”

ZONED OUT: New Orleans defensive coordinator Dennis Allen called for a
relatively zone-heavy scheme in the opener, and rookie cornerback Marshon
Lattimore recalled feeling ”confused about everything” in his NFL debut other
than the man-to-man coverage the Saints have been more inclined to let Lattimore
play on top opposing receivers. He had five interceptions and was picked for the
Pro Bowl.

”That was something that we felt like in that game was going to give us a
chance to win the game, and obviously we didn’t play as well as we needed to,”
Allen said of Minnesota’s 29-19 victory fueled by a career-best 143.0 passer
rating for Bradford . ”Obviously, we’ve looked at that game and how we’ve
changed and how we’ve evolved as a defense.”

SUPER BOWL ENVY: New Orleans’ bid for the Super Bowl this season and was
considered a favorite given the city is celebrating its 300th anniversary and
has long been a popular host for the NFL’s marquee event. But Minnesota’s bid,
combining its new stadium and winter carnival approach to related festivities,
won out.

Now the Vikings have an opportunity to become the first team to play a Super
Bowl on home turf, a feat the Saints would be happy to deny.

”If we want to add a little underlying story to us trying to win this game,
it would be nice to be able to do that,” Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins

”We’ve always talked about, `We want to start the season at Minnesota. We
want to end the season in Minnesota,’ and for us that means playing in the Super

SITE MAP: The Saints are 1-6 in their history in the playoffs on the road,
including 1-4 under coach Sean Payton. Their first and only such win came after
the 2013 season, when they edged the Eagles in a wild-card round game in
Philadelphia before losing the following week

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