The at-launch team ratings for Madden NFL 11 were revealed earlier today and the Raida organisation, despite shovelling 260 pounds of No. 2 from its roster, improved not one whit from last year's game to this.
Oakland's 71 represents zero improvement over last year's rating, which must make Jason Campbell, the Raidas' new quarterback, feel just awesome. Especially since Campbell's old team, the Redskins, surged to a 76 from a 70 with his departure, the single-biggest gain. Although they're still in last place in the beefier NFC East.
The Arizona Cardinals lost QB Kurt Warner to retirement and receiver Anquan Boldin to free agency, accounting for their eight-point slide, worst in the game. And interestingly, last year's Super Bowl participants New Orleans and Indianapolis each lost two points overall but remain No. 1 and No. 2 for a second straight year, respectively, which maybe indicates a tightening in EA Sports' formula. Who knows.