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Knee-jerk reactions to Saints’ Madden 23 ratings: Offense edition

Alvin Kamara, Saints. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Alvin Kamara, Saints. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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More Madden controversy! How exciting!

Here are my reactions to the New Orleans Saints’ Madden 23 ratings, offense edition. Let’s start with the most blasphemous one…

Saints’ Alvin Kamara, 9O OVR: You’ve got to be kidding me

Madden ranked Kamara as the seventh best running back in the game with a 90 overall rating, which is simply ridiculous. Kamara is lower than other backs like Joe Mixon, who hasn’t achieved as much perennial success as Kamara has, as well as Christian McCaffrey, who hasn’t played a full season since who knows when.

Kamara experienced a decrease in efficiency last year due to the Saints’ shaky offensive line, but he still put together an impressive season with 898 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The five-time Pro-Bowler deserves way more respect.

To me, Kamara is easily a top-5 running back, no question. Derrick Henry, Jonathan Taylor, and maybe Nick Chubb may get higher marks for what they’ve done on their respective teams, but getting ranked below Mixon and CMC?

Kamara exploded onto the scene back in 2017 as NOLA’s premier ball-carrier, and many of the Saints’ victories — both during the Brees era and after the Brees era — were the result of Kamara’s dangerous rushing attack and playmaking ability to get crucial scores.

Madden did Kamara dirty this year.

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