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Madden NFL 20 player ratings: Only one NFL QB ranked ahead of Tom Brady

Madden NFL 20 player ratings: Only one NFL QB ranked ahead of Tom Brady

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady enjoyed an excellent 2018 season and helped lead his team to a sixth Super Bowl title, but all of that wasn't enough to make him the highest rated QB in the new "Madden NFL 20" video game from EA Sports.

The popular football game releases Friday, Aug. 2, and the much-anticipated player ratings have been revealed. Brady is the second-highest ranked quarterback with a 96/100 rating. The only QB ahead of Brady is Kansas City Chiefs star and reigning NFL MVP winner Patrick Mahomes, who also happens to be the game's cover athlete.

Here's a look at the top 10 quarterbacks in this year's game:

1. Patrick Mahomes: 97
2. Tom Brady: 96
3. Philip Rivers: 94
4. Drew Brees: 92
5. Andrew Luck: 92
6. Russell Wilson: 91
7. Aaron Rodgers: 90
8. Matt Ryan: 89
9. Ben Roethlisberger: 85
10. Cam Newton: 84

Here's a look at the top-five rated Patriots players:

1. Tom Brady, QB: 96
2. Stephon Gilmore, CB: 94
3. Julian Edelman, WR: 89
4. Devin McCourty, FS: 89
5. Shaq Mason, RG: 88

It's hard to argue with Brady's rating. A 96 overall is really good, and a bit unprecedented for a player who will soon celebrate his 42nd birthday. The rest of the Patriots player ratings are a bit underwhelming. Edelman should at least be a 90 overall given his playoff success, while Shaq Mason absolutely should be in the 90s considering he's the best right guard in the entire league. Veteran linebacker Dont'a Hightower at 83 overall also seems too low.

Patriots fans can't complain too much, though, because their team is tied with the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints as the third-highest rated team in the game. New England's 91 offensive team rating is second behind the Saints.

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Breakfast Pod: The Patriots defense has been awfully impressive

Breakfast Pod: The Patriots defense has been awfully impressive

Some takeaways from the Patriots' first three preseason games: a dominant defense, an up-and-coming rookie backup QB and Tom Brady's reluctance to go to young receivers.

1:11 - Tom Curran joins BST to discuss the success of the Patriots defense over these first three preseason games. The crew also gets into if we're starting to see some pieces being put into place for the next phase of the dynasty - specifically if Jarrett Stidham will in fact be the Tom Brady's successor.

8:31 - Andy Hart and Curran discuss the chemistry issues Brady and Jakobi Meyers seemed to be having Thursday night and if this is going to be a continuing problem for TB12 with young receivers.

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DEBUT OF THAT 617 LIFE POD: The Pats, Patrick Chung, and the Jay-Z/NFL partnership

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DEBUT OF THAT 617 LIFE POD: The Pats, Patrick Chung, and the Jay-Z/NFL partnership

In the premiere episode of "That 617 Life" podcast with Shanda Foster, Cerrone Battle, and Leroy Irvin, man do we have a lot to get through!

Off the top, we discuss the Patriots third preseason game against Carolina, including how Tom Brady looked, Jakobi Meyers with an uneven game, plus what to expect from Josh Gordon this season.

15:31: Shanda sounds off on the tattooed Larry Bird mural, Carmelo Anthony and the Lakers, and James Harden's magical beard powers.

21:51: Patrick Chung got in some hot water over a possible cocaine charge...lots to unpack of what happened at his New Hampshire house.

28:25: Cerrone's "Cold Cuts and Hot Takes" calls out Carmelo Anthony for not taking the hint and going away.

32:34: Jay-Z and the NFL announced a partnership this week, and there's been a lot of chatter on social media relating to Colin Kaepernick. A great discussion from the crew on this topic.

46:11: We finish out the show with "Playa's Call", including an unlikely choice from Shanda.

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