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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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Could Mohamed Sanu miss multiple weeks with an ankle injury?

Could Mohamed Sanu miss multiple weeks with an ankle injury?

The struggling New England Patriots offense may be taking another hit with Mohamed Sanu dealing with an ankle injury.

Sanu was listed on the Patriots' injury report as a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, and there's a chance he could miss some time. NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran noted on Patriots Wednesday Live he's hearing Sanu may have a high ankle sprain that could sideline him for a couple of weeks.

"Last week, after he had the punt return where it appeared he might have twisted up his leg, probably led to what I'm hearing might be a high ankle sprain that could keep him on the sidelines for a couple of weeks unless it has drastic improvement," Curran said.

Nothing is official regarding Sanu's injury and whether he'll miss any time, but it certainly would be a tough blow to a Pats offense that hasn't exactly been firing on all cylinders this season.

Brady expressed his frustration with the Patriots' offensive struggles following the Patriots' Week 11 win over the Eagles. If Sanu is forced to watch Sunday's game vs. a stingy Cowboys defense from the sideline, things aren't about to get any easier for the 42-year-old quarterback.

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Matt Cassel: Tom Brady 'has the right to be upset' with Patriots offense

Matt Cassel: Tom Brady 'has the right to be upset' with Patriots offense

Tom Brady couldn't hide his frustration after Sunday's game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.

Even though the New England Patriots were victorious and improved to 9-1 on the year, Brady clearly was displeased with his offense's continued struggles. On the latest episode of Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast, former Pats backup QB Matt Cassel explained why Brady has every right to be frustrated with the current state of affairs.

"He has the right to be upset, and when he's upset it's because he's ultra-competitive," Cassel said. "The struggles that they've consistently had don't seem to be going away, and I know that once you get to a certain point in the season, you're expecting things to turn around and for you guys to start to roll. There's an expectation level that he has, that the offense has, that that building has had for a long time about putting up points and they haven't been able to achieve that this year.

"It's probably a different mode of thinking and ideology in terms of when you're going out on the field, now that defense is controlling the game for you. But at the same time, that offense is used to putting up points each and every day and their biggest struggles have been in the red zone. So there's a ton of frustration when you think that the level of play should be higher and it hasn't been."

Brady and the Patriots will look to make some strides offensively on Sunday when they go up against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium. They may find themselves shorthanded yet again, as wide receivers Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett were non-participants in Wednesday's practice due to injury.

Curran and Cassel also discussed the Patriots' first-round draft selections over the last few years, Rob Gronowski's "big announcement," Antonio Brown's apology to Robert Kraft, and more. . .

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