Lamar Jackson, Maxx Crosby Headline Madden 24 Week 9 Player Ratings Update
In a thrilling Week 9 of the NFL season, Madden 24 saw significant player rating adjustments, with the spotlight on standout performances from Lamar Jackson and Maxx Crosby. The Las Vegas Raiders' defensive force, Maxx Crosby, stole the show with a stellar performance against the New York Giants, earning him a well-deserved boost in his overall rating from 96 to 97.
During the Raiders' commanding 30-6 victory over the New York Giants, Maxx Crosby showcased his prowess with a remarkable 3.0 sacks, bringing his season total to an impressive 9.5 sacks in just nine games. This performance solidified Crosby's position as the highest-rated left end in Madden 24. The two-time Pro Bowler has evolved into one of the league's premier pass-rushers, and Madden 24 has taken notice.
Crosby's key attributes, including speed, acceleration, pursuit, and play recognition, all received a one-point boost. Notably, his awareness rating climbed to an elite 99, a testament to his football IQ and ability to read the game.
On the offensive side, Lamar Jackson's exceptional play continued to elevate his Madden 24 rating. Following an outstanding performance where he completed over 80 percent of his passes in the Baltimore Ravens' dominant victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Jackson's overall rating increased from 94 to 95. This marks the fourth ratings boost for Jackson in the past six weeks, highlighting his consistent excellence on the virtual field.
The Madden 24 Week 9 update also saw other notable movers, including AFC North quarterback Joe Burrow, whose impressive showing bumped his rating from 92 to 94. Burrow played a pivotal role in the Cincinnati Bengals' success on Sunday Night Football, further solidifying his status as a rising star in the league.
In the defensive backfield, Derwin James of the Los Angeles Chargers saw his overall rating improve by one point to an impressive 94. The Chargers' secondary stifled Zach Wilson and the New York Jets' passing attack, and James played a crucial role in this defensive dominance.
Cornerback Kenny Moore II of the Indianapolis Colts, after returning multiple interceptions for touchdowns in a 27-13 victory against the Carolina Panthers, received a modest yet impactful boost. His overall rating increased from 87 to 88, accompanied by a four-point improvement in his catching ability, now standing at 77.
Houston Texans running back Dare Ogunbowale experienced a slight uptick in his overall rating, moving from 67 to 68. This adjustment, however, pales in comparison to the significant boosts in kick power and kick accuracy—36 and 35 points, respectively. Ogunbowale's unexpected role as the team's emergency kicker, including knocking in a 29-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, showcased his versatility on the virtual gridiron.
On the flip side, some players faced a decline in their Madden 24 ratings. Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones saw his rating drop to 96 from 97, reflecting the challenges faced by the Chiefs' defense. Philadelphia Eagles tackle Lane Johnson also experienced a dip in his overall rating, falling from 98 to 96.
As the NFL season progresses and standout performances continue, Madden 24 remains dynamic and responsive, ensuring that player ratings accurately mirror the real-world achievements of these gridiron stars. The Week 9 update showcases the ongoing evolution of player ratings, capturing the highs and lows of the NFL season in stunning detail.