EA's Madden Ratings Czar, Donny Moore, has just revealed the Madden NFL 12 Week 4 Roster Updates coming Friday for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. EA is including an equipment update to go along with the 380+ transactions and player adjusments that come with the update for the online rosters. Assistant Producer Jake Stein and Equipment Guru Dustin Smith have over 65 players updated this week with over 200 total equipment changes.
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz was the big winner this week with an 8 point increase bringing his overall to 72. Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith raised his over to 75, along with H-Back James Casey's raise to 76 overall after hauling in 5 passes for 120+ yards and 1 touchdown.
As expected, Dallas Cowboys Center Phil Costa was this weeks biggest loser. Costa botched 4 snaps on Monday night resuling in an overall decrease from 68 to 63. Club 99 lost a member this week. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's overall decreased from 99 to 98 after throwing 4 interceptions. I guess he is human after all. I still think it's a little harsh to lower his overall after one bad week, especially given his hot start to the season and past history. Too bad his spot couldn't be filled by WR Andre Johnson.
In what could be the biggest shocker of the season, the Buffalo Bills are 3-0 after a surprising upset over the New England Patriots. That's right, not even Brady's golden locks could save the Patriots from the Bills. The Bills impressive start has resulted in a +5 rating boost bringing the team overall to 82. The Bills aren't the only winnerst his week. The Oakland Raiders upset the Jets on Sunday to bring their early season record to 2-1. The Rrrrraiders also received a +5 rating increase to raise their team overall to a solid 80. On the downside, preseason favorites, the Philadelphia Eagles dropped back down to Earth with another loss. Their slow 1-2 start results in a decrease of 3 overall points bringing the team overall down to 90. Perhaps that's still a bit above where they should be at this point.
While those are the major changes coming to the Madden NFL 12 Week 4 Update, here are a few noteworthy player changes:
Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, increase 83 to 84 overall
Buffalo BIlls HB Fred Jackson, increase 83 to 86 overall
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler, decrease 86 to 85 overall
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee, increase 79 to 82 overall
Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey, increase 66 to 69 overall
Detroit Lions Team Overall, increase 82 to 84 overall
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson, increase 94 to 95 overall
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley, increase 90 to 92 overall
New England Patriots WR Wes Welker, increase 90 to 92 overall
New York Jets CB Antonio Cromartie, decrease 86 to 84 overall
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick, 93 to 92 overall
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt moved to IR (torn ACL)
As for a few notable equipment changes:
Nick Reed needs a Revospeed Helmet, Revospeed 3 Bar LB Facemask
Knowshon needs a Revospeed 3 BAR Facemask (Not 3 Bar LB)
Chris Canty needs a Dark Visor
Plaxico Burress needs Taped Wrist heavy on his right wrist
Jermichael Finley needs Solid white gloves
On a side note, can we all just agree that Andre Johnson needs to be invited into Club 99?