Madden 15 Review: Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers any good?

Madden 15 hits shelves today and football fans everywhere are rushing out to buy the game and see how their favorite team is laid out in the latest version of the franchise. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t been on the Madden radar for a while now as they’ve been a team flying way under the radar in general.

But this installment of Madden finally gives some love to the Buccaneers as you don’t have to cheat or make huge roster moves to make the team decent enough to play with. as pointed out by the official Bucs site, the first thing you’ll notice when playing with the Buccaneers is that the roster is vastly improved in terms of overall ratings.

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Player Madden 25 Rating Madden 15 Rating Improvement
Josh McCown 71 83 12
Demar Dotson 79 85 6
Anthony Collins 78 84 6
Gerald McCoy 91 95 4
Lavonte David 89 93 4
Alterraun Verner 83 87 4
Johnthan Banks 72 75 3
Michael Johnson 89 91 2
Mark Barron 80 82 2

This helps make the team good right off the bat as Josh McCown is more than capable of leading the team and his receivers are more than capable of not making you want to smash your controller. For example, rookie receiver Mike Evans is a 78 overall while tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins clocks in at a 75 overall — both with a ton of upside.

What this means is that playing the Buccaneers in franchise mode is even more fun than in years past as there is no need to spend hours stripping the roster of spare parts to add free agents to improve the team. Lovie Smith’s presence helps the overall value of the team as well, but the meat of the improvements are in the roster.

Of course, the Buccaneers are not the best overall team in the game — not by a long shot. But they’re markedly improved from where they were in Madden 25 and Madden 13. It’s still fun to use some of the higher rated players as trade bait thanks to their improved overall, but it’s nice to see that the Buccaneers are finally getting some love from Madden and playing with the team is naturally and organically fun — not manufactured form trades and free agent changes like in years past.

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