Madden NFL 23: Top 10 Running Backs, Ranked

Madden NFL 23: Top 10 Running Backs, Ranked ...

Although technology has advanced significantly over the last few decades, there are still moments when gamers can discern the difference between the actual game on the field and the action in a video game. Nowhere is this more evident than when comparing Madden NFL 23 to the actual NFL.

Madden NFL 23 is all about the running backs. While the professional players win tournaments with special teams players at quarterback, they invest in big-time running talent. Unless that equation changes, these players will be the most important pieces to winning in the video game.

10 Ezekiel Elliott - 88 OVR

Ezekiel Elliott still eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns last year, but the Dallas Cowboys were used to Elliott vying for Pro Bowl numbers. Turns out, Elliott tore his PCL in week four.

It's a disgrace to think that Elliott's superb performance last year benefited from both disclosed and hidden injuries. When fully recovered, there is little doubt that Elliott will be able to return to competing against the best in his position.

9 Austin Ekeler - 88 OVR

How many running backs in the league can claim to have never fumbled the ball last year? That would be Austin Ekeler, who kept the ball safe and continues to provide a great backup to Justin Herbert and the receivers.

Ekeler isn't the spiciest player. Last year, he wasn't a danger to run the length of the field. However, consistency is important, especially in the running game, and Ekeler does his part to perfection.

8 Aaron Jones - 89 OVR

Green Bay has gone from a predominantly passing team to a nearly exclusively passing team in the last two seasons. That makes sense with Aaron Rodgers earning MVP awards. However, they haven't forgotten about their Pro Bowl running back in the middle of everything.

Jones scored more touchdowns than he ran for last season. Between his rushing and passing, Jones is reliable for huge chunks of yardage.

7 Alvin Kamara - 90 OVR

Alvin Kamara's 2021 rushing statistics are easy to see and be confused as to why he made the list. Statisticians will need to scroll down a page or two before finding him. If his rushing statistics are good and not great, why is he ranked so high?

Kamara has always been a threat to catch the ball in addition to running. Despite missing several games, he led the New Orleans Saints in receptions last year.

6 Joe Mixon - 93 OVR

Every football season, the rumor mill is pumping out about who the next big name will be. There has been way too little gossip about Joe Mixon. Yes, Joe Burrow and the air targets will see an improvement with a brand new offensive line.

But what about their stud running back, who was consistently producing outstanding numbers even when the line was terrible? Mixon, who is third in yards and fourth in touchdowns, is set to do better.

5 Dalvin Cook - 94 OVR

The issue has been about when Minnesota's passing game will explode for the last several seasons. The Vikings spent money to make their quarterback and wide receivers as flashy as the box art. Somehow, Dalvin Cook, the running back, stole the show.

Cook has consistently been a top-five running back, and this year is no exception. The Vikings have had their ups and downs over the last few seasons, but Cook has been a major positive, even when the team struggled.

4 Jonathan Taylor - 95 OVR

Jonathan Taylor was not rated as a top three running back in every category last year, but he also dominated most categories. In the ratings department, somebody fell asleep, and he carried a mediocre Indianapolis Colts team singlehanded.

Taylor was named the league's leading running back after a staggering 552 yards.

3 Nick Chubb - 96 OVR

The Cleveland Browns were a disaster last year. Their record wasn't the worst, but considering they entered the season as a top-dog hope to win the Super Bowl, their under-average season feels almost worrisome.

Nick Chubb was second in the league when it came to rushing yards and demonstrated that he could be the Browns' single back now that the Browns are rebuilding. Chubb may even expand his role in the future.

2 Christian McCaffrey - 96 OVR

Those who are injured are the most difficult to nail down when it comes to predicting how players will be rated. Will the ratings adjusters downgrade them because of never being on the field? Or will they cut them some slack and hope that the player recovers to form?

Despite missing almost two seasons at this point, ratings adjusters still believe him to be one of the best. Those with great memories will notice how this young star has elements of Marshall Faulk. The Carolina Panthers deserve to get a few healthy years out of him.

1 Derrick Henry - 97 OVR

When comparing the Madden game from last year, it should be clear that the ratings adjusters are big on Derrick Henry. They've had him as the top dog for a long time, and the Tennessee Titans are well aware of his importance.

The issue that will be key for this season is keeping the running back healthy. He is a well-known athlete who has broken Hall-of-Fame records.

Madden NFL 23 will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S on August 15th and 2022.