Week 4 of the NFL season kicks off tonight with the "Thursday Night Football" matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams, which means it's time to take a look at the latest "Madden NFL 25" ratings for the Next Gen Team. The Next Gen team is made up of 25 of the brightest young stars in the NFL who are relying on you to vote for them and increase their Madden rating so they can be crowned the Madden Next Gen Champ!
The rest of the risers in overall rating jumped by just one point. Geno Smith reached 75 after he and the New York Jetsdefeated the Buffalo Bills to kickoff their season with a 2-1 start, while Doug Martin vaulted himself into the top tier with a 90 rating after posting over 100 total yards in back-to-back contests. Seattle Seahawks' Bobby Wagner and Washington Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan are rising stars at the linebacker position in the NFL, as evidenced by their increases to 88 in overall rating.
Missing in action
Only two players saw their overall rating take a tumble from Week 3 to Week 4, Nick Fairley and Colin Kaepernick. While the Detroit Lions triumphed over the Redskinson Sunday, Fairley's rating slid because he failed to register a solo tackle, and along with the rest of the defense, allowed the Redskins to rack up 120 yards rushing on the day. Meanwhile, Kaepernick's struggles continued for the second straight week, this time at home to the Indianapolis Colts. He was only 13 of 27 for 150 yards passing with no touchdowns and one interception.