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High pressure defensive schemes call for quick passing Madden offensive schemes.


It's essential to keep the ball moving forward on offense in Madden NFL, even if it's in small chunks.  One good way to keep defenses off-balance is to pass with a combination of quick-passes, drags, and play-action with tall physical receivers. Particularly when playing against short defensive backs, quick passes can pick up crucial yards consistently.  This tip, originally submitted by legacy member LHSPanther62, will discourage blitzes and keep the chains moving. 

Big plays happen when players can get to the sidelines.

Whether working on the stick skills to become shiftier, schemes that are tough to contain, or making the most of the basic elements of football Madden NFL players are constantly finding ways to turn a short gains into a big plays.  Most overlook the sidelines. This tip, submitted by WFColonel56, illustrates the importance of the sidelines for springing ball carriers and receivers for huge gains.  Explosive offenses use the sidelines to stretch defenses horizontally; but don't take it from me - read about how WFColonel56 uses the sidelines to create impact plays!

Many Madden players don't use their favorite team because they lack an MVP caliber quarterback.


Many teams in Madden NFL go unused every year because of the Quarterback.  Some teams have a quarterback so good, not using them is tough; while teams with great defenses and stout run games get passed over because the quarterback is sub-par.  WFColonel56 tells us what to focus to focus on to win with a bad quarterback.

Don't let fast passers give you the run around in Madden. Use these techniques to take the quarterbacks legs out from under him...

Don't let fast passers give you the run around.  Long ago, Randall Cunningham demonstrated how a fast quarterback with an solid arm could change football.  Madden NFL 2004's cover athlete Michael Vick took scrambling quarterbacks mainstream, but the threats scrambling quarterbacks presented in Madden NFL 2004, two defensive assignments were added to Madden NFL 2005.  Ever since, speed is premium at the quarterback position for Madden NFL players and NFL organizations alike. You'll need tools in your game plan to neutralize fast passers.

Blitzing offensive formations in Madden starts with knowing the weaknesses.

Often, players forget that Madden NFL is a football game and that the three elements of football strategy Personnel, Position, and Tempo form a strategic triangle. The best defensive strategies consider how to use these aspects to offset offensive advantages; but those elite defensive players can customize their blitzes to speed up opponent offenses to the point of panic.  Take advantage of offensive formation weaknesses to blitz the best gaps!

Steal a possession by forcing fumbles in Madden games.

Forcing fumbles doesn't just happen by accident.  Great Madden NFL players possess the uncanny ability to force several fumbles a game by exploiting weaknesses and tendencies in their opponent's ball handling fundamentals.  Forcing fumbles is an art form that relies on timing, attention to detail, and practicing the right techniques.  Wanna play winning defense?  Then you'll need to learn to jar the ball loose too.

Taking a knee on kickoffs in Madden often results in better field position than a return.

Small decisions matter in Madden, especially on special teams.  On kickoffs it is sometimes better to take a knee than attempt to run it back.  In recent memory getting the ball to the 20-yard line was enough to justify the risk of poor field position, but the NFL changed the rule for kickoffs for the 2016 season.  Now, a touchback grants the receiving team possession at the 25-yard line instead of the 20. 

Punting the ball away is easily the most effective play in the history of football.


Fourth down is decision time.  Often, Madden NFL players make the wrong decision.  For reasons unknown to football traditionalists, some people simply refuse to punt.  There is a perception that punting indicates weakness and is indicative of offensive failure.  Perhaps.  But consider that punts flip the field position an average of 30+ yards virtually every time its called, punting is actually the most successful play in the history of football.

Win more Madden games by kicking field goals when drives stall.


Kickers are the highest scoring players in the history of the NFL.  Check it out.  The leagues scoring record holders are virtually all kickers. Madden NFL scoring records, not so much.  Madden players don't use their kickers to get points even when they are well within range on fourth and long.  Daring, but not necessarily smart.  After all, they don't call it football for nothing. 


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