Monday, June 13, 2022

4-3 Odd: Strong Slant 3 (BLITZ)

This blitz is still pretty effective if you are in a playbook that has 4-3 Odd like the New England Patriots Playbook. This is similar blitz to the old 4-3 Over blitz that was really effective in Madden '18 and '19. Still works good, but it isn't a blitz I would run more than a few times a game, and only when you know your opponent is most likely passing the ball! 


  1. Base Align
  2. Press
  3. Shift Defensive Line LEFT
  4. Crash the Defensive Line to the RIGHT
  5. Put right side MLB into any zone (bluff blitz if available works too)
  6. QB Contain
  7. User the MLB you put into zone and hover him in gap between RT/RG











Sunday, June 5, 2022

FieldSENSE in Madden '23

 "FieldSENSE is the foundation for consistent, ultra-realistic gameplay that gives you more control at every position and affects every game mode in Madden NFL 23.

Fueled by new physics-informed animation and animation-branching technology, FieldSENSE makes gameplay more authentic bringing more variety and realistic, physics driven outcomes. 

FieldSENSE comes to life in Madden NFL 23 in four major ways, through new control mechanics that we’re calling: Hit Everything, Skill-Based Passing, 360° Cuts, and WR vs DB Battles. We’re starting on the defensive side of the ball with Hit Everything."

FieldSENSE is a new feature in Madden '23 that will improve upon the realism of what we got with the next-gen consoles (PS5, Xbox X/S) where the movement of the player felt more realistic than ever before. 

The biggest feature of FieldSENSE is going to be the Skill-Based Passing, where you can lead passes more accurately to try and hit those back shoulder fades to your WR or TE, or lead the ball to a WR coming over the middle so the trailing defensive back wouldn't be able to make a play on the ball. Of course, this has a skill gap to it, as it isn't as easy and just leading passes like we currently do in Madden '22. 

To use the Skill-Based Passing mechanics you will need to hold LT/L2 while moving the Left Analog stick to the location you want to throw the ball, this allows you to place the ball outside of the shaded ellipse. You will hold LT/L2 place the ellipse, then select the WR/TE/HB you want to throw the ball to. It seems complicated but, once you play with it for a couple of days it will feel natural.

Here is an example of Skill-Based Passing:

You can also adjust the sensitivity of the ellipse, but, the more difficult you have it set, the more of an advantage you will have in the game. 

Lastly, using this new passing system isn't a requirement; but, if you want to play H2H MUT or Madden Regs at a high level, I would assume you should practice using it and master it.  

Yes, Madden has had similar features in previous Madden's; such as Madden '06 QB Vision (QB cone) and Madden '18 Target Passing. Skill-Based Passing feels way more polished than both of those game features, especially Target Passing in Madden '18, which was very similar; but, didn't feel as polished as what we are getting in Madden '23. 




Thursday, December 16, 2021

JC Jackson Stocking Stuffer Hero

The long national nightmare is over, America's team finally got an upgrade to JC Jackson in MUT. Jackson got the "Champion" card in the Stocking Stuffer program in Ultimate Team. The Stocking Stuffer program featured 32 players, 1 from each team, and 2 Champions: JC Jackson for the AFC and CeeDee Lamb for the NFC. 



The JC Jackson item gives the Patriots theme team a nice boost to the defensive backfield with what you could argue is the best defensive backfield in Madden Ultimate Team. Jackson, along with the OOP Cordarrelle Patterson, and Ty Law item gives them 3 of the best cornerbacks in MUT, also the fastest CBs in MUT; especially when paired with either of the Zero Chill or Stocking Stuffer strategy card. 


JC does have 2 attributes that are not that enticing; pursuit and agility. You'd like to see them a tad higher, but the agility isn't as terrible as the pursuit, which is really bad. Also, his tackling and block shedding are not the best, but those attributes fall in line with most other CBs in the game. 





The JC Jackson item looks great on a 50/50 Patriots theme team. Check the video above and skip to the 3:51 in the video to see the Jackson card fully powered-up on a Pats theme team.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Patriots Safeties in MUT Rated

If you want full details on how I utilize these players in different defenses and the Abilities that I use on them, here is a YouTube video breaking down each of the players:

These ranking are for MUT, I have already broken down the Cornerbacks on the Patriots Theme Team (check bottom of this post for the link). The safety position in MUT is important because you can utilize a lot of these players at not only the FS/SS position, but also play them at Cornerback as well as at the Sub Linebacker position. In Madden ’22, Linebackers will not animate or jump up for INTs like the way the Defensive Backs will, so having Safeties at the LB spot is the meta in MUT and Madden ’22 in general. 

He

re are both the Safety positions ranked for a Patriots Theme Team (Only ranking players that get Patriots Team Chemistry and have a Power Up. 


Free Safety:

  1. Duron Harmon
  2. Adrian Phillips
  3. Logan Ryan
  4. Devin McCourty


Strong Safety:

  1. Kam Chancellor*
  2. Rodney Harrison
  3. Eric Rowe

[* Cam Chancellor gets every team chemistry in MUT in Madden ’22, so he is included as a Patriots player.]




Rated Cornerbacks: https://www.neplaybook.com/2021/11/patriots-cornerbacks-in-mut-rated.html


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Patriots Cornerbacks in MUT Rated

Here is a guide for those of you thinking of starting a Patriots Theme Team in Madden ’22, today I will discuss the Cornerbacks and rate them from best to worst. I am only rating the players that have Power-Ups; so no golds or silvers. 




Fastest Patriots MUT CBs:

  • Deltha O’Neal - 94 Speed
  • Jason McCourty - 94 Speed
  • Mike Haynes - 93 Speed
  • Aqib Talib - 93 Speed
  • Darrelle Revis - 92 Speed
  • Stephon Gilmore - 91 Speed
  • JC Jackson - 91 Speed
  • Malcolm Butler - 90 Speed
  • Jonathan Jones - 90 Speed


Patriots CBs Rated:

  1. Deltha O’Neal
  2. Jason McCourty
  3. Mike Haynes
  4. Aqub Talib
  5. Stephon Gilmore
  6.  Darrelle Revis (5B*)
  7. JC Jackson (5C*)
  8. Malcolm Bulter
  9. Jonathan Jones


So as far as Gilmore, Revis and Jackson go; Gilmore is the better overall card if you look at all of his attributes. JC Jackson gets 2x Patriots Theme Chemistry for those of you just starting out which might be more useful. Revis is faster than Gilmore by 1 speed and some of you may prefer the speed over the other attributes. 

Some things to consider, when you have a 50/50 Patriots theme team you will gain +2 speed to all players who have the Patriots team chemistry. You will also get other attribute boost with 50/50 as well. You can get additional attribute boost with the strategy cards; including speed, man coverage, zone coverage, etc.






Thursday, August 26, 2021

Beat Man Coverage with this Route Combo Every Time!

As Madden '22 currently has issues with zones not working properly, or at least it feels that way, a lot of MUT head-to-head players are running Man defense, instead of a Zone defense. I see a lot of players using Cover 2 Man, which is a Man defense with both safeties in Deep Blue zones. A lot of times they will but the Deep Blues into other zones though. 

In this video below I show you 2 routes you can use that are very effective against Man Coverage. 1 of the routes is a Angle Route with your Running Back, this route destroys Man Coverage most of the time. The route is a Drag Route with the Tight End, which also will work well against man coverage most of the time because you most likely will have a slower Linebacker manned up on the Tight End. 

Keep in mind, this video is in practice mode against the AI. In a H2H game, your opponent will have his user on the field, as well as he could make other adjustments that could take 1 or both of these routes away. 

As an aside, Tight End Corner Routes work well against Man defense as well!  


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

How to properly use QB contains in Madden '22

Some people online are complaining that QB contains don't work on next-gen (PS5, Xbox Series X/S); but, they do work, it is just the users are not adjusting their defense correctly. I am not sure if this is a bug, or an intended purpose to increase the skill gap in Madden by EA, but in this video I will show you how to properly use QB contains. 

Keep in mind, your defensive ends matter, and contains will not work 100% of the time, but they are effective if you adjust your defense correctly!