“Defense wins championships.” That phrase is especially true in Madden. Offense is fun and gets most of the attention but if you have a dominant defensive scheme, you can win game after game with relative ease.

Today, we are going over 3 of the best defensive playbooks in Madden 22. For those of you who are interested, you can check out our previous post on 5 of the best offensive playbooks in Madden 22.

Please keep in mind that things change throughout the year so the defensive playbooks that we recommend today, may no longer be the best a month from now.

Feel free to browse through all of the defensive playbooks on your own in our Madden 22 playbook database.

Let’s dive in!


Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Playbook

The Steelers defensive playbook is definitely improved. The most notable addition is the Nickel 1-5-5 DBL A-Gap formation which is brand new to Madden 22.

They also have some of the usual solid defensive formations that most players like to have.

Here are some of the go-to formations in the Madden 22 Pittsburgh Steelers defensive playbook:

Make sure to give the new Nickel 1-5-5 DBL A Gap formation a try if you have the personnel for it.


Multiple D Defensive Playbook

The Multiple D Alternative playbook has always been one of the best defensive playbooks in Madden, and it continues that tradition in Madden 22.

Although it is unchanged from previous years, as the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

They have a little bit of everything but here are some of the best formations in the Madden 22 Multiple D defensive playbook:

Nickel 3-3-5, Nickel 3-3-5 Wide, and Dollar 3-2-6 are all very popular defensive formations so you have some flexibility with this playbook.


New England Patriots Defensive Playbook

The Patriots Madden 22 defensive playbook is also relatively unchanged from previous years but it is one of the most versatile team defensive playbooks in the game.

You have a good mix of both 3-4 and 4-3 formations as well as useful Nickel and Dime formations as well.

Here are some of our recommended formations from the Madden 22 New England Patriots defensive playbook:

3-4 Bear, Dime 1-4-6, and Nickel 3-3-5 Odd are always great formations with good blitzes and coverages plays in them.

The best defensive playbook for you will depend on your team and your play style. Which defensive playbook do you think is best? Sound off in the comments!