While labbing the Detriot Lions offensive playbook, I randomly stumbled across a play that absolutely demolishes man defenses.  The 2 defenders covering the fullback and the tight end switch who they are covering in the middle of the play, leaving our tight end wide open for a substancial huge gain.

Playbook: Detriot Lions

Formation: Weak Pro

Play: PA F Slide


  1. Hot route your running back to a streak and motion him to the right.


  1. Your first read is always your tight end running a corner route.
  2. Your square/x receiver will also usually be open for a quick pass.

Why this play works:

I want to go over step by step what happens to the defense so you can see how your tight end becomes wide open.


madden 12 offense

We ran this play against a 3-4 2 man under defense.  We are going to focus on the linebackers because they are the key to this play’s success.  The linebacker in the red circle is supposed to cover the fullback.  The linebacker in the purple circle drops back into a yellow zone.  The linebacker in the green is supposed to guard the tight end.  At this point it doesn’t look like we have any mismatch to exploit.

Once we snap the ball however, we see that the linebacker in green now switches to guard our fullback running out to the flat.  This leaves the linebacker in red having to run all the way across the field to try to cover our tight end.

At this point, you can see that our qb is about to release the ball.  Notice that our tight end heads to the corner further seperating himself further from the linebacker trying to cover him.

Our tight end catches the pass and you can see that the linebacker is still about 7 yards away.  This allows us to turn up field and pick up another 10-15 yards for a 30-35 yard gain.

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