Cover 3 defense is the most common zone coverage in Madden 16.  You should have a few ways to beat it every time you see it.  Today’s free Madden 16 tip goes over how to get 20+ yards against cover 3.

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Playbook: Atlanta Falcons

Formation: Gun Split Offset

Play: PA Falcons Shot


  1. Hot route your X/square receiver to a streak
  2. Hot route your B/circle receiver to a drag
  3. Motion your A/X receiver to the left


  1. Against any sort of zone coverage your A/X receiver is usually wide open.
  2. Against man to man defense or if your A/X receiver is covered, look underneath to the drag route

Overview: We have 7 guys blocking on this play so we should have a lot of time to throw the ball.  Your A/X receiver is your primary read on this play and will be open for 30+ yards against zone defenses.

Let’s take a look at the screenshots.

PA Falcons Shot #1

This is how the play should look right before we snap the ball.  Notice how we motioned the slot receiver over to the left.

PA Falcons Shot #2

Here it looks as if our slot receiver is covered so we will have to wait a little before we throw it.

PA Falcons Shot #3

Right when the cornerback starts to break down to cover our running back in the flat, that is when we throw the pass.

Madden 16 PA Falcons Shot

Our receiver catches the ball for a big gain.

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