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How To Destroy Cover 2 Defenses In Madden 21

In today’s Madden 21 offensive tip, we are going over a great concept to use to beat any cover 2 defenses in Madden 21. This includes cover 2 defenses with hard flats, cloud flats, and/or soft squats.

The concept we are going over today uses a smart routed corner route with a flat route lined up outside of our target receiver.

This concept is effective because the receiver on the shallow route drags down any defender in a flat zone allowing your target route (the smart routed corner) to get wide open toward the sideline.

In the video below, we go over a couple of different ways to do this that all result in the same outcome.

The example uses a play from the Singleback Tight Y Off formation because we plan to release a mini ebook going over that entire formation in the next week or so but you can use this concept in a bunch of different formations and playbooks.

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Let’s dive in!

How To Destroy Cover 2 Defenses In Madden 21

Playbook: Green Bay Packers

Formation: Singleback Tight Y Off

Play: PA Boot Slide


  1. Smart route the B/circle receiver
  2. Hot route the tight end to a streak
  3. Block your running back
  4. Motion your Y/triangle receiver to the right


  1. Your main read on this play against any cover 2 defense is the B/circle receiver on the slant out to the sideline.
  2. If he is covered, hit the Y/triangle receiver in the flat. RAC catch it and turn it upfield

Overview: This play can be flipped to either side of the field without giving away to your opponent which side you are running it to until you motion your slot receiver open.

We recommend running it to the wide side of the field to give your receiver the most space to work with.

It can also help to have a wide receiver with either slot-o-matic or route technician to make this play even more effective.

Lets take a closer look at how this play works.

This is how the play should look right before you snap the ball. Feel free to put your X/square receiver on whatever route you would like. He isn’t that important to this play.

We can see our opponent is in a standard Tampa 2 defense but remember this works against any cover 2 defense (even soft squats) as long as your opponent isn’t using zone drops.

After we snap the ball, we can see how our receiver on the flat route pulls down the outside cornerback which allows the B/circle receiver on the slant out to have a huge window to the sideline.

We make the catch with both the safety and cornerback about 5 yards away from us. We RAC catch it by pressing X/square and turn it upfield.

We are able to walk into the end zone for an easy touchdown.

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3 years ago

I need help stopping crossing routes…PLEASE HELP!!!!

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