Are you sick of having a losing record? Do you wonder how someone ever reached a skill level 30? Just starting out and having trouble keeping up with your opponents? Sure there are those few “bum hunters” and “glitchers” who expose the flaws of the game. Don’t be that guy. Follow these tips and you will be on your way to being an elite Madden gamer.

Scratch the ideas of rocket catching, nano’s and running up the scoreboard with 70 points a game. Those things will come as you gradually up your skills. Keep it simple. Learn your team. Master your playbook. Play defense. Most people have a favorite team or a handful of teams they play with on a regular basis. Really study your depth chart. Know your starters, key substitutions, and your diamond in the rough players. Just because a guy is rated 69 overall doesn’t necessarily mean he is useless. Use substitutions at the play call menu and don’t overuse your best players. Sure, you can run the same toss play or air out in shotgun all game. Don’t. Not only does this make you predictable, it gives your opponent the edge. Master your playbook. Use multiple plays out of multiple formations to keep your opponent on his heels. Run the ball to multiple sides of the field. Pass the ball to multiple recievers. Set up your playaction by running the ball. You get the idea, mix it up on offense.

All that is nice but defense wins the game people. Scoring on every drive is nice and all, but it is overall useless if your opponent is doing the same. One of the easiest defensive advantages, yet not always used in online play is picking your defensive play after the offense picks thier play. Never pick your play until you see what package thier in. Pay attention to play call habits and overused plays. Learn your run stoppers and learn your pass stoppers.

Remember, you can only get better. Get out there and play! Don’t let a loss or a losing streak get in your way. Stick with your gameplan with minor tweaks as you go and I guarantee improvement. We here at Madden-School take pride in beating our opponents while keeping it respectful. Feel free to roam our forums for more tips and to join chatbox for some great competition.

Written by Madden-School Staff Writer LayinWood