In our first Madden 21 tip for the next generation consoles (PlayStation 5 and XBOX Series X) we are going over a play that is easy to set up and has very simple reads.

We are running this play out of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive playbook but it is a fairly common play so you may find it in other playbooks as well.

It does a great job of beating cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 defenses as well as any other zone defense in the game.

It also works well near the goal line so when you really need a touchdown, you’ll want to surprise your opponent with this play.

Note: This also works great on Madden 21 on the PS4 and XBOX One as well.

Let’s dive in!

Playbook: Pittsburgh Steelers

Formation: Gun Empty Trey Stack

Play: Fade Out

Setup:

  1. Put your B/circle receiver on a drag route

Reads:

  1. Your first read on this play is always the X/square receiver on a quick pass
  2. If he is covered, look to the Y/triangle receiver deep against cover 2 defenses
  3. Then look to the B/circle receiver underneath

Overview: This play beats every zone defense in Madden 21 if you make your reads correctly. It will usually get you 10-15 yards against cover 3 and cover 4 defenses or a huge gain against cover 2 defenses.

This play also works really well against cover 3 and cover 4 defenses near the goal line. It can be an incredbly effective red zone passing play.

Let’s take a closer look at how this play works aganst cover 3 and cover 4 defenses.

This is how the final play art should look right before we snap the ball. We notice a single high safety so we have a hunch that our opponent is in a cover 3 zone.

The screenshot above showcases how the defense will rotate after the snap when they are in a cover 3 shell. You can see the huge window we should have to throw into.

Immediately after we snap the ball we see that our X/square receiver is wide open. We’ll want to pass as quick as we can to him.

We make the catch with no one around us and a lot of room to run. It can help to RAC catch it by pressing X/square while making the catch.

By the time we get tackled, we end up with about 13 easy yards.

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