How To Beat Match Coverages In Madden 24
Everything you will ever need to know about beating match coverage in Madden.
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What Is Match Coverage?
Match coverages are the most complex defenses in Madden. They will play differently based on a variety of factors including what formation the offense is in, if they use motion or not, and what routes are run on offense.
Because this page is more of an introduction, we aren't going to get into the complexities of each match coverage but we will go over the most common ones and how to beat them. Similarly, it can also be difficult to tell exactly what match coverage your opponent is playing before you snap the ball.
How Is Match Coverage Played?
There are 4 main types of match coverages you will encounter in Madden: Cover 4 Quarters, Cover 4 Palms, Cover 6, and Cover 9. If your opponent comes out in any of those defenses, you know he is in a match coverage.
Each of these coverages have slightly different ways of playing the offense but the 1 thing you must keep in mind against any of these coverage is that while the on-screen play art might look like zone defense, in reality, match coverages often play like a typical man to man defense.
Match Coverage #1 - Cover 4 Quarters
Cover 4 Quarters is typically the most popular type of Match coverage in Madden. For the most part if you encounter someone calling Cover 4 Quarters often, you are either playing someone really skilled or someone who has no idea what they are doing.
Match Coverage #2 - Cover 4 Palms
Just by looking at the play art, Cover 4 Palms looks exactly like Cover 4 Quarters but it plays very differently. Again, we aren't going to get too deep into the subtleties and complexities of Match coverage but typically the vast majority of gamers won't call this play.
Match Coverage #3 - Cover 6
Cover 6 is the 2nd most popular match coverage you will see in Madden. It is called a Cover 6 because you have a Cover 4 look on one side and a Cover 2 look on the other. Cover 4 + Cover 2 = Cover 6.
Match Coverage #4 - Cover 9
Cover 9 is probably the least common coverage you will see in Madden. It is called a Cover 9 because it is the mirror image of a Cover 6 defense.