The route we are going over today is one of the best kept secrets in Madden 25.  You probably have never seen it in a game before but after watching this video, you’ll be calling it at least a few times every game.

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Playbook: Seattle Seahawks

Formation: Pistol Trips

Play: Smash


  1. Hot route your tight end to a flat route
  2. Do whatever you want with your receivers on the other side of the field


  1. Throw it to the running back when he gets open

Madden School Pro Tip: Using a fast running back with decent catch ratings will make this play even more effective.

Let’s break this play down a little further.

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This is how the play should look right before we snap the ball.

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Our running back heads toward the sideline and at this point, he looks completely covered.

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We take off upfield and get huge separation from the defender in man to man coverage.

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You can see the huge throwing lane our quarterback has to deliver the pass.

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The defender in man to man coverage is a full 4 yards behind our running back.  If there was only 1 deep safety or 0 deep safeties, we would have an easy touchdown.

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The deep safety comes up to make the tackle after a 17 yard gain.

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