One of the easiest ways to shut down top Madden players is to play a defense that they can’t replicate in practice mode.

In today’s Madden School tip, we are going over a unique cross-man defense that takes most popular route combinations in Madden 18 away.

Check out the full breakdown below.

Playbook: Baltimore Ravens

Formation: 3-4 Odd

Play: Cover 4 Drop Show 2


  1. Base Align
  2. Cross man both inside safety’s on outside WR’s
  3. Put your MLB in a deep blue zone
  4. Put both of your corner backs in deep half zones.

Overview: The objective of this play is to stop crossing and drag routes. By cross manning you can defend against this popular concept by giving a cover 2 invert look.

This is an advanced tip that can shut down a lot of high level offenses when used appropriately.

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