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Stopping Shotgun HB Counter Plays in Madden 25

madden 25 counter defense

Counter plays from shotgun formations are a nightmare to deal with in Madden 25 if you aren’t good at diagnosing a play and shutting it down with user skill.  That is why we are going over a way to stop them (or at least slow them down).

Check out the full breakdown below.

Madden 25 Defensive Tip Slowing Down The Shotgun HB Counter

: New York Giants

Formation: 5-2

Play: Pinch


  1. Spread your D-line
  2. Reblitz the blitzing linebacker

Madden School Pro Tip: If you get a defensive lineman into the backfield, immediately switch onto him and dive at the running back to stop the play in the backfield.

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  1. Ok I play with the 3-4 playbook on defense and Im trying to find a good formation out of that playbook to stop the run and get good pressure and coverage out of.. I play alot of good qb that make me second guess the blitz which messes w/ my run defense what do you suggest I do?

  2. I need help with a base defense to run. One that can slow down the pass and the run until I make adjustment base on what my opponent is doing? Please help

  3. I use the Carolina Panthers Playbook. Do you have any explosive running plays? I can pass and run with the qb but my game seems to lack a good running play.

  4. The 4-6 is a good def to cover run and pass..jus gotta tweek it axcording to ur opp.

  5. Hi, im new to madden. When should i play cover defense and when should i blitz?

  6. What I do to stop it is shift my lb to the right and treat it like a read option and choose defend HB. It seems like my boys in CB break off and stops it in its tracks