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Old 01-25-2021, 10:17 PM   #1
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User defense against default All Madden: D Line or bust?

What is your experience playing against default All Madden? I'm enjoying this year's default All Madden. It's definitely stoppable on offense.

From my experience the only problem is that if I control a LB or a S, no matter what I do the CPU will find a guy open in the other part of the field. I can cover three routes, the cpu QB will look for the forth one. I'm having avrage success with LB/S and great success (even shutouts) with a pass rusher to tackler/DB approach.

Is controlling a pass rusher the only consistent way to match All Madden's offense?

I'm asking because even though I love playing on the D line, controlling mainly a pass rusher can be boring long term...

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Old 01-26-2021, 09:45 AM   #2
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Re: User defense against default All Madden: D Line or bust?

I love playing Dline, the only issue I'm having is you have to be super careful because depending on how you move the stick because it will trigger a LB or corner to blitz and leave someone wide open. I'm really careful not to trigger the R3 button but they still register you hitting it, seems really sensitive.
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Old 01-26-2021, 10:02 AM   #3
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I feel like this year the ratings really matter. X factors matter. You have to play to your strengths. If I'm playing D with the Rams I'm usering A.Donald. Seahawks, B.Wagner/J.Adams. Cardinals, most athletic I.Simmons. Niners, mix and match with Bosa and Warner. I also bounce around based on the situation. Base D, user MLB. Passing down, user D-line. Blitz, user FS/SS. Goalline, user blitz MLB.
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Old 01-27-2021, 04:00 PM   #4
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Re: User defense against default All Madden: D Line or bust?

I never play defensive line, my online league plays on All Madden (default sliders), and I don't have any X-Factor pass rushers on my roster, but I still led my league in sacks by a dozen. \_(ツ)_/

How I call my defense is pretty robotic. Against 2x2 sets I show at least a five-man surface. Against trips I always call either C4 Palms and freelance with the safety opposite of the passing strength (be mindful of crossers from #3) or C6 / C9 and user the C2-side Vertical Hook defender (carry #2 vertical, otherwise look for crossers). Against two-back sets I almost always send extra rushers. Against empty I call C1 Robber with press bail and user the 3-Rec (show blitz, then drop to #3).

One of the main problems the CPU has in M21 is that CPU QBs rarely - if ever - hot route a running back or tight end into pass blocking against obvious pressure looks. This makes formations such as Nickel Double A Gap or Nickel 335 Wide a bit overpowered vs the CPU, because it's easy to force the CPU pass blockers into one-on-ones as long as you hang around the line of scrimmage with a defender right at the snap with one of the linebackers. In combination with the long QB dropback issues, this makes defense on PS4 / XBOX One All-Madden trivially difficult. As long as I don't screw up on offense, I've mostly been naming my score against the CPU on PS4 All Madden for a while now.

On PS5, I have found the QBs to be more willing to throw the ball away and scramble, especially QBs with higher AWR ratings. I actually took my first loss on All Madden to the CPU in months on PS5 the other day against the Packers in a game that went to overtime. So there is hope for a challenging experience moving forward.
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Old 01-27-2021, 04:44 PM   #5
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I play MLB on man plays to cover the RB and play DL on zone plays. Seems to work very well and is a change of pace to play a position based on a defensive play call.

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Old 01-27-2021, 07:23 PM   #6
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Coop, both users playing coverage is the best way.. If not, then safety or LB. I like to play CB, but the CPU just plain doesn't throw your way..ever.
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