Madden 22 has plenty of money plays that players can exploit. Ever since its initial release, players have noticed different areas to exploit in both defenses and offenses.
With the game fully released, we can deliver you a definitive guide for the best Madden 22 money plays to use across its game modes.
Madden 22 Offensive Money Plays
1. Z Spot – Gun Bunch Offset
Playbooks with this play: Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, and Miami Dolphins.
The combination of a slant, a corner, and a flat breaks down a defense to either slowly advance down the field or take deep shots.
This play provides a simple concept and reads for every form of coverage, making your offense a nightmare for every type of defense. If your opponent is in man coverage, throw the slant; if he’s in Cover 2, throw the corner; and if he’s in Cover 3 or above, throw the flat. This formation is also great against the pass rush, giving the QB a bit more time to make the perfect read.
2. PA Shot Wheel – Gun Trips TE
Playbooks with this play: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots.
This play has been around Madden tournaments since Madden 17, and now it’s here to make a comeback. With a few adjustments, you can alter the routes to make this an unstoppable play in Madden 22.
First, sub-in your fastest receiver on the slot, and then motion him across to widen out the field and set him on a streak. Now, configure your check down by changing your far left receiver on an in-route or a drag. Last but not least, have your TE on a delay fade, just in case you need to roll out.
With this configuration, the fastest wide receiver is going to drag all of the zones on the right, moving them so far upfield that the crosser ends up being wide open. This read beats Man, Cover 2, Cover 3, and Cover 4. If the user starts to guard the crossing route, you can always check-down or release the delay fade and hit your TE for tremendous gain.
3. PA Read – Gun Ace Slot
Playbooks with this play: Balanced and Miami Dolphins.
This play, like the last one, centers on dragging the zones up the field to leave the TE crosser open. By motioning the outside receiver, the deep post turns into a deep corner, and the DBs will sink while trying to protect it. This will open a wide space to hit the crosser. As always, it’s best to set up check-ups just in case that crosser is defended.
Madden 21 Defensive Money Plays
1. Cover 4 Show 2 – Nickel 3-3-5 Wide
Playbooks with this play: Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Washington Football Team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 46.
This is a really popular play from a very available formation to keep in your defensive arsenal. This play is amazing because it disguises one of the best forms of coverage while also providing run defense. By showing a Cover 2, the front-seven will immediately engage in sealing the run.
The Quarter Flat zones will protect about 20 yards from the line of scrimmage, making it hard for out-routes and corners to develop. In that same fashion, deep blues can be drawn closer to the box to help develop short-yardage plays without the risk of giving anything over the top.
2. Cover 4 Drop – Nickel 3-3-5 Odd
Playbooks with this play: Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, and New England Patriots.
Nickel 3-3-5 Odd is a great formation, creating a mismatch between the pass rush and the O-Line. With some simple adjustments, this play can become a fundamental piece of your defensive scheme.
The first thing needed is to blitz the OLB playing the Curl Flat. This creates confusion along the O-Line as the blocker will primarily try to block then contain, leaving the linebacker free to create pressure and sack the quarterback.
The second thing needed is a Curl Flat to seal the edge in case of an outside zone run or to delay the development of other routes.
3. Str Eagle Slant 3 – Dime 2-3-6 Sam
Playbooks with this play: Miami Dolphins, 3-4, New York Giants.
Following a similar concept to the Nickel 3-3-5 Odd, Str Eagle Slant 3 tries to confuse the offensive line in order to create pressure.
The benefit of doing this, out of a heavy DB set, is that the blitz comes in quicker as corners are faster than linebackers. This play creates almost immediate pressure while also providing a good number of players on the box.
These are the best money plays to keep in mind so that you can develop your schemes and become the best Madden 22 player across all game modes!
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Madden 20: Arizona Cardinals offensive playbook money plays
The Cardinals playbook might be the surprise package in this Madden for offensive playbooks. With the addition of Kliff Kingsbury to the league, it might be time to try something a little different.
Kingsbury joins from the college ranks where he was head coach of Texas Tech. He comes with a reputation for bringing a pass-heavy coach with a strong understanding of the spread offense.
Shotgun cluster is an exciting new package where the TE is not attached to the line and is very popular in the college ranks. A receiving TE and HB will thrive under these spread-style plays with lots of short yardage opportunities.
The Cardinals offensive playbook features plays that can unlock defenses in different ways to what you might have seen before. But what are the money plays this year? Which ones can you frustrate opponents with and dominate online?
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Shotgun Cluster HB Str – Post Curls
This is the kind of play that ‘ego’ players won’t pick as the routes don’t look like huge yardage plays. The key to this play is the options it opens. It sets you up in a formation to beat just about any coverage.
The key standard read is focused on the B/O receiver, cutting across the field and heading toward the left sideline – this regularly slices defenses as the player crosses zones.
Each receiver has a route to pick holes in the coverage, but these can be adjusted to maximum affect. Changing the TE to a drag route audible can open up the short passing game, particularly for a player like Charles Clay.
With the increase in pass-rushing dominance in Madden 20 it is also very effective to have the ability to change the HB to a blocking audible to support the OL.
Post Curls (HB audible to block) vs Cover 2 Man
Against zone coverages, you have plenty of options. The TE drag comes open against any zone, while the RB can pick up short yardage or blitzers when the defense brings a rush.
Users can’t cover all the receivers across the field and B/O will often split zone safeties. Against an aggressive man press you can audible X into a streak and take a deep shot.
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Pistol Spread – Zone Alert Bubble
RPO’s are new to this years Madden, and this is one of the most effective versions of it. Pash rushing is key to the new game and this helps to work as an antidote to punish aggressive defenses.
Particularly effective against 3-4 defenses, the RPO gives you the option between a standard zone run or a quick bubble read that can break big yardage with a speedy receiver with high agility.
The opponent will struggle to know the play you have chosen, but even if they are that good, they will not know whether you will run or pass. Finally, to add to this confusion for your opponent, you can flip the play without showing this meaning that you have the option of 2 different WRs to screen to. When playing online, this kind of secrecy around options is invaluable against the better MUT players.
Zone Alert Bubble v Big Nickel Over G
Reading the red/green rushing indicator helps to make the choices for you. This is not a big playmaker unless your screen breaks, but it will pick up 4/5 yards consistently at the same time as being near impossible to scheme against.
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Shotgun Cluster – Mesh Post
Another Shotgun play with a B/O receiver post as the focus. The same principle applies to the first play in the list, and that receiver will often split the safeties zones – with timing the throw being key.
Whats great about this play, is the supporting cast. The HB offers a dump off pass to the flat that can still break big, and if the coverage gets deeper to prevent the deeper plays the X/Square receiver and TE can do a lot of damage with the smart drag routes.
Mesh Post v Cover 1 Man
The B/O receiver will give you deep yardage, splitting zone safeties. Whilst X/Square and A/X drag routes beat man coverage and cross zones for well timed first down yardage.
These are just a couple of plays that make the Cardinals offense a deadly one to play with.
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It can be tough finding some of the best Madden 20 money plays hidden away within all the offensive playbooks on offer in the game. But in this guide, we'll be walking you through our list of all the Madden 20 offensive money plays that we've found so far, including the best run and pass options.
Throughout the rest of this guide on the best Madden 20 offensive money plays, you can find all the details you'll need on the best plays for any offense. In the first column of the table below you can find the name of the play and the formation that it comes from, then all playbooks that it can be found in, and then finally all the adjustments you'll need to make.
|Gun Bunch, Bunch Trail||Colts, Rams||Hit the tight end closest to you when they cut up the field, or hit the tight end in the slot when they cut away from their defender to the outside of the field|
|Singleback Wing Flex Close, Four Verticals||Colts, Cardinals||Motion the receiver on the very left out, and then snap the ball right before he finishes motioning out. If the cornerback backs off, throw a jump ball up immediately to the receiver. If the corner goes in man coverage, throw a lob pass up the field to the receiver as they cut past the corner. If there's three DBs on the right, motion the receiver on the left instead and repeat the same throws|
|Gun Tight Doubles, Cross Wheels||Browns||Put the slot receiver on the left on a streak route to draw the safety away up the field. When the receiver on the very left cuts upfield, throw the ball when they get seperation|
|Gun Cluster HB STR, Verticals||Cardinals||Put the receiver on the left on a slant route inside. Motion the receiver on the right outside, and snap the ball only after he's in position. If the coverage is man, wait until he outruns the DB upfield for a big gain. If it's zone, throw a bullet pass as soon as he cuts upfield.|
|Gun Cluster HB STR, Mesh Post||Cardinals||Streak the slot receiver on the right, and put the inside receiver on the right in an out route to the sideline. Throw to the receiver on the outside when he cuts to the sideline.|
Offensive Money Plays Explained
It's important to remember when to use the plays we've listed above while you're playing Madden 20. You don't want to overuse them and run any one of the money plays we've listed above back to back, otherwise your opponent is going to catch on pretty quickly to what you're doing, when you're playing in an online head-to-head game.
Instead, you'll want to incorporate these plays into your offense in Madden 20. For example, it's always excellent to have a ground attack based around your running back, so start off with a run on first down. Then, if you haven't made it to the first down marker on the running play, throw a short, quick pass, perhaps a slants play, on second down.
Then, if you go to third down and you're really in need of some yardage, to go the money plays in the table above. It's better not to lead with these plays that are designed to gain huge yardage very quickly in Madden 20, but instead keep them in your back pocket for use when you really need them.
8 Best Red Zone Money Plays in Madden 18
Getting down the field in Madden 18 isn't a tall task if you know what you're doing. But just like real life gridiron action, once you get into the red zone, things get a whole lot harder. When you pack 11 defensive players into such a tight box, reading coverages gets more difficult, while getting the ball into really tight windows proves extremely problematic. That is unless you have one of the best QBs in Madden 18 or dial up the right money play.
High-percentage money plays can produce TD after TD because money plays always give positive yardage -- no matter the situation.
That's why this guide is going to show you the best of these Madden 18 red zone money plays. Some will rely on your stalwart QB, while others will rely on a stout running back. Either way, once you add these money plays to your playbook, you'll be an unstoppable force that will dominate the league.
Power-O (I-Form Tight Pair)
This off-tackle running play has been in Madden for a long time, but in Madden 17, gap controls changed things up a bit -- making the Power-O a formidable red zone money play. And in Madden 18, that's not changed.
You'll want to start this money play either inside the 10- or 5-yard line to maximize its efficiency. As you can see from the screenshot above, you'll be hitting the right-side B- or C-gap for a majority of reps with this play. However, be aware of the defensive scheme you're up against, as you may have to stretch this running play to the outside (around your TE) from time to time -- especially when there's a blitz that clogs the B- and C-gaps.
Slant (I-From Twins)
Whether you're at your own 20-yard line or your opponent's 5, this is a passing money play that works all over the field. Here, you can either hit your primary receiver with a touch pass as he comes over the middle or your secondary receiver with a bullet as he comes across from the opposite direction.
You've also got an underneath receiver crossing into the middle and typically, this wideout will be your principal money option. He'll be open more often than your primary receiver -- and a more reliable target overall.
The reason this play works so well so close to the end zone is that it confuses the defense with your primary and underneath receivers running basically the same route -- and your secondary receiver running a mirrored slant route across both of those routes coming into the middle. On top of that, you've also got a HB coming out of the backfield into the corner of the end zone.
Drive Mesh (Gun Bunch Weak)
This is a great passing play to run out of the Gun formation anywhere in the red zone. You'll have a TE and WR crossing paths, a WR going vertical, and a HB and WR crossing paths. In this ordered chaos, the defense essentially short circuits because of the crossing routes coalescing into such a tight space.
And since most defenses play some type of zone coverage in the red zone, you'll almost always have your secondary receiver (who's crossing from the right of the field to left just inside the end zone) finding holes in the coverage when using this money play.
Just wait as your secondary receiver on the right passes from one zone to the next (which is typically just around the left hash mark), and you'll hit your mark every single time. Alternatively, you also have a chance of getting a touchdown by hitting your running back as he comes out of the backfield, although the defense typically swarms him before he can cross the goal line.
Fullback Dive (Goal Line)
It seems rather rudimentary to include a fullback running play in this selection of best Madden 18 red zone money plays, but if you're inside the 4-yard line, a fullback dive will almost always result in a touchdown.
Even though you won't have a lead blocker, the fullback hits the A-gap much harder than a HB -- and he also benefits from finding any quick holes that develop in the defense, holes that might just as quickly close in the time it takes a halfback to get to the line of scrimmage.
But in the off-chance you don't get into the end zone with this money play, you'll still be inside the 1-yard line, which means you'll punch it in during the next play -- especially if you call the fullback's number again.
PA Flood (Singleback Wing Tight)
If you've been gashing your opponent with the running game or you're in an obvious running down inside the red zone, change things up with a play-action pass like PA Flood.
This particular money play is essentially a gimme from about the 20-yard line. Why? Because your outside receiver running the fly route will almost always be open -- or beat the coverage every time. The key is this: As you come out of the play-action animation, go ahead and let the ball fly to your outside vertical WR. You'll either end up with a catch for big yardage or a TD. You may have to perform a skill move or use an aggressive catch to pull it in, but it's well worth the extra effort knowing you'll get money nearly every time.
And the great thing about PA Flood in Madden 18 is that it also works really well inside the 5-yard line. Here, you'll have the option to throw to your burly TE, who's running an out route to the left, and your secondary WR, who's running an in route. With almost every defense tested, one (or both) of these receivers was open every time.
Slots Out (Gun Pack)
The beauty of this money play (which works at both the 20 and the 5) is that you have viable options on both sides of the field, with both your primary receiver and outside tight-end running quick out routes that put them open directly after their cuts. Quickly survey the defense and you'll almost always find one wide open.
But if they're not, you're still in the game because you'll have a HB running a V route into the middle. He'll easily cut between defensive zones or outwork defenders in man coverage, getting open in between.
Alternatively, if you're at the 20, you'll also have a vertical option with your left outside receiver. But to confuse the defense even more, you could set his hot route to cross over your primary receiver and hit him in the middle of the field, using your HB as a blocker.
HB Toss Crack (Strong)
HB Toss Crack is a solid money play inside the 10-yard line against most opponents. As your wide receiver comes in motion, he draws the defense toward the center of the field. When the ball is snapped, defenders will be drawn right.
Be patient and let the play evolve. Your blockers will pick up defenders to help you get outside and into the end zone. However, as with any toss play or sweep, you'll sometimes come up against defensive schemes that overload the right or left sides of the field -- or ones where edge rushers cut you off from getting outside. In these situations, you'll have to adjust your route and run between the B- and C-gaps for big gains.
Zspot Stop (Strong)
This may very well be the best Madden 18 money play of the bunch -- especially when played within the 3-yard line. Nearly 80% of the time, the LBs in this situation will cover the HB in the flat and the primary receiver going into the back corner of the end zone. This leaves your motion receiver wide open at the end of his Spot route. If you hit him just as he comes underneath the line backers, you'll hit money every time.
Alternatively, Zspot Stop also works from the 15-yard line. Here, you can hit your outside WRs, one running a Deep In route and the other basically running a Dig route to the outside.
Of course, these aren't the only red zone money plays in Madden 18, but they are some of the best and easiest to pull off without assigning hot routes or making adjustments. So with these Madden 18 tips and tricks in your playbook, carving up defenses inside the 20 should be as money as a Patriots' playoff win.
What money plays do you use the most? What plays do you want to see on this list? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to check out our other Madden 18 guides!
Money madden plays 20
The New England Patriots regularly have one of the most expansive and productive passing games in the NFL.
Of course having Tom Brady under center helps that, but one of the big reasons is that their offensive playbook has more than a few money plays that can be pulled out at the right time to make big chunks of yards when they need it.
Madden 20 is the same. The Patriots offensive playbook features a whole host of plays that can pick up yards and take advantage of any coverage. But what are the money plays this year? Which ones can you frustrate opponents with and dominate online?
Gun Trips TE Flex – Levels Sail
This is absolutely dominant formation in Madden 20, especially when you have a quality tight end option. There are several good passing plays from this look, but Levels Sail is far and away the best.
While the play calls the #2 receiver, in this case Julian Edelman, as the primary target, really it depends greatly on the coverage you get and in most cases you’ll never hit Edelman here.
The TE corner route has long been an OP one in Madden, and even without Rob Gronkowski it is a viable option for the Patriots against man coverage. The running back release is the perfect blitz beater, while the double ins can isolate a user LB and open up a hole to deliver the ball.
Levels Sail vs Tampa 2
Against zone coverages you have options everywhere. The TE corner comes open against cover 2 zone, while the RB can pick up yards in a hurry against an off-zone like 3 sky or 4.
The Y route can come open behind an aggressive user LB who is crashing down onto the X/B routes.
Against an aggressive man press you can audible X into a fade and take a deep sideline shot.
Gun Empty Base Flex – Hoss Y Juke
This is new to the Patriots Madden playbook this year but has been a staple of their offense for a long time. The brilliance of this play is all in the 4 option routes, as well as the 11 personnel it utilizes which means you can audible into a run formation too.
Let’s start with the outside receivers which have a curl/streak option. This is an easy completion against off coverage for 5 yards. Against press these receivers then head straight up field and turn the play into a 4 verts that will split deep zones wide open.
The X receiver (#2 on the left) has a vertical route with a post option, meaning you can split a 2-high look or run either side of a single-high safety and give him an impossible choice.
Meanwhile the tight end has a triple option route. He can either run drag across the field as a blitz checkdown, settle in the middle of the field, or break back out to take advantage of the space left by the #2 deep route.
The best option here is often a quick bullet pass to the X receiver as he will usually race into a pocket in zone coverage. Against man coverage your outside receivers and TE become the go-to.
Hoss Y Juke vs Cover 2 Man
It can take some practice to understand how the TE will make his decisions, but once you get a feel for it this is a deadly play from midfield that can score or convert a 3rd down.
Gun Trips TE Flex – Inside Zone
Another Trips TE Flex play, but this is deadly when used in combination with Levels Sail. Most shotgun inside zone runs are very good, but from this formation where the RB is offset from the QB and running toward effectively the weak side of the defense it can be a monster run.
Even against a bear front this run works, you just have to be patient and let the hole develop. Against a 4-front the dream is when the #3 WR takes on the inside linebacker and opens a path to the sideline for you. If he goes straight up to the safety you’ll have to wait for your guard to come off the double team and move up.
Inside Zone vs Big Nickel Over G
You can see the huge window that opens up, and once the left guard moves up to the ILB it’s all over. Then you are just left to make a move on a DB in the open field and pick up as many yards as you can.
Madden 20: The most OP offensive & defensive money plays for franchise mode & ultimate team
The first seven weeks of the season have only confirmed the importance of big, money plays to win games, and it is no different in Madden. NFL coaches have their favorites, so you'll need yours.
You can't use it on every snap, but being able to go to a trusty play for a big third-down or a key red-zone drive can be the difference between a playoff team and one that is watching at home in January.
No play is a guaranteed touchdown. And it should be said, that for every big play on offense there is usually a defensive equivalent but you can get an advantage against the average player by learning some plays below.
Keep them up your sleeve for that vital 3rd down attempt, on either side of the ball. To be successful with these plays you have to practice, practice, practice!
Here are the best money plays on Madden 20 found so far.
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Singleback Wing Flex Close - HB Stretch
Best Playbook - Raiders
A simple addition to the list, there isn't any trickery or adjustments needed with this play. The key is to be patient and not hit the run button until you see the gap. Focus on getting to the outside touchline and then look to juke back inside to beat the defender.
The other great thing about this play is the ability to flip it to either side to react to how the defense is setting up. Keep a lookout for the green markers on the center of the screen showing the better direction to run. This is a simple technique that is very hard to stop consistently, and if a player does overcompensate against you, this will create holes elsewhere.
Singleback Wing Flex Close - Four Verticals
Best Playbook - Raiders/Colts/Cardinals
The first thing to note with this play is that it's on the cheesy end of money plays, which makes it a likely candidate to be used a lot in MUT early before being reduced in power by EA in a patch update.
The outside receivers on this play (X/■ and RB/R1) moves about 5 yards outside before starting to track upfield. Just by learning the timing correctly, it is possible to keep getting 10 yard gains against a Cover 2 with little effort. To get even better gains, motion the players (B/Circle, choose player and then hit Left or Right on LS to move them) and snap mid-motion. If the defender is too close for this to be possible, it's likely to be a Cover 1 and then that opens up the chance to a well-timed ball over the top.
If reading a Cover 3 defense then, notice that the seam route (A/X) will be open deep. It really does have an option for every defense.
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Shotgun Cluster HB STR - Mesh Post
Best Playbook - Cardinals
1. Streak the slot receiver (Y/▲ + RB/R1 + Up LS) on the right and put the 2. inside receiver on the right in an out route (Y/▲ + B/Circle + Right LS) to the sideline. 3. Throw to the receiver on the outside (Hold B/Circle + Right LS) when he cuts to the sideline and lead throw using direction. Practice the timing to perfection.
The other receiver will block the CB downfield. This play won't work when the CB is in flats so that is your only read.
3-4 Odd - Pinch Buck 0
Best Playbook - Lions/Ravens/Patriots
This is a great general formation to prevent both rush and pass. It balances having a lot of larger players on the line, but without compromising too much in pass coverage. The Pinch Buck O is a great play within this formation that brings incredibly pressure - quickly.
With this approach, all you need to do is 1. base align (Y/▲ + Right LS) then 2. show blitz (Y/▲ + Left LS). And finally, set the 3. edge to contain (LB/L1 + RB/R1).
This is a risky play as it leaves all you in man coverage and 1-on-1, but most of the time the pressure is so quick that your opponent is going to have to know how to avoid pressure in seconds to beat the sack.
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3-4 Odd - Engage Eight
Best Playbook - Bears
Just this play. The beauty of this is the pure pressure without having to do much thinking. Use this to keep your opponent on their toes. As it leaves players open in coverage, it should always be used sparingly, but when catching someone out it can be powerful.
I like to move the big DT a little to spread the defensive line evenly, but this isnt required.
Making sure you user a defensive back, you will disrupt none of the rushing lanes and let the CPU do the hard work for you.
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3-4 Base - Cover 4 Drop Show 2
Best Playbook - Bears
1. Base align with your corners (Y/▲ + Right LS), and opt to 2. show corners blitz (Y/▲ + Left LS). 3. Blitz all linebackers (Right Dpad + Down RS), but 4. manually control one linebacker and use them to cover the middle of the field
This is another great blitz approach, but the only way to prevent some big gains is by good user play, so again this requires repetitive practice - particularly with the quick adjustments needed. Watch out for opponents quick snap.
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