Here are some key points which will cost average players Madden games against higher level players. If you consistently make these mistakes, you will be destined to your current level and will have trouble beating top competition.
1. Getting Away From Your Gameplan -
If you don’t play with set audibles and some type of consistent set’s of plays then you are going to lose many games. Even if the game is going well early, you will be more apt to make drastic changes and pick a random play in a big spot. Our Detroit O-book is a full scheme which not only gives you plays, but explains what situation to use them in AND what to look for to make sure you call the right play. Ideally a scheme will build off everything you do before. If you are frantically changing and not setting up your opponent, you will struggle to win games.
2. Turnovers -
Do you constantly press the recievers button and say “pick”? Well, if you know that the pass is going to be in tight coverage than why are you throwing it? Look sometimes you bobble the pass or the Qb’s acc is off, but a good chunk of the time you throw risky passes and aren’t shocked when they get intercepted. Turnovers in this game will destroy you. You can withstand a fumble or 2 but any good player will capatilize on these turnovers and put the game away early.
3. Mismanagment Of Clock -
This will end up costing you valuable points. Whether you run out of time OR leave your opponent too much time, you need to be aware of all situations that can occur. You must know the score, timeout situation and clock. I have seen too many drives end before the half where players look for one extra play instead of taking the 3 points. I know field goals aren’t as sexy as getting a nice touchdown, but those points especially just before a half can be huge. Also if you don’t really have a chance to score and throw a pick, you will lose too often.
4. Picking the wrong team-
Maybe you saw the Colts play on Sunday night and like their style. So next time you hop online you decide to take them for a spin. You usually use the patriots and figure, that they are similar teams due to ratings. WRONG. Indy doesn’t have a dominant big time WR like Randy Moss. Sure Reggie Wayne is good in real life but he isn’t built the same way as a Madden WR. The Colts can do tremendous things with there DE’s in Madden 10 but the Patriots game is blitzing the LB’s and holding up the line with their bulk. This scheme won’t translate well and you will feel out of place. Picking a team that doesn’t optomize your strength will come back to haunt you in a big moment.
5. Lacking Stick Smarts-
Notice we didn’t say Stick Skill. If you have one on one outside coverage and simply need to make a user swat, then why go for the pick? If you have safety help coming in over the top, then why not go for the pick? These are two situations that good players rarely mess up but they make a world of difference. If you seem to be giving up long runs, is it because your defense isn’t set up properly, or your going for the hit stick and whiffing?
If you play a tight game and lose on one of these small things it can be very frustrating. We saw the Pats dominate the Colts and lose because of a bad judgment on Risk/Reward call. Good teams seem to win the tight games most of the time. Alot of it is just being calm and prepared. Having a plan will help you with your confidence and the more situations you come across, the better you will be at managing them. Use your mind when you play because it is powerful than anyone’s thumbs could ever be!
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About the Author: ZFarls is a 23 Year Old Madden Baller from Boston, MA. Along with Sgibs, he owns Madden Bible and looks to give players advanced strategies and tactics to win more madden games. He preaches confidence in what you are running and knowing the situation you are in. Everything else will come naturally!