Madden 23 Playbooks: Best Offensive & Defensive Playbook, early favorites

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Madden 23 playbooks are already a hot topic among die hard fans and especially for the competitive scene.

With some changes already revealed in the beta, we're taking a look at the early favorites as the Madden 23 best playbooks on each side of the ball.

Madden 23: Best Playbooks


While some players are happy to go with whichever playbook their team or coach is packed with, some are already looking for the best Madden 23 playbooks.

There are definitive favorites each year, but they tend to shift a little as the most powerful meta plays reveal themselves and the gameplay itself adjusts.

With FieldSENSE majorly changing things this year, it's no shock that some of the top playbooks could vary as well.

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As of now, all of this is based on the closed Madden 23 beta, and there's always a chance they could tweak things ahead of the full worldwide release.

Things may also flux a bit once more competitive players can really push the Madden 23 playbooks to their limit, but as of now some favorites are already emerging.

Top Offensive Madden 23 Playbooks

Last year, the New England Patriots had one of the top options, and once again it looks like Bill Belichek's formula works as they have one of the best Madden 23 playbooks.

Trips TE and Gun Bunch are definite strengths again this year, and it should be powerfully versatile both on the ground and in the air.

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A dark horse top option this year is actually the Detroit Lions who have Trips TE, Gun Bunch, and Bunch TE options that could make it a key competitive choice.

Behind those top few, there are also strong adjustments that put the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers high on the list this year, but it will be good to find the one that works best for your playstyle.


Top Defensive Madden 23 Playbooks

One of the most reliable favorites returns as Alternate 46 is one of the best Madden 23 playbooks on the defensive side of the ball.

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While there were some changes, Alternate 46 still has Big Nickel and 3-3-5 Cub options, the latter of which replaces 3-3-5 Wide from Madden 22.

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THE ALTERNATE: You can sub in Alternate 46 for your favorite team

The Baltimore Ravens aren't far behind with a lot of great formations to pick from including 2-4-5 DBL A Gap, 3-3-5 Cub, and Big Dime 1-4-6.


However, an early emerging defensive king of Madden 23 playbooks may be the Chicago Bears, as theirs is boasting Dime 1-4-6, 3-3-5 Wide, 3-3-5 Will, and Even 6-1 formations to pick from.

We'll have to wait for the worldwide launch and the first woes of competitive play to learn if other meta options emerge, but right now these look to be some of the best Madden 23 playbooks.