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Madden NFL 17: Best Offensive Playbook – Rushing

We look at the best offensive playbook for Madden 17 when it comes to running the football. Which is it? And what are the best plays it has?


The most important thing about choosing a Madden NFL 17 playbook is playing to your own strengths. Can you read coverages well? Or is bouncing off blocks more your speciality? Do you like to spread a defense out or bunch them up in the middle and work the edges?

Once you find your niche of game play you’re going to need a playbook that suits. So let’s take a look at some of the best stylistic Playbooks available for offenses on Madden NFL 17.

With Madden’s new ball carrier physics and a greater ability to make defenders miss, having a good ground game has become crucial – that starts with selecting the right playbook. A running playbook should be more than just “lot’s of I-formation run plays”. If you’re a guy who loves the ground game or just want to get better at it, you need formation variability and, crucially, the ability to run the play action to pick up big chunks of yards if you fall behind or your back gets worn out. With that in mind I love the Carolina offensive playbook.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that a team who run the ball often and well in real life have a Madden playbook that replicates that. Carolina has a bevy of formations from singleback, various I-Form, pistol and shotgun that work well, and importantly they have a variety of running plays to suit any team. Got a fast quarterback? Awesome, here are as many option plays as you could want. Got a downhill running game with a fullback? No problem. Go strong I and blast it up the middle before countering away. Got a small and speedy back? Well there is a raft of inside & outside zone plays for you to choose from.

The Panthers obviously aren’t all running, if you want that then you can choose the ‘Run Heavy’ playbook but I would advice not to. There is enough of a ground game in the Panthers one to pound the ball all day, but if you do fall behind you will need it’s spread offense and 5 wide formations to help get yourself upfield quickly.

 

Key plays

Gun trey Y-Flex – Inside Zone/Outside Zone

The important thing with zone plays is reading your blocks and knowing your entry points. On inside zone you want to be aiming at the inside hip of your playside guard and looking for any cutback lanes that might appear. With outside zone it’s the outside hip of your playside guard and looking to see if the outside is available immediately. These runs out of shotgun are usually against a light box so they are good drive starters and can pick up a chunk of yards if read perfectly.

 

Strong H Pro – HB Blast

Your basic fullback lead play, perfect if you have a bruiser like LeGarrette Blount in the backfield. You’re unlikely to break this for a long touchdown but late in the game and in short yardage this one can get you over the line.

Singleback Ace – 01 trap

Perfect against a 4-man front, the playside defensive tackle is allowed through and then immediately kicked out by the backside pulling guard. The playside guard is then free to go up and engage the middle linebacker giving you a nice lane up the middle and a sometimes room to bounce it out at the second level if you have a speedy back.

Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

Madden NFL 17: Best Offensive Playbook – Rushing

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