Madden 22 Defense: Interceptions, Controls, Tips and Tricks to Crush Opposing Offenses

Learn how to become a defensive mastermind and lockdown every opponent in Madden 22.

In the NFL, defenses win championships; in Madden 22, this isn’t any different. Defense is probably the most important aspect as you can stop your opponent from scoring and, if you’re skilled, score yourself. To win a game, it is vital to learn how to intercept, swat, user rush, and more.

So, here is the ultimate guide with tips and tricks on how to play defense in Madden 22.

How to intercept the ball in Madden 22

To intercept the ball, the targeted defender has to be selected, and the user must press the Triangle on PlayStation, Y button on Xbox, or R on PC.

How to play defense in Madden 22

In order to play impeccable defense in Madden 22, you must anticipate the opponent’s plays and make adjustments to defend them. To do so, Madden provides a screen from which you can select plays based on formations, concepts, play types, and personnel.

Certain formations are better suited to defend specific plays. For example, a 3-4 set is centered on linebackers, which is helpful against rushing plays. A nickel or dime formation has more DBs on the field, making it easier to defend against passes.

There is also a coaching adjustment screen from which zones can be modified to play specific areas on the field. Here, you can also change the way that DBs interact with receivers and how aggressive you want tacklers to be.

Once you’ve selected a play, you can select any player to either cover a receiver or blitz. Here, you can make audibles and adjustments to fit the play to your needs. Doing this effectively will render your opponent scoreless and surely bring the W.

How to tackle in Madden 22

There are four different types of tackles in Madden. Below is how you can perform all of the tackles:

  • Conservative Tackle: X on PlayStation, A button on Xbox, E on PC
  • Dive Tackle: Square on PlayStation, X button on Xbox, Q on PC
  • Hit Stick: Flick Down on the Right Analog Stick on PlayStation and Xbox, W on PC
  • Cut Stick: Flick Down on the Right Analog Stick on PlayStation and Xbox, S on PC

How to swat in Madden 22

To perform a swat in Madden:

  1. Select the defender the ball is being thrown near by pressing Circle on PlayStation, B button on Xbox, F on PC.
  2. Press Square on PlayStation, X button on Xbox, Q on PC to swat the ball.

Full Madden 22 defense controls for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox

Pre-Play defensive controls

Momentum Factors / X-Factors VisionRT (Hold) R2 (Hold)Left Shift (Hold)
Show Play ArtLT (Hold)L2 (Hold)Left Ctrl (Hold)
Pre-Play MenuR3R3Tab
Call TimeoutViewTouchPadT
Switch PlayerBCircleF
Defensive Line ShiftLeft D-PadLeft D-PadL
Linebacker AudibleRight D-PadRight D-PadEnd
Coverage AudiblesYTriangleC
Defensive KeysRBR1P

Pursuit defensive controls

Player MovementLeft Analog StickLeft Analog StickArrows
SprintRT (Hold)R2 (Hold)Left Shift (Hold)
Defense AssistLBL1Alt
Switch PlayerBCircleF
StrafeLTL2Left Ctrl
Dive TackleXSquareQ
Conservative TackleAXE
Strip BallRBR1Space
Hit StickFlick Up on the Right Analog StickFlick Up on the Right Analog StickW
Cut StickFlick Down on the Right Analog StickFlick Down on the Right Analog StickS

Engaged defensive controls

Player MovementLeft Analog StickLeft Analog StickArrows
Speed RushRTR2Left Shift (Hold)
ContainLTL2Left Ctrl
Switch PlayerBCircleF
RipFlick Up on Right StickFlick Up on Right StickW
Bull RushFlick Down on Right StickFlick Down on Right StickS
Club/Swim LeftFlick Left on Right StickFlick Left on Right StickA
Club/Swim RightFlick Right on Right StickFlick Right on Right StickD

Madden 22 defensive tips

Here are tips on how to play good defense in Madden 22.

1. Don’t use linebackers in coverage without abilities

Linebackers rarely animate to pick the ball in the air. They are also much slower and can’t jump higher than a defensive back. So, use linebackers as blitzers or add linebacker abilities such as the Lurker ability.

2. Blitz your user in coverage

By blitzing your user in pre-play, you’ll be able to start coverage with a tiny speed boost.

3. Shift the D-Line

You can stop runs by shifting the D-Line to the strong side, opening a gap that you can seal with your user.

4. User blitz down the middle

User blitzing gives the selected player a speed advantage. If you set up your defense so that your user can pass through the middle of the O-Line, the pressure can arrive much faster.

5. Edge blitz outside of a contain

Contains are protections set up where a defensive edge protects the outside of the pocket, preventing a rollout. If a blitzer comes from outside of the contain, the O-Line gets confused, and pressure can arise while also keeping the QB in the pocket.

Madden 22 best defensive teams

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 90 DEF, 92 OVR, 92 OFF
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers, 88 DEF, 80 OVR, 74 OFF
  3. Chicago Bears, 87 DEF, 79 OVR, 73 OFF
  4. New England Patriots, 86 DEF, 83 OVR, 78 OFF
  5. Denver Broncos, 86 DEF, 82 OVR, 72 OFF
  6. Green Bay Packers, 85 DEF, 89 OVR, 91 OFF
  7. Baltimore Ravens, 85 DEF, 88 OVR, 84 OFF
  8. Arizona Cardinals, 84 DEF, 85 OVR, 83 OFF
  9. San Francisco 49ers, 84 DEF, 83 OVR, 80 OFF
  10. Los Angeles Rams, 83 DEF, 84 OVR, 81 OFF

With these tips and tricks, you can improve your defensive skills and lock down your opponents in Madden 22.

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