Madden 23 Offense: How to Attack Effectively, Controls, Tips and Tricks to Burn Opposing Defenses

Learn how to become an offensive guru and burn every defense in Madden 22.

Offense is a key part of Madden 23. With defense being particularly hard to figure out, quick games turn into a shoot-out. Knowing how to navigate the formations and having a good offensive scheme is vital in order to win games this year’s game.

So, here is the ultimate guide with tips and tricks on how to play offense in Madden 23.

How to play offense in Madden 23

Madden 23 offense is centered on the passing game. To achieve a good scheme, you must know your personnel and playbook like the back of your hand. Formations, concepts, play types, and personnel are easily accessed via the Madden 23 play selection screen.

Selecting a good set is key while driving down the field. Formations like Goal Line, Singleback, and I are suited more towards runs, while Gun and Pistol give the QB more protection, making them ideal for passing.

Coach adjustments are a vital aspect of the offense. With these, you can select the intensity at which players interact with the ball. For example, aggressive ball carrying will grant the player flashier jukes and powerful stiff arms, but it leaves him vulnerable to fumbling. Conservative ball carrying, on the other hand, prevents the player from performing skill moves but reduces the chances of fumbling significantly.

Making audibles and adjustments are important aspects to master if you want to display an overpowering offense. Hot routes will widen the way that you can attack the defense and create open spaces.

Full Madden 23 offense controls PC, PlayStation, and Xbox

Preplay offensive controls

Action Xbox PlayStation PC
Momentum Factors / X-Factors Vision RT (Hold) R2 (Hold) Left Shift (Hold)
Show Play Art LT (Hold) L2 (Hold) Left Ctrl (Hold)
Pre-Play Menu R3 R3 Tab
Call Timeout View TouchPad T
Switch Player B Circle F
Audible X Square A
Fake Snap RB R1 Alt
Motion Player Press and Hold Left or Right on Left Analog Stick Press and Hold Left or Right on Left Analog Stick Arrow Left/Right
Hot Route Y Triangle H
Flip Run Flick Left or Right on the Right Analog Stick Flick Left or Right on the Right Analog Stick Arrow Left/Right

Passing controls

Action Xbox PlayStation PC
Player Movement Left Analog Stick Left Analog Stick Arrows
Show Play Art/Scramble RT (Hold) R2 (Hold) Left Shift (Hold)
Pass to Receiver X, Y, A, B, RB Square, Triangle, Circle, X, R1 Q, E, R, F, Space
Throw Ball Away R3 R3 X
Lob Pass Pass Icon (Tap) Pass Icon (Tap) Pass Key (Tap)
Free Form Pass (precision pass) Hold LT + Move LS Hold L2 + Move LS Left Ctrl (Hold) + Move Mouse or Arrows
Bullet Pass Pass Icon (Hold) Pass Icon (Hold) Pass Key (Hold)
Touch Pass Pass Icon (Press and Release) Pass Icon (Press and Release) Pass Key (Press and Release)
High Pass LB (Hold) L1 (Hold) Alt (Hold)
Low Pass LT (Hold) L2 (Hold) Left Ctrl (Hold)
Pump Fake Pass Icon (Double Tap) Pass Icon (Double Tap) Pass Key (Double Tap)
Pass Leading (After Pass) Left Analog Stick Left Analog Stick Arrows
Playmaker Closest Receiver Right Analog Stick Right Analog Stick W, A, S, D

Rushing controls

Action Xbox PlayStation PC
Player Movement Left Analog Stick Left Analog Stick Arrows
Sprint RT R2 Left Shift (Hold)
Juke Left / Dead Leg / Juke Right Flick Left or Right on Right Analog Stick Flick Left or Right on Right Analog Stick A, S, D
Slide (QB) / Give Up / Dive (Hold) Tap X (QB) Tap Square (QB) Q
Truck Press Up on the Right Analog Stick Press Up on the Right Analog Stick W
Stiff Arm A X E
Hurdle Y Triangle R
Spin B Circle F
Pitch Ball LB L1 Alt
Celebration Loco (next-gen) LB+RB+A L1+R2+X Left Ctrl

Madden 23 offense tips

Below you will find tips to improve your offense and dominate opponents.

1. Motion block when sensing heavy blitz

Heavy blitzes are becoming more common on Madden 23, and an excellent way to stop them is with a motion block. A motion block can be successfully performed by motioning a receiver past the offensive line and snapping the ball before they get to position. This will add an extra blocker, rendering heavy blitzes useless.

2. Rollout so that your deep routes have time to develop

Rolling out of the pocket is one of the best motions that a QB can make. It buys a little more time and adds precision and power to throws on a specific side of the field. As the pass-rush engages on the O-Line, animations will be triggered, and (unless there is a contain) rolling out is a must.

3. Adjust your O-Line

O-Line adjustments are amazing when you’re planning to roll out or you sense heavy pressure from a specific side of the field. By double-teaming a defender or shifting the line, you can protect your QB for longer and prevent a quick pocket collapse.

4. Aggressive trucks in the red zone

The red zone is one of the hardest places to score in Madden 23 as runs get blown up and the field is reduced. Aggressive trucks from the Goal Line or I formations are great to combat this. By setting the ball carrier to aggressive from the coaching adjustments screen, you’ll get faster truck animations to power through the defense in those tight spaces.

5. Swap packages to get different position combinations

Madden 23 is a strategic game with many formations, personnel, and plays to choose from. If you find a formation that you like, but don’t like how specific receivers position themselves on the field, try swapping the packages. This can be performed by flicking the right analog left or right while selecting a formation. Each formation has its packages, and they can allow you to trick your opponent into selecting the wrong defensive play.

Best offensive teams in Madden 23

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 92 OFF, 92 OVR, 85 DEF
  2. Buffalo Bills, 89 OFF, 89 OVR, 88 DEF
  3. Los Angeles Chargers, 88 OFF, 87 OVR, 86 DEF
  4. Dallas Cowboys, 87 OFF, 86 OVR, 80 DEF
  5. Cleveland Browns, 87 OFF, 84 OVR, 80 DEF
  6. Green Bay Packers, 86 OFF, 88 OVR, 87 DEF
  7. Kansas City Chiefs, 86 OFF, 86 OVR, 77, DEF
  8. Los Angeles Rams, 85 OFF, 88 OVR, 88, DEF
  9. Cincinnati Bengals, 85 OFF, 85 OVR, 79 DEF
  10. Baltimore Ravens, 84 OFF, 87 OVR, 85 DEF

With these tips and tricks, you can improve your offensive skills and score for fun on your opponents in Madden 23.

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