Madden 19 Articles RSS Feed | Madden 19 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Sony Hosts Big PlayStation Plus Sale — Over 200 Games Discounted Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:24:14 -0400 GS_Staff

Once upon a time, Steam was the only digital games storefront to provide its users with deep discounts on titles old and new. However, over the past several years, that's started to change, with Sony and Microsoft getting in on the action. 

While there was a time when PlayStation's sales and Sony's PlayStation Plus offerings were laughable, that's no longer the case. These days, PS Plus sales are well worth paying attention to. 

From now until April 30 at 11 a.m. EDT, PlayStation Plus members can get up to 80% off a number of high-quality titles, recent releases, and indie gems. That's not including this month's free offerings of Conan Exiles and The Surge

Below, we'll highlight some of the better offerings available, including those for the PS4, PS3, and PSVR. Some highlights include Assassin's Creed Origins, Battlefield V, Shenmue I + II, and the Dead Space trilogy. 

Each game is linked to its PlayStation Store page. Additionally, some games have multiple editions, many of which are also discounted and can be found on the store. 

Game Price Platform
  FIFA 19  $17.99  PS4
  Madden 19  $11.99  PS4
  NBA 2K19  $17.99  PS4
  Assassin's Creed Origins  $14.99  PS4
  Battlefield 1  $9.99  PS4
  Battlefield V  $29.99  PS4
  Burnout Paradise  $4.99  PS4
  Dragon Age: Inquisition GOTY  $9.99  PS4
  Everspace  $7.49  PS4
  Just Cause 3: XXL Edition  $8.99  PS4
  Layers of Fear  $4.99  PS4
  Mass Effect: Andromeda  $7.49  PS4
  Moonlighter  $11.99  PS4
  Need for Speed  $4.99  PS4
  Overcooked 2  $17.49  PS4
  Phantom Doctrine  $11.99  PS4
  Rainbow Six: Siege Deluxe Edition  $11.99  PS4
  Shenmue I + II  $20.99  PS4
  The Crew 2: Gold Edition  $29.99  PS4
  Titanfall 2  $7.49  PS4
  The Division  $9.49  PS4
  Warhammer: Vermintide 2  $20.99  PS4
  WWE: 2K19  $17.99  PS4
  Borderlands 2 VR  $37.49  PSVR
  Alice: Madness Returns  $3.99  PS3
  Dead Space: Ultimate Edition  $4.99  PS3
  Dead Space 2: Ultimate Edition  $5.99  PS3
  Dead Space 3: Ultimate Edition  $5.99  PS3
  Dragon Age II  $3.99  PS3

For a complete list of all 264 discounted games on sale, check out the PlayStation Store.

EA to Host Jacksonville Livestream Benefit Today Thu, 06 Sep 2018 14:43:39 -0400 Joseph Ocasio

On August 26, tragedy struck in Jacksonville, Florida, when a shooting occurred at the GLHF gaming bar during Southeastern Qualifier for the Madden 19 Championship Series. The suspect shot and killed two players, 27-year-old Taylor "spotmeplzzz" Robertson and 22-year-old Eli "trueboy" Clayton. He injured another 11 before taking his own life.

As a way to help bring the community together, EA has announced a livestream tribute to pay respect to those who were killed and injured in the attack. The benefit will also raise money to help those effected.

The 90-minute stream will be streamed on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Twitch, and Mixer. The broadcasts will begin today at 5 p.m. EDT / 2 p.m. PDT.

Those wishing to donate to the cause can do so on EA's GoFundMe page, which has raised over $1 million as of this writing. 

Shooting Reported at Madden 19 Tournament in Jacksonville, FL (Updated) Sun, 26 Aug 2018 15:43:20 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Update — 8/27/18 @ 9:30 a.m.:

Although authorities have not officially released the names of the two individuals killed in yesterday's Madden tournament shooting, at least one national news outlet is reporting that family and friends have identified the two victims on social media as 27-year-old Taylor "spotmeplzzz" Robertson and 22-year-old Eli "trueboy" Clayton. 

Robertson had won 2017's Madden Classic and was sponsored by Dot City Gaming. He was a husband and a father. Dot City Gaming released a statement, saying: 

Although Clayton was a relative new-comer to the professional Madden scene, he had already left a lasting mark on the community he loved. Shay "Young Kiv" Kivlen tweeted late yesterday that Clayton was "one of my best friends" and one of the most "genuine people I've ever met". 

Both players were widely respected in the Madden community. Thousands have taken to social media to voice their support for the players, friends, and family affected by the shooting.

Update — 8/26/18 @ 8:28 p.m.:

According to CNN, police have identified the gunman as a 24-year-old male. As an editorial decision, we have declined to share the shooter's name, although it is widely available via other outlets.  

He was known in the Madden community as "Bread" and more recently as "RavensChamp". He was from Baltimore, MD.

Many on Twitter pointed out that the suspect had been affiliated with the Madden tips site The GamerSlab in the past, in which the suspect had allegedly published tweets talking about taking his own life and killing people.

The GamerSlab issued a statement on Twitter saying: "Fyi this was not HIS [sic] account. I think he may have posted some youtube [sic] videos on the madden [sic] tips channel years ago. Thoughts and prayers to the victims and the famlies[sic]/friends." Although the tweets were available on The GamerSlab Twitter earlier Sunday, they appear to have been removed as of Sunday night. 

Witnesses told local Jacksonville authorities and news outlets that the shooter was angry that he had lost in the tournament. However, authorities did not cite a specific motive for the shooting.  

The shooter took his own life after killing two others and wound another nine. Police have yet to release the names of the other two individuals killed in the shooting.  

Update — 8/26/18 @ 7:54 p.m.:

Sheriff Mike Williams spoke to the press and said that three people have been killed and another nine injured. 

Update -- 8/26/18 @ 6:33 p.m.:

Several players from the Madden 19 qualifier have marked themselves safe via Twitter. Shay "Young Kiv" Kivlen, Chris "Dubby" McFarland, and Tony "Vtech" Montagnino have all said they are OK, if shaken. 

On Twitter, Kivlen said, "I’m alright. Please keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers. I’m so shaken right now. I love y’all." 

In a separate tweet, McFarland said "a bullet grazed my head," and that he had been taken to the hospital. He said "I feel fine, just a scratch on my head."

In another tweet, Montagnino said "I’m good... got hit twice. Lower body. One went through. The other was lodged."

Update -- 8/26/18 @ 5:47 p.m.:

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Department has tweeted that the current numbers of four dead and 11 inured are "inaccurate". The tweet from the official sheriff's department account states that JSO will release the official numbers as soon as they are confirmed. 

Update -- 8/26/18 @ 4:38 p.m.:

Jacksonville police, via Sheriff Mike Williams, has said "there are no outstanding suspects at this time". There is a lone suspect, a white male, who is dead. The suspect has not yet been identified. 

The shooting allegedly occurred in or near the Chicago Pizza restaurant at the Jacksonville Landing. According to preliminary reports, it appears the shooting may have also happened outside of that restaurant as well. 

Police are urging anyone with information regarding the shooting to contact Crime Stoppers or the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 404-630-0500 or 866-845-TIPS. Tips can also be emailed to

If you are in the Jacksonville area, the local police department asks that you do not visit the area at this time. Authorities have said the crime scene is "large". 

Update -- 8/26/18 @ 4:21 p.m.:

Information just released by the Los Angeles Times, alongside esports reporter Rod Breslau, (via Polygon) is reporting that the suspect in the shooting was a player at the tournament. 

There will be a press conference from local authorities at 4:30 p.m. EDT. 

Update -- 8/26/18 @ 3:52 p.m.:

The Los Angeles Times is reporting a source has told them "the shooter shot at least five people, killing two or three, before taking his own life."

CNN has also reported a witness, Ryen Aleman, "said the shooter may have had a laser to assist his aim on the gun."

Original Story: 

According to multiple news outlets and local authorities, a gunman opened fire at the Southeastern Qualifier for the Madden 19 Championship Series in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday afternoon. Jacksonville police have said on their official Twitter account that "one suspect is dead". Preliminary reports say that four individuals have been killed, seven have been wounded.

The shooting occurred earlier this afternoon at the GLHF Game Bar at the Jacksonville Landing, located along the St. Johns River. GLHF Game Bar is just 1.3 miles from TIAA Bank Field.

The tournament was being livestreamed on Twitch when the shooting occurred. Out of respect for those involved and their families, we are neither sharing audio nor video of the stream. 

According to IGN, Drini Gjoka, a player from Complexity Gaming, tweeted at 1:41 p.m. EDT that he had been shot in the thumb, but was safe. 

Per CNN, EA is aware of the situation and has released the following preliminary statement via the company's official Twitter account: "This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved." 

As of this writing, three individuals are being treated for injuries at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.

The Southeastern Qualifier was the first part of the Madden 19 Classic tournament, which is set to culminate in Madden Classic Live Finals in Las Vegas, NV in October.

The qualifying event began on Saturday, August 25 and was set to close on Sunday, August 26. The tournament was for two spots in the upcoming 2019 Madden Bowl. 

This is a developing story...

Madden 19 Keeps Crashing? Here's How to Fix It Thu, 23 Aug 2018 13:37:01 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Whether you're playing Madden 19 on the PS4, Xbox One, or PC, your chances of running into a game-altering or game-breaking bug seem to be higher than in previous franchise installments. However, one most prevalent issues currently plaguing players is one that makes Madden 19 crash, seemingly for no reason at all. 

Of course, this can be extremely frustrating, especially when you're about to win an auction or sit down to play the game after a long day at work. In this quick and simple guide, we'll try to fix that for you. We'll look at all the places Madden 19 might crash, and we'll look at how to keep the game from crashing in the first place. 

How Do I Keep Madden 19 From Crashing?  

Right now, it appears that Madden 19 might crash at any given moment. Taking a look at the game's forums, crashing could occur in the middle of a game, at startup, in MUT mode, during a loading screen, and myriad other places. For most players, it strikes at random. 

As of right now, there are only two ways players have gotten around the game's random crashing: 

  1. Hard restart your PS4, XB1, or PC
  2. Uninstall and reinstall the game

You can also try to clear your local and cloud saved games. However, using that method has produced mixed results. It's worth trying, but only after you back them up. 

Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to work for every player. As with Madden 18's infuriating not installing glitch from last year, Madden 19's crashing bug has no rhyme or reason.

Madden 19 PC CPU Bug

A check of EA's forums quickly shows a plethora of issues revolving around CPUs and the game not recognizing certain processor models. It appears AMD Phenom processor are especially vulnerable to crashing issues on PC. As of this writing, players are reporting it is an issue with the sse4.1 instruction

Some players are saying that emulating/bypassing the sse4.1 instruction does get the game running on PC. YouTuber Naeem Malik has an instructional video on how to circumvent the instruction if you're inclined to fiddle with system settings, etc, which you can see right here.  

Intel's CPU line isn't immune to the problem, but there seem to be fewer players experiencing issues when running those processors, specifically the i7 and higher versions. 

Until a patch is released by EA, crashing issues associated with CPUs will undoubtedly persist even if you have fairly modern hardware -- unless you attempt the potential fix above, and even then you may not be in the clear. If you would like to speak with an EA Help Desk rep, you can do so by following this link


Unfortunately, there isn't a true fix for Madden 19's random crashes and freezes. Hopefully something in this guide helped you get the game running. We'll be updating this guide with any new fixes -- or potential remedies -- we find.

If you know of a way to get around this bug, let us know in the comments and we'll add it here -- with credit! 

Be sure to check out our other Madden 19 guides while you're here! 

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Madden 19 Review: Running Back(wards) Fri, 24 Aug 2018 09:27:57 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

For a lot of gamers out there, the Madden franchise (and by extension, most sports franchises with yearly entries) is simply an empty cash grab, a game preying on sports fans with iterations that don't amount to much more than roster updates.

Now, you all are smart enough to know that this isn't true. A ton of effort and money goes into making a game like Madden 19, even if it's not blatantly obvious when you look at the character models, or even when you watch the game being played. There's much more going on than meets the eye, which is why it's appreciated when a necessary gameplay tweak is made.

Sure, Madden plays basically the same way, but that's because it has to. You can't revamp the core tenants of football. 

All that is to say I'm generally a sports games stan. I'll defend iterative franchises on the grounds that most of the time, they add enough features and make enough quality of life changes to justify a yearly purchase. That said Madden 19 is a game that has taken most, if not all, of the elements that made the last few games in the franchise so great and tried to ruin them.

A Longshot

Let's get the good out of the way first. Longshot: Homecoming is an entertaining play. It won't take you long to play through -- about six hours -- and it's a continuation of Madden 18's Longshot mode.

For those new to the Longshot single player mode, it's Madden's version of a campaign, only it plays out more like a movie. If you're used to FIFA's single-player mode, this will come as somewhat of a shock. There are no menus to be found and no breaks in the action. If you want to quit, you'll have to pause in the middle of a cutscene or during gameplay and head to the main menu.

This might sound jarring, but it's actually pretty novel for something like this. Longshot: Homecoming wears its influences on its sleeve -- it's trying to be something like a cross between Friday Night Lights, Hard Knocks, and Nashville, so it makes sense that the designers pretty much turned the mode into a playable movie.

You'll step into the shoes of Devin Wade and Colt Cruise in key moments throughout their journeys (proving your worth in the preseason, a 7-on-7 game at a high school, etc.), but you're never really given any player choice. This means that there's no tacked-on morality mechanics, which have always seemed really odd in sports games to me, anyway. There's no ludo-narrative dissonance and -- crucially -- no lulls in the narrative arc since it's been crafted so carefully.

With all that said, the writing isn't great. It gets cringey at times (an early scene where Colt Cruise, a relatively young guy, has never heard of Tumblr springs to mind), but if you like cheesy sports movies, you'll find a lot to like in Longshot: Homecoming.

The actors do a pretty great job, and you'll find yourself sucked into the world pretty quickly. Now for the stuff you won't like.

Control Freak

One of Madden 19's big back-of-the-box claims is that its new one-cut mechanic makes running the ball more fun and explosive. This is true. The small turbo boost you get when you make your first cut is definitely a big quality of life improvement, and it makes the game feel more true-to-life.

What the back of the box fails to say is that one of the other changes to the running game makes carrying the ball insanely frustrating.

Madden 19 added the ability for ballcarriers to "push the pile", meaning that if you run into the back of a blocker, you can help him out by pushing forward for a few yards on a power run. This sounds great in theory, but in practice, ball carriers now gravitate to their blockers and slow down if they run too close to them, all because the game thinks you're trying to push the pile.

This makes runs up the middle insanely frustrating, and also makes running sweep routes really tough, since this will happen as you run past your blockers even though you're running sideways

In general, this makes running the ball just feel... off. Runners and receivers' momentum feels off, and the controls just feel chunky and imprecise whenever you get close to anyone else on your team. It makes controlling the ballcarrier not fun.

If that sounds damning, well, that's because it kind of is. Players that are used to the way Madden controls will find a steep learning curve here, and it's really frustrating to see your ballcarriers move in a different directions than you pointed them.

Game Modes

Of course, Madden Ultimate Team, the microtransaction-laden mode that attempts to bottle the same lightning FIFA Ultimate Team had, makes a return here in Madden 19. However, the mode still doesn't seem suited for a football-sized roster. For the most part, it still feels like a slog, and few of the changes  made to the mode alleviate that pain.

The only exception to this is new 3v3 MUT Squads mode, which sees one player helm the offense with their roster, one player helm the defense with their roster, and one player step into the head coaching role, managing the clock and using their stadium, scheme, and uniform cards. Again, it's still not as fun as FUT, since the increased roster size makes microtransactions feel necessary even though the game is relatively generous with MUT packs -- but MUT Squads gives a bit of hope for the future.

On top of that, there's Franchise mode, and that's largely untouched aside from two things.

First, there's the addition of coaching schemes that add player bonuses. Second, there's the fact that finally (thankfully) player progression has been overhauled. Instead of scrolling through menus and painstakingly picking stats to dump XP into, the game pretty much does all that for you, assigning stat boosts based on what type of player is being trained, and what their role in the scheme is. You'll sometimes be able to choose a stat to boost after a particularly good practice, but the process has been streamlined.

And for fans of the college game, Madden 19 has at long last added the ability to import custom draft classes -- something that fans of the franchise (and the long-dead NCAA Football franchise) have been clamoring for for years.

To EA Sports' credit, they have really streamlined the UI so that all the game modes are easy to find and jump right into, but does that really matter if playing the game isn't terribly fun?

What An Upset

At the end of the day, the reason people put up with iterative games is that there's a sort of social contract there. If you buy in and play the game every year, the developers will improve it, learn from what they've done before, and put out a more polished product next year. That's the deal.

Madden 19 is a strange case when looked at under this lens. It takes many steps back from previous installments in terms of improvements made to ballcarrier controls, while not fixing long-running issues with the game.

Offensive- and defensive-line play still isn't fixed, and the TE/HB angle route is still a guaranteed eight yards almost every time. Also, in my time playing a fully patched copy of the game, I ran into crashes multiple times, as well as a few glitches. On multiple occasions, the QB threw the ball directly to the other team with no receiver within reach -- I experienced this both on offense and defense, lest you think I'm just really bad at Madden.

In addition, the complete absence of Colin Kaepernick (and the redaction of his name from a song on the soundtrack) is absolutely not a good look. Sure, it doesn't affect the gameplay at all, but Madden is about making your own football fantasies real. Kaep is a free agent. The fact that he's not in the game is disappointing, though completely unsurprising.


While Madden 19 has some lamentable aspects, there's an insane amount of polish here. Longshot: Homecoming is meticulously produced. The commentary team is amazing. The new stadium and city models look impeccable. MUT Squads is an inspired addition, and the small tweaks to Franchise Mode really do help make the mode feel like it has taken very real steps forward. 

The central problem here is that the overall game has also taken a huge step back. If you can get used to the running mechanics and deal with waiting for EA Sports to patch up some of the bugs, Madden 19 really is worth your time. But if you're, say, a Steelers fan looking to rush for 3,500 yards per season with Le'Veon Bell? You might want to rent this one first.

You can buy Madden 19 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on Amazon for $59.99. 

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6 Madden 19 Money Plays That Will Guarantee A First Down Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:44:05 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs


Money Play #6: The Off Tackle Run


Usually, it's easier to recommend passing plays as Madden 19 money plays, but given the new one-cut speed boost mechanic, running plays have become much more potent against any defense.


Now, of course, if your opponent is stacking the box with eight or more defenders, you'll want to audible to a passing play unless you're really confident in your stick skills. Otherwise, run the play as usual and be sure to do a quick hat count and run the play to the side of the line that has the least amount of defenders.


If you let the blocking develop and break through the line, you'll have a tidy little 3 or 4 yard gain right there. That said, if you take advantage of the one-cut mechanic and turn on the jets as you cut back across the field, you'll have a chance to break something huge after putting the defense on their heels.


Did we miss your go-to play? Let us know in the comments! Either way, we'll see you on the gridiron. Make sure to check out our full list of Madden 19 guides while you're here! 

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Source: Goal Line Blitz


Money Play #5: Slants


Given the updates to physics in Madden 19, crossing and rub routes work a whole lot better now than they ever have in the past. The crossing slant concept takes full advantage of that for a high-percentage money play that is generally good for 4 to 6 yards every time. 


Where the over-the-middle routes we've talked about are timed so that the read happens as the receiver passes across the QB, the read here is a little earlier. As you might expect, the key moment happens when the slot and outside receivers cross.


In most zone coverages, this moment is when defenders have to switch from one receiver to another, giving you a window to throw to the open man. In man coverage, the crossing action will usually cause defenders to change their paths so that they don't collide, giving your receiver a step on them. 


The safest read here is the receiver streaking toward the outside, though depending on when you throw the ball, that completion may only be good for 3 or so yards. A high throw over the line to the receiver crossing over the middle is a bit more dangerous, but offers your receiver the chance to turn upfield for a larger gain.


Source: Smart Football


Money Play #4: The Curl Flat Concept


The diagram here actually does a pretty good job of depicting how the curl flat concept can absolutely flummox defenses. Your first reads will be the two receivers running the curl routes. Keep an eye on the defenders here -- if they're too close to your receiver, they'll jump the route.


For all of the advancements made in Madden 19, the franchise still hasn't figured out how to make receivers break toward the ball on curl routes, so be careful. Much like with the stick concept, an interception here can be absolutely crushing, so if there's anyone even close to your intended receiver, move on.


Luckily, if they're covered, your other two receivers will likely be wide open for a modest gain of 3 or 4 yards. The difficulty in running this play is that these are necessarily quick reads. The play takes very little time to develop; you'll have to gauge whether the receiver on the curling route is open as soon as they turn around. At that point, you'll have to glance at your check-down on the flat and make a decision.


The good news is that if you've practiced the stick concept, the reads are very similar here. If you can run that play, you can absolutely run this one.


Source: Annoyed Football Nerd


Money Play #3: Texas Concept


Now that you're comfortable throwing over the middle, it's time to introduce you to my favorite Madden 19 money play, one that they still haven't figured out how to program competent defensive A.I. for. 


As it states above, the Texas concept involves the running back tracing an angled route around the offensive line and over the middle, while a receiver or tight end runs either a seam route or a deep dig route.


This causes defensive backs in zone coverage to be overloaded, forcing them to cover one receiver or another. At the same time, if a defender is marking the running back in man coverage, when the running back makes the cut back across the middle, they'll have the speed to shake their defender.


Again, you'll want to deliver the ball to the running back as they're crossing past your QB, but keep an eye out for defenders in shallow zones or particularly tall linemen who could bat the ball away. If you're looking to complete this pass, try to aim it high rather than low.


If you complete it, you'll be looking at a 7-yard gain with the opportunity to tack on a whole lot more if your running back can shed a tackle or two.


Source: Smart Football


Money Play #2: Levels


More than just a pretty catchy Avicii song, the Levels concept in Madden 19 is a set of high-percentage plays that can often net a vigilant player 10 or more yards at a time.


Look to the top of the diagram above. Your first two reads will be the two receivers running those dig routes over the middle of the field. Yes, it is inherently a little more dangerous to throw over the middle. No, you shouldn't freak out about this.


The first thing to pay attention to here is the defensive scheme. Above, it appears as if the receiver running the shallower route is being marked in man-to-man coverage, given how close the defender is to the line. This means that, more than likely, when the receiver cuts to the middle of the field, he'll be wide open.


The other two defenders on that side of the field look to be in zone coverage, so when the receiver running the deeper dig route makes his cut, the defender will have a decision to make. That's when you make the throw. 


The timing here is key. Ideally, you want to get the receiver the ball right as he crosses past the quarterback, but that's not always feasible. It's much more important to make sure you're throwing the ball at a time (and to a place) where a defender can't get a hand up and disrupt the play.


It can be stressful to throw when there's a lot of traffic nearby, but be patient, survey the scene, and 90% of the time, you'll be taking 7-15 yards to the bank on this play.


Source: Coach Hoover Football


Money Play #1: The Stick Concept


We've talked about the stick concept as a Madden money play before, and for good reason. This passing play is good for a quick 4-5 yards pretty much every time, as long as your read is on point. There are a ton of variations on this play, but we'll try and keep it general so that you can run this play successfully out of any formation.


In the play diagram above, your first read will be the slot receiver on the right running the short curl route. Look there first, noting if there's a linebacker looking to jump the route. If your receiver is open, pitch him the ball (making sure to hold the trigger to perform a low pass) for a quick 5 yard gain.

If they're not open, and we can't emphasize this enough, look elsewhere -- as an interception on a jumped route here will almost always result in a pick-6. The good news is that if the curl route isn't open, the receiver running the out route almost always will be, so throw there.


If that's not open, proceed even further right to the seam route for a home run ball. 


The stick play is a great play to practice in order to drill your skills in sequential reads. You'll be proceeding in a natural left-to-right fashion, and it's relatively simple to see whether or not your receiver is covered. So not only is this a high-percentage play, running it will make you a whole lot better at the game!


Source: Coach Hoover Football


We've all been there. You get greedy on 2nd-and-6 and go 4-vert, narrowly avoiding an interception. Now you're staring down 3rd-and-long on a key drive playing Madden 19 online against someone who has been trash talking you all game. If only there were a few high-percentage Madden 19 money plays good for around 6-yards every time. 


Well, friend, we're here to tell you that you're in luck. Here are our favorite low-risk high-reward Madden 19 money plays for when you really need that first down.

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How to Run in Madden 19 Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:05:02 -0400 Ashley Shankle

As ambitious as Madden 19 is, it's easy to forget the bare basics when you're shuffling through all those modes. I don't know about you, but I'd rather be playing Ultimate Team mode than thinking about how to play the game.

My friends seem to be in the same boat, but it seems that some have been asking how to run in Madden 19. As you probably know, you run by default, but you want to get some real sprinting action in there to get past the defense and into the endzone.

So this is for you, guys. Here's how you sprint:

  • On PS4, hold R2 while moving
  • On Xbox One, hold RT while moving
  • On PC, hold L-Shift while moving (although you should just be using a controller, honestly)

Easy enough, right? Not so fast there, my friend. There are two more things to keep in mind and that is player speed.

The first, since it's more important to Madden players, is that Turbo seems to work a bit differently this time around. In most situations, it appears that you should avoid Turbo behind the line of scrimmage. In Madden 19, Turbo shouldn't be your first option because the new mechanics will actually make you run slower in the long run. 

Wait until you hit the open field to turn on the jets. The best way to use Turbo is when running straight ahead or after you've made a cut and have fewer defenders in front of you. If you see an open gap you need to get to quickly, use the right-stick to guide the RB there instead of using the left-stick plus Turbo. 

The second thing to think about is speed, which is shown as SPD in-game. The higher a player's speed stat is, the faster they will run on the field. Don't be surprised if your running back or wide receiver can't run as fast as a safety or cornerback.

If you're looking to run as a quarterback, that can be a bit trickier since you have to get outside the pocket and pull the ball down after you've dropped back to pass. Here's how to do just that. 

To get outside the pocket, you have to get outside the tackles. Once you get outside the tackles, you'll need to pull the ball down so the QB can run. 

  • On PS4, hold R2
  • On Xbox One, hold Right Trigger
  • On PC, hold L-Shift

So it's similar to running from the snap, but with the added necessity of dropping back and moving to the left- or right-edge of the tackle box. 


That's about all one can say on running. It is pretty simple! Be sure to check out our other Madden 19 guides here on GameSkinny.

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How to Celebrate in Madden 19 (with Signature Celebrations) Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:12:32 -0400 Jonathan Moore

One of the best feelings in Madden 19 is ripping off a big play and scoring on your opponent. And the best way to show them you're better than them is to rub it in with a stylish celebration. 

Unlike the NFL, which seems like they simply hate any type of post-touchdown jamboree, celebrating and taunting has always been a Madden staple. That continues to be so in the franchise's latest installment. Things haven't changed all that much from Madden 18: you'll still need to input three buttons at the same time in order to showboat down the field. 

To celebrate in Madden 19 on the Xbox One, hold RT + LT + A and you'll high-step down the field and into the end zone just like Deion Sanders. 

To celebrate in Madden 19 on the PlayStation 4 (PS4), hold L2 + R2 + X

To celebrate in Madden 19 on the PC, hold L-Shift + K + H. But really, you should just be using an Xbox One controller instead.  

However, there are some new, signature celebrations that you can do with your team and other players on the field once you score a touchdown. Here's how to pull them off per EricRayweather: 

  • Push right-stick up: Team celebration
  • Push right-stick right: Spike the ball
  • Push right-stick left: Dance
  • Push right-stick down: player-specific celebration
  • Push right-stick in (button press): swag celebration

Like Madden 18, you can celebrate anywhere on the field. However, it's best to celebrate when you know you're about to score: showboating in the open field is likely to get you tackled. Taking a huge hit can dislodge the ball, turning a taunt into bitter disappointment. 

You don't want to be the guy that fumbled the ball just outside the goal line. It's nice to taunt, just do it at the right time. 

If you want to celebrate but also make sure you get into the end zone, you can also hold LT + X on the Xbox One and L2 + Square on the PS4 to perform a dive toward the pylon. Just make sure you're close enough to the goal line to cross the plane or your opponent will have another chance to stop you short. 


Showboating is part of the game. But you don't want to give your opponent reason to have his own celebration. Armed with these tips, you'll both dominate the field and taunt when it matters most. 

Make sure to check out our other Madden 19 guides

Note: Big thanks to EricRayweather for providing info on the signature celebrations. Make sure to check his YouTube for some great captures of these in-game taunts and showboats. 

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Antonio Brown Named Madden 19 Cover Athlete Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:50:48 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Earlier this year, we made our predictions for the cover of Madden 19. We took a few big chances and made some bold claims, but even from the arm-chair it was painfully obvious Antonio Brown was a front-runner for the latest installment of the storied franchise.

Today, EA made that prediction a reality by officially unveiling the dangerous Pittsburgh Steeler's wide receiver as the cover athlete for Madden 19's standard edition. The Hall of Fame edition will feature renowned wide out and 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Terrell Owens. 

Brown, who's played his entire career in Pittsburgh and been to six Pro Bowls for the team, said he was honored to make this year's cover: 

“I am beyond honored to be on the cover of both Madden games. There’s a lot of milestones athletes dream of, and after being inducted into the Madden 99 Club earlier this year, and now appearing on the cover of this year’s games, it’s clear that business is not just booming, but I’m also among the all-time greatest with these honors.

According to the recently released Madden 19 player ratings, Brown is rated a 99 overall, the highest rating a player can receive in the game. 

Set to release August 10 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Madden 19 looks to improve on the additions brought to Madden 18. The Longshot story mode that first made its appearance last year will make a return with Longshot: Homecoming, a narrative that will introduce more storylines and the ability for players to continue the journeys of both Devin Wade and Colt Cruise. 

On top of that, Madden 19 looks to increase player immersion and create a truly engrossing football simulation with the inclusion of Real Player Motion (RPM), a system that "will give fans even more control of in-game moves and immersive animations, making AB [Antonio Brown] and other players move and act like their real-life counterparts as they charge through the game, showcasing their unique personalities, mannerisms, and of course, celebrations."

Those who pre-order the Hall of Fame edition of Madden 19 will gain access to the game on August 7, three days before the game's official release date. Players who subscribe to EA Access and/or Origin Access will receive a free 10-hour demo of Madden 19, while those who subscribe to Origin Access Premier will get the game on PC on August 2. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Madden 19 as it develops.  

From the Armchair: 6 Madden NFL 19 Cover Athlete Predictions Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:24:07 -0500 Jonathan Moore

It's already time to dial in our predictions for Madden 19's cover athlete. In the wake of Super Bowl 52, where the Philadelphia Eagles knocked off the New England Patriots for their first Championship of the Super Bowl era, and with the combine already behind us, it's time to turn our attention to Madden 19

While many football fans tuned in to the Super Bowl for the zany commercials -- or just to watch the “Evil Empire” burn -- other NFL fans were thinking of something grander, something much more meaningful than the Lombardi Trophy. And while scouts were watching college standouts show out in the combine, I was thinking of the legends that would make the cover of Madden NFL 19.

OK. Maybe I was the only one actually thinking about Madden NFL 19’s cover during the Super Bowl and throughout the combine, but I get paid to think about these things. So here we are, nearly a month later -- and we’re only slightly closer to having the answers we seek.

So who are we left with now that Brady didn’t secure his sixth Super Bowl Championship? Well, there are the obvious contenders, of course. But there are also others I think have a legitimate shot of making the cover this year that you may not have considered. With the relative parity in the NFL throughout the 2017 season, it's really anybody's game.

Carson Wentz & Nick Foles (QBs) -- Philadelphia Eagles

We’ve had two athletes on the cover before -- so why not now?

While one of these quarterbacks was a second-year phenom and the other a grizzled back-up veteran, both of these quarterbacks rose to the occasion time and time again throughout the 2017 NFL season. Sure, the Eagles had plenty of standout players on their roster, but without either of these quarterbacks, the Eagles would’ve been going through mock draft scenarios in early February instead of competing for a Super Bowl title.

If I had to put my money on it, I’d say at least one of these guys makes the cover of Madden NFL 19 -- if not both of them. 

Looking at Wentz's 2017 performance, it’s impossible to deny he had one of the best sophomore seasons in NFL history. Comparing his '17 statline against his 2016 statline, it's immediately apparent he was well on track to obliterate his fantastic rookie-year numbers. What’s more impressive is that he drastically reduced the number of interceptions thrown in 2017, while at the same time dramatically increasing the number of touchdowns thrown (of which he now holds the Eagle’s single-season record at 33).

Add to that nearly a 30 point increase in passer rating (79.3 to 101.9) and the fact he did that with three fewer games under his belt due to a season-ending ACL injury in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams, and Carson Wentz is basically a no-brainer for Madden 19’s cover.  

Looking at Foles, it’s true that his numbers are nothing to write home about, especially when you compare them to Wentz’s. But this is where I’m drinking the Kool-Aid and going with intangibles.

We’ve seen Nick Foles struggle with the Eagles, Rams, and Chiefs in the past. In fact, he’s a career backup and not necessarily someone you want helming your offense for the long term. But we saw something in 2017 that we’ve never really seen from Nick Foles before: complete resolve and confidence under pressure.

Foles essentially put the Eagles on his back and not only played not to lose -- but expressly played to win. The two things that immediately stand out when looking at his 2017 postseason stat line are his TD/INT ratio and his passer rating. Both are exactly where you want them to be -- especially for a QB that basically played only two games for the Eagles in 2017.

It’s safe to say that without Nick Foles as the backup to Carson Wentz, the Eagles most likely would’ve fizzled in the playoffs, squandering a miraculous season and going home early. And to think, Nick Foles once thought about retiring.

Jacksonville Jaguars Defense

While we’re on the topic of having multiple athletes on the cover of Madden NFL 19, no list of this magnitude would be complete without including the Jacksonville Jaguars defense.

But I hear you say, "The Vikings had the number-one-rated defense in 2017 -- how can the Jags be on this list and not them?" Well, it’s simple really: the Jaguars were in the top six in terms of PPG, YPG, rushing TDs allowed per game, sacks per game, opponent passer rating, interceptions, and takeaways.

They were the only team of the final four to accomplish that feat.

With standouts like Calais Campbell, Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Yannick Ngakoue, and more, the Jaguars gave opposing defenses fits for the entire NFL season (not to mention the time they made Big Ben question whether he “still had it”). Fifteen defensive players registered 20 or more total tackles in the 2017 campaign, and the entire team registered 950 total tackles -- only 114 fewer tackles than all of their opponents combined. On top of that, five Jaguars players worked together to secure 21 total interceptions combined.

And those stats are just in the regular season.

Considering the season as a whole, it’s no wonder four Jaguars players went to the 2018 Pro Bowl (the team’s first representatives since 1999). The most important fact about that stat? All of them were on defense. No other team had as many defensive players play in the Pro Bowl this year as the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Because of that -- and because the defense was the primary reason the team was even in the playoffs for the first time in 10 years --  "Sacksonville" is a solid contender for the cover of Madden NFL 19.

Alvin Kamara (RB) -- New Orleans Saints

Named Offensive Rookie of the Year by the NFL at large, Alvin Kamara had an astounding season for the New Orleans Saints. Confident and electric, Kamara immobilized defenses around the league and surged to a league-best 6.1 yards per carry for RBs with 120 carries or more. Looking at his overall stat line, it’s easy to get caught up in his numbers on the ground. Netting 728 yards running between the tackles, Kamara only fumbled the ball once, while putting the pigskin in the endzone eight times.

Of course, those numbers alone are impressive for a 22-year-old rookie. But when you look at his receiving numbers, his total contribution to the Saints offensive comes into full, mind-boggling focus. A constant target for quarterback Drew Brees, Kamara was able to gash opposing secondaries for 826 yards and five touchdowns on 81 receptions.

Tack on to that Kamara was also a dangerous return man -- netting 347 yards on 11 attempts with a touchdown -- and it’s obvious why he was the best rookie in the NFL in 2017.

A fantastic running back can make any quarterback or team look good. And although the Saints got beat on a miracle by the Vikings in the NFC Divisional round, it’s clear that one of the main reasons they were in the playoffs at all was because of Alvin Kamara.

Todd Gurley II (RB) -- Los Angeles Rams

Speaking of running backs, third-year running back Todd Gurley II had another standout season for the Los Angeles Rams. Expertly complementing a much-improved Jared Goff (QB), the dynamic Gurley II improved on his numbers over his previous two seasons with the Rams and proved to be one of the best offensive players in all of football this season.

Surpassing only Le’Veon Bell in 2017, Gurley II produced 1,305 yards on 279 carries. He averaged 4.7 yards per attempt, had eight carriers for more than 20 yards, and put the pigskin in the endzone 13 times on the ground. Not only does Gurley II make himself a formidable weapon going between the tackles, but he’s proven that he can be a hobgoblin on the edges, too.

That means he’s a great target in the passing game. Looking at his 2017 statline, it’s clear Gurley II was (and is) a weapon of mass destruction, wreaking havoc on opponent secondaries. Across 48 receptions, Gurley II secured 788 yards with 16.4 YPC. He also found the endzone six times.

Those numbers make him a worthy contender for Madden 19’s cover athlete.

Antonio Brown (WR) -- Pittsburgh Steelers

There’s little doubt Antonio Brown is one of the best wide receivers to ever play the game of football. He’s a six-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro, two-time NFL receiving yards leader, and a two-time NFL receptions leader. Oh, and he was drafted in 2010, so he’s done all of that in eight seasons.  

Looking at the wideout field in 2017, Brown was at the top of the class, only rivaled by the Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins.

Brown had an insane '17 statline: 1,533 yards receiving across 99 receptions, 15.5 YPC, 109.5 YPG, and nine touchdowns. Even though the Jaguars defeated the Steelers in the AFC Divisional Round, Brown was a big reason the Steelers almost came out on top, outclassing some of the best players in one of the league’s best secondaries. Take a look at the footage and it’s clear Brown is a monster at the position.

He wasn’t targeted as many time as Hopkins -- that's true -- and he wasn’t the only target for Big Ben like Hopkins was for T.J. Yates and Tom Savage -- that's true, too. But Brown made plenty of impossible catches to keep his team in the hunt -- and to help the Steelers lead the league in passing yards per game and get into the playoffs.

And when you compare him to Hopkins in 2017, Brown had eight 100+ yard games, while Hopkins had five. Tack on to that Brown has eight 1,000+ yard seasons in his career, and it’s about time he made the cover of Madden

Sean McVay (HC) -- Los Angeles Rams

Not since the eponymous John Madden graced the cover of Madden 2000 have we had a coach featured on the binding of a Madden game.

But it’s time to change that.

When he was hired by the Los Angeles Rams to replace Jeff Fisher in 2017, 30-year-old Sean McVay became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. On paper, that might seem like a recipe for continued disaster for the then-abysmal Rams. But in a bit of irony, it was astounding what McVay was able to do with the Rams in 2017. 

Taking the team to its first playoff appearance in 13 years, McVay and the Rams may have lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the Wild Card round, but it's one of the few times a loss can be seen as promising. That McVay was even able to steer his team to a winning record and the playoffs in his first season speaks volumes to his uncanny coaching acumen. Whereas Fisher misused key pieces of the Rams offense and defense, McVay built a culture that took the team from 4-12 in 2016 to 11-6 in 2017.

We’ve already looked at Todd Gurley II and the monster season he had under McVay’s tutelage (Gurley II had 881 more total yards and 13 more touchdowns in 2017 than he did in 2016). But taking a closer look at second-year QB Jared Goff and the Rams defense highlights McVay’s ability to generate a winning team culture.

In 2017, Goff won 11 games and threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 28 TDs across 296 completions. In 2016, he lost all of the games he started (seven) and threw for a measly 1,089 yards and five touchdowns across 112 completions. Whereas 2016 was a harbinger of a wasted career, 2017 showed that Goff really is worth the hype.

And under Fisher, that most likely wouldn’t have been the case.

In 2016, the Rams offense ranked dead last in the league, while the team’s defense ranked 23rd. To say the team was in shambles is an understatement. But in 2017, under McVay, the Rams ranked first in total offense and 12th in total defense. If that’s not a turnaround, I don’t know what is.

So if we were ever going to get a coach on the cover of Madden (sans Bill Belichick), Sean McVay is the perfect candidate -- and his time is now.


Every year, it’s really a toss-up as to who’s chosen to grace the cover of the latest Madden game. And there are always worthy players who never make the cover, no matter their stat lines or accomplishments. It’s also highly probable that greats like Le’Veon Bell, Khalil Mack, DeAndre Hopkins, or the Vikings defense could grace this year’s cover. Only time (and voting) will tell.

Who do you think should be on the cover of Madden NFL 19? Sound off in the comments below!