With an effective passing attack built around one of the best QBs the game has ever seen, the Patriots are a dominant force in Madden.
The only QB you can argue is better than Aaron Rodgers in Madden is Tom Brady. One of the finest with the deep ball, Brady is flat out unbeatable in the short and mid-ranges, which works perfectly since the Pats lack a dynamic deep threat. Once you can read coverage adequately, you should be able to dissect opponents with ease in H2H. Just have a backup plan ready if going into Franchise mode long-haul with New England.
Out of all the pass catchers in Madden, none are as reliable or easy to use as the beast known as Gronk. Rob Gronkowski is the best TE in Madden 19. He compliments Brady’s short route prowess and is impossibly good in traffic. TE corner routes are basically instant first downs with Gronk.
If you haven’t gotten the theme yet, the Pats’ bread and butter on offense is the short pass game. Julian Edelman is arguable the best slot receiver in the game. When not working the mismatches at TE or with James White in the pass attack, Edelman creates consistent separation.
The offense has their leader in Brady, the defense has Dont’a Hightower. A powerful force at linebacker, Hightower can bring down any ball carrier with his team best Hit Power. Try to keep him in zone coverage to level anyone that gets beyond the line of scrimmage.
FS Devin McCourty is the highest-rated player on the Pats’ defensive roster. He doesn’t hit as hard as some other hybrid safeties in the game, but McCourty can cover just about anyone 1v1 and is right at home in zone coverage. His Jumping and Catching ratings, though, are the stuff INT dreams are made of.
If you like going for INTs, then the guys that NE has on the corners are just for you. Stephon Gilmore and Jason McCourty excel in man coverage. Leave them on the outside assignments and control either Hightower or Devin McCourty to cover any gaps.