Madden 22 welcome new and old players back to the virtual grid. As the NFL is truly constantly changing, so does Madden. Gone are the days of the usual pocket guys like Tom Brady. The era of Patrick Mahomes and QB scrambled magic maker is still here. However, the concern with real-life shuffling QBs is the potential for injury. Keeping the face of your franchise safe is more important than early game or first TD. Sliding is the key to safety, so here’s how to slide in Madden 22 and why is it so important.
To slide in Madden 22, type fast square (on PlayStation) or NS (on Xbox) while running forward. Do not hold the button for too long as you will accidentally dive. You can slide whenever you’re doing the ball, whether it’s QB, backtracking or wide. However, the slide animation takes a second to start. Make sure to start your slide before the defenders get too close, or they will tackle you right away. So when do the pros slide in the real-life NFL?
It’s Tuesday and long, and Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs will be off at the end of the third quarter. While there’s a good chance Mahomes can bring his team back in late in the game, picking up this first point will increase his chances of scoring in this game. Nothing was open and his down throw was nowhere near the first shot. Mahomes has to do what Mahomes does best – run for it.
But there was a small problem – a 240-pound lineman was swooping down on Mahomes as he neared the first marker. Should he dive more yards or slide for a more manageable fourth and short shot? In this situation, he slides down to avoid the big hit, lives to run or throws again on the next play.
Madden players can be reckless at times, especially with their running QB. Not only is there a risk of injury while diving or being hit by a collision, but there is also a risk of tripping. Certainly like QBs like Mahomes and Russell Wilson, getting blown up on the pitch is almost a guaranteed mystery. So when and why you should skate Madden 22?
We’ve already looked at why sliding is the best way to protect your QB, so let’s look at some other situations where sliding might be a better choice.
Keep the clock running
In the 2020 NFC Championship Game, Tom Brady hit WR Chris Godwin a short distance near the first marker. If Godwin runs or exceeds the limit, the clock will stop and Bucs will be forced to run another round. Instead, Godwin slipped in the limit after crossing the first line to keep the clock running, thus winning the game and taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl.
If you find yourself in a Godwin situation, with all you need to strike a deal, slide down once you’ve crossed the line to keep the clock running and avoid a big hit.
While the Godwin slide is an example of head-to-head football, let’s look at a time when a player should have missed but his team had to pay with the game instead. The Atlanta Falcons are 2 points behind the Detroit Lions. The Falcons were within easy target range, and the Lions were unable to stop the clock. All they have to do is run the clock down and score the winning goal of the match. QB Matt Ryan tells Running Back Todd Gurly, “Don’t score!” Gurly was then served in a simple run and ran towards goal. He scored, putting the Falcons ahead to 5. Then the Lions swooped down the field and won the game.
If he’s playing Madden 22, Gurly should have missed the 2 or 3 yard mark for the clock to run after picking up the first fruit. Then all Ryan had to do was shoot the ball to the left for a second or two and send it out of the box. Football is a mind sport, and sometimes giving yourself up on a slide is the smartest way to play it.