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Five Dangerous QB-WR Combinations in Madden NFL 20

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Five Dangerous QB-WR Combinations in Madden NFL 20

Football has evolved over the years. It has expanded to a new norm consisting of wide-open spread formations and speed. Today’s game includes the football being slung all over the field from sideline to sideline. The spread style of football requires you to have a solid quarterback and a variety of talent at the wide receiver position. Madden 20 introduces the run-pass option that will bring added creativity to your offensive game plan. If you can utilize the RPO in an effective manner, and lure the defense into playing up then you can take advantage of them by hitting your playmakers on deep balls downfield.

Now, this may be easier said than done. Madden 20 has placed an emphasis on your quarterback’s abilities, which includes his ability to throw against defensive line pressure and also being able to throw accurately on the run. In short, there will be more emphasis on your QB and WR ratings. Therefore the combination of your quarterback and wide receivers will be critical to your air-game success.

Let’s take a look at five WR-QB combinations to look forward to in Madden 20.

Baker Mayfield-Odell Beckham Jr.

These two make for an exciting pair with an endless amount of playmaking ability. Odell Beckham Jr. joins the Browns with fresh colors and all new swag. The Browns don’t have an above average running back to force an opposing defense to bring an extra defender in the box, so you should expect some heavy zones or man to man with over the top coverage. Luckily, not many defensive backs have the ability to cover Beckham straight up. Against the zone, you can get OBJ the ball in space and let him do the rest. In addition, OBJ has X-Factor ability in Madden 20. This in combination with the legs of Baker Mayfield to get out of the pocket will encourage defensive breakdowns and the Beckham deep ball. The fact that Baker has some legs gives this combination much more upside than most other combinations in the league. The negative side to this combination is the average Browns backfield, which will not get respect from opposing defenses.

Matt Ryan-Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons possess one of the most godlike combinations of a passer to the receiver we’ve ever seen. Matt Ryan stands tall and can throw with fantastic accuracy and power. The best thing about Julio Jones is you don’t need much accuracy. Jones is an athletic freak composed of size, speed and strength. All you have to do is put the ball near him and he will get his hands on it. Jones is not as fast as some of the other wide receivers being compared here, but double coverage has nothing on him. Whether the defense decides to play man to man, zone or bracket coverage, Jones is always an option. In the red zone, you can utilize the accuracy of Ryan and the freakish ability of Julio to be an almost guarantee on a fade, slant or quick out. Just take the defender out of the play and get the ball high.

Patrick Mahomes-Tyreek Hill

Most likely the most talented QB-WR combination in the NFL, Mahomes and Hill will just plain run by you. We already saw this X-Factor in the Madden 20 EA Play interviews. If Mahomes can’t get the pass off, then he can easily scramble for five to seven yards every play — not to mention his patented no-look pass or the run-pass option. If you creatively place Tyreek Hill in a variety of spots in formations, you can severely damage opposing defenses. Madden 20 screen plays legit this year. You must play them and game plan for them. If the defense isn’t careful, Tyreek can take the jailbreak screen to the house before you even know what hit you. This may be the best combination to look forward to in Madden 20 due to the variety of playmaking opportunities on the offensive side and against multiple defensive schemes.

Ben Roethlisberger-JuJu Smith-Schuster

This combination will be interesting. There is potential for it to explode and exploit the defense. However, against an aggressive, dominating pass rush Big Ben doesn’t have the mobility to get outside the pocket. If you can buy the time and get the defense on their heels, JuJu is explosive enough vertically to put a quick six up on the board. Place Juju in the slot and you can utilize him in different bunch positions, or even get him involved on the fly sweep and let the footwork do its job.

Derek Carr-Antonio Brown

Oakland welcomes Antonio Brown. The big-play ability they have been missing in the past is here in human form. This guy can fly. Brown has the speed to blow by man-to-man coverages and then some. Even over the top coverages will have trouble keeping pace with Antonio Brown’s playmaking ability. The success this quarterback and wide receiver combination hinges on the play of Derek Carr. With upgraded pass rushes in Madden 20 and a pocket that will more quickly collapse, you will need to be able to shuffle with Carr inside the pocket to give time for Brown to get downfield. If not, you can look to get Brown in motion and find him some open holes in a zone defense. A five-yard pass to Brown could lead to a long runs after the catch with his X-Factor status. Either way, fans of the Raiders should welcome the recently added big-play option in black and silver.

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  1. Sphinx
    I think Russel Wilson to dk Metcalf could end up being pretty lethal.
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    I doubt it will in real life, or at least not to the degree it will in Madden. Metcalf has some very debilitating flaws that he hasn't appeared to work on based on what little camp footage I've seen of him this year.
    In particular, he still has that false step when he comes off the line (where he kind of leans back), which completely negates his straight line speed in the first second or two of his route.
    On the other hand, with Rusty "I'm a rabbit try and catch me" Wilson as his quarterback, he'll probably get 6 or 7 seconds on at least a few passes per game to run beyond the defense.
    ForUntoOblivionSoar∞
    I doubt it will in real life, or at least not to the degree it will in Madden. Metcalf has some very debilitating flaws that he hasn't appeared to work on based on what little camp footage I've seen of him this year.
    In particular, he still has that false step when he comes off the line (where he kind of leans back), which completely negates his straight line speed in the first second or two of his route.
    On the other hand, with Rusty "I'm a rabbit try and catch me" Wilson as his quarterback, he'll probably get 6 or 7 seconds on at least a few passes per game to run beyond the defense.
    I haven't been following the camps for any team. But I would imagine he'll struggle in real life but in Madden I could see him becoming dominant really fast if is physical attributes are as high as his combine results suggest.
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    Sphinx
    I haven't been following the camps for any team. But I would imagine he'll struggle in real life but in Madden I could see him becoming dominant really fast if is physical attributes are as high as his combine results suggest.
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    If Madden makes height matter, he'll be super dangerous.
    ForUntoOblivionSoar∞
    If Madden makes height matter, he'll be super dangerous.
    Now that's a big if right there. I've been waiting for size and height to make a big difference. Hopefully some of their changes will make that difference more pronounced.
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    Sphinx
    Now that's a big if right there. I've been waiting for size and height to make a big difference. Hopefully some of their changes will make that difference more pronounced.
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    Yeah, seeing INT animations play out as if the actual 6'6" WR is a 6'0" WR really stands out as an eyesore. From playing the beta, height didn't seem like a true advantage. Tyreek Hill was out here one hand snagging over much taller defenders like it was nothing. So, Imma say it's a "no" for this year. Speed seems to still be far and away, King.
    Kid OS
    Yeah, seeing INT animations play out as if the actual 6'6" WR is a 6'0" WR really stands out as an eyesore. From playing the beta, height didn't seem like a true advantage. Tyreek Hill was out here one hand snagging over much taller defenders like it was nothing. So, Imma say it's a "no" for this year. Speed seems to still be far and away, King.

    I had a great play where height played out.
    Jimmy Graham running towards the pylon with a smaller player draped over him and I lofted with Arod and Graham reached up and grabbed it for a td.
    Felt good.
    roadman
    I had a great play where height played out.
    Jimmy Graham running towards the pylon with a smaller player draped over him and I lofted with Arod and Graham reached up and grabbed it for a td.
    Felt good.

    Even if height doesn't matter in the game the same way it does in real life, there are ways to simulate it, with animations and ratings, so hopefully they do it. Hopefully what you saw here indicates that they have.
    DaReal Milticket
    I think the article missed an easy one. I would put that over Carr & Brown.
    Watson & Hopkins
    Homer pick
    Trubisky & Robinson

    Watston and Hopkins could be really good. Maybe I'll look at them in fantasy football this year.
    roadman
    I had a great play where height played out.
    Jimmy Graham running towards the pylon with a smaller player draped over him and I lofted with Arod and Graham reached up and grabbed it for a td.
    Felt good.
    Was it a WR & DB animation? Because, I do remember seeing Greg Olsen snag over some shorter defenders, but then the next play Christian McCaffery did the same animation. I'm hoping your catch wasn't animated. That would make me feel much better about height having a "true" advantage and not an animation based advantage.
    roadman
    I had a great play where height played out.
    Jimmy Graham running towards the pylon with a smaller player draped over him and I lofted with Arod and Graham reached up and grabbed it for a td.
    Felt good.

    I have had those many times in Madden 19 myself. Height does matter now in Madden.
    However, I think a great argument could be made it needs to matter MORE..
    So two QB - WR combos make this list that have exactly zero connections in their history lol. Yeah we know Beckham is good but he has never caught one pass from Mayfield and maybe they don't have chemistry. Who knows til we see it. Just a bit premature for this article I'd say.
    Now for the Madden game, none of that will matter as I've seen Mariota leading the league in passing in my 2019 game... Which will never happen in real life.
    Sleeper duo: Andrew Luck / Parris Campbell.
    Luck is Luck. Campbell is a more polished Percy Harvin. He'll learn the NFL route tree, and his route-running will become more polished in time. He's great with the ball on short, open-space routes, and he'll likely get better down the field as he adapts to the speed of the NFL game. Early camp reports have been high on him (taking that with a grain of course).
    This isn't a better combo than any of the five in the article, or any of the aforementioned in this thread, but it's one worth keeping an eye on.
    Raider_Ren
    Sleeper duo: Andrew Luck / Parris Campbell.
    Luck is Luck. Campbell is a more polished Percy Harvin. He'll learn the NFL route tree, and his route-running will become more polished in time. He's great with the ball on short, open-space routes, and he'll likely get better down the field as he adapts to the speed of the NFL game. Early camp reports have been high on him (taking that with a grain of course).
    This isn't a better combo than any of the five in the article, or any of the aforementioned in this thread, but it's one worth keeping an eye on.

    Yeah I was thinking the same as you on that one.
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    Its a bit strange to not see Drew Brees to Michael Thomas as well on this list..they should have been on there instead of Baker Mayfield to Odell
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    ODogg
    Its a bit strange to not see Drew Brees to Michael Thomas as well on this list..they should have been on there instead of Baker Mayfield to Odell
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    Wow, yeah. Good call. They should be #1 or #2 in all seriousness.
    Dsabol715
    I prefer throwing to the slot so Darnold-Crowder and Darnold-Bell should be fun this year.
    I prefer throwing to Robby Anderson no matter where he is on the field so Darnold to Anderson might be fun, too (unless I don't do the Jets cfm or don't draft my own qb instead of Darnold, if I do).
    ODogg
    I have had those many times in Madden 19 myself. Height does matter now in Madden.
    However, I think a great argument could be made it needs to matter MORE..

    Yeah, I've had them too, but I'm pretty sure it's just an pre-determined animation that plays out sometimes because it has been shortly followed up with the smaller corner going up over Jimmy as well.
    Rhudey
    Yeah, I've had them too, but I'm pretty sure it's just an pre-determined animation that plays out sometimes because it has been shortly followed up with the smaller corner going up over Jimmy as well.
    Yeah that's what I'm thinking as well. The animations seem random, regardless of either player's height. Kinda create the illusion that height matters more than it actually does. However, when it works, it does look nice.
    On the topic at hand, any mobile QB is gonna make a great duo with a speedy receiver.
    Kid OS
    Yeah that's what I'm thinking as well. The animations seem random, regardless of either player's height. Kinda create the illusion that height matters more than it actually does. However, when it works, it does look nice.
    On the topic at hand, any mobile QB is gonna make a great duo with a speedy receiver.

    Well hey, the reality is sometimes real NFL players fail to use their height. As a Cowboys fan I know all too well how Dez would often not sky up to use his height but when he did he usually could get it.
    So that's how I look at it. With that being said, Madden could have it happen a little more often for players who do it in real life more often.
    The Browns don’t have an above average running back to force an opposing defense to bring an extra defender in the box

    I stopped reading right here. Chubb averaged 5 YPC in a split backfield, and so did Duke in his limited carries. Add Kareem Hunt to the mix if/when he comes back from suspension, and they actually have two ridiculous backs to split carries that will force the defense to stack the box.
    El_Poopador
    I stopped reading right here. Chubb averaged 5 YPC in a split backfield, and so did Duke in his limited carries. Add Kareem Hunt to the mix if/when he comes back from suspension, and they actually have two ridiculous backs to split carries that will force the defense to stack the box.

    Yeah I have no idea what NFL that guy is watching...that and his comment about the bad Browns defense, esp its atrocious Browns secondary...lol...whatever
    BTW - definitely NOT a browns fan in any way shape or form but I live in Ohio so I am well aware of that team..j/s
    Rhudey
    Yeah, I've had them too, but I'm pretty sure it's just an pre-determined animation that plays out sometimes because it has been shortly followed up with the smaller corner going up over Jimmy as well.

    It's not predetermined. You trigger it by aggressive catching. The AI will do it for you (sometimes) if the receiver has the appropriate trait.
    Height does give an advantage. I created a thread on it with a video soon after the thread about height not mattering was released by SGO. Of course the thread saying height didn't matter got 100's of posts and my video showing height did give the player an advantage got less than a handful of posts.
    Height could matter more and animations could be cleaned up because some of them were ugly the way they looked with some of the height differences. However height 100% did matter to a degree, but I would like to see it matter a bit more and for the animations to be of higher quality for those situations. I'm not a fan of the majority of the WR/DB 2 man animations. They all look like something made for a video game and not to replicate something you see on Sunday. Half the tackle animations are the same way. The animations in the beta were smooth and flowed well, but they don't look authentic, real NFL tackles.
    I'm getting off topic now.
    Enough misinformation gets posted about the game that clearing up these sort of misconceptions is a good thing, imo. The game literally has a height threshold. Tall receivers/defenders have a larger library of catch animations. Stating that "height doesn't matter" isn't even a matter of opinion, it's an outright lie.
    tru11
    In Madden Hollywood Brown and Lamar should be the top combo lol
    To much speed to account for l:y3::y3::y3::y3:

    Eh lets let Brown play a NFL game first. Not to mention the Browns have 2 corners alone with the speed to keep up with Brown and then some.
    Rayzaa
    So two QB - WR combos make this list that have exactly zero connections in their history lol. Yeah we know Beckham is good but he has never caught one pass from Mayfield and maybe they don't have chemistry. Who knows til we see it. Just a bit premature for this article I'd say.

    Madden does not factor in any chemistry between players so its hardly premature for the article to name some of the most highly rated QB/WR combos. There's not much else to go off of.
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    A lot of reaches in here..
    If we are basing it on both players abilities.
    And dangerous...
    Mahomes - hill
    A-rod - davante
    Brees - thomas
    Baker - Beckham
    Ben - juju
    Honorable mentions (carr & AB , Prescott & cooper, ryan & julio)
    Special mention (russell & Lockett, newton and moore, cousins and thielen, Wentz & D-jack
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