New patch delivers significant playbook update and more for Madden NFL 20

Posted December 13th, 2019 at 12:00 pm

EA Sports has released another patch for Madden NFL 20 with this one providing notable additions to playbooks and changes to Superstar X-Factor players.


Alternate versions of every offensive and defensive playbook for each NFL team have been added as playbook options in Play Now and Franchise. In addition to the new plays and formations these playbooks introduce, these books will also be used to update playbook content throughout the rest of the Madden NFL 20 season. These alternate playbooks are updated versions of each teams’ scheme that closely mimic the plays they’ve been running so far in the NFL season.

To access these playbooks, toggle on the ‘NFL Live Playbooks’ option in the Game Options settings from the main menu or via the Advanced Settings option in the Team Select screen. The Advanced Settings option in Team Select is how Franchise players will be able to access the alternate playbooks. The NFL Live Playbooks will NOT be available for use inside of Custom Playbooks but will instead function like the ‘generic’ playbooks and the alternate playbooks will also NOT be supported by Formation Subs inside of Franchise mode. More details about some of the new playbook content can be found below in the ‘Gameplay’ section of the notes.

New formations: Defensive 4-3 Even, 6-1, 46 Cub, Dime Sugar 3-2, Dime Sugar Weak; Offensive Heisman package

Updated play-calling AI for Ravens playbook to call more QB option run plays

Defensive formations added to NFL Live playbooks for Bears, Dolphins, Lions, Patriots, Rams, Jets, Chiefs, Jaguars, Jets, Patriots, Saints, Lions, Vikings, Packers, Ravens

Offensive formations added to NFL Live Playbooks for Ravens, 49ers, Rams, Bears, Seahawks, Jets, Chargers, Spread

Fixed an issue causing misaligned players when using the Nickel Triple formation vs. Shotgun Taysom Hill Package

Fixed an issue causing missing play art with base align/flip on some Nickel 3-3-5 plays

Tuning to prevent user-controlled defenders from triggering fake-out animations vs. ball-carrier special moves (Juke, Spin, Hurdle) regardless of ratings match-up on Competitive game-style only. This applies vs. all ball carriers, including those holding X-Factor and Superstar abilities

Fixed issue causing offense into random formations when using hurry-up in MUT Squads

New X-Factor Players

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, replacing Chargers QB Philip Rivers
X-Factor: First One Free
Superstar Abilities: Escape Artist, Juke Box, Fast Break

49ers DE Nick Bosa, replacing Rams RB Todd Gurley
X-Factor: Unstoppable Force
Superstar Abilities: Strip Specialist, Finesse Specialist

Jets SS Jamal Adams, replacing Cowboys CB Byron Jones
X-Factor: Reinforcement
Superstar Abilities: Enforcer, Under Pressure

Patriots FS Devin McCourty, replacing Bears FS Eddie Jackson
X-Factor: Zone Hawk
Superstar Abilities: Lumberjack, Pick Artist

Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones, replacing Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott
X-Factor: Fearmonger
Superstar Abilities: Reach Elite, Edge Threat Elite

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper, replacing Browns DE Myles Garrett
X-Factor: Rac Em Up
Superstar Abilities: Double Move Specialist, In Out Specialist

Updated Superstar Players

Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin
Route Technician

Vikings DE Everson Griffen
Power Specialist

Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey
Man Up

Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley
Secure Protector

Saints RT Ryan Ramcyzk
Secure Protector

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs
Cross Specialist, Post-Flag Specialist

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette

49ers DE Dee Ford
Edge Threat

Cowboys CB Byron Jones, downgraded from X-Factor to Superstar

Eagles TE Zach Ertz, downgraded from X-Factor to Superstar
In-Out Elite

Chargers QB Philip Rivers, downgraded from X-Factor to Superstar
Pocket Lead, Arching Deadeye

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, downgraded from X-Factor to Superstar
Inside Zone Guru

Bears FS Eddie Jackson, downgraded from X-Factor to Superstar
Zoned Out

Downgraded players no longer equipped with any abilities
Colts MLB Darius Leonard
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, III
Jets MLB CJ Mosley
Redskins SS Landon Collins
Falcons FS Keanu Neal
Rams RB Todd Gurley
Browns DE Myles Garrett