This simple, straight ahead running play works best when the defense is expecting pass. With no lead blockers a simple handoff to the running back straight up the middle is used to try to catch the defense by surprise and pick up a few yards before they can react.

Single Back 3WR - HB Plunge

Against defenses of equal or lesser ability HB Plunge can likely be used in more standard situations. However, it is simply too simple to be effective against great defenses, especially on the All Madden difficulty setting, if they are prepared to stop the run. It is most effective against outside blitzes which will run right past the running back, or when the defensive line is spread out wide to stop runs to the outside.

Player Assignments

Position Action
O-Line and TE Run Block
QB Handoff to RB
RB Back Step - Dive Right
Left Flanker and SE Lead Right
Right Flanker Lead Left

See the Madden Playbook Guide for a description of these symbols.

Blocking Assessment

Because this run is quick and up the middle the blocking assessment is simple. The standard holes to look for are between the center and right guard, and between the right guards and tackle. It is also possible to bounce outside between the tackle and TE, or even outside the TE, but this should only be done if the defense stuffs the middle and open space is clearly visible. The success of the play relies on the RB hitting the line by the time the defense has realized it's a run, so it's not a good idea to dance around in the backfield.




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