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How to Stiff Arm in Madden 23

Make your opponent feel like the puny human they are!
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Madden 23 is still widely centered around offensive highlights and big-play moments. Whether that be 60-yard deep balls to a team’s top receiver or ankle-breaking cuts for a big gain on the ground. While these types of plays can lead to immediate yardage, none are quite as tantalizing as the stiff arm.

In this guide, we will break down everything you need to know about how to stiff arm in Madden 23.

How to Stiff Arm in Madden 23

The stiff arm isn’t just one of the flashiest plays in real-life NFL football but it’s a staple in Madden 23 as well. The stiff arm involves the offensive player throwing out their non-ball-carrying arm to stick the nearby defender and shove them to the ground or throw them off-balance. Essentially providing the ball carrier with extra space to make a play and (hopefully) lose the defender in the process.

Related: How to Intercept in Madden 23

Not only can you create space and pick up extra yards, but performing a stiff arm is also the best way to set the tone in a game. If you can prove to be the more physical team on the field, this immediately shifts momentum into your favor.

To stiff arm in Madden 23, all you need to do is;

  • Press and hold A (for Xbox) or X for PlayStation before the defender goes to make a tackle

As with many other skill moves, performing a stiff arm comes down to timing and awareness. You need to see where your defender is and what angle they are coming from to effectively create space. Timing the move to hit defenders just before they go in to tackle you.

It’s also important to note that the stiff arm move doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you won’t get tackled. In fact, the outcome is generally determined by what your player’s Strength and Stiff Arm ratings are. As players with low ratings in these categories rarely pull off an effective stiff arm. So, these are two stats you should prioritize if your goal is to make this your signature move.

That’s everything you need to know about how to stiff arm in Madden 23. If you’re interested in more Madden content, be sure to check out our guides section here at Gamer Journalist. Where you can find information like the top 10 rookies in Madden 23 or the fastest NFL players in Madden 23.

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