To play defense in Madden 23, you must first determine what setup you want to use. Do you want a 3-4 setup that relies on having four defensive linemen in the box? We have our picks, so let's go over them.
Pittsburgh has been a defensive force for decades, and that hasn't changed since Mike Tomlin's days. The Steelers' 3-4 defense can suffocate opposing defenses with suffocating blitz plays that can be run in either Cover 1 or Cover 3. If you want to put the heat on the opponents, try out the Steelers' playbook.
In recent years, the Commanders have built a solid defense to defeat NFC opponents. That is due to player acquisitions and the head coach Ron Riveras' playbook. Riveras' 4-3 defense can shake opposing QBs, and this playbook has some good versatility thanks to some 46 and Nickel plays.
Tom Brady would have led the Patriots to six Super Bowls in 20 seasons, but the Patriots' defense could have played an even bigger role than #12 on those squads. In Madden 23, Bill Belichick runs a multi-front scheme, which means that you can give the opposing team a variety of looks. Players who use the Patriots can easily switch from a 4-3 setup to a 3-4.
The Bills, led by Sean McDermott, have an incredible defense in the NFL. That is still true in Madden 23, partly because to their playbook. Buffalo has a 4-3 defense that can punish opposing teams' offensive lines, as well as some solid 4-3 Over and Under looks in the Nickel package.
Mike Vrabel has punished NFL offenses for years, so it shouldnt be a surprise that his Titans can do the same in Madden 23. The Tennessee gamebook includes a wide variety of blitz options, with users being able to choose from a good assortment of Dollar, Dime, and Nickel packages.