Madden NFL 21 Superstar X-Factor: Halfbacks

For the 2nd day of X-Factor reveal week, EA has unveiled Madden 21 X-Factor abilities for the Halfbacks. For those who may be unfamiliar, "X-Factor" is a feature first introduced in Madden 20 that gives unique abilities to some of the NFL's best players. Each team has X-Factor players that can unlock their abilities during the course of a game by achieving specific "Triggers". Below is a breakdown of this year's HB abilities:

To view yesterday's M21 QB X-Factor article, click here.

Click the following link to view the EA database of X-Factor abilities.

Zone- This is the X-Factor ability that each player gets once unlocked by completing Trigger requirements

Trigger- Achieve this requirement to activate the X-Factor ability

Knockout- Once an X-Factor player enters the zone, this is the requirement for deactivating its effects

Ankle Breaker

Zone: Increased fakeout rates on skill moves following the catch.

Trigger: Three 10+ yard receptions

Knockout: One drop, incompletion, or three consecutive non-targets


First One Free

Zone: High fake-out rate on next juke, spin, or hesi.

Trigger: Three rushes of 10+ yards

Knockout: Tackle for loss



Freight Train

Zone: Increased chance to break the next tackle attempt.

Trigger: Three rushes for 10+ yards

Knockout: One tackle for loss



Wrecking Ball

Zone: High success rate on next three trucks or stiff-arms.

Trigger: Three rushes of 10+ yards

Knockout: Tackle for loss


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