The opening day of Week 4 in the XFL sees two teams trending in opposite directions face off as LA face New York. This will be followed by the best running game in the league face one of the better run defences as Seattle face St Louis.
Los Angeles Wildcats at New York Guardians
Wildcards Banged Up
The injury bug has not so much bitten Los Angeles feasted on them. They’ll be missing their star receiver, Nelson Spruce, against the Guardians. Spruce has put up 256 yards through three weeks of the season and his absence will greatly impact the Wildcats’ ability to run their offense.
To make matters worse running back Martez Carter (he of the backflip celebration) is also doubtful. Carter made several highlight plays against the D.C. Defenders in Week 3 and helped electrified the offence. L.A. will hope that the improved play of quarterback Josh Johnson will compensate.
On defence Harlan Miller, who missed last week with a thigh injury, is questionable having been limited in practice all week. He’ll join corner Mike Stevens and defensive end Latarius Brady on the injury report.
Quarterback Controversy Brewing?
It’s early days but the New York Guardians have not received the quarterback play they’d hoped for from quarterback Matt McGloinn With McGloin out through injury, it’ll be a chance for either Marquise Williams or Luis Perez to step up. Both should see playing time and if either shines McGloin may find it difficult to regain his starter status. However, that’s a big if when they face a Wildcats defence that has a league leading 7 interceptions.
Whoever sees the Lions share of snaps will get have addition help in the form of wide receiver Tanner Gentry, and tackle Derek Dennis. Gentry returns from injury and was most recently in camp with the Chicago Bears. He’ll instantly become one of the Guardians’ top weapons. Dennis, meanwhile, joins from the CFL where he was one of the league’s most dominant linemen.
Seattle Dragons at St. Louis BattleHawks
Smash Mouth Football
The Dragons will face Jordan Ta’amu and the BattleHawks. But it’s no secret that the engine of the BattleHawks offense is their run game. Ta’amu looks more comfortable running than any other quarterback in the league and has teamed perfectly with former NFLers Matt Jones and Christine Michael. The trio has combined for an impressive 473 yards, an average of 158 yards game.
If the Dragons do manage to stop the run games, this one could come down to which quarterback perfumers better. Brandon Silvers, the Dragons starter, has made questionable decisions through the first three games whereas Ta’amu has read the field well and delivered accurate balls with speed and anticipation.
Who Steps Up?
Seattle have playmakers of their own. Former AAF star Kenneth Farrow has looked impressive in limited touches. He’s rushed for 100 yards and has average of 4.3 yards per carry. He’s also looked a weapon out of the back field. If the Dragons go to the air look for Austin Proehl who’s had two impressive performance sandwiched with a game against Tampa where he disappeared. Could this be the game the offence finally takes control?