On Sunday night the San Diego Fleet will host the San Antonio Commanders in a rematch from week one. In the week one matchup the Commanders won 15-6, in a defensive struggle. The Commander overcame the Fleet by scoring nine points in the fourth quarter.
Last week the Fleet won their home opener over the Atlanta Legends 24-12, in a close game for the three quarters then the Fleet scored 12 points in the fourth quarter led by there running game. Mike Martz offense finally got on track and will look for revenge against the Commanders Sunday Night.
Run The Ball
In last week’s game versus the Atlanta Legends, Fleets running back Ja’Quan Garnder and Terrell Watson ran for combined 153 yards on 29 carries. The duo also added two touchdowns as well. I think the fleet will lean on the running game to take the pressure off quarterbacks Phillip Nelson and Mike Bercovici. The Fleets offensive line struggles in pass protection. The best way to control a pass rush is to slow it down by running the football; the fleet will need to do that if they expect to win the game.
Pass Protect Better
The Fleet pass protection has been horrible the last two games, and they have given up nine sacks and a ton of quarterback hits. Mike Martz needs to call some quick-hitting passing plays to help the pass protection. Plays like screens and slants would be perfect for a team struggling to protect the passer. If protected receivers Brian Brown, Nelson Spruce and tight end Gavin Escobar can do some damage. When protected quarterbacks Phillip Nelson and Mike Bercovici has to be able to get the ball to the receivers, sometimes they are inaccurate.
Pressure The Passer
Damonte Moore is becoming one of the best pass rushers in the AAF; he has 1.5 sacks in the first two games. Shakir Soto, Alex Barrett, Tani Tupou, and Gelen Robinson all do an outstanding pressuring the quarterback. The five of these guys combine for six sacks for the season. I feel the defensive line will put pressure on Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside all game long much as they did in the second half of there week one meeting.
I feel this game will be another low scoring game, coming down to who can force the most turnovers. The Commanders will put eight men in the box to stop the run and pressure the Fleet to pass the ball.
There will be opportunities for plays downfield for the Fleet but will the quarterback’s be protected enough to take shots down the field. When Protected they must throw the ball accurately. Fleet quarterback Nelson and Bercovici have not thrown a touchdown pass so far this season but managed to throw two interceptions apiece. It will be up to the running game and the defensive line to take over the game for the Fleet to win.
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