After a three week hiatus, the Burgh Defenders are back in action this weekend against an unlikely opponent. The Minor League arena team, Reading Raptors, and the Burgh Defenders are traveling there to play them. An interesting fact about the Raptors is that they beat the Jersey Flight this year, The Flight is also an AAL member.
This is where the Defenders can try to find themselves. If the Defenders pull out this one, I think they might find the spirit they need to win against an AAL team.
With a new starting quarterback after parting ways with Arleaus Lee, whoever wins the starting role will have an excellent chance to showcase it against a lesser known team.
The Defenders defense needs to step up their game as well. If the Defenders can get a few interceptions and gain some confidence they could be good, they need to let a score get to them.
A move on defense that I still do not agree with is sending AJ Bowen down to their farm team the Beaver County Reapers. Bowen is a total shutdown corner and plays excellent one on one coverage.
This weekend I do think the Defenders will win, Alex Noble should be open all day on defense against the Raptors.