The Los Angeles Wildcats head to Houston to take on the Houston Roughnecks in the opening week of XFL action. Wildcats starting quarterback Josh Johnson is questionable in the game with an injury, he has not practiced all week. If he can’t go, Charles Kanoff will get the start.
Kanoff played his college ball at Princeton and spent some time on the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions practice squads. With the possibility of Johnson being out, look for the Wildcats to lean on Elijah Hood to carry the load between the tackles. Hood spent some time in the NFL and runs hard. The Wildcats will need Hood to be successful running the ball to keep Houston’s fast-paced offense off the field.
Los Angeles has some talent at the receiving position, Jordan Smallwood, Adonis Jennings, and Nelson Spruce are all capable targets for the Wildcats. Norm Chow is the Wildcats offensive coordinator; he was the OC for USC back when the won two National Titles. Chow’s west coast/pro-style offense is known for big and quick-strike plays but can also wear down a defense.
June Jones coaches Houston, and you know he runs a fast-paced and high scoring offense. Wildcats head coach Winston Moss is the only defensive head coach in the XFL. Moss loves aggressive defense that will pressure the quarterback. The Wildcats must pressure Roughnecks quarterback P.J Walker to be successful. Walker threw for 10,668 yards and 74 touchdowns in four seasons at Temple. He spent some time with the Indianapolis Colts practice squad.
I think this game will come down to whichever defense can get the most stops. The Roughnecks defensive coordinator is Ted Cottrell; he has a lot of years of football coaching experience. So you know Houston’s defense will be ready, as well as Moss and the Wildcats defense.
I have Los Angeles winning this game 28-24, i think Los Angeles will pick up enough stops and control the clock to pull out the four-point win.