Three Keys To Victory For The Wildcats

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LA Wildcats' Josh Johnson (8) throws a long pass for a first down against the DC Defenders at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson on Sunday, February 23, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

 

After a big win against the DC Defenders, the Los Angeles Wildcats traveled to New York and took on the Guardians. The Wildcats lost the game 17-14, a very disappointing loss. Now they head back home to take on the Tampa Bay Vipers, who beat the Defenders 25-0 last week.

Stop The Run

The Vipers come into the game averaging 171.5 rushing yards per game and had two running backs rush for over 100 yards last week, De’Veon Smith and Jacques Patrick. Smith leads the Vipers in rushing with 296 yards.

The Wildcats defense has struggled so far this season the give up 131.5 rushing yards per game, Los Angeles must do a better job stopping the run. The Wildcats should load up the box to stop the Viper’s rushing attack.

Run The Ball Well

The Vipers have the No.1 rushing and passing defense in the XFL. The Wildcats like to throw the ball a lot, with Josh Johnson, who has thrown for 788 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season. When you are playing against a defense like Tampa Bay’s, you can not afford to be one dimensional, so the Wildcats must do a better job running the ball. Los Angeles only averages 62 rushing yards per game.

Third Down Efficiency

Los Angeles is 32% on third-down conversions, the Vipers are great defensively, but they only have forced two turnovers so far this season. Which means they get off the field on third downs. Johnson and the Wildcats offense must stay in third and short situations to be able to convert third downs.

It will be interesting to see how this game transpires for both teams. Both teams need a win; I expect a good fight with both teams playing a physical style of football. Hopefully, the Wildcats can prevail in this weekend.

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