Will the Wildcats bounce back?
Week 5 will finish with the Los Angeles Wildcats (-2.0) playing host to the Tampa Bay Vipers at Dignity Health Sports Park. The Wildcats are coming off a dud of a performance in MetLife Stadium where they lost 17-14 to the Guardians in a weak offensive showing. The Wildcats offense was inconsistent without their top receiver Nelson Spruce and starting running back Montez Carter. Los Angeles is hoping to have both playmakers back, but likely only Carter will return against Tampa Bay. Receiver Tre McBride will look to keep up his success from the past two games.
The Wildcats offense looked like it was playing too aggressive, going for the big play at times, leading to turnovers and failing to convert fourth downs. The Wildcats have shown to have issues with communication, with false starts, delay of games, and missed assignments. This falls on offensive coordinator, Norm Chow, who should find a way to control his offense in the next game. The Wildcats defense was solid against Luis Perez and the Guardians offense as they only allowed 17 points and 150 passing yards. LaDarius Wiley made his presence known in the backfield last week and will look to continue that trend. The Wildcats are in need of a win to avoid slipping to the bottom of the league.
Vipers Look to Stay Strong
The Vipers stunned most who had written them off coming into the game against DC They shutout the defenders 25-0 and proved themselves that they are not be the worst team in the XFL, for right now. The Vipers rushing attack was rolling as De’Veon Smith and Jacques Patrick combined for a solid 256 rushing yards against a shocked Defenders defense.
Quarterback Taylor Cornelius completed 24 of 31 passes for 211 yards while running for 36 yards and a rushing touchdown. The Vipers defense was the real story against the Defenders as they only allowed 107 yards of offense and forced 4 turnovers. The Vipers look to avoid a poor performance like the Wildcats had against NY after a big win over the Defenders.
What to Watch
The Wildcats offense is lacking strength and they could really use Spruce and Carter back for this game against a solid Vipers defense. The rushing attack of Tampa Bay will be key and running back De’Veon Smith should be a player to watch with his combination of speed and power.
How will the Wildcats offense bounce back after a struggle of a week?
Will Norm Chow change up the game plan from last week?
Both teams come in to the game 1-3 and will be looking to improve to keep momentum in the right direction.
The Los Angeles Wildcats (-2) take on the Tampa Bay Vipers at 9:00PM EST The game will be played at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Broadcast coverage will be on ESPN. (O/U – 40.5)