07/05/2019 10:02 AM
Carolina Cobras (7-3, 2nd in NAL) vs. Columbus Lions (3-7, tied 4th in NAL)
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro NC
Saturday, July 6th 2019-7PM EDT
Military/First Responders Night
- Familiar Territory: June 1, 2019 the Cobras travelled to Columbus and beat the Lions (3-7) 52-43. Von Pearson and Jordan Jolly combined for five TD receptions in that game and the Cobras set the NAL record with 26 First Downs.
- Playoffs: Going into Week 13 the Cobra’s (7-3) have clinched a playoff spot for the 2019 NAL Playoffs. To host a playoff game the magic number is down to three. With every Cobras win or Massachusetts Pirates loss that number will go down. The Cobras lead the Pirates by one game with four to go but hold the tiebreaker after beating them both times during the regular season.
- How They Rank: This is a battle between the #3 Scoring Offense of the Cobras (49.8/game) vs #4 Scoring Defense of the Lions (50.4). On the other side of the ball it is the #5 Scoring Offense of the Lions (46.5) vs the #2 Scoring Defense of the Cobras (36.2)
- League Leaders: The Cobras lead the league in the following categories. Total Offense Yards Per Play (6.3), Pass Defense Efficiency (96.5), Pass Yards/Completion (12.5), Pass Yards/Attempt (7.1), Field Goal Attempts (15), Interceptions (23), Interception Return Yards (171), Interception TDs (3), Turnover Margin (+12), 1st Down by Penalty (41), Opponent Penalties Yards Per Game (60.8), Red Zone Defense (63.4%). Individually Charles McCullum is #1 in Total Offense/Game (258.2), Total Offense Avg/Play (7.3), Yards Per Rush (4.0), Passing Yards/Game (248.8), Passing Yards/Attempt (7.5). Jordan Jolly leads in Receiving Yards (966). Cedric Poole is tied at Kick Return TDs (1), Mike Green leads Passes Defended (37).
- Defending The Snake Pit: While the Cobras have shown they are road warriors going 4-1 so far on the road, they are 3-2 at home, including losing their last two. But after last week going to Orlando this team is back in the right direction. This is Military/First Responders Week, those who serve now or served before either in the military, police, fire or medical can get 50% off tickets for this game! Just call 336-455-7232 ext 2 and speak to Brandon to get your tickets now!
- Bouncing Back: This is the second time this season that the Cobras have faced the Lions a week after facing the Predators, last time it was coming in off a loss to Orlando, but this time the Cobras shut out Orlando for only the second shut out in NAL History. Can the Cobras keep up the winning streak against Columbus which is now at four games in you include the Championship game where Carolina beat Columbus 66-8 for the 2018 NAL Championship.
- Turnover Battle: Carolina comes into the game with a +12 Turnover ratio and currently lead in interceptions with 23 after posting a +7 turnover ratio against Orlando (6 INTs 1 Fumble Recovery). The Lions come in with a -5 turnover ratio which is fifth in the league. The last time these two teams played neither team committed a turnover.
- Matchup to Watch: Lions QB Luke Collis vs Carolina Defense With injuries to Lions star receivers Paris Mack and Chris Sanders-McCollum and their status uncertain for the game, it is uncertain how the Lions are going to matchup against a defense that gave up zero points. Obviously, Bones Bagaunte can be an issue, but the DB combination of Mike Green, Cedric Poole, Tyree Robinson, as well as back ups Kenny Veal and Robert Brown Jr it is becoming a no fly zone in the Cobras secondary. In two previous matchups the Cobras have held Collis to an average of 176.5 yards, far below his usual 234 yards per game. This will be necessary to happen again to have another favorable outcome.
- Last Meeting: June 1 it was Carolina 52-43 over Columbus in Columbus.
- Series History: The Cobras lead 4-2 including the NAL Championship game including four wins in a row.
- Cobra Leaders:
QB 1 Charles McCullum 168-298-13 2,239 yards and 42 TDs passing
WR 4 Jordan Jolly 75 Receptions 966 yards 20 TDs receiving
WR 11 Von Pearson 31 Receptions, 452 yards and 10 TDs receiving
DB 17 Michael Green 49.5 Tackles 8 INTs, 37 Pass Break Ups and 1 TD
JLB 27 Pasquale Vacchio 24.0 Tackles 5 INTs, 2 Fumble Recoveries 2 TDs
- Lions Leaders:
QB 13 Luke Collis 193-351-16 2,340 yards and 51 TD.
WR 0 Bones Bagaunte 66 Receptions 630 yards 18 TDs Receiving
WR 5 Paris Mack 50 Receptions 871 yards 14 TDs Receiving
DB 1 Shattle Fenteng 39.5 Tackles, 3 INTs, 20 Pass Break Ups, 1 TD
MLB 22 Greg Hall Jr 30.5 Tackles, 6 TFL, 4 Sacks
Article by: DJ Wagner