05/31/2019 8:03 PM -
How They Rank: This is a battle between the #2 Scoring Offense of the Cobras (50.8/game) vs #3 Scoring Defense of the Lions (45.6). On the other side of the ball it is the #4 Scoring Offense of the Lions (45.2) vs the #2 Scoring Defense of the Cobras (36.3).
League Leaders: The Cobras lead the league in the following categories. Touchdowns Scored (41), Points Scored Kicking (47), Total Offense TDs (36), Rushing TDs (10), Passing Yards per Completion (11.4), Field Goal Attempts (10), PAT Attempts (40), PAT Made (28), Kickoff Return Average (21.3), Kickoff Return TDs (1), Interceptions (15), Interception Return Yards (160), Interception TDs (3), Fumble Recoveries (6), Fumble Returns (2), Fumble Return Yards (51), Turnover Margin (+9), 1 st Down by Penalty (30), Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game (37.2), Opponent Penalties Yards Per Game (64.8), Red Zone Offense (88.0%), Red Zone Defense (55.0%). Individually Charles McCullum is #1 in Pass Yards/Completion (12.3), Jordan Jolly is #1 in receptions (45) and #1 in Receiving TDs (13). Nick Belcher is #1 in PAT attempts (40), PAT Made (28), FG Attempts (10). Cedric Poole leads in Kick Returns (10) and Kick Return TDs (1). Mike Green leads Interceptions (5), Interception Return Yards (76), Tackles (33.0) and Passes Defended (27).
Line Injuries: After losing OL Joe Harris for the season and DT Walter Thomas Jr for the immediate future, the Cobras have removed OL Chad Kolumber from League Suspension to bolster the offensive line. They will use Bill Vavau and Brandon Sutton in the middle (who each had 1.5 sacks against Orlando).
Auburn Spotlight: Smarting off the loss from 2 weeks ago, the Lions had an extra week to prepare for this rematch. They also signed former All-SEC Auburn FB Kamryn Pettway to boost their running game.
Defense To The Rescue: In the matchup two weeks ago the Cobras defense caused six turnovers, 4 INTs and 2 Fumble Recoveries and turned that into 4 TDs. They also held the league leader in passing QB Luke Collins to his worse game of the year. He was 17-36-4 for 196 yards and 3TDs a week after he set the NAL record for most passing yards in a game with 345. After an off week against Orlando, you can certainly bet this defense will be back to #1 in the NAL level.
Offense Bouncing Back: After a sluggish 3 weeks the Cobras offense came back to life last week against Orlando. Setting team records for most total yards, most passing yards, and most passing TDs in Cobras history.
Matchup to Watch: The revamped Cobras WR corp vs Lions Secondary In the game 2 weeks ago the main 3 WRs were Jordan Jolly, Zack Ducker and Julius Gregory, fast forward 2 weeks and the likely WRs getting the most action will be Jolly, Ducker, new addition LaVon Pearson and Prince Shanola, who combined for 20 catches for 314 yards and 9 TDs against Orlando.
Last Meeting: Two weeks ago it was Carolina 60-32 over Columbus in Greensboro.
Series History: Counting the Championship game the Cobras hold a 3-2 series lead, including 3 in a row.
Written by: DJ Wagner