The Los Angeles Wildcats look to rebound after a 17-14 loss to the New York Guardians. The Wildcats will take on the Tampa Bay Vipers who are coming off a 25-0 win over the DC Defenders.
Tampa Bay comes in with the number one ranked defense, so the Wildcats will have their hands full in this one. The Vipers will be making the cross country trip like the Wildcats did last week. XFL teams that make the cross country trip are 0-4 so far this season. Here some Wildcat players to watch this Sunday.
Quarterback Josh Johnson is coming off a 325 yards passing performance last week against the Guardians. He also threw two touchdown passes and one interception. On the season, Johnson has passed for 788 yards and has thrown eight touchdowns passes. Every week Johnson has gotten better and will have to do the same this week against a tough Tampa Bay defense.
Tre McBride stepped up last week for the injured Nelson Spruce with a 100-yard receiving game. So far this season, he has 13 catches for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Spruce has not practiced this week, so look for McBride to step again on Sunday.
Running back Martez Carter was not able to play last week due to injury; hopefully, he can get back on the field this weekend. Carter only has 34 yards rushing on the season but does have two rushing touchdowns. Also, Carter has caught three passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. The Wildcats will need a rushing attack this week against the Vipers. Los Angeles can’t afford to be one dimensional.
The Wildcats front seven must step and stop the Vipers rushing attack. Tampa Bay averages 171.5 rushing yards per game, and the Wildcats give up 131 rushing yards per game. It is time for the Wildcats run defense to step and make a difference or this game can get ugly.