W2W4: Week 4 Arizona Rattlers (3-0) at Jacksonville Sharks (1-2)

The Arizona Rattlers (3-0) will take to the road this Saturday to face the Jacksonville Sharks (1-2).  The game will be played at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena and is at 4:00 p.m. PDT. In Week 3, the Rattlers soundly defeated the Tampa Bay Storm (0-3), while the Sharks fell in the final minute to the Orlando Predators (3-0).  Saturday’s match-up can be seen on the WatchESPN app.

Battle of Top Rushing Offenses

When both teams take the field on Saturday afternoon, it will be a matchup of the top two rushing offenses.  Arizona currently leads the league with 98 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.  Six of the seven rushing touchdowns have come from fullback Mykel Benson.  He also has a team high 45 rushing yards on the season.  Jacksonville has also been productive in the run game with 40 yards and tied for second in the league with six touchdowns.  The Sharks fullback Derrick Ross also has six touchdowns.  Both of these guys look to be trend setters for the offenses of their respective teams.

The Top Defense vs. a Top Offensive Line

It’s no secret that the Rattlers have had the top defense in the league so far this season, holding opponents to no more than 28 points in a game.  One big reason for this is the amount of pressure the defensive line puts on opposing quarterbacks.  So far on the season the defensive line has ten sacks, and last game the Rattlers knocked Tampa Bay quarterback Jason Boltus to the ground 23 times.  Despite this success, Arizona’s stout d-line will face a challenge on Saturday.  Jacksonville is statistically the best offensive line than any team the Rattlers have seen so far.  The Sharks have allowed one sack this season which is second only to the Philadelphia Soul.  Look for a good battle in the trenches come game time on Saturday.

Top Pass Efficient Offenses

One thing to watch for in Saturday’s game is a very efficient passing attack from both teams. The Rattlers and the Sharks are one and two in efficiency respectively.  For Arizona, Davila and Shane Boyd have combined to complete 71 percent of their passes for 628 yards and 18 touchdowns for an efficiency rating of 152.5.  For the Sharks, Grady and Sean Bracket have combined to complete 66 percent of their passes for 895 yards and 15 touchdowns, and have the second best efficiency rating in the league at 118.8.

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