WEEK 15 GAME PREVIEW: ARIZONA RATTLERS (8-4) VS NEBRASKA DANGER (7-5)

Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers will host the Nebraska Danger this Sunday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Rattlers will be looking to gain two full games over conference rival Nebraska, who is currently tied with the Spokane Empire (7-5) in the Intense Conference standings.

After last week’s victory and an Empire loss to the Colorado Crush (3-9), the Rattlers now have sole possession of first place in the Intense Conference with four games left to play.

The last time Arizona faced the Danger was in Nebraska on Friday April 7. The Rattlers defeated the Danger by a score of 39-36. The game was decided on a last second field goal from Rattlers’ kicker Sawyer Petre from 20 yards out with only four seconds left in the contest. Arizona quarterback Cody Sokol went 17 for 30 passing with 165 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 33 yards rushing. The Rattlers defense held Nebraska to only 149 total yards of offense in the win.

Arizona enters the matchup coming off a 63-33 win against the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles (3-9). Offensive Player of the Game Cody Sokol went eight-for-thirteen for 102 yards and scored six touchdowns, two of which were on the ground. Running back Darrell Monroe had another great game against Salt Lake, rushing 92 yards on only nine carries and scoring one touchdown. Between rushing and passing, Arizona had 238 yards of total offense in the victory.

Defensively against Salt Lake, the Rattlers did a good job of getting past the Screaming Eagles’s offensive line. The defense recorded five sacks and eight tackles for loss. The Rattlers defense held Salt Lake scoreless in the third quarter of that game and only allowed 33 points overall. The game also marks the fourth straight game in which the defense held the opposing team to under 35 points. Arizona currently has the fourth most sacks in the league, and is ranked sixth in total defense in the IFL.

On special teams, Arizona did not allow a single point after touchdown (PAT) to be scored. The Rattlers even intercepted a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter. Kicker Sawyer Petre was a perfect nine-for-nine, and the Rattlers recorded 64 yards on only five kickoff returns. Petre ranks first in the league in PAT percentage with a 94.4 success rate.

The Nebraska Danger comes into this game following a 41-25 win over the Green Bay Blizzard (2-11). Their quarterback Patrick McCain went eight-for-eighteen with 96 yards and two touchdowns. The Danger had success running the football against the Blizzard, recording 129 yards on 22 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Nebraska currently ranks seventh in total offense and second in scoring in the IFL.

Defensively, the Danger are ranked fifth in total defense. They are led by Nikolas Sierra, who has 72 tackles, 14.5 of which were for a loss, four sacks, one forced fumble, four pass breakups, and three interceptions. Nebraska also leads the IFL in sacks with 25 on the season.

Danger kicker Josh Gable is ranked fifth in both made field goals and field goal percentage. Nebraska is ranked third in the league in kickoff coverage only allowing an average of 34.5 yards per game.

The Arizona Rattlers take on the Nebraska Danger this Sunday May 28, 2017 at 3:00 PDT at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Arizona Plus, streamed live on YouTube and the FOX Sports GO app, and simulcast on Money Radio 1510 and 105.3 FM.

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