The Arizona Rattlers (9-3) and LA KISS (5-6) will have their final regular season meeting at the Honda Center this Sunday. The Rattlers have won both meetings so far this season. Arizona looks to continue to add to their three game win streak after a huge win at home against Philadelphia. The KISS are coming off of a win on the road in Tampa Bay where they doubled up the Storm 54-27. The game is at 3pm and can be seen on ESPN3 and can be streamed on WatchESPN.
When the Arizona Rattlers and LA KISS meet on Sunday one thing to look for will be the battle in the trenches. The Rattlers defense has a league high 20 sacks, while the KISS have allowed 15 sacks, which is second worst in the league. Arizona is led by Damien Borel who is fourth in the league with four sacks so far this season. The Rattlers have seven more sacks than the second place team the Jacksonville Sharks. If Arizona is able to penetrate the KISS offensive line, then they should be able to help the outcome of the game and create a lot of pressure on the quarterback.
Battle of Top Scoring Defense vs Top Scoring Offense
The Arizona Rattlers and LA KISS are the top scoring offense and defense respectively. Arizona’s offense, has been deadly all season averaging 67 points per game and the KISS defense has only allowed 46 points per game. Arizona’s defense, which is fifth in scoring defense allowing 49 points per game, will have a tough battle of their own against the KISS offense that scored 54 against the Tampa Bay Storm last week. Both of these defensive secondaries are having good seasons with LA having the slight edge with 14 interceptions compared to Arizona’s 13. Whichever defense can execute their game plan and slow down the other team’s offense sets their team up to get a very valuable conference win.
4th Down, Shutter Down
Rattlers opponents have one common theme; they have a lot of fourth down attempts. The Rattlers defense has answered the call on multiple occasions, only allowing their opponents to convert on 29 percent of their chances, which is best in the league. The KISS are one of the best fourth down teams converting on 56 percent of their chances. One thing is for sure on Saturday; these numbers will not stay the same. Whoever wins the 4th down battle will be in good position in this critical conference matchup.
The Passing Game
The Rattlers have been one of the best passing offenses this season and their league leading 122.9 efficiency rating is a big contributor to that. The KISS have the fourth best defensive pass efficiency only allowing a 103.2 rating. This battle gets more interesting because the Rattlers have the most passing touchdowns with 85 and the KISS have allowed the fewest with 51. Rattlers Quarterback Nick Davila looks to continue his impressive trend against the KISS where he has thrown for 43 touchdowns compared to only three interceptions. If he can do that, then look for the Rattlers to have an advantage that will help them in pursuit of a win in their final road game this season.