The Arizona Rattlers (5-1) and LA KISS (3-3) will have their only regular season meeting in the Snake-Pit this Saturday night. The first meeting between these two teams this season occurred in week two in the Honda Center where the Rattlers won 69-28. The Rattlers are looking to get back to winning after back to back tough road games in Orlando and Philadelphia. The KISS are coming off of a bye week and want to start a winning streak of their own after beating Portland two weeks ago. The game is at 6pm and can be seen on FOX Sports Arizona.
When the Arizona Rattlers and LA KISS meet on Saturday one thing to look for will be the battle in the trenches. The Rattlers defense has a league high 17 sacks, while the KISS have allowed 11 sacks, which is second worst in the league. Arizona is led by a trio of defensive linemen who are ranked in the top four in sacks. Dimietrio Tyson leads the league with five sacks, Luis Vasquez and Damien Borel are second and fourth with four and three sacks respectively. Tyson is currently on inactive reserve.
Battle of Top Scoring Defenses
The Arizona Rattlers and LA KISS have two of the top three defenses only allowing 45 and 46 points per game respectively. LA will have a tough matchup against Arizona’s offense which leads the league in scoring at 67 points per game. Arizona’s defense will have a tough battle of their own against the KISS offense that scored 66 in their last game against the Portland Steel back in week six. Both of these defensive secondaries are having good seasons with LA having the slight edge with nine interceptions compared to Arizona’s eight. 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.
The Quarterback Battle
When these two teams meet on Saturday night the game will include the battle of two veteran quarterbacks. Rattlers Quarterback Nick Davila has been dominant in the six games he has played against the KISS, throwing for 38 touchdowns compared to just two interceptions. Davila is coming off a milestone game where he threw his 700th career touchdown pass and reached the 30,000-yard mark for his career. KISS quarterback Nathan Stanley is not someone the Rattlers will overlook. In his career against the Rattlers, Stanley has thrown for 12 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in five games. Four of those games were with the now defunct San Jose SaberCats back in 2014 and 2015. Stanley is coming off a big game for the KISS against the Portland Steel, where he threw for six touchdowns.
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 27 percent of their chances, which is best in the league. The KISS are one of the best fourth down teams converting on 53 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.