The Arizona Rattlers (0-2) will be headed in to the third game of the year looking to get their first win of the season. They will be going against the Colorado Crush (0-2), who will also be fighting to get their first victory in the 2017 Indoor Football League (IFL) season. The season is still young and a win for one these teams will be a much needed momentum boost.
These two foes have played one another before in the Arena Football League (AFL), and will be facing off for the first time since 2008. In the eight meetings between the two teams the home team has had the edge holding a five games to three series lead. The Rattlers will look to keep this trend going when they face the Crush on Saturday night.
Arizona is coming off their bye week, while Colorado played last weekend against the Nebraska Danger (2-1). The Rattlers hope to keep their offense rolling as they were able to score 47 points in their week two contest against the Iowa Barnstormers (1-1); which was an 18 point improvement from their first game. Darron Thomas was a big part of the surge in the Rattlers offense as he threw for six touchdown passes and rushed for one.
Thomas and his teammates will be going against a Crush defense that has given up 11 touchdowns through the air this season. Colorado is also allowing teams to throw for 166 yards per game, which ranks fourth in the league. They are ranked last in the IFL in passing defense efficiency at 67.9 percent.
The Crush have been proficient in the passing game this season. Quarterback Sean Goldrich has thrown for a total of 268 yards in his two games played. He has kept his interceptions to a minimum, only throwing two so far. Averaging 134 passing yards per game and throwing for four touchdowns, Goldrich will come to Phoenix wanting to sling the ball against Arizona’s stout secondary.
Keeping Colorado’s passing game under control will be something the Rattlers defense hopes to do on game day. Arizona has the number two passing defense in the IFL, and they are only allowing 106 passing yards per game and have only given up five touchdown through the air.
As both teams are searching for their first win of the season, momentum changes will play a big factor in Saturday’s game. The Rattlers will look to carry over their success with the onside kick from their week two game where they were able to convert twice. This gave Arizona’s offense crucial extra possessions to put points on the board.
The Rattlers will face the Crush in Phoenix at the Talking Stick Resort Arena this Saturday at 6:00 p.m. local time. The game will be streamed on YouTube Live on a tablet, smartphone, or streaming device and simulcast on 1580 The Fanatic and 99.3 FM.
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