A clash of the Titans: 5 reasons why the Rattlers will beat the SaberCats
You do not want to miss the first round of the playoffs featuring two of the most explosive offenses in the AFL. The 3rd seed San Jose SaberCats take on the National Conference West Champions, Arizona Rattlers Saturday night at US Airways Center, at 7:00 PM.
The SaberCats and the Rattlers are in the top 5 in most offensive categories. In Scoring offense the SaberCats are ranked #2, averaging 63.5 points per game, with the Rattlers ranked #4, averaging 62.7 points per game.
Total offense, the SaberCats and the Rattlers are ranked 1 and 2 respectively. (338.1 & 332.0 total yards per game).
Scoring defense, the Rattlers are ranked #2, allowing 48.9 points per game while the SaberCats are ranked #11, allowing 57.1 points per game.
Although the game is won on the field and not by looking at stats, here are my five reasons why the Rattlers will defeat the SaberCats on Saturday night.
1. The Rattlers seem to have been built for the playoffs. They are big, fast, well coached and hungry. Although they had a better regular season record last year (16-2 vs 13-5), they had some key injuries this year and lost some very close games. Their record does not reflect how good they are this year.
2. Many core players are back from last years Arena bowl runner up team. Players such as 2011 MVP quarterback Nick Davila, fullback Odie Armstrong, wide receivers Jason Geathers & Kerry Reed, defensive backs Virgil Gray & Marquis Floyd, linebackers Kevin Mccoullough & Tyre Glasper, defensive linemen Marcus Pittman & Anttaj Hawthorne, offensive linemen John Booker & Kyle Young as well as several others. This is a group who remembers the bitter sweet year from 2011 and is determined to allow history to shine a spotlight on the greatness of this team for years to come.
3. Rattlers acquired game breaking performers this year including wide receiver Maurice Purify ranked #1 in the AFL in receiving yards per game at 128.8, defensive back Arkeith Brown, who ranked 5th in the AFL in interceptions, kicker Chris Gould, who ranked #2 in the AFL in scoring (kickers), powerful offensive lineman Sir Vincent Rogers and defensive lineman Cliff Dukes, who was defensive Lineman of the Year in 2011.
4. The Rattlers are 7-2 at home this year, while the SaberCats are 4-5 on the road.
5. 2011 Coach of the year, Kevin Guy is the best coach in the AFL and is masterful at all aspects of the game. His leadership sets the tone and creates the path to greatness.
Let the games begin!