LA Wildcats vs Tampa Bay Vipers Prediction & Preview
The Tampa Bay Vipers finally recorded their first win of the season as they dismantled the DC Defenders at home. They are traveling to California as slight underdogs in a game against the Los Angeles Wildcats, who fell short to the New York Guardians on the road and are hoping to bounce back here.
The Vipers shut down the Defenders at home
Tampa Bay was desperate to record its first win in the XFL, and although nobody expected them to destroy the DC Defenders, but they managed to do it with a 25-0 victory. The Vipers dominated with 477 total yards and allowed just 107 in return, while the hosts had even 29 first downs opposite DC’s six.
Quarterback Taylor Cornelius completed 24 of 31 passing attempts for 211 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, while he also added 36 yards on four carries for one rushing TD. Wideout Daniel Williams led all the receivers with 72 yards on seven receptions (11 targets). Tight end DeAndre Goolsby caught one of three passes for a touchdown. Runners De’ Veon Smith and Jacques Patrick dominated the ground with 130 yards combined and one TD. Cornerback Anthoula Kelly led the team with six tackles (five solos).
The Vipers are 7th in the league when it comes to scoring with 16.0 points per contest. They are 1st in total yards (381.2), 4th in passing yards (209.8), and 1st in rushing yards (171.5). Tampa Bay is facing the Wildcats’ worst defense that allows 22.0 points per game.
Tampa Bay’s quarterback Taylor Cornelius is 6th in the XFL with 558 passing yards and has two touchdowns (7th). Daniel Williams is 4th in receiving with 252 yards, while De’ Veon Smith currently leads the association with 296 rushing yards. Marcelis Branch leads the team with 26 tackles, while Tarvarus McFadden has a couple of interceptions.
The Wildcats fell short to the Guardians on the road
Los Angeles trailed by eight points at halftime against the New York Guardians on the road after allowing 11 in the second quarter without answering on the other end. The Wildcats played better in the second half, especially in the third quarter in which they kept the Guardians off the scoreboard (8-0), but in the end, the Wildcats fell to a 17-14 defeat. The Wildcats had more total yards (345-250) and destroyed the hosts through the air with 305 passing yards opposite New York’s 128. However, the visitors were unable to move the chains on the ground (40 rushing yards).
Quarterback Josh Johnson produced a fine display with 25 completions on 40 attempts for 325 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Former Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears wide receiver Tre McBride led all the wideouts with 127 yards and one TD on eight receptions (12 targets), while Saeed Blacknall added another touchdown. DuJuan Harris recorded 25 rushing yards on five carries and led the team in this loss. Safety Ahmad Dixon dominated on defense with 14 tackles (nine solos).
The Wildcats are 3rd in the league when it comes to scoring with 22.0 points per contest. They are 5th in total yards (306.5), 1st in passing yards (244.5), and worst in rushing yards (62.0). Los Angeles is facing the Vipers’ 4th defense that allows 18.5 points per game.
Los Angeles’ quarterback Josh Johnson is 3rd in the XFL with 804 passing yards and has seven touchdowns (2nd). Nelson Spruce is 3rd with 267 receiving yards, while Elijah Hood is 20th in rushing with 78 yards. When it comes to defense, Ahmad Dixon is 2nd in league with 35 total tackles (24 solos). Mike Stevens leads the team with two interceptions, while Cedric Reed has a pair of sacks so far.