NY Guardians vs LA Wildcats Prediction & Preview
Saturday’s early game features a pair of 1-2 teams. The Los Angeles Wildcats enter this contest fresh off a 39-9 dismantling of the DC Defenders. They bring to MetLife Stadium the XFL’s second highest-scoring offense.
Meanwhile, the New York Guardians are hoping to get back into the win column. They had a disappointing showing in Week 3 where they lost to the St. Louis BattleHawks 29-9. The Wildcats have the fourth-best defense in the XFL, holding opponents to 19 points per game.
Saturday’s showdown takes place at MetLife Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 2 p.m. EST. The game airs on ABC.
The Wildcats high-octane offense hopes to feast
After losing their first two games, the Wildcats found their way into the win column with a dominating win over the Defenders. It was a concerted effort for Los Angeles, as they scored six touchdowns.
Their offense has been spectacular to this point. In three games, they’re averaging close to 25 points per game through an air-raid attack. The Wildcats are third in the XFL in passing yards with 668 behind the strong arm of Josh Johnson
. Johnson has come on as of late as he’s thrown for 474 passing yards, five touchdowns, and most importantly, no interceptions.
The main benefactor to Johnson’s play has been wide receiver Nelson Spruce. He has 20 receptions on the season for 267 yards and two scores, placing him second in the league in reception yards.
On Saturday, the duo of Spruce and Johnson should be in for a big game when they face New York’s defense. The Guardians are fourth in the XFL in scoring defense, holding opponents to 19.6 points per game. However, their secondary has had trouble, as they’ve surrendered 637 passing yards this season.
Can New York find its offensive momentum?
A big reason why the Guardians have struggled concerns their offense’s inability to find the endzone. New York is last in the XFL in scoring offense, averaging only 10 points per game. Similar to Los Angeles, they rely on their passing game more, as they average 212 passing yards per game, good for 5th in the XFL.
Quarterback Matt McGloin
has struggled to find his footing. He has 310 passing yards on the season with one touchdown against three interceptions. And the interceptions are a huge focal point as the defense he faces on Saturday is opportunistic.
In Los Angeles’s win over DC, they forced the Defenders to throw four interceptions and cough up one fumble. Captaining the Wildcats’ secondary is Mike Stevens, who leads the XFL in interceptions with two.
And given McGloin’s propensity at times for turning over the ball, if he makes any misreads on Saturday, the Wildcats’ secondary will make him pay.