Week 5 Preview: St. Louis BattleHawks at DC Defenders
ST. LOUIS BATTLEHAWKS (3-1)
@ DC DEFENDERS (2-2)
- Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. ET (Watch on FS1)
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- STL 1st in East, DC T-2nd in East
- Rosters: STL | DC
- Depth Chart: STL | DC
- Week 5 Injury Report
- STL 1-1 Road | DC 2-0 Home
- Streak: STL W2 | DC L2
|Pts Scored/G||22.7 (2)||16.7 (5)|
|Yds/G||357.3 (2)||269.0 (6)|
|Rush Yds/G||151.5 (2)||105.5 (4)|
|Pass Yds/G||205.8 (5)||163.5 (6)|
|Yards Gained/Play||3.5 (4)||3.3 (T-5)|
|Pts Allowed/G||15.5 (1)||20.7 (5)|
|Yds Allowed/G||266.3 (2)||314.5 (4)|
|Rush Yds/G||93.3 (2)||122.5 (7)|
|Pass Yds/G||173.0 (2)||192.0 (3)|
|Sacks||8 (4)||4 (8)|
|Interceptions||3 (6)||5 (T-3)|
|Fumble Recoveries||0 (T-7)||2 (T-3)|
|QB Hits||17 (T-5)||13 (8)|
|Turnover Margin||0 (T-4)||0 (T-4)|
|3rd Down%||52% (1)||32% (T-6)|
|4th Down%||75% (T-1)||67% (3)|
|Red Zone TD%||64% (2)||22% (8)|
|Jordan Ta'amu, STL||82||109||75||876||8||5||43||2||36||186||5.2||1||37|
|Cardale Jones, DC||61||111||55||674||6.1||4||40||6||15||61||4.1||0||14|
|Matt Jones, STL||67||244||3.6||1||47||1||25||1||25||25|
|Donnel Pumphrey, DC||31||131||4.2||0||23||9||68||0||19||7.6|
NEED TO KNOW
Behind QB Jordan Ta’amu, the 'Hawks are in a position to take control of the East. The reigning Star of the Week is a yardage machine, ranking second in passing (876) and fourth in rushing (186).
A stingy defense has allowed a league-low seven TDs, with four coming in Week 2 against Houston. That leaves three for the other three games combined.
Tallying nine points in two weeks against teams that were winless at the time has taken the pep out of a 2-0 start. Pep Hamilton is searching for answers, having benched QB Cardale Jones, who looked great through the first two games, during each of the last two.
The defense has struggled just as much as DC's offensive counterparts. After allowing 9.5 points in the two wins, that’s swelled to 32 per game in defeats. In those setbacks, DC has been carved up by the pass (278 yards vs. LA) and run (266 yards vs. Tampa Bay), respectively.
The Defenders are back home, where they’re unbeaten.
-- Art Garcia, XFL.com