Week 5 Preview: Tampa Bay Vipers at Los Angeles Wildcats
TAMPA BAY VIPERS (1-3)
@ LOS ANGELES WILDCATS (1-3)
- Sunday, March 8, at 9 p.m. ET (Watch on ESPN)
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- TB 4th in East, LA T-3rd in West
- Rosters: TB | LA
- Depth Chart: TB | LA
- Week 5 Injury Report
- TB 0-2 Road | LA 1-1 Home
- Streak: TB W1 | LA L1
|Pts Scored/G||16.0 (6)||22.0 (3)|
|Yds/G||381.3 (1)||306.5 (5)|
|Rush Yds/G||171.5 (1)||62.0 (8)|
|Pass Yds/G||209.8 (4)||244.5 (1)|
|Yards Gained/Play||3.3 (T-6)||4.4 (2)|
|Pts Allowed/G||18.5 (4)||22.0 (T-7)|
|Yds Allowed/G||237.3 (1)||324.8 (5)|
|Rush Yds/G||80.5 (1)||131.5 (8)|
|Pass Yds/G||156.8 (1)||193.3 (4)|
|Sacks||5 (7)||10 (2)|
|Interceptions||2 (T-7)||7 (2)|
|Fumble Recoveries||0 (T-7)||2 (T-3)|
|QB Hits||20 (4)||17 (T-5)|
|Turnover Margin||-6 (7)||+3 (2)|
|3rd Down%||47% (2)||32% (T-6)|
|4th Down%||42% (6)||38% (7)|
|Red Zone TD%||33% (7)||58% (3)|
|Taylor Cornelius, TB||56||89||63||558||6.3||2||38||4||10||69||6.9||2||17|
|Josh Johnson, LA||61||99||62||788||8||7||45||1||8||11||1.4||0||7|
|De'Veon Smith, TB||66||296||4.5||0||14||6||67||0||25||11.2|
|Martez Carter, LA||11||34||3.1||2||20||3||41||1||18||13.7|
NEED TO KNOW
The last team to notch a win did so in impressive fashion. The Vipers set XFL highs in total offense (477 yards), rushing yards (266), while limiting DC to season lows in total offense (107) and passing yards (61) in the 25-0 shutout.
Moving the ball against Jerry Glanville’s top-ranked defense hasn’t been easy. Tampa Bay paces the league in fewest yards (237.3), passing yards (156.8) and rushing yards (80.5) allowed per game. The Vipers have yielded only six trips into the red zone this season: DC and St. Louis have the next-fewest at 11.
QB Josh Johnson looks better with each passing game, going 25-for-40 for a season-high 325 yards and two touchdowns last week at New York. He did throw his first pick (against 7 TDs) in the second half, as a late push fell short.
In that close defeat, two missed field goals by K Nick Novak hurt. Novak has been placed on injured reserve, and LA has signed Giorgio Tavecchio.
WR Tre McBride has eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark in two straight games, totaling 236 on 13 catches and three scores.
Maybe the cross-country trip will work out for Wildcats this week. XFL teams that traveled from one coast to the other, as the Vipers are doing, are 0-4 this season.
-- Art Garcia, XFL.com