Its Week 4 of the XFL season. This time around the New York Guardians face the Los Angeles Wildcats at MetLife. EWB has all you need to know.
Empire Writes Back presents what you need to know for New York Guardians football on Saturday afternoon. This week the other G-Men host the Los Angeles Wildcats. Whether you are going to see the game live or catching it on television, we have you covered.
Who: Los Angeles Wildcats (1-2) at New York Guardians (1-2).
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ.
When: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 2:00 pm EST
Weather: Sunny and cold. High’s are predicted in the upper 30’s but it will feel colder as the wind chill will be 25-27 degrees. (accuweather.com).
TV: ABC, Announcers: Steve Levy (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (analyst), Tom Luginbill (analyst), Dianna Russini (reporter).
Line: Guardians +7, Over/Under: 40 (actionnetwork.com)
It was another embarrassing outing for the New York Guardians. This time it was St. Louis that beat them down 29-20. Quarterback Matt McGloin started 8-for-11 passing but one of his three incompletes was an interception. By halftime, he was out with what the team describes as a “thorax” injury. His backup Marquise Williams started the second half but was largely ineffective. Coach Kevin Gilbride went to his third-string QB, Luis Perez in the fourth quarter. The former NCAA Division 2 Player of the Year drove the Guardians down the field for their only touchdown of the game.
If there was a bright spot, for the first time all year New York outgained their opponent (307-273). Unfortunately, the Guardians were besieged by penalties all game, which cost them both yards and momentum. Center Ian Silberman, in particular, was a problem, he lost his head and wound up with an ejection.
Los Angeles hosted previously unbeaten D.C. and sent the visitors back home with their tails between their legs. Former Giants quarterback Josh Johnson had a big day completing 18-of-25 passing attempts for 278 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Tre McBride caught two of the TD throws as part of a six reception, 109-yard outing. Running back Martez Carter ran for two scores and added a touchdown reception. L.A.’s defense flummoxed opposing quarterback Cardale Jones. They had four picks and three sacks.
What to watch for
McGloin is out and some Guardians fans may breathe a sigh of relief because he hasn’t played well so far. Williams and Perez split the snaps all week in practice so it wouldn’t be surprising if either or both saw action on Saturday. Surprisingly, McGloin is the only new injury that will result in missing a game. With the way he’s played so far, having him sit out might work in the Guardians favor.
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The Wildcats, on the other hand, come in very banged up and will be missing some key players. Top wide receiver Nelson Spruce, Mr. Three Touchdowns last week, Montez Carter, and cornerback Harlan Miller are out. It also looks like Miller’s backup Mike Stevens may miss the game as well. Even without Spruce, L.A. was still able to throw the ball last week against a good defense.
While the spread is a 50/50 proposition, the over appears to be a good bet for the first time this season. The New York Guardians receivers have been able to get open, McGloin couldn’t connect with them on any big passes. Williams/Perez should be able to move the ball on offense playing against the Wildcats undermanned defense. We already know New York’s defense will yield some points to the home team.
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