Spokane Wolfpack @ Tri-City RageSpokane Wolfpack
They have been quiet and humble after a disappointing 2016. While they were competitive, they didn’t get the amount of winds they are used to and really looked different after losing some players to the rival Rams. The return of DB/WR/RB Martea Johnson and the already solid core of LB Will Brigman, WR Eric Newmann, WR Marcus Dusham & OL Max Thor Noll gives them a quite unique set of talent and these guys can compete with the best in the league. They have some speed, size and leadership, but I do see they lack NUMBERS! If this was a game during the summer heat, they would be a huge disadvantage, but it will be in the 70s at most and these guys have ben chomping at the bits to get this season going! Can DB Johnson shut down HALF THE FIELD? Can WRs Ducham and Newmann be the combo they were in 2016?
Tri-City Rage (0-1)
A tough loss on the road to the Raiders may be exactly what this team needed. While missing their starting QB & RB, they still opened up the game with a 14-6 lead before giving up 49 unanswered POINTS!!! Will the REAL RAGE DEFENSE PLEASE STAND UP??? That kind of performance is unacceptable even against the mighty Raiders if you plan on being a contender! QB Layton Brown and RB Myke Summers look to spark an offense that only put up 14 points in their first game. Heard big things about #3 Tyler Merkel WR/DB and #10 WR Brandon Mitchell in their loss against the Raiders and they need to show up this week with a HUGE match-up with Johnson. MLB Jesse Cardenas must lead the way this week against a hungry and rested Wolfpack offense. Can the stop the spread and air it out style of the Wolfpack? Can their offense get rolling with their starters returning?
Wolfpack come out fierce and fast! Rage come out running the ball and hitting hard. Really this match-up could go either way, but home field advantage and possibly questionable calls will give the Rage just enough of an edge to be the favorite. Believe me when I say, “The Wolfpack MAY WIN THIS GAME!!!” but I have to give the slight edge to the home team with their home crew!!! haahhahaha
Big stops late and home field play a big roll in the Rage squeeking out the win 24-21 at home!