Game Preview: Week 4 @ Salt Lake City
Week 3 wasn’t the prettiest of victories, but a win is a win. Now the Apollos take their show on the road for a few weeks, both literally and figuratively. Orlando started their
Contain Karter Schult
The league leader in sacks (4), Schult has been a menace to opposing offenses for the Stallions. He disrupts plays in both phases of the game, passing and rushing. If the Apollos want to run the ball effectively against this Stallion front seven, Schult is the man they’ll have to make sure is contained.
Control the clock
Statistically, last week’s matchup between the Hotshots and Stallions was pretty even. Even with a turnover, Arizona and Salt Lake gained near the same amount of yards, 268 (AZ) to 257 (SL). Where the gap in the game developed was time of possession. Salt Lake held the ball for more than 13 more minutes. That kept the vaunted Arizona offense off the field and allowed the Stallions to run out the clock in the end. The Apollos have a tendency to run short drives, so they’ll need to make sure those short drives end in points, not punts, if they want to win.
Run the ball well
The last two weeks, the Apollos have struggled to run the ball in the early phases of the game. That needs to change if they want to beat the Stallions. D’Ernest Johnson is coming off his best game, 13 carries for 79 yards, and needs to continue his strong performance. Salt Lake contains the run well, so this will be an interesting matchup to watch through the game.
I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I think the Apollos win this one. Arizona proved in both games that Salt Lake can be beaten in the pass game, something the Apollos excel at. Look for Spurrier to employ a deep ball strategy similar to what he did against San Antonio. It was successful then, and should be successful against Salt Lake.
Score: Orlando 26, Salt Lake City 15