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XFL Week 4 Preview: LA Wildcats @ NY Guardians

LA Wildcats (1-2) vs NY Guardians (1-2)
Saturday, February 29, 2020 2:00 pm EST @ MetLife Stadium on ABC
Odds: Wildcats -7 (https://www.actionnetwork.com/)

East Coast vs. West Coast

Although both teams sit at 1-2, the Los Angeles Wildcats hold the upper hand against the New York Guardians. The Wildcats are currently coming off a huge win over the Defenders, meanwhile, the Guardians have lost 2 straight, losing both in blowout fashion. The Guardians have had some issues with team chemistry on offense including Quarterback Matt McGloin calling out his coaching staff on the live broadcast.

However, the Wildcats are trending in the exact opposite direction. The Wildcats will only improve from here as Josh Johnson is practicing more. Johnson missed the entirety of training camp and was limited in practice the week before his start. The Wildcats were also missing 2 starting CB’s and their starting RB but did not miss a beat at those positions.

Key Matchups

Matt McGloin (14) vs Kevin Gilbride (##)

This is not your usual match but it is definitely one to watch. Matt McGloin has called out his coach, on live TV and ruffled feathers. McGloin has not played well at all the past two weeks and McGloin was even benched towards the end of last week’s game. If benched, Luis Perez would take over the starting duties. Perez was traded from the Wildcats so that in itself would also be a matchup to watch.

Tre McBride (15) vs Jamar Summers (21)

Although Summers plays CB on the left side, watching him guard Tre McBride will be a great matchup. Although Summers is an amazing corner McBride had 2 TD’s last game so it will be interesting to see if he can duplicate that performance. 

Storm Norton (72) vs Joey Mbu (94)/ TJ Barnes (93)

In every football game the battle at the line of scrimmage is arguably the most important battle. Storm Norton, an LT for the  Wildcats is one of the best offensive linemen in the XFL. He will be going against one of the best defensive line duos in the XFL as he takes on Joey Mbu and TJ Barnes 

Injury Report (as of Wed, 2/26)

LA Wildcats
Latarius BradyDEHipDid not participate
Martez CarterRBAnkleDid not participate
Nelson SpruceWRKneeDid not participate
Brandon BarnesTEKneeLimited participation
Jaylen DunlapDBAnkleLimited participation
Josh JohnsonQBThighLimited participation
Chad KanoffQBShoulderLimited participation
Tre McBrideWRThighLimited participation
Harlan MillerDBThighLimited participation
Larry RoseRBFootLimited participation
NY Guardians
Garrett BrumfieldOLHeadDid not participate
Darius VictorRBAnkleDid not participate
Jawuan JohnsonLBHeadLimited participation
Matt McGloinQBThoraxLimited participation
Avery YoungOLShoulderLimited participation
Garret DooleyLBAnkleFull participation

Fantasy Preview

The two guys that stand out on fantasy wise are the WR’s for the Wildcats. With Nelson Spruce out Tre McBride, Jordan Smallwood, and Adonis Jennings will see more targets than usual. However, try and grab Smallwood and Jennings in DFS plays as McBride will most likely be covered by Jamar Summers. LA’s secondary looked amazing against the Defenders so I would not expect Mckale McKay to have a big day. On the other hand, the Wildcats have not had much success stopping the run so Tim Cook has potential to have a big day. 

Preview Summary

Even with the same record, these teams are heading in different directions. The Wildcats are the favorites but traveling to the opposite coast and then playing a morning game can turn ugly for some teams. Injuries have plagued the Wildcats and they don’t stop as WR stud Nelson Spruce will be out but LA has the depth necessary to cover from Spruce missing the game.

My prediction: Wildcats Win 

To keep up on the latest Wildcats news and updates follow Matthew on Twitter @_matthewshapiro

Growing up northwest of Los Angeles, Matthew Shapiro has lived and breathed sports from a young age. As a youth writer/reporter for the LA Wildcats, Matthew has combined his love for writing and sports. Outside of football, Matthew is a huge Lakers fan and wrote about the Lakers prior to joining XFL News Hub. You can follow Matthew on Twitter @matthewxfl or email him at [email protected]

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