What the Vipers must do to beat the Defenders
Today the Las Vegas Vipers take on the D.C. Defenders in their home opener. After jumping out to a 14-3 lead last week, the Vipers lost 22-20 to the Arlington Renegades.
Vipers quarterback Luis Perez threw 249 yards and three touchdowns, but his two interceptions were costly. Perez must take care of the ball if they are to win today. Receiver Jeff Badet had 81 receiving yards and two touchdowns last week. Badet was ‘Perez’s go-to receiver.
Last week, Las Vegas’s’ defense was strong; they had three quarterback sacks, three tackles for a loss, and forced a turnover. In addition, the Vipers did not give up a defensive touchdown. Nevertheless, Las Vegas has a strong defense and will need to be strong again today.
It all starts up front. The Vipers’ defensive line must win the battle at the line of scrimmage. Stop the run and get pressure on the quarterback.
Against the Renegades, the Vipers only rushed for 25 yards; today, they must do a better job of running the football so Perez does not have to do too much. Perez is prone to turn the ball over when he tries to do too much.
The Defenders’ defense forced three turnovers and returned one for a touchdown. As a result, it will be necessary for the Vipers to have a balanced offense to offset a strong defense.