The Atlanta Legends will look to get their second win of the season this afternoon against the Memphis Express. The Legends last week had to go with Aaron Murray after quarterback Matt Simms left the game with an injury. Murray helped lead the Legends to a 14-11 victory over the Arizona Hotshot. The Legends will be looking for Murray to lead them to another victory as he will make his first start of the season against Memphis. Memphis picked up their first win of the year last week as well and went with their backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger. However, this will not be the first time that Murray and Mettenberger have faced off against in each other. In 2013, Mettenberger and Murray faced each other in Athens, Georgia when LSU and Georgia played. Murray lead the Dawgs to a 44-41 victory over the Tigers of LSU.
Just like last week, the Legends will look to establish the run and have a balance attack on offense. Running backs Brandon Radcliff and Denard Robinson will look to build off from their performance last week. The Legends will also look to convert in the red zone. Even though they did win last week, the Legends still struggled in the red zone and settled for more field goals than touchdown. If the Legends can be a bit more efficient in the red zone, then they will definitely have a good chance at getting the win today.
On defense, the Legends will have the challenge of stopping Zach Mettenberger. Since Mettenberger has been named the quarterback for the Express, he has been able to give their offense some life. However in Mettenberger’s post game press conference he did state that the offense needs to pull its weight. If the Legends defense can get some pressure on Mettenberger and make him uncomfortable then that should be enough to get the win. As of late, the Legends defense has started to play the run better and come up with some big plays. Kickoff against the Express is at 4:00 PM and follow @BirdsInTheBenz on twitter throughout the game.
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By: Stewart Zwald @SDZwald041599