The Atlanta Legends travel to Birmingham to face the Iron. The Legends are coming off a 36-6 loss to the Apollos last week. The Legends once again turned over the ball too much and just couldn’t slow down Orlando at all. It also made it back to back weeks where the Legends gave up 30 or more points. In week 6, the Legends gave up 37 to the San Antonio Commanders and have now given up a total of 73 points in a span of 2 games. The Legends have also not been able to hold on to the ball as quarterback Aaron Murray has thrown 4 interceptions in his last 2 games. With just 3 games left in the season, the Legends will be looking at trying to end this inaugural season at least .500.
The Legends will be facing the Iron for the second time this season. The first meeting was back in Week 3 and the Iron won 28-12. In that game, the Legends defense gave the offense plenty of opportunity to take control of the game, but the offense never could. The Legends offense also struggle to get in the end zone as they have struggled the whole season with this. Iron’s running back Trent Richardson has 2 touchdowns in that game as well. This week the Legends will be looking to shut down the Iron’s rushing attack and force quarterback Luis Perez to make some mistakes.
In order for the Legends to win today, they will need Aaron Murray to return to his old self. As stated earlier, Murray has thrown 4 interceptions in his last 2 games. He will need to not turnover the ball so much and gives the offense more opportunities to score. Murray has shown that he can get the offense into the end zone and give this team a chance to win. The Legends will also be looking to establish their running game. One thing that head coach Kevin Coyle has emphasize this season was that they need to establish a run game. So far this season, the Legends haven’t been able to run the ball effectively.
On the defensive side of the ball the Legends need to limit big plays and have a pass rush to have some sort of success today. Kickoff against the Iron is at 4:00 and follow @BirdsInTheBenz on twitter throughout the game.
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By: Stewart Zwald @SDZwald041599