Game Preview: Minnesota Valkyrie at Green Bay Chill, LFL360.com, Marcus de la Fuente
LFL360.com, Marcus de la Fuente
The Midwestern Division has been considered one of the less competitive divisions in the LFL. The Chicago Bliss, though fast and experienced, seems to stumble under the bright lights. Green Bay, although led by the one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league, falls victim to offensive blunders in crucial moments. Minnesota? Well… not much has been seen or heard about the Valkyrie in a very long time. This Saturday, there will be nowhere to hide for two of these Midwest teams as they look to snag their first win of 2013. Depending on the outcome of the Friday night matchup between Vegas and Chicago, Green Bay and Minnesota could be vying for a spot atop the division.
Chill quarterback Anne Erler is one of the most prolific passers in the league. She can scramble, (6 rushes, 70 yards, 1 rush TD in game 1) she can pass, (15/27 for 172 and 5 TDs in game 1) and she can keep her eyes downfield under pressure. She through a clutch last second touchdown pass at the end of the first half in Seattle right in the face of a sack. Unfortunately, despite Erler’s heroics, she simply doesn’t get the help she needs in order to run a greatly effective offense. Running back Cassie Anderson just doesn’t have the power to break tackles. The 6’2 towering tight end Danielle Jorgenson has yet to be fully implemented in the offense. Most disappointing is the constant drops from Erler’s go to receiver Jessica Payton.
The Chill’s troubles don’t stop there. This defense let up 250 yards of offense and 55 points to Seattle. The secondary led by Free Safety Anne Erler needs to perform better in deep coverage while remaining physical at the line of scrimmage in order to pressure the young Minnesota offense. Speaking of which, Minnesota will bring a nearly completely revamped team to the LFL in 2013. They are led by head coach Benson Manento who brings a new blue-collar approach to his coaching style. The offense will go as far as returning running back Lisa Bastien (20 rushes, 127 YDS, 1 TD in 2012) and rookie strong safety Laurie Jo Miller take them. The two of them will be featured as the main ball-carriers on this secretive Minnesota offense. The big question on this team is at quarterback. Whitney Meierotto who contributed on offense as both a passer and runner in 2012 is no longer with the Valkyrie, so new offensive leader and quarterback Kari Janes will need to find her rhythm quickly if she wants to keep up with Green Bay.
With the Chill’s experience at quarterback and the fact that they’ve already broken into 2013 with a hard fought game against Seattle, Green Bay has to be considered the big favorite in this game. Even if the Chill secondary is still developing, there just isn’t enough fire power on Minnesota for them to be of any real threat. Erler will use her legs to frustrate the Valykrie defense and her arm to light up the scoreboard while her teams gets back into the race for the Midwest division in their 2013 home opener.
Kickoff: Saturday, May 11th, 8PM CST
Arena: Resch Center (Field Turf)
Key Variable: Green Bay’s Pass Offense VS Minnesota’s Rookie Defense
Point Spread: GB -13.5 O/U 75
Prediction: GB 56 – MIN 30