Jul 10th, 2023 16:00, by Tim Hanswillemenke

Week 6 takeaways – Dragons face negative record, Seamen on the rise

There was a lot going on in the European League of Football this week! But what are the takeaways?

Jul 10th, 2023 16:00, by Tim Hanswillemenke

Week 6 takeaways – Dragons face negative record, Seamen on the rise

There was a lot going on in the European League of Football this week! But what are the takeaways?

Week 6 of the third European League of Football season is in the books. Clear-cut wins and thrilling fourth-quarter endings were all part of the past weekend. But what are the major takeaways after another week of the regular season is behind us?

Milano Seamen on the rise?

 The Milano Seamen might be the best 1-4 team the European League of Football has ever seen. After losing to the Frankfurt Galaxy with a final score of 40-33, the Seamen had to face yet another defeat. But there is hope!

The Italian franchise played to their strengths and was able to keep one of the best teams in the league within a beatable scoring distance all game. One interceptions ended their hope of a win against the Galaxy, but who knows about next Week 7. It will be a tough game against the Ravens, but I believe the Seamen could do some damage against John Shoop’s team!  

Barcelona Dragons facing negative record  

Where is all the Barcelona Dragons hype from three weeks ago? The Spanish franchise started the season 2-0 after beating the Helvetic Guards and the Milano Seamen. Now, the Dragons face a 2-3 record going into Week 7. But why are the Dragons struggling lately?

In my opinion, their defense struggles to stop shut down opposing offenses when its crunch time. The Spaniards have allowed third-down conversions with a probability of 43.48%. This ranks them in the bottom five of the league defensively. On fourth-downs, the Dragons even allow over 60% of the plays to move the chains which also ranks in the bottom five of the league.

On offense, their running game is holding them back. With only 238 total rushing yards in their first five games of the season, the Dragons clearly lack productivity and big-play options in this area. For defending teams, it is more than obvious that the Dragons offense relies heavily on their passing game with quarterback Conor Miller.

If the Dragons want to change their losing streak, they have to improve their running game and find a better solution to stop opposing offenses on crucial downs.  

Berlin Thunder continue dominance  

I know what you are trying to say: Slade Jarman has played lights-out, but he did all that against the Leipzig Kings and the Fehérvár Enthroners. All I am going to say is: you are right! But nevertheless, I believe in the addition of quarterback Slade Jarman and his ability to spread the ball around. This is just what the Thunder need with one of the talented receiving groups in the entire league. Jarman plays to Berlin’s strengths, and this is what makes them so dangerous at the moment.

In two games, Jarman already threw over 10 touchdowns and 647 yards while throwing no interception. He also completed almost 70% of his passes which currently ranks him third amongst all starting quarterbacks in the league.

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