How Cobras Compare to NAL Week 14
With a 72-0 destruction of the Orlando Predators, their second shutout in three games and only third shutout in NAL History we have a new #1 scoring defense in the NAL, your Carolina Cobras! A lot of other changes as well. It was also the largest margin of victory in Carolina Cobra's History at 72 points, beating the previous high of 69 in a 78-9 win against Lehigh Valley on July 14, 2018.
Before we get into how the Cobras compare to the NAL, let's look at some records that have fallen for both the Cobras as well as the NAL.
Jordan Jolly Is now the NAL record holder with 1,119 yards receiving, beating out the old record by Durron Neal (1,085) of the Columbus Lions last year. After an 11-reception game vs Orlando he now has 91, with two games to go he is well within the NAL record of 104, currently held by Jarmon Fortson of Columbus in 2018, and with 26 TDs, he is only five behind the 31 Fortson had last year. Two more Jolly type games and he could have the receiving triple crown with all three records.
Michael Green had an Interception Saturday night and now holds the season team record for Interceptions for the Cobras with 9, Cedric Poole had 8 last year. Charles McCullum also tied the NAL record for most TDs passing in a game with nine.
The Last Three Weeks:
They say momentum is important going into the playoffs, and do the Cobras have that going for them. The last three weeks the Cobras have outscored their opponents 202-28, including not one, but two shutouts. How good has this team been? Amazing!! And the numbers will prove that. A defense that holds three opponents to less than 10 points per game in arena football is unheard of Carolina has allowed just 9.3. The defense has caused 13 turnovers in those three games and has also scored in all three of those games. They have allowed teams to go 7-32 on third down (21.9%), 5-16 on fourth down (31.3%) and 2-7 in the red zone (28.6%). With 14 sacks, 23 Tackles for Loss and allowing only 35 first downs (11.7 per game). The offense is firing on all cylinders too. Charles McCullum is 57-77-1 (74%) with 22 TD passes, McCullum is 35-43-1 (an amazing 81.4%) in the last 2 games. Jordan Jolly has 26-310 and 8 TDs receiving, Von Pearson has 12-162 and 7 TDs receiving and Kyrin Priester has 11-202 and 3 TDs in the last three games. Steve Miller has 6.5 sacks in the last three games, Micah Robinson has 4.5 in that same time frame. Pasquale Vacchio leads with 4 Interceptions, Tyree Robinson, Mike Green and Kenny Veal all have 2 in the last three games. Want to know how dominant the D-Line has become. Dante Holmes is tied with 5 Pass Break Ups in the last three games, with Michael Green, Micah Robinson has 4, as does Tyree Robinson. The D-Line has 11 of the 23 Pass Break Ups in the last three games.
The top three seeds in the NAL have been determined with two games to go. Jacksonville is the #1 Seed; Carolina is the #2 Seed and Massachusetts is #3. Columbus currently leads for the #4 spot and their magic number is one to lock it up. The Cobras will be hosting Massachusetts on August 3 at 7pm at the Greensboro Coliseum, and we are doing a Black out, and tickets are as low as $10.
How We Match Up:
The Carolina Cobras are now the #1 Scoring Defense in the NAL, allowing just 32.5 points per game, jumping over Jacksonville, who allow 33.2. The Cobras offense held at #2 scoring 53.3 points per game.
The Cobras jumped up to #2 in Touchdowns Scored (86), up to #2 in Offensive TDs (79), held at #2 in points scored kicking (96) and held at #2 per game (8.0)
The Cobras moved back up to #2 in total offense with 245.7 yards per game as they only needed 233 yards of total offense to put up 72 against the Predators. They held at #2 in total defense giving up just 197.9 yards per game, the first time they have been under 200 since week 5, they allowed just 73 to the Predators.
The Cobras are #1 in Total Offense Avg Play with 6.5 and are the #2 offense in the league with the fewest offensive plays in the league (457).
In the rushing game, the Cobras offense held at #4 with 19.0 yards per game and moved up #2 in Rushing Defense allowing 17.8 yards per game. They are #3 in rushing TDs with 18.
In Pass efficiency offense moved up to a tie for #2 at 103.8 for the season after McCullum went 21-25 and a NAL record tying 9 TDs against the Predators. The Defense is now #1 at 96.4. Passing offense held #2 at 226.7. The Defense held at #2 giving up only 180.2 which is a 10.5 drop from 190.7 yards through the air last week.
The Cobras are tied for #2 with a 59.5% Completion Percentage, #1 in Yards/Completion (12.3) and #1 in Yards/Attempt (7.3) and #2 in Passing TDs with 61.
On Special Teams, the Cobras are still #2 in Made FGs (5), #1 in FG Attempts (16), now #4 in PAT % (76.2%), up to #2 in PAT Attempts (84) and PATs Made (64). They are still #2 in Kickoff return average (19.1), dropped to #4 in Kick returns (21), and also dropped to #5 in Kick Return Yards (402) and held to #2 with Kickoff Return TDs with 1.
Turnovers are key to any game, and the Cobras are causing havoc here too. They added five more turnovers against the Predators, and only gave one back. They dropped to the #5 slot in Interception Return Average at 6.5 but are back to #1 in interceptions (27). They are by themselves at #1 in Interception Return Yards (173) and tied for #1 in Interception Return TDs (3). They are also #3 in Fumble Return average (27.0), stayed in a tie at #1 in Fumbles returned (3), #2 in Fumble return yards (81), and tied for #1 in Fumbles Recovered (11), and they are back at #1 in Turnover Margin with a +16 leading Jacksonville by 2.
In the First Down Department, they are now up to #2 in total First Downs with 213, #5 Rushing (24), #4 Passing (145) and now tied at #1 By Penalty (44) and the Defense have held our opponents to 119 First Downs, which kept them at #2 in the league and closed the gap to just 4 on #1 Jacksonville The Cobras are now tied for #1 for Sacks with 30. 14 of those came in the last three games. In the Red Zone the Cobras kept #1 on Offense with an 84.3% rate of scoring, while giving up an amazing 63.6% rate on Defense, still alone for #1 in the NAL.
Now To The Players:
QB1 Charles McCullum held on to #1 in Total Offense (248.1 yards per game), still #1 in Total Offense Yards Per Play (7.5), #1 in Total Offensive Yards (2,616), and now #1 in Total Offensive TDs (65). McCullum is #6 Rushing (10.3/game), #5 in Rushing yards (113) and #2 with Rushing TDs with 7. He dropped to #2 in Passing average per game (237.8), and is up to #3 in Pass Efficiency (103.7) which Is up 1.6 since last week and again up to his highest rating this season, #2 in Pass Yards per Completion (13.0), #1 in Pass Yards Per Attempt (7.7), is now #1 in Passing Yards (2,616) and also #1 with 58 passing TDs.
FB Dashawn Johnson is still #4 for Rushing TDs with 6 and #9 in Rushing Yards with 46.
WR Jordan Jolly now up to #5 in All Purpose Yards (94.5 per game) went up to #3 in Scoring (13.5) is #2 in Scoring TDs (27), up to #2 in receptions per game (7.58), and now #1 Receiving Yards per game (93.2), #4 Yards per catch (12.3), now #1 in Receptions (91) and still #1 in Receiving Yards (1,119), which is a new NAL Record. He is now tied at #1 with 26 Receiving TDs.
WR Von Pearson is up to #8 in All Purpose Yards (75.8) also up to #4 in Scoring per game (13.3) and up to #6 Receiving Yards per game (75.8), dropped to #10 in receptions per game (5.83) and held at #3 in Yards per Catch (13.0).
K Brandon Rutherford is #4 in PAT Kicking Percentage (86.1%), #5 in PAT Attempts (36) and #4 in PAT Made (31).
DB Cedric Poole (20.3) is #2 in Kick Return Average, #3 with 13 Kick Returns and #3 in yardage with 264 and also has 1 of the only 4 Kick Returns for TDs in the league.
DB Mike Green is now tied #3 in the league with 0.75 INTs per game, he is #2 in INT Returns (8), #3 In INT Return Yards (81), #2 it total INTs (9) and he, Tyree Robinson and Pasquale Vacchio are all tied for #3 with an INT Return for a TD. Green is now at #2 in the league in tackles per game at 4.8 and is also #2 in total tackles at 57.0. Cedric Poole is tied at #8 at 4.0 tackles per game.
JLB Pasquale Vacchio is now #4 in the league averaging 0.70 INTs per game and is #4 with 7 Interceptions.
Recent addition DB Robert Brown Jr is #5 with 6 total INTs (5 with Orlando, 1 with Carolina).
DL Steve Miller is now #3 in the NAL in Sacks (9.0) as well as #4 in Tackles for Loss (11.5)
DL Micah Robinson is #5 in Tackles for Loss (9.0) and MLB Sevon Pittman is at #6 with (7.5).
Green is now #1 in Passes Defended with 3.42/game, Tyree Robinson is #6 at 1.64, while Cedric Poole is tied at #7 (1.50).
So now the Cobras sit at 9-3 with two games to go in the regular season, they have locked down the #2 Seed and will Host the Massachusetts Pirates on August 3 at 7pm at the Greensboro Coliseum. But first we must travel to New York this Saturday to face the Streets in our next to last regular season game of the year. More records, both NAL and Cobras, are at stake over the last two weeks, let's see which ones fall.
Article by: DJ Wagner
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