When you’re an expansion team, you go through a lot of “firsts” during an inaugural season with some of them being good and some of them being not so good. After winning their first two games of the season, the Streets suffered their first loss last weekend when they dropped a 48-33 decision to the Cobras in Carolina.
Now the Streets look to turn the page when they face the Orlando Predators Sunday at Amway Center (5pm YouTube), otherwise known as “The Jungle”.
“We’re coming off a loss so we did a lot of corrections here this week,” said Streets Head Coach Rick Marsilio. “We watched a lot of film and worked with the guys.”
This will be the second meeting of the season between the Streets (2-1) and the Predators (1-3). Back on April 20th, the Streets pummeled the Predators 70-31 at the Westchester County Center in the inaugural Streets home opener. After tasting defeat for the first time, the Streets are hoping to recapture their magic from just a few weeks ago.
“I expect us to give the same energy and effort from the last time we played them,” said Streets defensive lineman Herbert Moore. “I know will get that because this team is hungry for a win.”
Moore has been a big part of the Streets defense with 2.5 tackles, a sack and an interception.
Streets quarterback E.J. Nemeth threw three more touchdown passes in the loss to the Cobras and now has 14 this season to go along with three touchdown runs. Rob Jones has caught six of those touchdown passes among his 23 receptions for 339 yards. Devonte Jenkins has 19 catches for 214 yards and five touchdowns including two Saturday night against the Cobras.
The Streets will be facing a new-look Orlando Predators club that has gone through many changes over the last couple of weeks including the acquisition of former Streets quarterback Bryan Hicks who the Streets had traded to Columbus. The Predators also have a new offensive coordinator in Ben Bennett so the Streets defense will see a different look than what they saw on April 20th.
And the Predators new signal caller knows the Streets very well.
“Brian is a good quarterback so we’re going to be prepared for him, said Marsilio. “They have 12 to 15 new guys. They changed things up so it’s going to be a different team than we saw.”
If Hicks does play, his primary target is expected to be rookie wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez who has 16 catches for 181 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Robert Brown Jr. leads the Predators with three interceptions including a pick-six.
With so many changes, this is not the same Predators team that visited New York last month.
“I expect them to bring a different look,” said Streets center Nate Ryan. “They have made a lot of adjustments on their roster and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
With another bye week looming next week, the Streets have their sights set on getting back in the win column and bringing that winning feeling into the next home game at the Westchester County Center on May 27th. But first things first and that’s a business trip to “The Jungle” in Orlando this Sunday.