San Antonio Brahmas vs. Arlington Renegades | Week 8 Preview | Quinten Dormady

San Antonio Brahmas vs. Arlington Renegades | Week 8 Preview

The final game of week eight in the UFL will be the “Battle Of I-35”. Wade Phillips and the San Antonio Brahmas host the Arlington Renegades this Sunday, as Bob Stoops looks to pick up the second win in a row for his squad.

Heading into this affair, both of these teams have trended in rather different directions this season. Arlington finally picked up the first win of their season, but are already eliminated from playoff contention, with a 1-6 record.

The San Antonio Brahmas haven’t played perfect football by any means, but currently hold a 5-2 record. With one more win, they can essentially lock up a playoff spot.

When these two teams faced off in week five, it was a 25-15 victory for the San Antonio Brahmas. Let’s take a look at what we can expect in this one.

Quarterback Play

Interestingly enough, the San Antonio Brahmas are sticking with Quinten Dormady, according to Head Coach Wade Phillips. Dormady has played rather lackluster football the last few weeks, and did not have a complete game in the slightest against Houston.

Dormady was playing so poorly against the Roughnecks that A.J. Smith decided to pull him in the fourth quarter. That caused some drama – which could be written in a whole other article – but aside from that, Kevin Hogan came in and led the team to a comeback win.

Quinten threw three interceptions the last time he played against Arlington. He’ll have to protect the football this time around if the Brahmas want to pick up their sixth win.

Luis Perez truly is the king of spring. He had one of his most efficient performances of his career against the Memphis Showboats this past week, throwing for 296 yards on 27/31 passing, with three touchdowns to zero interceptions.

Perez is one of the top quarterbacks in the UFL, and it’s a shame he’s stuck on a team that hasn’t lived up to expectations.

Standout Playmakers

The Arlington Renegades have no shortage of playmakers offensively. Tyler Vaughns, Javonta Payton, and Sal Cannella continue to show up week in and week out. Cannella, in particular, has impressed the last few games. He now leads all UFL tight ends in receiving yards and touchdowns.

De’Veon Smith had a 101 yard rushing performance, which is surprising given his struggles this year. If Smith can continue to produce, it makes life that much easier for Perez.

Meanwhile, the San Antonio Brahmas have arguably the best running back in the league. John Lovett has played excellent football, leading all RB’s in rushing yards. He’s also scored five touchdowns this year (2nd).

Quinten Dormady has so many quality targets as well, such as Jontre Kirklin, Marquez Stevenson, Justin Smith, and Cody Latimer – just to name a few. With A.J. Smith’s distaste for Arlington as an organization, expect the Brahmas to come out firing on Sunday.

Comparing The Statistics

When we look at the stats from week five, Arlington was much closer than some might think. In fact, they outperformed the Brahmas in certain categories.

  • Renegades with 269 passing yards, Brahmas with 160
  • Brahmas dominate the ground game with 178 rushing yards to the Renegades’ 59
  • Third Downs were crucial: Arlington went just 3-14, while San Antonio was 4-9
  • The Renegades held the ball for seven more minutes, but went 0-4 in the red zone. This team has to be more efficient this weekend, as they only scored 3 points off of three turnovers

The major difference in this previous matchup was Arlington’s inability to turn their takeaways into points. With the way their offense has been playing as of late, though, if their defense can generate more turnovers, it could be a different story.

A major storyline in this game will be San Antonio’s defense vs. Arlington’s offense. While the Renegades are 1-6, they are scoring 23.4 PPG (3rd), and averaging 311 YPG (2nd). Meanwhile, the Brahmas are giving up just 261 YPG (3nd) and allowing only 16.6 PPG (2nd).

Considering Arlington is playing for their pride – and San Antonio is playing for a playoff spot – this game should be pretty intense.

Coaching Matchup

Arlington Renegades | Bob Stoops: Stoops finally got his 200th career win as a coach. It took several weeks of UFL football for it to happen, but he’s reached that milestone at long last. Bob and his coaching staff have underwhelmed this season given their 1-6 record, but seem to be turning the corner over the past couple of weeks.

San Antonio Brahmas | Wade Phillips: Phillips loves football. This is evident while watching him coach from the sidelines during these UFL outings. His team is 5-2, with an opportunity to not only clinch a playoff spot, but take control of the XFL Conference. Despite all of the injuries this team has dealt with, they continue to fight through adversity, which is part of the culture that Phillips has brought to this organization.

Coach Phillips spoke to the media this week about what it’s like preparing to play a team for the second time in a short span:

“If you play a team, and then play them again three or four weeks later, you have to look at how much they are going to change from that past game. It’s still a game of preparation for what they could or might do. We had 190 yards rushing against them, so I have a feeling they’re going to stack the box to try and stop us from running the football. We have to look for things like that which could be different in this game. We have a big challenge defensively, their quarterback is leading the league in almost every category, and they’ve only won one game. They have the capability, and they have the quarterback.”

Final Thoughts

It has been four weeks since the San Antonio Brahmas last played at home in front of their fans. The UFL schedule pushed them to the road the last three games (Arlington, DC, Houston), but they finally return to what should be a raucous crowd at The AlamoDome.

Dating back to 2023, the San Antonio Brahmas currently lead the series between these two teams, 2-1. Arlington will hope to even this series this week, despite being on the road.

The San Antonio Brahmas will host the Arlington Renegades this Sunday, at 3pm ET on FOX.

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