Desperados -8 ½ vs. Destroyers: How good is Dallas without star QB Clint Dolezel? We’ll find out tonight in Big D when the Desperados’ Chris Sanders makes his first start for the team as he fills in for Dolezel who injured his shoulder (out 4-6 weeks) in the season-opening win against the Force last week.
After narrowly defeating Columbus (10-10, 11-9 ATS) twice in the regular season (56-47, 53-51), Dallas (15-2, 10-7 ATS) was upset and knocked out of the playoffs by the Destroyers, 66-59 in the Divisional Round of the AFL playoffs as QB Matt Nagy and his team began their improbable march to the ArenaBowl.
The Desperados, 14-2 at the American Airlines Center over the past two seasons, 3-1 there against Columbus and 7-2 lifetime vs. the Destroyers, will certainly have early growing pains adjusting to Sanders at signal-caller but have enough talent in guys like WR’s Will Pettis and Anthony Armstrong to rally the troops and protect the home turf here. The total of 95 reflects an expected slowdown by Dallas on offense without one of the league’s premier players, Dolezel. Even though Columbus has proven it can hang, and even beat, the mighty Desperados, expect maximum focus from a Dallas team playing without its’ main man and knowing it’s meeting the team that unexpectedly ended its season last year. DESPERADOS.