Written by Baylee O’Shaugnessey, Josh Farnzy, Stefaun Forge, Rae Colston and Matthew Slinn
Images by Axel Raven and Hubba Kimbrel
The Baltimore Vultures were heavily outgained by Jacksonville in offensive yards, gave up a fairly high 25 first downs and held the ball for only 16 minutes. And yet, they never looked like taking their first loss of the season. The Vultures always looked in control. Is this some magic trick or are they just THAT GOOD? We won’t profess to have the answers, but one thing we do now know – Baltimore has a running game. One small criticism of the Vultures last season, and perhaps a large reason why they didn’t make it back to the SFL Championship, was the absence of a running game. Now, with rookie RB Jimmy Hazzard getting a more prominent role week-to-week, the calls for offensive balance are being somewhat answered. Hazzard rushed for nearly 100 yards in Jacksonville and, despite losing a fumble (rookies eh?), looked strong and fast in his carries. Of course Jack Wigmore will get his, but with an uncharacteristic 3 INTs and Ivory Ervin catching less than 10 passes for the first time since what feels like an age ago, Hazzard’s contribution was much needed. The secondary was on form once again led by Giovanni Bolt and storied vet Troy Loshaw. Baltimore once again proved that they are a complete team, overcoming a down performance by their own lofty standards to gain yet another victory. Carolina await in Week 10. Dare we whisper ‘Perfect Season’ yet?