Was it just me or did that bye week feel extra long? Thankfully, we’re back in action and fortunate to have the Whips and Atlas play two times this weekend. Let’s take a look ahead at PLL Week 3.
For a recap of previous weeks, check out what happened in Week 2.
PLL WEEK 3 Preview: HOMEWOOD HOMECOMING
Whipsnakes (2-0) vs. Atlas (1-1) – Friday, June 25 at 8 p.m. EST (NBCSN, Peacock)
This is an intriguing matchup for many reasons. On paper, this looks like it’ll be a battle all over the field.
At the faceoff X, you have two of the PLL’s best going at it in Trevor Baptiste and Joe Nardella. Possessions will be very important, and the team that can control the middle of the field will surely have the upper hand. Jack Concannon is coming off a strong performance in Week 2 and will have to outduel Kyle Bernlohr in between the pipes.
If the Atlas defense can control Matt Rambo and Zed Williams, it has a good chance at coming away with a win. Jeff Teat finally suiting up for the Atlas will be a huge shot in the arm for them offensively.
Redwoods (2-1) vs. Chaos (0-3) – Saturday, June 26 at 5:15 p.m. EST (Peacock)
Between the off-the-field issues and tough start on the field, there wasn’t a team that needed the bye week more than Chaos. This is a great opportunity to hit the reset button, and Chaos is facing a Redwoods team coming off a defeat to the Atlas.
This contest will come down to possessions, and if the Chaos can manage to steal some possessions at the faceoff X, then they will have an opportunity to escape with a win. If they cannot, then they will have their hands full dealing with an offense led by Rob Pannell, who’s having a tremendous start to his second season in the PLL.
It’s also Kyle Harrison’s final run at Homewood Field, which adds a little something extra to this one.
Waterdogs (2-1) vs. Archers (2-0) – Saturday, June 26 at 8 p.m. EST (NBCSN, Peacock)
This has the potential to be the best game of PLL Week 3. The Archers seem to be on a collision course with the Whipsnakes to see who’s the best team so far this regular season. They are scoring at an insane pace, and they seem to be playing with the chemistry that we’ve seen from the Whipsnakes the past two seasons. Adam Ghitelman is saving the ball at an insane 83%, which could give the Waterdogs shooters fits all game.
But the Waterdogs have tremendous balance on offense and have show they can hurt you at the attack and midfield. Mikie Schlosser has made his presence known, so it will be interesting to see how the Archers play defensively in this one.
Cannons (1-2) vs. Atlas (1-1) – Sunday, June 27 at 12 p.m. EST (Peacock)
This is a unique matchup for the Atlas. Playing the Cannons on the back end of a two-game weekend won’t be easy for anyone this season. The Cannons are seeing scoring from both the attack and midfield as Paul Rabil is playing as well as any midfielder in the PLL right now. Stephen Rehfuss has been a nice addition and is a matchup problem for any team coming out of the box.
Off-ball defense and how they slide to Lyle Thompson will be a huge part to the Atlas’s success in this one. The faceoff tandem of Drew Simoneau and Tommy Kelly can be the X factor for the Cannons, though. If they can have a good showing in this contest, it will make things even more difficult for Atlas.
Chrome (0-2) vs. Whipsnakes (2-0) – Sunday, June 27 at 2:45 p.m. EST (Peacock)
On paper, this looks like another win for the Whipsnakes, but you can never count the Chrome out. Chrome has many weapons on offense but has struggled to find its groove. It’s a team of grinders, and you can never count out teams like that. If the Whips have an off day, which can definitely happen playing twice this weekend, then you could possibly see an upset.
The key here is shutting down Zed Williams and giving John Galloway shots he can see. The middle of the field will be a battle, and a fresh Connor Farrell going against Joe Nardella on limited rest could be the matchup of the PLL’s Week 3.