The Backseat Forecast: Picks for Week 3 - 4/21/2018 - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL ALLIANCE

The Backseat Forecast: Picks for Week 3 – 4/21/2018

The Los Angeles Warriors can’t catch a break. Sad news has come that the Capital City Rage of Sacramento has folded, hence this week’s scheduled matchup AND a May 19 game between the Warriors and the Rage has been forfeited. This is the second week in a row Los Angeles’ opponent had forfeited, with the Sin City Trojans unable to show last week. With the news, the San Diego Rebellion and Kern County Crusaders also lose a game apiece. Hopefully these teams, along with the inland Empire Ravens and Ventura County Wolfpack who both have fewer than eight games slated, can collaborate to make up for loss of the Rage. That said, I have concerns about Sin City’s continuing viability. Early season forfeits are never a good sign, and and the Trojans’ last post on Facebook was on October 24, 2017. I understand that not all teams can have an online marketing whiz on staff, but if you aren’t promoting your own games to your own audience, how can you expect to survive? Thankfully, by all reports, the Crusaders expect to host the Trojans today.

Featured matchup:

Boston Renegades (D1) @ Pittsburgh Passion (D1)
The Boston Renegades and the Pittsburgh Passion are the mid-season gut-checks each team is looking for. Star quarterback Lisa Horton is expected to be back under center for Pittsburgh. The Passion was notably competitive last season in tilts against Boston and D.C., although a stunning 45-point playoff loss at the hands of the Chicago Force leaves some cause for concern. Boston meanwhile has been without many of their offensive weapons this season, and their offense has generated 21 points per game in 2018, compared to 33 in 2017. Still, they are 2-0 with a come-from-behind victory over D.C. last week. The Renegades offense may look a little different, but they have proven to excel in the clutch.

Here are my remaining picks for this week:

Philly Phantomz (D2) @ DC Divas (D1)
Baltimore Nighthawks (D2) @ Keystone Assault (D3)
NY Knockout (D3) @ Connecticut Hawks (D3)
Maine Mayhem (D3) @ New England Nightmare (D3)
Columbus Comets (D2) @ Toledo Reign (D3)
Columbus Vanguards (D3) @ Cincinnati Sizzle (D3)
Grand Rapids Tidal Waves (D3) @ Madison Blaze (D3)
Derby City Dynamite (D3) @ Huntsville Tigers (D3)
Music City Mizfits (D3) @ Knoxville Lightning (D3)
Savannah Hurricanez (D3) @ Orlando Anarchy (D3)
Jacksonville Dixie Blues (D2) @ Carolina Phoenix (D3)
Daytona Waverunners (D3) @ Miami Fury (D2)
Kansas City Titans (D1) @ Minnesota Vixen (D2)
Houston Power (D3) @ Acadiana Zydeco (D3)
Dallas Elite (D1) @ Atlanta Phoenix (D1)
Arlington Impact (D1) @ Austin Outlaws (D3)
S. Oregon Lady Renegades (D3) @ Portland Fighting Shockwave (D1)
Mile High Blaze (D2) @ Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz (D3)
Utah Wildkats (D3) @ Everett Reign (D2)
Colorado Freeze (D3) @ Santa Fe Dukes (D3)
Roswell Destroyers (D3) @ La Muerte Las Cruces (D3)
Capital City Rage (D2) @ Los Angeles Warriors (D1)
Sin City Trojans (D2) @ Kern County Crusaders (D3)