WHY: All right, everyone who thought that Trinidad would be undefeated heading into Week 5, raise your hand...the only hand up should be Steve's, and even that may be pushing it. The Sharks have gotten off to a furious start in 2019, thanks to some outstanding QB play from Marvin Wright. They now travel to Colorado to face a Mustangs team that, as usual, seems to have more talent than their win/loss record indicates. Another victory here would put Trinidad at 5-0 and give them a strong grip on the CFC Caribbean division. On the other hand, knocking off an unbeaten team could give the 'Stangs the confidence they need to make a run at the CFC Heartland title.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The aforementioned Wright has more passing yards than "MVPark", more touchdowns than Cincinnati's "comeback kid" Chris Miner, and a higher passer rating than everyone except Frank Oliver. He is averaging nearly 350 yards per game this season. The 28-year-old out of James Madison has always been a good QB, but he's putting up stats this year that are far above and beyond his prior numbers. A lot of that is thanks to rookie WR Carlton Torres, as the speedy 1st-round pick is averaging an incredible 31 yards per catch with 4 TD's so far. Veterans Jesse Campbell and Gary Allen are still the starters, and they've found the end zone 5 times between them, but it's clear that Torres is the most dangerous weapon that the Sharks have on offense. What they don't have, however, is much of a running game. They're putting up a measly 69 yards per game on the ground, which is 28th out of 32 teams. As a matter of fact, starting RB Samuel Green has more receiving yards (279) than rushing yards (238) at this point.
Colorado's strength thus far has been their defense - they are allowing just over 18 points a game, which is second in the CFC. That number would be even lower had it not been for a 31-30 barnburner with the Stallions, which the Mustangs lost on a last-second field goal. Unlike Trinidad, they do rely quite a bit on their run game, with Adam Chong getting the bulk of the carries. Former #2 overall pick QB Derrick Jones is plenty capable of getting the ball down the field, and it would be wise for the Mustangs to take advantage of that in this game. The Sharks have a stout run defense, but just a middle-of-the-pack pass defense. They definitely need to find a way to keep "The Ghost" Bill Kasper out of the backfield though, as the future Hall of Famer is on pace to record his 7th consecutive season of 16+ sacks. Colorado has a star of their own on the D-Line however, as last year's DROTY Leandro Clemons has put a hurtin' on many QB's in his young career.
TALE OF THE TAPE – TRINIDAD:
Points Scored – 30.5 (5th)
Points Allowed – 21.5 (13th)
Rushing Yards – 68.5 (28th)
Rushing Yards Allowed – 92.0 (7th)
Passing Yards – 353.5 (3rd)
Passing Yards Allowed – 240.8 (16th)
TALE OF THE TAPE – COLORADO:
Points Scored – 20.8 (19th)
Points Allowed – 18.3 (7th)
Rushing Yards – 122.5 (13th)
Rushing Yards Allowed – 88.5 (6th)
Passing Yards – 203.5 (25th)
Passing Yards Allowed – 258.8 (23rd)
MY PICK: Trinidad has been throwing the ball all over the field this year, and Colorado has been allowing a bunch of passing yards. Colorado's main offensive strength is their run game, and Trinidad has done a good job of shutting down their opponents on the ground. It'd be hard for me to bet against the Sharks in this one.
THE LINE: Trinidad by 2, over/under 51