Only two teams in Legends Football League history have hoisted the coveted Legends Cup - the Los Angeles Temptation and Chicago Bliss. This season, the Chicago Bliss (6-0) are chasing their third straight championship, while a team looking to bring a loyal city their first championship remains in the way, as the Seattle Mist (5-1) plan to add their name to the list of Legends Cup winning teams.
Both teams field rosters with many years of veteran talent, but there is no doubt that Chicago has more playoff experience and success compared to Seattle. In fact, the Mist’s win against LA in the Western Conference Championship was their first playoff win in franchise history, while the Bliss are making their fourth appearance in a Legends Cup Championship.
Chicago not only took care of business in the East this year, but they finished their undefeated season with the best performance yet by dominating the talented Atlanta Steam. The Bliss have never looked as sharp offensively and defensively as they did against the Steam in the Eastern Conference Championship, which was the fourth time in the last two seasons, Chicago has beaten Atlanta.
With Heather Furr throwing the ball better than ever and Chicago touting the league’s best running game, the Bliss are going to be a tough team for Seattle to defend in the Legends Cup. Even so, every fan knows that their offense begins with the strong legs of Chrisdell “Ferrari” Harris. Harris would rather run into the teeth of a defense, making defenders give everything they have on each tackle. Her running style and speed has made her the most-feared running back in the league.
Chicago also featured a new weapon for the offense, wide-receiver Jamie Fornal, and she played as advertised in the Eastern Conference Championship, scoring once and making three big receptions on the night. Look for Chicago to utilize her talents in the defensive secondary as well, which would give Alli Alberts and Heather Furr a breather on defense at times.
KEY FOR CHICAGO
The key for Chicago on the offensive side of the ball is how well the offensive line will perform and what version of Heather Furr will show up in the big game. Furr will need to throw high-percentage passes when targeting her receivers down field. If we see the same Furr that played in the Eastern Conference Championship, Seattle will have their hands full. Defensively, Yashi Rice and Chantell Taylor will need to get pressure on Matheny and keep her contained. Cornerbacks DI’andra Frye and Dominique Collins will have their work cut out for them with Seattle’s receivers and both will need to have great games in order for Chicago to minimize the Seattle passing game.
A team that progressed all season long is finally displaying the heart and talent of a championship team. The Mist have beat the Los Angeles Temptation, their Western Conference rival now three consecutive times this season after losing their season opener against LA at home in Seattle. Since that loss Seattle has won five straight games capping the streak off with a big Western Conference Championship victory, that was added to the long list of LFL instant classic’s between Seattle and LA.
The Mist are a unit that was properly pieced together by coach Chris Michaelson, and no-doubt give him the best opportunity to bring Seattle their first Legends Cup. If there was ever a better time to win the Legends Cup for Coach Michaelson, this is the year as the game will played in front of his Seattle crowd at their home-field in Kent, Wa.
Combined with the relentless rushing attack lead by Stevi Schnoor and deep-threat receiving of Renda Bryn and Jessica Hopkins, this Mist roster is completely loaded and they have a nation of MistFits (fans) backing them. The 8th man in Seattle could very well be a factor in the Legends Cup, as the Mist have one of the best fan bases in the LFL that will certainly fill up the ShoWare Center for the big game.
KEY FOR SEATTLE
For Seattle to win, their defense has to perform at a high level and ultimately find an answer for stopping running back ChrisDell ‘Ferrari’ Harris. With a strong defensive line and the physical Stevi Schnoor playing linebacker, which has allowed the hard-hitting Danika Brace to play the safety position, Seattle has the lineup on defense to find an answer for the Bliss ground game. Los Angeles was able to expose the secondary multiple times in the conference championship, so the corners and safeties will need to have a better performance. Offensively, KK Matheny will need to have another crafty game relying on her arm or legs to help the offense move the chains. Seattle’s offense and especially running backs Stevi Schnoor and Mele Gilmore will need to protect the ball like they have all season, as turnovers would be costly against the Bliss.
– Text by John M. Davis, originally posted on LFL360.com
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