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Northern Arizona Wranglers at AZ Rattlers Game Preview

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The Northern Arizona Wranglers hit the road, on Saturday night, to take on their in-state rivals, the Arizona Rattlers, at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Wranglers return to the “Snake Pit” for the first time since winning the 2022 Western Conference Championship there. The Wranglers enter this matchup atop the Western Conference standings with a 5-2 record, and the Rattlers currently hold a 3-4 record.

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Both teams will be pushing for a much-needed victory, as the Wranglers are aiming to keep their top spot in the West. The Rattlers will also be aiming to maintain in the very tight Western Conference race for the 2023 postseason.

The Rattlers have had a bumpy start to their 2023 campaign, losing starting quarterback Drew Powell to injury during their second game of the season. Last week, Powell returned, and the Rattlers fell by one point, on the road, to the Vegas Knight Hawks. The Rattlers managed to maintain a 2-2 record without Powell as the starter and have been 1-2 with him calling the shots. The Rattlers will be fired up to play the defending Champions and will look to knock off some of the rust at home.

The Wranglers head into the Footprint Center riding a three-game winning streak, having also won five out of their last six games. The Wranglers played one of their most complete games last weekend, taking down the Bay Area Panthers in a highly competitive contest, 35-34. The Wranglers’ offense looked much improved against the Panthers at home. The Wranglers moved the ball well, maintained balance, and protected the football with zero turnovers surrendered. The Wranglers’ defense also forced one turnover and stopped the Panthers when it mattered most in the contest. The Wranglers will need to play their game in similar fashion this week to get the victory and remain the top team out West.

The game will be intense, and will have a playoff-type atmosphere. Both teams need a victory, and both organizations expect a hard-fought game that will go down to the wire. This is the first meeting between the Wranglers and Rattlers out of three total in the 2023 regular season. Last season, the Wranglers got the best of the series, winning two out of the three matchups, including that intense one-point victory that propelled them to The Dollar Loan Center IFL National Championship Game.

Will the Wranglers maintain sole possession of first place in the IFL’s Western Conference with a victory on Saturday? If you can’t make the trip to Phoenix, join us at the Hideout Bar in Prescott Valley for the streaming party to find out! Enjoy food and drinks at the bar and watch the game with other Wranglers fans! Be sure to wear your Wranglers gear for some drink discounts throughout the game!

View the Northern Arizona Wranglers 2023 games, with dates, matchups, and results at

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