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It's Wild Card Weekend In The Premier Lacrosse League

By Kyle Bennett

Wild Card Weekend is one of the most electric weekends of the NFL playoffs and as the NFL preseason is here and lacks that intensity, you can get a dose of that and then some on Saturday night as we have two showdowns in the Premier Lacrosse League with massive playoff implications.

In the first game on Saturday, Atlas take on Waterdogs for a shot at the #1 seed in the postseason, a first round bye, and an automatic trip to Philadelphia for the semifinal round. If Atlas can continue their dominance that they’ve had on display for most of the season, they’ll lock in the top seed after failing to win a game in the 2020 Bubble Postseason Tournament and having to play in the Draft Pick side of the bracket in the 2019 postseason.

Waterdogs will have to win and hope for an Archers win or that the Whipsnakes fail to overcome their negative goal differential to lock up the top seed. This would be massive for the ‘Dogs after having a very disappointing inaugural season the Utah Bubble and finally starting to show signs of a true team identity that can help be a wave of momentum going into the playoffs.

The nightcap game is the true wildcard as it’s win or go home between Cannons and Chrome. Both teams sit at 2-6 and the winner will head into the playoffs as the seven seed while the loser will go home and get ready for their tee time at their favorite golf course. Now typically the loser of this game would have the #1 overall pick in next year’s college draft, which will be the case for Chrome if they wind up losing on Saturday night. But due to the trade between Cannons and Atlas that sent Paul Rabil back to the Cannons during the offseason, if Rabil’s squad loses, Atlas will have the rights to the top pick in the 2022 draft.

Chrome will be playing with added emotion as John Galloway and Joel White announced earlier this week that this will be their final season and will retire at the conclusion of the 2021 schedule for Chrome. Cannons will also be playing with a chip on their shoulders as the expansion team, trying to prevent Paul Rabil from missing the playoffs for a third straight year, and proving that a few shots just didn’t go their way.

If you like energy, playoff atmospheres, and a whole lotta action, I HIGHLY advise you tune into tonight’s PLL action instead of some boring preseason NFL game.

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