When: 3:05 p.m. Sunday Where: Ralston Arena
Scouting the Beef: Omaha (5-1) got its quarterback back and returned to the win column with last week’s 38-24 victory at Sioux City. The victory came just three weeks after Omaha snapped the Bandits’ 31-game winning streak in a wild overtime game and put a halt to Sioux City’s string of 18 straight home wins. James McNear, who missed a loss to Wichita the previous week with a family emergency, was again under center and creating problems for defenses. The league leader in total offense per game, McNear completed 19 of 22 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns and was also the Beef’s leading rusher with 36 yards. McNear is in the Champions Professional Indoor Football League’s top 10 for yards per game passing (first) and rushing (eighth). The Omaha offense, which mustered 17 points in McNear’s absence, was back in a rhythm against Sioux City, getting touchdowns from four players on its way to a 25-10 halftime lead. Running back R.J. Rollins and receiver Judd Harrold tacked on their second scores of the game after the break. The Beef defense did its part, too, limiting the Sioux City passing attack to 100 yards for the game. Omaha has held five of six opponents under 30 points.
Scouting the Outlaws: If Mid-Missouri (0-7) wasn’t frustrated with its start to the season before, last week’s blowout loss to league leader Wichita surely did it. The Wild scored two touchdowns on the ground, two through the air and three on defense on their way to an 82-9 rout. The Outlaws led until the final minute of their game three weeks ago at Oklahoma, the closest they’ve come to a win since pushing Lincoln to overtime in the season opener. Mid-Missouri has lost its seven games by an average of more than four touchdowns. The Outlaws are near the bottom of the CPIFL in most offensive categories. The offensive and defensive units are last in the league in scoring average. The issues start with turnovers. The Outlaws are averaging four giveaways over their past six games. They’ve thrown 18 interceptions over that stretch, entering a game against an Omaha team with 10 interceptions through six games. Four quarterbacks have thrown at least two picks for Mid-Missouri. Damien Dunning got his chance under center for the Outlaws last week. He completed just 2 of 18 attempts and threw three interceptions.
Sides of Beef: Sunday’s game is set to be a “Pink Out,” with fans encouraged to wear pink. Proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Nebraska chapter to help raise awareness for breast cancer. ... The Beef made national headlines during the week with their offer to former New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. The organization was on record as saying it didn’t expect to hear back from Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner. In 2012, an indoor team in Council Bluffs offered legendary quarterback Brett Favre a contract after he had retired. ... Omaha announced on Friday that it had signed Igor Mota, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound outside linebacker/safety out of Brazil. Mota was the captain of the Brazilian National Team. ... A pregame tailgate is set for 1 p.m. inside the arena’s banquet room and will feature K.C. Wolf, the mascot for the Kansas City Chiefs. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and the band Lemon Fresh Day will be performing.