After witnessing the Black Panthers play the Vikings close (relatively) in their opening fixture of the season, I was unsure whether to attribute that to a Prague improvement or a slack game from the Vikings, it turns out the former was the case. Whilst this isn’t the most surprising of results having seen the results of both team’s opening games, this is still the season’s first upset, and a historic one at that, as this is the first time ever that the Black Panthers have beaten the Giants.
Having really struggled to contain Emmanuel Moody last weekend, the Black Panthers LOCKED it down in the run game this week by holding the Giants option attack to only 39 yards, leaving it all up to young Giants quarterback, Christoph Gubisch’s arm to account for all three of their scores. It was a similar story for the Black Panthers, who firmly rode the arm of their quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero to the tune of all four of their touchdowns. KNC had such a great day that not one, but two of his receivers had over 100 yards and two touchdowns apiece, Jan Dundack and Jakub Wolesky being the beneficiaries on the day.
Despite being very early in the season for both teams, the result of this fixture signals to me that it’s going to be a three-headed dogfight between the Dragons, Giants and Black Panthers for those other two AFL playoff spots, assuming the Vikings and Raiders take the top two. So this win on the road for the Black Panthers could potentially play a crucial tie-breaker role later down the line. Luckily for the Giants, they get a second crack at the Black Panthers and a chance for revenge this Saturday in the return fixture, and if they manage to overturn this result, the race for those playoff spots is well and truly on!