Pirates Preview: Massachusetts Pirates (9-5) at Bay Area Panthers (1-13)

The Pirates travel to the Bay Area tonight to take on the worst team in the IFL, the Bay Area Panthers. Winnable games come in handy this time of year so playing the Panthers now is beneficial. With a win, the Pirates would host a home playoff game.

Here are three keys for the Pirates tonight.

1. Get off to a good start offensively: The Pirates need to get off to a good start offensively. Bay Area has struggled defensively all season long. They give up big plays. A fast start offensively shouldn’t be a problem.

2. Get the new guys acclimated on both sides of the ball: The Pirates have had a revolving door all season long when it comes to the roster. There are more new faces this week. Among them are wide receiver Jalin Marshall and linebacker Terrance Smith. Getting these guys caught up is important because the Pirates are counting on them in this game.

3. Take care of business: This is a winnable game. The Pirates need to take care of business tonight. Yeah. I know the other team gets paid too but they are not very good. The Pirates are the better team. They need to play like it.

Final Prediction: Pirates 51 Panthers 28: Bay Area has been competitive in some games this season and given the Pirates injuries, this game could be competitive for a half but in the end, the Pirates are too talented to lose a game like this. They should get the road dub.