LIVE STREAM: Germany – Hamburg Huskies v. Dresden Monarchs (5p CEST, 11a EDT)

The Dresden Monarchs (3-2) head to Hamburg Saturday June 17 to face the winless Hamburg Huskies in a game that is crucial for the Monarchs.

Following two straight losses to the Braunschweig New Yorker Lions and Kiel Baltic Hurricanes, Dresden is looking to regain traction in the tough German Football League North division.

Prior to the back-to-back defeats, Dresden had been flying high with one of the highest scoring offenses in the league.

Nevertheless, the Monarchs are still the fifth best offense in the league averaging 40.6 points a game. Quarterback Garrett Safron has thrown for 1,370 yards and 19 touchdowns in five games. His counterpart with Hamburg, John Uribe,  is suffering through a tough year but has still thrown for 811 yards.

The Huskies have only managed to score a total 27 points in their six games, and have been blanked twice. They have faced the league-leading Kiel Baltic Hurricanes once and defending champion Braunschweig New Yorker Lions twice as well as the 4-1 Berlin Rebels twice. In other words, they have faced the top three teams in the North five of the six games.

Still, Hamburg has one of the league’s better defenses against the run, surrendering 107 yards a game, good for sixth in the 16 team GFL.

Huskies head coach Sean Embree will have his hands full though. Dresden head coach John Leijten will have to use this game to fire up his troops. In other words, there will be no mercy on the part of the Monarchs.

While Hamburg is trying to climb out of the basement to at least catch the seventh place Hildesheim Invaders who are also without a victory, Dresden is trying to keep pace with the top three teams while also now having to look over their shoulders at the fast-improving fifth place Cologne Crocodiles.

LIVE STREAM: Germany – Hamburg Huskies v. Dresden Monarchs (5p CEST, 11a EDT)

Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.