Week 16 of the Arena Football League has arrived, and there are some fantastic match-ups on tap for this weekends slate as teams continue to jockey for playoff positioning.
The (10-4) Chicago Rush travels to The Arena at Gwinnett Center to face the (9-5) Georgia Force on Saturday, June 14 at 7 ET in a possible ArenaBowl XXII preview. Chicago has won six of its last eight games and can capture home-field advantage throughout the American Conference playoffs with a win or a San Jose Sabercats loss. Georgia can clinch its fourth consecutive playoff berth and second consecutive Southern Division title with a victory. The Force have won six consecutive games and eight of its last ten.
The defending champion and (9-5) San Jose Sabercats return from their â€œbyeâ€ week to welcome in the (7-7) Tampa Bay Storm to the HP Pavilion on Saturday, June 14 at 10:30 ET. San Jose is 6-2 all-time following bye weeks and can become the third team to clinch three consecutive division titles with a win. After a 2-5 start, Tampa Bay has won five of its last seven and needs a win to stay in the playoff hunt. The all-time series is tied 5-5, with San Jose winning five straight.
The (8-6) Arizona Rattlers welcome the (4-10) Colorado Crush to US Airways Center on Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football Monday, June 16 at 10 ET. Arizona is one game behind San Jose for first place in the Western Division and has sole possession of third place in the American Conference playoff standings. The Rattlers are on their first four-game winning streak since 2006 and can extend their streak to five for the first time since 2004. The Crush are currently in fifth place in the American Conference playoff standings and holds the edge in a three-way tie with Grand Rapids and Los Angeles based on head-to-head point differential (Grand Rapids) and head-to-head record (Los Angeles). The Crush can clinch its fifth consecutive playoff berth with a win combined with losses by both Grand Rapids (4-10) and Kansas City (3-11). Colorado leads the all-time series 4-2, having won the last four.
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