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The Indoor War: Week 16 (Part II)

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

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 “bye” 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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The Indoor War: Week 16 (Part I)

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

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 (11-3) Philadelphia Soul welcomes the (8-6) Cleveland Gladiators to the Wachovia Spectrum on Saturday, June 14 at 7 ET. The Soul own the League’s best record along with Dallas and can clinch its first Eastern Division title and claim home-field advantage throughout the National Conference playoffs with a win coupled with a Desperados loss. Philadelphia is tied with both Chicago and New Orleans for the best home record in the AFL at 6-1. The Gladiators are 4-0 all-time against the Soul, including a 67-55 victory in their first meeting of 2008 back in Week 10 at Quicken Loans Arena and they’ve won five of their last eight overall games.

The (8-6) New York Dragons travel to American Airlines Center to face the (11-3) Dallas Desperados on Saturday, June 14 at 8 ET. Dallas holds the second-best home record in the AFL at 5-2 and has not lost consecutive games in their house since Weeks 15 and 16 of the 2005 season. The Desperados can become the first team in AFL history to win at least 12 regular-season games in three consecutive seasons. After beginning their season 1-4, the Dragons have won seven of nine and hold the edge in a three-way tie with Cleveland and New Orleans for fourth in the National Conference playoff standings. Dallas leads the all-time series 8-3 and can sweep New York for the third consecutive season with the victory.

The (8-6) New Orleans VooDoo travels to Amway Arena to face the (8-7) Orlando Predators on Friday, June 13 at 7:30 ET in a Southern Division match-up. New Orleans can clinch its second playoff berth in team history and first since its inaugural season in 2004 with a win. Orlando is currently in seventh place and needs a victory to stay in the playoff race.

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The Indoor War: Week 15

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Week 15 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 (8-5) Georgia Force and (4-10) Utah Blaze can both clinch playoff berths this weekend with victories against the Columbus Destroyers and LA Avengers as the push towards ArenaBowl XXII in New Orleans continues to move forward.

Georgia will clinch its fourth consecutive playoff berth with a win in Columbus coupled with losses by New York (7-6) and Tampa Bay (6-7), or New York and Cleveland (7-6), or Tampa Bay and Cleveland. The Force face the (3-10) Columbus Destroyers (3-10) on Saturday, June 7 at 7 p.m. ET.

Utah hosts the disappointing (4-9) Los Angeles Avengers this Monday, June 9, and it will be broadcasted live on ESPN2 HD at 10 p.m. ET. The Blaze, who have won four of its last five games, can secure its third consecutive playoff berth with a win by at least 17 points combined with a Grand Rapids loss, or a win coupled with losses by Grand Rapids and Kansas City.

The Chicago Rush (10-3) can clinch home-field advantage throughout the American Conference playoffs with a win while the San Jose Sabercats (9-5) can clinch their third consecutive Mitsubishi Motors Western Division title on their bye week with an Arizona loss.

The Dallas Desperados can clinch their third consecutive Eastern Division title and home-field advantage throughout the National Conference playoffs with a win by at least 30 points against (10-3) Philadelphia.

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The Indoor War: Week 14

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Week 14 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 (10-2) Dallas Desperados travel to the Quicken Loans Arena to face the (7-5) Cleveland Gladiators on Saturday, May 31 at 7:00 ET. Dallas can become the second team in AFL history to record three consecutive seasons with 11 regular-season wins with a victory. The Desperados have the best road record in the AFL (5-1) and can sweep their second division opponent of the season (Columbus) with a win. Dallas has won the last two meetings to tie the all-time series at 2-2. Cleveland is in a three-way tie for fourth place and can stay ahead of both New Orleans and Georgia with a win. Cleveland leads both teams by record versus common opponents. The Gladiators hold the third-best home record in the AFL at 4-1 and can notch their fifth home win for the first time since 2004 with a victory.

For the first time in its six-year history, the (4-8) Colorado Crush welcome the (6-6) New York Dragons (6-6) to the Pepsi Center in a game that will be broadcasted live on ESPN2 HD at 10:30 ET on Monday night. The Crush is currently tied with Los Angeles for fourth place in the American Conference playoff standings and need a win to keep pace. New York is 3-1 against the American Conference and sits one game out of the sixth and final playoff position. The Dragons lead the all-time series 3-1, having won each contest by an average of 15 points.

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The Indoor War

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Week 13 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 (9-2) Dallas Desperados pay a visit to Amway Arena, otherwise known as “The Jungle”, to lock horns with the (8-4) Orlando Predators. Dallas has won 37 of its last 43 regular-season contests and can establish its fourth 10-win season in the team’s seven-year history with a win. A victory, coupled with losses by New York and Tampa Bay, will clinch the Desperados third consecutive playoff berth. Orlando is 4-1 SU and ATS at home this season and can maintain a one-half game lead ahead of New Orleans for first place in the Southern Division with a win. The Predators are in first place after Week 12 for the first time since 2006, when they advanced to ArenaBowl XX. The all-time series is tied 3-3 with Dallas having won the last three.

The (7-4) New Orleans VooDoo fresh off their “bye” week will host the (6-5) Georgia Force for a crucial Southern Division match-up that will be aired live Monday night on ESPN2 HD at 8 ET. A Georgia victory would tie the Force with New Orleans for second place within the division, and it would also mark the Force’s first four game winning streak of their 2008 campaign. The VooDoo is one of only two teams undefeated at home (5-0 SU & ATS), and can stay within one-half game of Orlando for the division lead with a victory. Georgia leads the all-time series 5-2 and can sweep the VooDoo for the third consecutive season with a victory Monday night.

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The Indoor War

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Week 12 of the Arena Football League has arrived, and there are some fantastic match-ups on tap for this weeks slate as teams jockey for playoff positioning.

The (6-4) New York Dragons welcome in the (5-5) Georgia Force to the Nassau Coliseum on Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. ET in a National Conference match-up. The Dragons have been installed one-point home favorites with the ‘total’ set at 108. This match-up pits Georgia’s 3rd ranked offense averaging 58 PPG against NY’s 3rd ranked defensive unit only allowing its opponents to score a shade under 48 PPG. New York can extend its winning streak to six games for the first time since 1996 with a win.

The (8-2) Chicago Rush hosts the (4-7) Los Angeles Avengers at Allstate Arena in an American Conference match-up on Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football Monday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET. Chicago became the first team to clinch a playoff berth for the 2008 postseason with San Jose’s victory over Arizona in Week 11 and can secure its second consecutive Mitsubishi Motors Central Division title with a win coupled with a loss by Colorado on Saturday. Chicago has been installed lofty 17-point home favorites with the ‘total’ set at 110 for their fourth meeting with the Avengers in the last two seasons.

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