Monthly Archives: May 2019

AFL Week 6: Preview and Picks

Week six marks the halfway point in the 2019 Arena Football season. With seven games remaining for each team, the margin for error is getting slimmer and slimmer. Here is a look at the key storylines of the week.

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Columbus Destroyers (0-5) at Philadelphia Soul (2-3)


Of all the matchups this weekend, this one has the two teams most desperate for a win. Columbus has yet to win a game this season, although they have come very close in the previous two weeks. The Destroyers were beaten on a last-second touchdown last weekend. The Philadelphia Soul have lost three games in a row after starting the season 2-0. This is a must-win game for both teams. Sadly, the injury bug has bitten Philadelphia. The Soul lost a defensive back and two wide receivers in the loss to Baltimore. With depleted reserves, Philly looks vulnerable. But will the heartbreaking loss in the previous week still be hanging over the heads of the Destroyers?

Player to Watch: Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia Soul. Raudabaugh is coming off his worst performance of the season and his lowest completion percentage in a game (44.1%) since 2014. For the Soul to have a chance, Raudabaugh must get the team off to a fast start. Philadelphia has trailed at halftime for eight consecutive games.

Prediction: The home crowd lifts the Soul, keeping Columbus winless.
Soul 42 , Destroyers 38


Washington Valor (3-2) at Albany Empire (5-0)


Who can topple the Empire? Albany looks like a group of men playing among boys at this point in the season, averaging over 55 points per game in its last three games alone. Meanwhile, the Valor is two last-second plays away from being 1-4. Still, Washington has won three games in a row and is the second hottest team in the AFL. This game is also a rematch of last year’s AFL championship game, so look for Albany to be pumped up for this one. The team hashtag is #UnfinishedBusiness, which is in reference to Albany’s upset loss in last season’s finale.

Player to Watch: Quarterback Arvell Nelson, Washington Valor. If the Valor is going to pull off the upset, Nelson will need to have a masterpiece of a game. Albany’s defense has been getting stops when needed and has found the endzone multiple times this year. If Nelson can utilize his running ability on Saturday, and play turnover-free football, Washington has a very real chance to defeat the Empire.

Prediction: It’s difficult to pick against Albany at this point.
Empire 44, Valor 37


Baltimore Brigade (3-2) at Atlantic City Blackjacks (2-3)


This game is a rematch of week four and the second of three times the two teams will play this season. Baltimore has a one-game edge on Atlantic City in the overall win-loss column, but Atlantic City holds the head-to-head advantage after winning 48-41 in week four. The winner of this game moves one step closer to a coveted playoff spot. Last week, Atlantic City was dominated by Albany, while Baltimore picked up a huge victory against Philadelphia. Interestingly, Baltimore has alternated wins and losses all season. If that holds true, Atlantic City will win this weekend.

Player to watch: Wide Receiver Kendrick Ings, Atlantic City Blackjacks. Last week Ings had four total touchdowns and 184 all-purpose yards, including a kickoff return for a touchdown. Ings was the go-to target against the Empire. Look for him to have another big game against Baltimore.

Prediction: The Brigade roller coaster continues.
Blackjacks 44, Brigade 40.

Staff picks for this week. The overall season records are in parentheses.

Staff Picks

Destroyers @ Soul

Valor @ Empire

Brigade @

Blackjacks

David Taylor
@FaithFootball52

Record: (7-5)

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Bee Jay Glosson

@schighwilliams

Record: (8-4)

Philadelphia Soul Team Identity - Primary Logo

Richard Martin

@RNM1996

Record: (9-3)

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Scott Soares

@AFLFanZone

Record: (6-6)

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Frank Walker

@bstationpod

Record: (4-5)

Akilah Evans-Pigford

@milezmomma

Record: (6-3)

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Trent Chrisman

@InCWarrior

Record: (3-6)

BattleStations Episode 15: Soul Searching

We discuss the unpleasantness of the game against the Washington Valor, have a chat with Destroyers coach Matt Sauk, and preview the game against the Soul with AFLFanZone.com contributor Kiki.

BattleStations: a Columbus Destroyers podcast in conjunction with AFL Fan Zone.
Follow Frank Walker on Twitter at @BStationPod and at https://battlestations.pinecast.co