By: David Taylor
Round 1 of the playoffs proved to be two convincing victories for Philadelphia and Albany. There is not a lot of drama this weekend as the two teams will likely be advancing to the Arena Bowl due to the margins of victory in round 1. The only real drama will be who to play in the DraftKings fantasy football league. Expect there to be some resting of key players this weekend.
Holy blowout, Batman! Albany came out and completely took care of business last weekend. With a 35-point cushion, the Empire will likely be moving on. Look for late game substitutions for the Empire. It will be interesting to see if Albany alters its play calling to run more time off the clock each possession, or if it will be business as usual.
Game Prediction: Albany 44, Baltimore 36
Aggregate Prediction: Albany advances to ArenaBowl 32
Check out last week’s box score, courtesy of AFLdigital.com:
In a game of “Anything you can do, I can do better,” Philadelphia decided to best Albany in the aggregate scoring department, winning by 36 points to Albany’s 35. Last week’s preview proved to be semi-prophetic: Nelson was picked off multiple times (3) by James Romain, and the way Philadelphia defended the Valor QB was the deciding factor in the game.
Game 2 Prediction: Washington gets a measure of redemption, just not enough. 44-40 Valor.
Aggregate Prediction: Philadelphia is heading to the ArenaBowl.
Here are the staff picks for this week. Please welcome new staffer Zach Keilman!