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2016 Playoff Momentum Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on July 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM

We are finally here!! The moment all of us fans have been waiting for; Postseason 2016. Even the league’s biggest critics of the playoff format have to be geared up for an exciting month of playoff football. The following Power Rankings are NOT where each team stands after 18 weeks of football. No, these are AFL Fan Zone’s Momentum rankings. Teams with the most mojo working in their favor headed into postseason play.

Let’s get right into it, below is the AFL FanZone Power Playoff Momentum Rankings after Week 18.

1. Arizona Rattlers – 2016 Record 13-3

No team in the league is hotter headed into the postseason than the Arizona Rattlers. After dismantling the Gladiators in Week 17, Coach Guy and the Rattlers had a bye week which gives them two weeks to prepare for Portland. If you remember back to 2014, Portland traveled to play #1 seed Arizona in the first round of the playoffs. If you don’t remember, Portland only lost that game 52-48 and almost shocked the Arena League. I have a feeling Coach Guy has reminded his team of that game and will have Arizona more than prepared for this year’s Portland squad on Saturday at 10pm ET on CBS Sports Network.

2. Philadelphia Soul – 2016 Record 13-3

With Philadelphia’s Week 18 victory over the Predators, Dan Raudabaugh and company showed that they are aware of what went wrong in last year’s defeat in the American Conference championship and have vowed to correct it. It may have been a regular season game, but let’s be real, that game last week in Orlando was a playoff game. Due to Philadelphia’s win, they will host 2-14 Tampa Bay this Sunday at 6pm ET on ESPN2, while Orlando plays host to the suddenly hot Jacksonville Sharks squad. Another winner in that game was Arizona. Philadelphia beating Orlando made sure that Arizona would host the Arena Bowl if they are able to get out of their conference unscathed. With the way Raudabaugh has been playing and the fact that Philadelphia boasts the league’s best turnover defense, I see Philly making sure 2015 was a fluke.

3. Jacksonville Sharks – 2016 Record 7-9

This may surprise some people and even anger some others, but hear me out. After firing Head Coach Les Moss, the Jacksonville Sharks finished the season 2-0 while giving up an average of 33.5 points per game which is 13 points less than their yearly average. The team has seemed to respond to new Head Coach Bob Landsee and with the talent this team has on its roster, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that this team finds itself in a 2015 American Conference championship rematch against the Soul next weekend. Coach Landsee has made a point to put his future Hall of Fame Fullback to good use racking up 20 carries in the past two games (a mark that took almost the four previous game to hit). With the way Orlando is limping into the playoffs, don’t be surprised if the Sharks go into Orlando and knock off the Predators this Saturday at 7pm ET on CBS Sports Network.

4. Orlando Predators – 2016 Record 12-4

It was only three weeks ago that we were talking about a 12-2 Orlando Predators squad needing only one more win to clinch the overall number 1 seed in the playoffs. Fast forward to now and we are looking at a banged up team heading into the postseason licking their wounds. Star WR Greg Carr missed last week’s matchup against the Soul in what I already described was a de-facto playoff game. If he is unable to go this weekend against Jacksonville, a lot of pressure will be on Brandon Thompkins to get the job done. Bernard Morris has shown he is a capable quarterback in this league, but he has also shown why Randy Hippeard beat him out of the starting spot the past couple years. Morris doesn’t seem to have the killer instinct needed to put teams away and that may come back to haunt them if they let Jacksonville hang around into the fourth quarter on Saturday. I also wonder if the team go too jacked up after the horrible tragedy that happened some time ago and we are now seeing the hangover from the emotion onslaught the team went through. This team will still be favored on Saturday against the Sharks, but unless they come out with a renewed sense of urgency, I don’t see Orlando making it out of the first round.

5. Los Angeles KISS – 2016 Record 7-9

Although Los Angeles lost in the final seconds of their game Monday night, I still believe they are more set-up for the post season heading into the weekend. The game in Portland was a complete wash, the final score meant nothing to seeding, so why would the KISS go full speed and throw and wrinkles into a game to give Cleveland more on film to study? With that being said, they were still in the lead for most of the game and if not for an untimely penalty, would’ve beaten the Steel in their final home game of the season. The Gladiators must prepare for both Nathan Stanley and Pete Thomas which gives the KISS an extra edge in their matchup on Sunday at 6pm EST on ESPN3. Expect to see a very motivated Donovan Morgan as this may be his last game as he has already stated he will retire at the end of the season.

6. Cleveland Gladiators – 2016 Record 7-9

Cleveland went into Week 16 holding all the cards to be able to host Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs. All they needed to do was beat LA by more than six points and hope either Jacksonville or Portland could knock them out. Instead, Cleveland lost their final two games on the West Coast and head into the playoffs on a downswing of momentum. Due to the Republican National Convention pushing all their home games to the first half of the season, Cleveland has been on the road for almost two months which is clearly weighing on the team. Having the bye week in Week 18 was the best thing Coach Thonn could have asked for. But if the Gladiators want to go into LA and knock off the KISS on Sunday, they are going to need Arvell Nelson to play much better than he did in the second half in their last game at the Honda Center. It also wouldn’t hurt if WR Quentin Sims is back healthy and ready to go as he was unable to suit up for the Gladiators in their game against the Rattlers Week 17.

7. Portland Steel – 2016 Record 3-13

The Portland Steel have become the new Jacksonville Sharks in the past few weeks of the regular season. In a span of three weeks they beat Jacksonville and Los Angeles, but lose to Tampa Bay. Of course those two wins were at home while the loss was on the road, but they showed a ton of heart in their Week 18 come from behind victory against the KISS. No one knows if that was the last home game for the Portland franchise, but if it was, they sure put on a good show. I think Coach James will try to bottle up that emotion and take it on the road to Arizona this week because if Portland has a chance it will be by outworking the Rattlers. Arizona has arguably the most talented roster in the league, so if Portland doesn’t bring the effort, the game will be over by halftime. It doesn’t help their chances that WR Nick Truesdell was picked up by the NFL this past week either.

8. Tampa Bay Storm – 2016 Record 2-14

What is there left to say for the Tampa Bay Storm other than “Which quarterback will be behind center in 2018”? This team has shown heart at home when the game is going well, but there is no other team in the league that shies away from adversity like the Storm. Jason Boltus is clearly not the answer and this past game showed again that we may have seen the last of him in the AFL as he pursues another career path. I don’t expect their game in Allentown against the Soul to be anything other than a warm-up for Philadelphia. I’m excited to see what the Storm do in the off-season as I feel they have some pieces with Kendrick Ings, Prechae Rodriguez, and their talented defensive backfield. But if this is TT Toliver’s last game, it’s a shame his Hall of Fame career will end this way. Sorry Storm fans, but there is always next year!

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AFL FanZone Week 18 QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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We only have one more regular season week in the Arena Football League for 2016. Two teams, the Arizona Rattlers and Cleveland Gladiators have completed their regular season slate and get a bye week before the playoffs start next week. I have decided to rank 10 QB’s due to the KISS and Storm going back and forth between two quarterbacks due to injuries. All four QB’s of the respective teams have thrown for over 100 passes and started at least four games. As you will see there is a fight for that #1 spot with Nick Davila and Dan Raudabaugh battling it out each week. 2016’s best QB will come down to how well Raudabaugh can play against a stout Orlando Predators defense in Week 18. This week’s biggest winner is Bernard Morris jumping three spots due to the play of the quarterbacks around him, including Arvell Nelson’s worst game of the season culminating in him dropping four spots to number seven.

If you are new to the QB rankings, we rank the Quarterback’s on the 10 statistical categories that we find are the most important for a player to take his team to the Arena Bowl. So without further ado, here is the official AFL FanZone Week 18 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1. Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 2.44 (LW #2)
2. Nick Davila Arizona Rattlers 2.75 (LW #1)
3. Bernard Morris Orlando Predators 3.82 (LW #6)
4. Tommy Grady Jacksonville Sharks 4.51 (LW #5)
5. Shane Austin Portland Steel 5.04 (LW #7)
6. Nathan Stanley Los Angeles KISS 5.09 (LW #4)
7. Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators 5.68 (LW #3)
8. Pete Thomas Los Angeles KISS 6.04 (LW N/R)
9. Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm 6.90 (LW #8)
10. Adam Kennedy Tampa Bay Storm 7.24 (LW N/R)

*Remember a 1.0 is a perfect score, 10.0 is dead last.

Week 17 AFL FanZone Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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With one more week to go in the regular season there is still the overall #1 seed up for grabs as well as the American Conference championship. I can’t overstate the importance of the Philadelphia Soul at Orlando Predators game this Saturday on ESPN3. If Philadelphia wins it is a win for Philly AND Arizona as the Rattlers hold the tie-breaker over the Soul for the overall #1 seed. If the Predators win, they get the #1 over-all seed and host Tampa Bay instead of Jacksonville.

Let’s get right into it, below is the AFL FanZone Power Rankings after Week 17.

1. Arizona Rattlers 13-3 (LW #1, Change –)

There is no better team in the league heading into the playoffs then the Arizona Rattlers. They were the season favorites for most experts and they showed by giving Cleveland a reenactment of Arena Bowl 27 (credit to Toph for that). Arizona will host the Portland Steel in the first round of the playoffs, but they better not take them for granted as the former Portland squad (the Thunder) sneaked into the playoffs last year and almost took down the Rattlers in their own building. Look for Coach Guy to spend the bye week making sure the Steel are out of the game by halftime this time.

2. Philadelphia Soul 12-3 (LW #2, Change –)

Philadelphia went into the bye week refocused after a close win in Tampa Bay in Week 16. I don’t know if it was the classic case of overlooking an opponent or that QB Adam Kennedy has really figured it out for the Storm. Either way, Saturday’s game is of the utmost importance as the Soul and Predators play for the number one seed in the American Conference. Raudabaugh is also in a dead heat with Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila for the AFL FanZone QB of the Year, so a strong showing against the Predators will go a long way in winning the inaugural award.

3. Orlando Predators 12-3 (LW #3, Change –)

Just like Philadelphia, Orlando will be fresh this week after being off in Week 17. They went into the bye week celebrating a 17 point loss to Arizona as it gave them the tie breaker over the Rattlers, but I can tell you right now that Coach Keefe was not happy with that performance. If Orlando comes out flat on Saturday night like they did against Arizona, look for Philadelphia to take quick advantage in the jungle. Regardless of the records, Orlando has the hardest road to the Arena Bowl, so they need to beat Philadelphia and get that overall #1 seed if they want a chance to lift the Foster Trophy in 2016.

4. Los Angeles KISS 7-8 (LW #4, Change –)

Here we go again with the KISS. After a strong performance against the Gladiators, Coach Smith’s defense came out flat against the Sharks giving up a whopping 72 yards on the ground. Nathan Stanley also went down with another injury, so we all play the waiting game this week to see who will suit up for the KISS in their meaningless regular season finale against the Steel. This week’s game means nothing as the KISS already know they will be hosting the Gladiators next week Saturday in San Diego, but a win in Portland would be a good momentum builder headed into their first playoff game in team history.

5. Cleveland Gladiators 7-8 (LW #4, Change –-)

I was very tempted to drop the Gladiators down a spot due to their performance in Arizona, but let’s be honest, Cleveland has been on the road since Week 11. Their last home game was June 3rd. So I give them a little slack as playing that many road games with what is basically their third string QB is bound to come back to haunt a team at some point. They were thrashed in every facet of the game Sunday night in Arizona. They gave up 9 points before their defense even stepped foot on the field. Luckily for Cleveland they have a bye in Week 18. That gives them two weeks to prepare for another long road trip to play the KISS on August 6th. I suspect that the Gladiators haven’t forgotten the chippy game in Week 16 in Los Angeles.

6. Jacksonville Sharks 6-9 (LW #7, Change +1)

So after losing in embarrassing fashion in Week 16, Jeff Bouchy (owner of the Sharks) decided to let go of the only head coach this franchise has ever seen. At least for one week, that looked to be a genius move. The Sharks were able to move the ball efficiently while giving the ball to Derrick Ross 14 times, which is a season best (previous high was 9, twice). New HC Bob Landsee (at least for a week) looks to know the right buttons to press to get the most out of this Sharks team. All of that hype will be killed though if they let Tampa Bay come into Sea Best field and earn a W. Jacksonville will travel to either Orlando or Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs, two cities that they have already won in this year.

  1. Tampa Bay Storm 2-13 (LW #8, Change +1)

After Tampa Bay lost to Portland in Week 10 I said that the Steel earned the #7 spot because they were both equal teams and the head to head went to Portland. The same idea holds true now. These two teams are easily the bottom teams in the league in 2016 and both have two home wins, one against the other. The other tie breaker comes into the other team Tampa Bay beat, the Arizona Rattlers. With QB Adam Kennedy at the helm, this team seems to be playing more effective while not turning the ball over quite as much as it did with Boltus calling the plays.

8. Portland Steel 2-13 (LW #7, Change -1)

One week after essentially firing an opponent’s head coach, Portland heads to Tampa Bay in Week 17 and lays an egg. Sure, they only lost on a blocked field goal, but this game was almost out of reach by halftime. A sloppy second quarter is why the Steel lost to the Storm this past weekend. If Portland wants any chance to pull off one of the biggest upsets in league history next weekend in the playoffs, they will need QB Shane Austin to play mistake free and this defense put a little more pressure on Davila then they did on Adam Kennedy. Look for the Steel to use a vanilla game plan to try and not tip off any strategy as Arizona will be sitting at home watching this game live.

Highest Climb – Jacksonville, Tampa Bay  +1

Hardest Fall – Portland -1

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Week 17 AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on July 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Week 16 in the Arena Football League saw four competitive games which required all of the below quarterbacks to play at their best (outside of Tampa Bay losing Boltus in the 2nd quarter of course). With every seed still up for grabs, we saw the best out of multiple Quarterbacks this week. LA KISS QB Nathan Stanley finished with nine touchdowns and no turnovers, a performance that jumped his stock up a spot in this week’s rankings. Orlando QB Bernard Morris finally eclipsed the 100 attempts mark which qualifies him for our list. See below for the official Week 17 AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings.

If you are new to the QB rankings, we rank the Quarterback’s on the 10 statistical categories that we find are the most important for a player to take his team to the Arena Bowl. So without further ado, here is the official AFL FanZone Week 17 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1. Nick Davila Arizona Rattlers 2.03 (LW #2)
2. Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 2.53 (LW #1)
3. Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators 3.63 (LW #3)
4. Nathan Stanley Los Angeles KISS 3.71 (LW #5)
5. Tommy Grady Jacksonville Sharks 3.74 (LW #4)
6. Bernard Morris Orlando Predators 4.04 (LW N/R)
7. Shane Austin Portland Steel 4.49 (LW #6)
8. Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm 5.25 (LW #7)

*Remember a 1.0 is a perfect score, 8.0 is dead last.

AFL FanZone Week 16 Power Rankings

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After Week 16’s close games and tough matchups, we have a little bit of a shake up in the AFL FanZone Power Rankings. I don’t want to spoil anything right off the bat, but let’s just say there is a team that is Steeling some Thunder in Week 17.

Let’s get right into it, below is the AFL FanZone Power Rankings after Week 16.

  1. Arizona Rattlers 12-3 (LW #2, Change +1)

Yes Arizona Rattler fans, you can finally breathe easy as the AFL FanZone is finally back on board with the Rattlers as the best team in the Arena Football League. After weathering the storm in the middle of the season, Arizona has returned to form to not only beat their opponents, but force them to submit by the end of the game. Sure, Orlando was celebrating because they kept the point differential under 18 to hold on to the tie breaker for the #1 seed, but as we learned today the AFL has returned to a conference playoff format. So that tie breaker will only apply to the two teams if both teams make the Arena Bowl and they need to decide which city to host the game. In the end, Arizona took care of business against Orlando on Monday Night. They have one more regular season game, which is this week against Cleveland. They still need to win to try and clinch the overall #1 seed for the rights to host Arena Bowl 29.

  1. Philadelphia Soul 12-3 (LW #1, Change -1)

Philadelphia went down to Tampa Bay in Week 16 and didn’t exactly set the world on fire. After knocking Storm QB Jason Boltus out of the game, the Soul defense went on to let back-up QB Adam Kennedy look like a world beater. The Soul found themselves down in the second half for the second time in three weeks against a bottom dweller. They cannot have the same lapse in concentration and focus in Week 18 when they head down to Orlando for what is essentially a conference regular season championship game. The winner of that game will hold the American Conference #1 seed and face Tampa Bay round one.

  1. Orlando Predators 12-3 (LW #3, Change –)

I understand the overall significance of keeping the point differential under 18, but I can’t imagine Predators HC Rob Keefe is too happy to see his team celebrate a 17 point loss. Orlando kept this game close in the first half, but Arizona’s talent level and QB Nick Davila’s pin point accuracy was too much for the Predators to handle. This was concerning for a Predator team who had lost their prior two games by a combined 11 points. Although they still hold the overall tie over Arizona, this was still a loss that could end up hurting this team in the long run. Going into the bye week with a loss can result in two different outcomes; the team could get focused and come out the following week and dominate, or they could let the loss fester in the locker room for two weeks and have a letdown game. I think Coach Keefe will have this team ready to go Week 18 in what will clearly be the game of the season (so far).

  1. Los Angeles KISS 7-7 (LW #5, Change +1)

KISS QB Nathan Stanley had the performance of his Arena League career in Week 16 accounting for nine touchdowns and zero turnovers. If Los Angeles wants to make noise in their first playoff appearance of their history this year, they will need THAT Nathan Stanley to show up. Stanley had a lot of critic’s going into this game against Cleveland, including us here at AFL FanZone. The numbers backup QB Pete Thomas put up were simply better than Stanley’s. Luckily for the KISS though, Stanley took the challenge and put up an amazing game. Coach Smith’s leadership was also apparent with how the KISS were able to weather the adversity in the fourth quarter when Gladiators Kicker Adrian Trevino successfully kicked two straight onside kicks to get Cleveland back in the game. In the end, the KISS pulled out the victory and barring a miracle in Arizona, they will host Cleveland Week 1 of the playoffs. They will clinch with two different scenarios; Cleveland loses against Arizona in their final regular season game, or LA wins one of their final two games. This is because LA holds the tie breaker over Cleveland.

  1. Cleveland Gladiators 7-8 (LW #4, Change –1)

The Gladiators will look back on Week 16 thinking “what if”. The KISS gave them every chance to win the game in the fourth quarter, but an offside call on the kickoff was the difference and the Gladiators look to be on the outside looking into a home playoff game in 2016. If the current standings hold and Cleveland heads back to Los Angeles in three weeks, I can only imagine the most spirited effort of the season from Coach Thonn’s team. They still have a chance to get the home game, as slim as it may be. This team heads to Arizona this week in its season finale and if they can knock off the conference regular season champion, then they just have to root for Jacksonville and Portland to knock off LA in Week’s 17 and 18.

  1.  Portland Steel 2-12 (LW #7, Change +1)

I can only imagine the thought’s going through some people’s head on this pick. Yes, I believe Portland is the better team than Jacksonville right now. Not only because they just beat the Sharks, but because Portland has been trending up while Jacksonville seems to be in full spiral mode. Portland has played Philadelphia and Arizona tough while capping it off with a win against a desperate and very talented Jacksonville squad. Portland has already learned their postseason fate, they will travel to Arizona in the opening round of the playoffs for the second year in a row. Would it be crazy if Portland rested starters in the final two weeks? In a year when a defending Arena Bowl head coach gets fired before the season is over, nothing is out of the realm of possibility.

  1. Jacksonville Sharks 5-9 (LW #6, Change –1)

The Jacksonville Sharks have not won a game since they traveled across state and thumped a bad Tampa Bay team in Week 10. That was way back on June 11th. That is why Head Coach Les Moss was relieved of his duties on Monday. With the talent this team possesses and the hype surrounding the roster in the pre-season, it’s absolutely unacceptable to only have five wins after 14 games. Losing by two to a one win team because your former league MVP QB threw a one yard pass on a two point conversion in the final seconds surely didn’t help his cause either. Regardless of how Week 16 ended, Jacksonville will still be in the playoffs and still have a chance to make some noise as they will play either Orlando or Philadelphia, two teams they have already beat on the road this season. They can turn their season around by beating the suddenly hot LA KISS this week in front of the home crowd, but if they lose again, owner Jeff Bouchy might start firing players before the playoffs.

  1. Tampa Bay Storm 1-13 (LW #8, Change –)

The Tampa Bay Storm finally showed the fight that Head Coach Lawrence Samuels has been talking about for weeks against the Soul this week. After QB Jason Boltus was taken out of the game due to a upper body injury, the fate of the Storm seemed to be sealed. But fortunately for Tampa Bay, QB Adam Kennedy showed he has something to prove. He has been on the bench watching Boltus turn the ball over time and time again wondering why he wasn’t given another shot. Then came out in the second quarter to almost pull off a miracle against the former #1 ranked team in these very power rankings. Only time will tell if that was a one-time deal, or if Adam Kennedy has finally figured out the nuances of the Arena game and can be the QB the Storm have been looking for. This is Tampa’s last real chance at a victory as they host the Portland Steel this week at the Amalie Arena. It will be interesting to see if Coach Samuels will stay with the hot hand and let Kennedy start against the Steel. Then again, the injury to Boltus might play his hand either way.

Highest Climb – Arizona, Los Angeles, Portland  +1

Hardest Fall – Philadelphia, Cleveland, Jacksonville -1

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Week 15 AFL FanZone Power Rankings

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After the league bye, the Arena Football League saw a few close games, but nothing to separate any team from the pack. The standings are unchanged, but some teams blew their chance to move up.

Let’s get right into it, below is the AFL FanZone Power Rankings after Week 15.

  1. Philadelphia Soul 11-3 (LW #1, Change –)

Another week, another Philadelphia domination. This time at the hands of the Cleveland Gladiators. Although Cleveland came in with a lot of momentum and a top flight defense, Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh showed why he is the front runner for AFL MVP for a second year in a row. Raudabaugh finished the game with only one incompletion and eight touchdowns. I will repeat myself again, barring a letdown at Orlando, Philadelphia will win the American Conference and earn the 1 or 2 seed headed into the playoffs. The Soul basically have two bye weeks in a row because of their matchup with the Storm this week. Expect Philadelphia to be game planning and preparing for their Week 18 matchup in Orlando starting this week.

  1. Arizona Rattlers 11-3 (LW #2, Change –)

Arizona seems to get the best out of Jacksonville every time they play. For the second time this year, the Rattlers found themselves in a dog fight until the end with the Sharks. Just like in the first matchup, this game came down to Jacksonville failing to execute late. With under 10 seconds to go, Joe Hills scores a touchdown to close the gap to two points, but due to a couple missed extra points, the Sharks needed to go for two. Arizona’s defense was up for the challenge and forced an incomplete pass to essentially seal the game with a 2 point victory. Other than QB Nick Davila’s rare interception, the offense looked to be in sync which will bode well for Arizona going into the playoffs. After sealing the National Conference Championship with this win, the only goal left is to get the #1 seed as they have locked in at least the #2 seed. Arizona finishes the regular season with two more home games, this week against Orlando and Week 17 against Cleveland. If Arizona can close out both games (and beat Orlando by more than 18 points), then they will clinch the #1 seed due to their tie breaker with both Orlando and Philadelphia.

  1. Orlando Predators 12-2 (LW #3, Change –)

For the third straight set of Power Rankings, I feel compelled to explain why the team with the best record in the league isn’t the best team in the league. They struggled against a 1-11 Portland team and actually found themselves trailing in the second half to the Steel. They still seem to always find a way to win the game at the end, but against the better teams (without Randy Hippeard) they will not be so lucky. Their first test will be this week at Arizona on Monday night. If they can somehow find a way to beat the Rattlers for the second time this season, then there is no doubt, Orlando deserves to be in the top spot, but until that happens, they are stuck at #3.

  1. Cleveland Gladiators 7-7 (LW #4, Change –)

Cleveland ran into a buzzsaw this week in Allentown against the Soul. I’m not going to hold that game against them because when the opposing quarterback only throws one incompletion, that team is clicking on all cylinders. They tried everything, but nothing worked as Raudabaugh threw 8 touchdowns and Jeramie Richardson ran in another three scores. Cleveland’s season comes down to this week in Los Angeles. If they beat LA, then they can lock in the #4 seed as long as they win by more than five points. If Los Angeles wins then they find themselves in the driver’s seat as Cleveland finishes off their season in Arizona Week 17 while the KISS still have Portland and Jacksonville. Huge game Saturday night at the Honda Center, make sure you are able to watch that game.

  1. Los Angeles KISS 6-7 (LW #5, Change –)

Nathan Stanley returns to the starting lineup with a lukewarm performance. He was voted as the player of the game by the KISS, but that might have been more of a confidence boost for him because he barely completed 50% of his passes and only had four touchdowns against the league’s worst team. The KISS will need him to elevate his game much higher if they expect to win any of their final three games against Cleveland, at Portland, and at Jacksonville. As far as the defense, this team continues to hold teams below their yearly average. The KISS now lead the league in scoring defense at 45.6 points per game. They will need that kind of performance against Gladiators QB Arvell Nelson if the KISS are to jump Cleveland and get the final home game.

  1. Jacksonville Sharks 5-8 (LW #6, Change –)

What a deflating outcome for Jacksonville in Week 15. They lose star defensive back Greg Reid to an ejection and are forced to play two offensive players on defense including the backup QB. Even with that, they were a two point conversion away from going to overtime with the National Conference Champion Arizona Rattlers. But here we go again, a close loss in the final seconds for this team. This team still has an outside shot at jumping into the four seed, but they need to win their final three games and hope LA beats Cleveland (while also hoping LA loses at Portland and Cleveland loses in Arizona). So as you can see, they need a lot of help, but all Jacksonville can do is win their games against Portland, Tampa Bay, and Los Angeles which isn’t exactly murderer’s row. So to quote Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber “So you’re saying there’s a chance…” Yes, Jacksonville, there is a chance, I just wouldn’t recommend you purchase home playoff tickets just yet.

  1. Portland Steel 1-12 (LW #7, Change –)

I feel for Portland’s coach, players, and fans. Another week of playing a top team tough into the second half ends with another loss. Unfortunately, you don’t get any points for effort. Portland will be a tough out in the playoffs, but unless QB Shane Austin can cut down on the interceptions, I don’t see them beating Arizona, Philadelphia, or Orlando at their place. What they can do is play spoiler this week, if they can knock off the Sharks then they will eliminate Jacksonville from hosting a playoff game round one of the playoffs.

  1. Tampa Bay Storm 1-12 (LW #8, Change –)

Tampa Bay found themselves tied at halftime in Los Angeles on Monday night only to end the game in a massive brawl while losing by 27 points. I saw more fight in the 3 minute brawl at the end of this game then I have in a month of games from Tampa Bay. There isn’t a whole lot to say that hasn’t been said about this team. Maybe it’s time to go back to Adam Kennedy, what is Jason Boltus bringing you that Kennedy can’t? Boltus finished the game with one touchdown, which is horrendous in a league designed for scoring. The Storm host the Soul this week and depending on what suspensions come down, we may see a totally different Tampa Bay team.

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Week 16 AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on July 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Week 15 started the stretch run to the playoffs in the Arena Football League. We already know which teams will have the top three seeds, the 4-6 seeds, and the 7-8 seeds, but the order in which those teams place could change every week from here until the end of the season. A big part of which teams place where is the play of the QB’s and the top two guys didn’t disappoint again.

If you are new to the QB rankings, we rank the Quarterback’s on the 10 statistical categories that we find are the most important for a player to take his team to the Arena Bowl. So without further ado, here is the official AFL FanZone Week 15 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1. Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 1.7 (LW #1) (- .7)
2. Nick Davila Arizona Rattlers 2.5 (LW #2) (- .3)
3. Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators 3.4 (LW #5) (- .2)
4. Tommy Grady Jacksonville Sharks 3.7 (LW #3) (+.6)
5. Nathan Stanley Los Angeles KISS 4.1 (LW N/R) (-)
6. Shane Austin Portland Steel 4.2 (LW #7) (- .2)
7. Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm 5.0 (LW #8) (-.8)

*Remember a 1.0 is a perfect score, 7.0 is dead last.

You will also notice Bernard Morris is not on this list. He still needs 6 attempts to qualify, he sits at 94 attempts heading into Week 16. So he will find himself on this list next week barring an injury.