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Friday, 4 Apr 08:
0-4 Kansas City Brigade at 2-3 Georgia Force:
All time series: Georgia leads 2-0, winning in both places.
A KC team that was 13-3 last year shouldn't be looking for it's first win in Week 6, but Kevin Porter's Brigade are in just that situation. It's too bad that they're running into Doug Plank's Georgia Force team who've righted themselves and have looked much more like the 14-2 they were last year than the sloppy 0-2 they opened this season with.
2-3 Los Angeles Avengers at 1-3 Colorado Crush:
All time series: LA leads 3-2, but are 1-2 in Denver.
Two teams wallowing in self-destruct mode will wobble onto the Pepsi Center field in search of some semblance of competence. After storming out of the gate this year, the wheels have fallen completely off the Avenger bus. They've given up an average of 71 points over their past three games and the offense has disappeared. On the other side of the field, a bad bounce is the only reason that Colorado has even 1 win.
5 Apr 08:
0-5 Utah Blaze at 5-0 Philadelphia Soul:
All time series: Never met.
The Blaze. 0-5, and with the exception of last weekend, they've played just almost good enough to be 4-1. However, if they take last weekend's effort into Philly's house, they'll give up at least 90 points. Soul coach Bret Munsey seems to have learned from last season, and the post-Tony G injury bug has failed to appear this year. The Soul are under pressure to keep winning, because they're tied with regular season beast Dallas and Cleveland is showing signs of life nobody knew they had.
2-2 Grand Rapids Rampage at 1-4 New York Dragons:
All time series: Rampage lead 6-4, but they're 1-4 in Nassau Coliseum.
Can QB James MacPherson keep up the awesome run he's been on for the Rampage? Grand Rapids have set a league record for points scored over any two game span, putting up 176 while allowing only 111. All three phases of the game are clicking for the Rampage, as they're scoring on kickoff returns, defense, and the defense is handing MacPherson consistently short fields to work with. On the other hand, HoF QB Aaron Garcia owns the record for leading a team to the most points in a game (99 in 2001), but he's been without an effective offensive line since 2005 and has gone through broken legs to injured knees to a bad set of ribs this year. If the Dragons O-line takes another weekend off, the Rampage will be toying with 100 points again this week.
2-2 Tampa Storm at 1-4 Columbus Destroyers:
All time series: Tampa leads 5-2, with a 3-1 record at the Destroyers home field.
The Destroyers will be working hard to re-find the magic that had the ball bouncing their way last year so they could post their first winning home record ever. They're close, losing both home games this season by a total of 5 points. Tampa is coming off a close road loss at Philly last week, and need this will to keep pace with in-State rival Orlando and division leader New Orleans.
3-2 San Jose SaberCats at 4-1 New Orleans VooDoo:
All time series: New Orleans leads 2-1, with both wins in New Orleans.
Perennial power San Jose rolls into New Orleans looking for it's first win in that town ever. Typically the 'Cats have started what is for them slowly, and then start that 9-2 or 10-2 end of season run that's marked Coach Darren Arbet's time in San Jose. It usually works, as he's 112-47. New Orleans is a tough out at home and needs to win to keep ahead of traditional South Division powers Orlando and Tampa Bay.
3-1 Cleveland Gladiators at 5-0 Dallas Desperados:
All time series: The Gladiators lead 2-1, but are 0-1 in Big D.
Bernie Kosar's completely surprizing Gladiators roll into Dallas looking to put last weeks putrid performance behind them and get back into the division race. Dallas, on the other hand, is on a complete defensive roll as they get HoF QB Clint Dolezel back after he missed the last four games with a separated shoulder.
6 Apr 08:
4-1 Chicago Rush at 3-2 Orlando Predators:
All time series: Chicago leads 5-4, but are 0-2 at Orlando in the regular season
The class of the American Conference travels to Mickyville in search of it's first regular season win in The Jungle. The Rush have allowed 35 points in each of it's last three games (3-0) and sport 2 HoFers on that defense (James Baron, John Moyer) and 2 on offense (Shredrick Bonner, Damein Harrell). On the other side leading the Predators is Brother Of Chucky, Jay Gruden. He owns multiple AFL rings (and a NFL SB ring as a coach) and will have the Preds ready to meet the Rush head on.