Arena Football League Jacksonville Sharks Orlando Predators

2016 Arena Football League Playoffs First Round Preview: Predators vs Sharks

The Orlando Predators have been waiting an entire year to get revenge on the Jacksonville Sharks for bouncing them prematurely from the 2015 Arena Football League playoffs.

Last year Jacksonville had an unbelievable postseason run that ended with a loss in the Arena Bowl. For Orlando it was an early exit and a failed season.

The in-state rivals will kick off the post season on Saturday in Orlando. Orlando enters the playoffs as the number two seed in the American Conference. Jacksonville enters as the #3 seed. The game will be nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network.

Orlando (12-4) has been dominant throughout the 2016 season despite losing MVP quarterback Randy Hippeard to a torn ACL.

Quarterback Bernard Morris has played outstanding since Hippeard went down. Morris has been the Predators most dynamic player leading the team in rushing with 153 rush yards and eight rushing touchdowns.

Through the air, he has 1,249 pass yards, 27 touchdowns and just three interceptions. As long as Orlando can run a balanced offense with few turnovers, they should control this game.

Jacksonville (7-9) finished the regular season with two wins in the final two games. The Sharks lost both of their meetings with the Predators at home, but won in Orlando on May 27. However inconsistency has been the theme of the season for Jacksonville who fired their head coach at the end of the season.

The winner of this game will face the winner of the Philadelphia SoulTampa Bay Storm game on Sunday Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. ET.

 

 

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