4. Cleveland Gladiators
The Gladiators started another quarterback not named Arvell Nelson in their second game of the season. They started former Canadian Football League quarterback Tanner Marsh. He showed the same mediocre performance that Shane Boyd showed Week 1.
While Cleveland did eventually play Nelson at quarterback in their game against Baltimore, it was too little too late. The damage was already done. Still, perhaps they will see that Nelson is the perfect guy to lead this team.
3. Baltimore Brigade
They won their first game in franchise history, but Baltimore still doesn’t play the best football. They had an awful first half against the Washington Valor in Week 1, and turned the ball over several times in the first half against Cleveland.
Still, they are in a better place with Shane Carden at quarterback as opposed to Chase Cartwright. There’s still room for improvement with the expansion franchise, but they’re on their way up.
2. Tampa Bay Storm
Tampa Bay has played much better football in two games in 2017 then they did in 17 games in 2016. Their defense has improved to be arguably the best in the league. Quarterback Randy Hippeard and wide receiver Joe Hills hooked up for three touchdowns in Week 1 against Cleveland. Kendrick Ings impressed in their Week 2 game, as well.
The one thing keeping them from #1 on this week’s list is the fact that they lost to the team that is #1 on this list.
1. Philadelphia Soul
Despite some struggles on two consecutive drives that ended in turnovers, the Soul still played like defending world champions. New addition Torez Jones showed he’s still got the firepower he showed during the inaugural China Arena Football League season.
Raudabaugh hooked with Darius Reynolds and Ryan McDaniel for several touchdown passes. The newest addition, Mykel Benson, also scored a few touchdowns himself.
In a league full of talent on all teams, a repeat won’t be so easy for Philadelphia.