5. Baltimore Brigade
Baltimore has played sloppy football in all three of their games. In their first game, the Brigade started quarterback Chase Cartwright and fell behind 34-6 against the Washington Valor. Even after outscoring Washington 38-24 in the second half, they still lost by 13.
In their second game, quarterback Shane Carden turned the ball over several times in their win over the Cleveland Gladiators. Last night against Philadelphia, the Brigade had a lot of mishaps that led to the loss. With Reggie Gray possibly retiring, Carden will have to find a new #1 target.
4. Cleveland Gladiators
The Gladiators finally got it right at quarterback. They finally realized the only ideal choice was to start Arvell Nelson. It took them until the third game, but they’re on the right track again.
They have played better football over the last two games than they did during their last two games. The defense also has shown that they can bring serious pressure to the quarterback and cover receivers well.
Cleveland currently sits at an 1-3 start, but they can get back on track easily to get back in the playoff picture.
3. Washington Valor
Washington is right in the middle in the league. They started off by showing everyone they are a dominant team with the offensive stars they have. They also have shown that they struggle at times.
They did get the best of Philadelphia to start their game against the Soul, but then let go after leading 14-0. Since then, they have struggled more than they haven’t. With a long way to go, they need to regroup and get back on track.
2. Tampa Bay Storm
Another team with offensive stars and a dominant defense, Tampa has shown all season that they are serious contenders for the ArenaBowl title in August.
In their first game, Joe Hills scored three touchdowns against the Gladiators. In Week 2, the Storm have the Soul a challenge, but couldn’t come up with a win. In their second game against the Gladiators, they had to overcome a 20-point deficit to win. Tampa is a strong team. They’ve shown that all season.
1. Philadelphia Soul
The Soul aren’t unstoppable, but they’re a powerful team. Dan Raudabaugh will go into the Arena Football League Hall of Fame one day. He continues to put up impressive numbers. Backing him up are his wide receivers in Darius Reynolds, Shaun Kauleinamoku and Ryan McDaniel.
The defense has also been dominant. What’s most surprising is they’re doing it all without 2016 sack leader Jake Metz. He signed with the Buffalo Bills before the season started.
James Romain and Torez Jones have both done an excellent job in covering top receiver such as Hills, Mike Washington and Gray before his injury. Their chances ar repeating as ArenaBowl champions is looking pretty good.