5. Cleveland Gladiators
It appears that even with Arvell Nelson at quarterback, the Gladiators still can’t entirely get things together. In their last two games, Nelson and the Glads have struggled immensely.
Turnovers seem to be the problem for them. Nelson threw three interceptions against the Soul Saturday night after throwing just two in the team’s first five games. Not only that, but the numbers for the receivers are down, as well. Collin Taylor has only caught six touchdowns in five games.
4. Washington Valor
This has not been the same Valor team the fans saw in Week 1. Even with a stacked offense, which includes former MVP quarterback Erik Meyer, the Valor have lost four in a row.
Their four losses in a row include losing a 14-0 lead against the defending champion Soul in their second game. That right there proves that it’s not how you start a game. It’s how you finish. Washington has not been able to finish strong, which is why they stand where they do.
3. Baltimore Brigade
No one expected the Brigade to be doing better than the Valor, especially with them being the smaller team, per say. However, under coach Omarr Smith, Baltimore has been playing very good football over the last few weeks.
They might have lost three in a row, but they stuck around in all three of those games. In their loss against the Storm, the game-winner was scored with just five seconds left. Last week against Philadelphia, they got off to a 14-0 lead and only lost by 5.
Good things are coming for the Brigade. Fans just have to be patient with them. They still have a good shot at the playoffs in August.
2. Tampa Bay Storm
Tampa has a great team on both sides of the ball. Randy Hippeard has shown he hasn’t lost a step after tearing his ACL last July. Despite being on a new team, Joe Hills is still the same player he was last season, if not better.
A surprise on the team is Lamark Brown. He is one of the best of the league with 10 touchdown catches. On defense, the line contains a few sack machines. Kendrick Ings has been a big help on both offense and in the special teams, too.
Still, no one can de-throne the defending champions.
1. Philadelphia Soul
The Soul’s defense won them ArenaBowl XXX last season. As surprising as it sounds, the Soul’s defense looks even better this season. They’ve been able to stop offenses all season long.
Philadelphia’s offense seems to have improved from last season, as well. Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh has made more work of his receivers. He still has no trouble finding Darius Reynolds or Shaun Kauleinamoku in the end zone.
This season, he has been able to make Ryan McDaniel a bigger contributor, as well, connecting with him more than he did last season. As they look for a repeat, all they need to do is keep doing what they’re doing and they will have no problem doing so.