Arena Football League Washington Valor

Woes in Washington

The Washington Valor entered their inaugural season with high hopes. They acquired a ton of AFL stars, and it looked like they’d succeed in a league that only had five teams. Their first game seemed like an indication for good things to come.

The Valor took care of business against the Baltimore Brigade, and it looked like they would have a successful first season in the AFL. However, things couldn’t be worse for Washington. Ever since that Week 1 game in April, the Valor have yet to win a game. After Saturday’s loss against the Tampa Bay Storm, the Valor fell to 1-7 on the season.

One issue for the Valor is their inconsistent quarterback play. Before his injury, Erik Meyer ranked last in many major statistical categories, including having the worst quarterback rating (QBR) in the AFL. The Valor have been the best defensive team in the league, but their offense has been very inconsistent.

It doesn’t help that the Valor have lost Meyer, as well as two star receivers in Mike Washington and T.T. Toliver, to injured reserve. Greg Carr has been consistent for Washington, as he’s recorded 509 yards and nine touchdowns.

After Carr, Washington lacks a second weapon. The Valor could be at least 4-4 if it weren’t for some close losses. In back-to-back weeks, Washington lost to the Philadelphia Soul and Tampa, the two best teams in the league, by a combined eight points.

The Valor had another eight point loss to Tampa before their second matchup. They have a lot of issues on offense, as they’ve scored 50 or more points only once. They’ve scored 40 or more points only three times.

The offensive struggles won’t get any easier with three key players on the IR. The Valor are only one game back of the Cleveland Gladiators, but they have to go on the road for four straight games. The Valor have proved they can be competitive with teams like the Soul and Storm, but they haven’t been able to win those games. Without a consistent offense, the woes in Washington might continue for the rest of the season.

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