5. Washington Valor
It’s been almost three months since the Valor have won a game. They have had a stroke of bad luck the entire way in different ways. Over a three-week stretch, they had lost due to failed point after attempts and bad passes from quarterback Sean Brackett.
They have also been plagued by the injury bug. The super team has become the stupor team. Erik Meyer, Mike Washington and have all found themselves on injured reserve. It’s not too late for them to get back in the playoff race, but time is running out.
4. Cleveland Gladiators
Cleveland has not been the same team that played in the National Conference championship game last season. Arvell Nelson has been impressive both in the air and on the ground, but the rest of the team has not helped his cause.
The schedule has also not been good to the Gladiators. They have played the Soul four times in the last six weeks, all of which have been losses.
3. Baltimore Brigade
Baltimore has played amazing football since losing their opening game. Benching Chase Cartwright for Shane Carden was the best thing the team did. Carden has not only led them to a 3-6 record, which is good enough for third place, but he has been the clear cut front-runner for Rookie of the Year.
Even without wide receiver Reggie Gray, Carden has been able to make it work with Julian Talley, Laquan Williams and newly-acquired wide receiver Brandon Thompkins. Now that Gray is back in the lineup, the Brigade have a stacked receiving core with an impressive quarterback.
2. Tampa Bay Storm
Tampa Bay made a complete turnaround since their two-win season in 2016. They have acquired several stars such as quarterback Randy Hippeard and wide receiver Joe Hills, who has recently left, and Kendrick Ings. LaMark Brown has also become a big part of the Storm’s offensive success. He may be the top guy with Hills no longer with the team.
While the Storm has been very impressive all season, and will continue to be, there’s one thing the Storm hasn’t been able to do. That’s beat the top team on our list this week.
1. Philadelphia Soul
The Soul have got it back together. They have improved offensively, as quarterback Dan Raudabaugh has not thrown off-target passes or overthrown passes the last two weeks. He’s also spreading the ball more and more.
Not only that, but the Soul as a whole has shown that the ArenaBowl is their’s to lose at this point. At 10-0, they are heavy favorites in the league to not only host the ArenaBowl on Aug. 26, but also win it, no matter their opponent.