The Baltimore Brigade wrapped up a surprising first season last week as they clinched a playoff sport and finished with a better record then the Washington Valor, their expansion rival. But they have a tough task ahead of them if they want to get to the ArenaBowl in their first season.
The Philadelphia Soul have one of the AFL’s best home field advantages in the Wells Fargo Center. In fact, they are 9-1 at home all time in the playoffs, the one loss coming to the Jacksonville Sharks back in 2015. So how does Baltimore, the only team to beat Philadelphia in the regular season, go into the Wells Fargo Center and end the reign of the soul? Here are three possible ways.
Brigade quarterback Shane Carden is most definitely going to be the rookie of the year in the AFL, and he is the reason for Baltimore’s success. However, in the second to last game of the year, ironically against the Soul, he went down with a concussion. Now the Brigade turn to another Shane: Shane Boyd. Boyd has had his fair share of ups and downs in the AFL, but he has two great receivers in Brandon Thompkins and Reggie Gray. If they can support Boyd by making big plays, the Brigade can do some damage on offense.
As mentioned, the Soul don’t lose at home. Philadelphia has won 16 straight games at the Wells Fargo Center, and as mentioned is 9-1 at home in the playoffs. Is it possible the Soul could struggle? Philly did lose to Baltimore in the regular season, and every matchup between the two except for the last one was competitive. Baltimore has to bring it’s A game from a competitive standpoint if they want to win.
Varmah Somie has played well for Baltimore in recent weeks. His defense has helped the brigade stay in games all season long, and in order to beat the Soul, he’ll need another big performance.
All in all, the Brigade have their hands full as they play their first playoff game in team history.