4. Albany Empire
No team committed as many turnovers in their first game as the Empire. Even with several star receivers, an impressive running game and star quarterback in Tommy Grady, they struggled at times and turn the ball over a couple times, as well. There’s quite a bit of work to be done, but with chemistry, they can rebound from this loss.
3. Washington Valor
Washington did well in their first game of the 2018 season against Baltimore, but as always in arena football, one play can make or break a team. That play for Washington came after the games first score, after they allowed Baltimore to recover a rebound net ball on the kickoff and allowed them to open up a 14-0 lead. Washington was unable to overcome that deficit and fell in game one.
They will host the Albany Empire next weekend, looking to bounce back. They will also be looking to avoid any type of mistakes.
2. Baltimore Brigade
Baltimore got off to a fast start, striking first and pushing Washington into an error that turned the game around. Randy Hippeard played like an MVP once more, throwing a touchdown pass to each receiver. They face a challenge in the defending champs next week, but Hippeard is no stranger to that team.
1. Philadelphia Soul
The two-time defending champs showed once more they are the kings of the AFL. Philadelphia’s defense played strong football throughout the game, forcing Tommy Grady into bad throws and forcing turnovers. They were even able to capitalize off a turnover of their own.
They caught a missed field goal off of the metal pole on the goalpost and scored a touchdown as opposed to a missed field goal. If they continue to play this way all season, they will see themselves winning a third consecutive ArenaBowl title at the end of July.