4. Washington Valor
Washington played their best game [probably] in franchise history on Saturday night against the Brigade. Unfortunately, it didn’t result in a win, as none of their games have this season.
At 0-5, things look very bleak. While they played well under interim coach Benji McDowell and new quarterback Shane Austin, it was just one game. No one is sure if this is the beginning of a turnaround or just a fluke. Time will tell.
3. Philadelphia Soul
The defending champions have lost two in a row following their loss to the Albany Empire. Not only have they lost two in a row. Their 21-game home winning streak came to an end and they’ve fallen to a three-way tie with the Empire, who were once 0-2, for second in the league standings.
To make matters worse, Dan Raudabaugh reportedly tore a labrum in his non-throwing hand. Should that keep him out any time, the Soul would be missing a big piece to not just their offense, but their success.
2. Baltimore Brigade
Just because you have the league’s best record doesn’t mean you’re the league’s best team. Had a couple things gone differently, Baltimore could be sitting at a 2-3 record as opposed to a 4-1 record. All of their games have been decided by the slimmest of margins. They’re finding ways to win, but they’re not playing strong football – not like the top team on this week’s list.
1. Albany Empire
Things looked really bad after their Week 1 loss to the Soul. After they started 0-2, people were questioning what was going wrong. Following that, however, Albany has done a 180. They’ve won three in a row, the longest win streak in the league, and everything is working well.
Tommy Grady is finding all of his receivers and is making sure everyone does their part. Joe Hills is finding the end zone every game, Malachi Jones continues to show dominance, their defense has been able to find ways to stop opposing offenses.
If they can keep this up throughout the season, they could find themselves hosting ArenaBowl XXXI at the end of July.