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ALBANY BATTLES PHILADELPHIA WITH TOP SPOT ON THE LINE

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Brigade look to stop two-game losing as they visit the Valor

LAS VEGAS – The Washington Valor (1-10) hosts the Baltimore Brigade (7-4) on Saturday, July 7 at 3 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena on AFL Now and AFL Facebook Watch Page. The Brigade can claim the 1 seed by beating the Valor and Philadelphia beating Albany.

The Philadelphia Soul (7-4) travel to take on the Albany Empire (7-4) on Saturday, July 7 at 6 p.m. ET at Times Union Center on CBS Sports Network. The Empire can get the top seed by beating the Soul. The Soul needs to beat the Empire and Washington to beat Baltimore in order to claim the 1 seed.

 

WEEK 13 MATCHUPS

 

BALTIMORE BRIGADE (7-4) AT WASHINGTON VALOR (1-9)
Saturday, July 7 at 3 p.m. ET (AFL Now & AFL Facebook Watch Page)
BALTIMORE WASHINGTON
REG. SEASON SERIES LEADER Baltimore leads 4-3
STREAKS L2 L3
LAST WEEK L 49-48 at Soul L 55-41 vs. Empire
LAST REG. SEASON MEETING 6/15/18 Brigade 72 vs. Valor 42
TOTAL OFFENSE (RANK) 249.7 (1) 241.5 (2)
TOTAL DEFENSE (RANK) 255.8 (3) 254.1 (2)
POINTS SCORED (RANK) 51.8 (2) 40.0 (4)
POINTS ALLOWED (RANK) 47.3 (3) 55.2 (4)
TURNOVER MARGIN (RANK) +5 (2) -11 (4)

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: BRIGADE: QB Randy Hippeard went 27-of-39 for 257 yards and five TDs along with six rushing yards and one TD last week…On the season, Hippeard has completed 256-of-365 passes for 2,640 yards, five INTs, and 57 TDs, as well as rushing the ball for 77 yards and 5 TDs…WR Quentin Sims caught 11 passes for 122 yards and one score…For 2018, Sims has 51 receptions for 518 yards and 14 TDs…WR Brandon Thompkins hauled in nine receptions for 76 yards and one TD, while adding four rushing yards and a TD against the Soul…Thompkins has 745 receiving yards with 12 TDs, two TDs on 25 rushing yards, and 841 yards in kick returns with one TD… DB Virgil Gray recorded 7.0 total tackles and one pass breakup last week…Gray leads the Brigade defense with 67 total tackles, 0.5 tackles for-a-loss, 15 passes defended, 12 pass breakups, and three INTs…VALOR: QB Arvell Nelson completed 27-of-42 passes for 303 yards, one INT and five TDs, along with rushing for 43 yards and one TD last week…In five games with Washington, Nelson has gone for 104-of-178 passes for 1,262 yards, seven INTs and 22 TDs, along with 120 rushing yards and six TDs…WR Reggie Gray continues to be the Valor’s leading receiver…Last week, Gray hauled in nine catches for 82 yards and one TD…On the season, Gray has 68 receptions for 752 yards and 16 TDs…WR Josh Reese is another receiving target…Reese caught nine passes for 98 yards and one TD…The one-year veteran has hauled in 60 receptions for 692 yards and 20 TDs in 2018…DB Fred Obi recorded 3.5 total tackles  in Week 12…In four games this year, Obi has tallied 14.5 total tackles, two pass breakups, four passes defended, and two INTs

 

  PHILADELPHIA SOUL (7-4) AT ALBANY EMPIRE (7-4)
Saturday, July 7 at 6 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)
PHILADELPHIA ALBANY
REG. SEASON SERIES LEADER Philadelphia leads 2-1
STREAKS W3 W2
LAST WEEK W 49-48 vs. Brigade W 55-41 vs. Valor
LAST REG. SEASON MEETING 6/16/18 Soul 75 at Empire 74
TOTAL OFFENSE (RANK) 273.1 (1) 258.7 (2)
TOTAL DEFENSE (RANK) 253.0 (1) 260.2 (4)
POINTS SCORED (RANK) 50.5 (3) 52.3 (1)
POINTS ALLOWED (RANK) 46.0 (1) 46.1 (2)
TURNOVER MARGIN (RANK) -5 (3) +11 (1)

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: SOUL: QB Dan Raudabaugh made his first start since Week 5…Raudabaugh completed 22-of-27 passes for 255 yards, one INT, and seven TDs, earning him Offensive Player of the Week honors…WR Aaron Wascha continued his three-game streak of multiple TDs …The rookie hauled in 10 receptions for 108 yards and four TDs…Wascha has hauled in 43 receptions for 593 yards and 20 TDs this season…WR Darius Reynolds caught eight passes for 113 yards and three TDs in Week 12…Reynolds has 43 receptions for 615 yards and 12 TDs…DB Torez Jones recorded 7.5 total tackles…DB Dwayne Hollis leads the Soul defense with 58 total tackles, nine pass breakups, nine passes defended, and one fumble recovery…EMPIRE: QB Tommy Grady completed 19-of-24 passes for 256 yards, one INT and seven TDs last week…Grady has gone 207-of-312 passes for 2,721 yards, six INTs, and 73 TDs this season… Grady continues to find his two favorite receivers in the end zone…WR Malachi Jones hauled in five catches for 93 yards and three TDs…The rookie has 71 receptions for 1,070 yards and 26 TDs along with 36 rushing yards and five TDs in 2018…WR Joe Hills caught eight receptions for 52 yards and two TDs against the Valor in Week 12…Hills has 78 receptions for 939 yards and 29 TDs in 10 games…LB Terence Moore is a force on the Empire defense…Moore earned the Week 12 Defensive Player of the Week with his 8.5 total tackles, 1.0 tackle for-a-loss, one forced fumble, and one sack…On the season, he has tallied 64.5 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for-a-loss, 1.5 sacks, nine pass breakups, 14 passes defended, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and five INTs

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