AFL Coaches' Poll: Arizona Remains in Top Spot After Bye Week
April 13, 2011 - Arena Football League (AFL) News Release
TULSA, OKLA. â" The Arizona Rattlers (4-0) remain in the top spot of the Coaches' Poll, receiving 18 first place votes following their Week 5 bye. The Rattlers are still one of only two undefeated teams left in the League. Arizona will head to Kansas City (1-3) to face JJ Raterink and the Command's potent offense.
The Cleveland Gladiators (3-0) earned two first place votes and remained in second place following a Week 5 bye. After early byes this season, the Gladiators will play 15 consecutive weeks. Cleveland will host the winless New Orleans VooDoo (0-4) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST.
Jacksonville (3-1) continued its move up the Poll after squeaking by Orlando (3-1) for third place, following a Week 5 bye. The Sharks will head to Pittsburgh (2-2), to face a Power team who is looking to bounce back after a home loss, 45-22, against Tulsa (1-3) on April 2. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST on Saturday.
Orlando fell one spot in the Poll after a tight home victory, 53-46, over the Philadelphia Soul (1-3). Orlando looks to move up the poll as they travel to face South Division rival Georgia (3-1) at 7:30 p.m. EST on Saturday. The Force also moved up in the Poll, following a 55-48 victory over Dallas (2-2) on NFL Network's "Arena Football Friday" last week.
After a Week 5 bye, the Chicago Rush (3-1) remained in the fifth spot in the Poll. The Rush will face the Iowa Barnstormers (2-2) in Chicago's third road game of the season. The San Jose SaberCats (3-2) moved up two spots in the Poll, following a home victory, 75-55, against division rival Utah (2-2). San Jose will look to stay hot as they head to Tulsa on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. EST.
The Utah Blaze fell two spots in the Poll following a road loss to the SaberCats. The Blaze looks to bounce back against another division opponent, as they host the Spokane Shock (1-3) on Friday, April 15 at 9:00 p.m. EST. Iowa and Dallas rounded out the Top 10, following Week 5 losses. Both teams look to get back on track in front of their home crowds in Week 6. Dallas will host Milwaukee (1-3) on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. EST, while Iowa will play Chicago on Saturday at 8:05 p.m. EST.
RK Team (1st place votes) W-L Pts Last Week
1 Arizona Rattlers (16) 4-0 168 1
2 Cleveland Gladiators (2) 3-0 148 2
3 Jacksonville Sharks 3-1 125 4
4 Orlando Predators 3-1 124 3
5 Chicago Rush 3-1 112 5
6 San Jose SaberCats 3-2 73 8
7 Georgia Force 3-1 68 10
8 Utah Blaze 2-2 56 6
9 Iowa Barnstormers 2-2 33 7
10 Dallas Vigilantes 2-2 32 9
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