AFL "Off the Net: Return to Week 12"
Perfect 10 - The Philadelphia Soul are four wins from the first perfect regular season in the history of the Arena Football League. Their 59-28 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators in Week 12 pushed them to 10-0, making them the sixth team in AFL history to get to that mark. All five previous 10-0 teams at least reached the ArenaBowl. The Soul are now on the second-longest winning streak in terms of regular season games (14) and total games including the postseason (17) in AFL history. They've got a bye coming up, but in Week 14, they'll have the ability to match both record marks.
Most Consecutive Wins to Start a Season in AFL History 2014 Arizona Rattlers: 14 2002 San Jose SaberCats: 12 2015 San Jose SaberCats: 11 1994 Orlando Predators: 11 2017 Philadelphia Soul: 10 1988 Chicago Bruisers: 10
Most Consecutive Wins (Including Playoffs) in AFL History 2013-14 Arizona Rattlers: 18 2016-17 Philadelphia Soul: 17 1995-96 Tampa Bay Storm: 17 1992-93 Detroit Drive: 16
Most Consecutive Regular Season Wins in AFL History 2000-01 San Jose SaberCats: 15 2007-08 Dallas Desperados: 15 2013-14 Arizona Rattlers: 15 2016-17 Philadelphia Soul: 14 1995-96 Tampa Bay Storm: 14 1992-93 Detroit Drive: 13 2001-02 San Jose SaberCats: 13 2011 Jacksonville Sharks: 13
Most Consecutive Regular Season Road Wins 2014-15 San Jose SaberCats: 10 1988-90 Detroit Drive: 9 1999-00 Nashville Kats: 9 2016-17 Philadelphia Soul: 8 1995-96 Tampa Bay Storm: 8 2002-03 Orlando Predators: 8
Raudabaugh Inches Closer to History - Not only have the Soul ultimately won 14 consecutive regular season games, but Dan Raudabaugh has won all 14 as a starter. There's only one streak of consecutive starts under center that is longer, that being Erik Meyer's streak from 2014 with the Spokane Shock and 2015 with the San Jose SaberCats. Meyer missed some games in the middle due to injury, but 15 consecutive times he started under center, he led his team to the 'W'.
Most Consecutive Regular Season Wins by a Starting Quarterback Erik Meyer (2014-15): 15 Dan Raudabaugh (2016-17): 14 Jay Gruden (1992-93): 14 Aaron Garcia (2011): 13 Mark Grieb (2001-02): 13
Turnover Streak Continues - With the bounty of turnovers by the Gladiators in Week 12, the Soul have now forced at least one turnover in 24 straight games, the longest active streak in the AFL. The only other team that has forced a turnover in every game this season is the Tampa Bay Storm, who have the second-longest active streak of consecutive games with a forced turnover at 12.
More Turnover Trauma - There were nine turnovers in totality in the Cleveland/Philadelphia game in Week 11. The six turnovers by the Gladiators were the most in a game this season and the most since the Storm turned the pill over six times against the Portland Steel on June 3, 2016. The last time a team committed more than six turnovers in a game was in 2014. The last time there were nine turnovers in an AFL game? July 12, 2014. Aaron Garcia and Kyle Rowley combined for five picks, and the LA KISS and Portland Thunder each had two lost fumbles. In an ironic twist, the last time there were more than nine turnovers in a game was April 11, 2014. Arvell Nelson was responsible for two of the 10 turnovers in a game between the Pittsburgh Power and the New Orleans VooDoo. The irony? Nelson recovered two fumbles while playing at Jack Linebacker.
Rumblin', Bumblin' and Stumblin' - Washington Valor fullback, Will Corbin ripped off a 36-yard run in the second quarter against the Baltimore Brigade. It was a thing of beauty, except for the fact that he was tackled two yards shy of the end zone. It's a good thing the Valor paid off the big man, allowing him to plunge into the end zone for the much-deserved score he was just short of two plays prior. The 36-yard run was the longest in the brief history of the Valor and the second-longest in the AFL this season. Corbin also finished with a franchise-record for rushing yards in a game with 41.
Sloppy Soul Still Survive - Clint Dolezel was quick to state after the game that this wasn't his team's best performance on offense. Some stats you don't see on the Soul every day:
-They failed to score a touchdown on five consecutive possessions to start the second half. The last time they failed to find the end zone on five straight drives was on July 26, 2014 against Pittsburgh.
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