AFL Playoffs Begins this Weekend

July 12, 2018 - Arena Football League (AFL) News Release

LAS VEGAS - The No. 4 seeded Washington Valor (2-10) hosts the No. 1 seeded Albany Empire (8-4) in the teams' first game of their home-and-home series on Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena on CBS Sports Network.

In the other home-and-home series, the No. 2 seeded Baltimore Brigade (7-5) travel to take on the No. 3 seeded Philadelphia Soul (7-5) on Sunday, July 15 at 6 p.m. ET at Wells Fargo Center on CBS Sports Network.

For complete official statistics and game notes, go to: www.afldigital.com .

AFL PLAYOFFS - GAME 1

NO. 1 ALBANY EMPIRE (8-4) AT NO. 4 WASHINGTON VALOR (2-10)

Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)

ALBANY WASHINGTON

REG. SEASON SERIES LEADER Albany leads 4-0

STREAKS W3 W1

LAST WEEK W 71-57 vs. Soul W 42-35 vs. Brigade

LAST REG. SEASON MEETING 6/29/18 Empire 55 at Valor 41

TOTAL OFFENSE (RANK) 260.6 (2) 243.3 (4)

TOTAL DEFENSE (RANK) 264.0 (4) 254.9 (1)

POINTS SCORED (RANK) 53.8 (1) 40.2 (2)

POINTS ALLOWED (RANK) 47.0 (2) 53.5 (4)

TURNOVER MARGIN (RANK) +12 (1) -11 (4)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: EMPIRE: QB Tommy Grady completed 21-of-29 passes for 239 yards and eight TDs last week, earning him Offensive Player of the Week honors...Grady has gone 72-of-100 passes for 971 yards, one INT, and 25 TDs against the Valor this season... Grady continues to find his two favorite receivers in the end zone...WR Malachi Jones hauled in six catches for 86 yards and three TDs...The rookie has 24 receptions for 353 yards and nine TDs versus the Valor...WR Joe Hills caught 10 receptions for 106 yards and four TDs in Week 13...Hills has 27 receptions for 348 yards and 10 TDs in four games against Washington...FB Mykel Benson had 10 rushing attempts for 39 yards and two TDs in his third game with the Empire...In his three games with Albany, Benson has 23 rush attempts for 85 yards and four TDS...DB Marrio Norman tallied 6.0 total tackles and one pass breakup last week....Norman and LB Terence Moore lead the Empire defense with a combined 137 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for-a-loss, 1.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, 18 pass breakups, 27 passes defended, and nine INTs...VALOR: QB Arvell Nelson completed 25-of-34 passes for 247 yards and five TDs last week...In games against Albany, Nelson has gone for 27-of-42 passes for 303 yards, one INT and 5 TDs, along with 43 rushing yards and one TD...WR Reggie Gray continues to be the Valor's leading receiver...Last week, Gray hauled in three catches for 17 yards and one TD...WR Josh Reese is another receiving target...Reese caught seven passes for 58 yards...WR TT Toliver brought in three receptions for 19 yards and a TD...The trio of receivers have combined for 55 catches for 494 yards and 10 TDs against the Empire in the regular season...DB Michael Everett recorded 10.5 total tackles and one pass breakup in Week 13...DB Tracy Belton leads the Valor defense with 31 total tackles, one tackle for-a-loss, six pass breakups, six passes defended, and one forced fumble in 2018

NO. 2 BALTIMORE BRIGADE (7-5) AT NO. 3 PHILADELPHIA SOUL (7-5)

Sunday, July 15 at 6 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)

BALTIMORE PHILADELPHIA

REG. SEASON SERIES LEADER Philadelphia leads 5-3

STREAKS L3 L1

LAST WEEK L 42-35 at Valor L 71-57 at Empire

LAST REG. SEASON MEETING 6/30/18 Soul 49 vs. Brigade 48

TOTAL OFFENSE (RANK) 250.9 (3) 275.8 (1)

TOTAL DEFENSE (RANK) 256.4 (3) 255.3 (2)

POINTS SCORED (RANK) 50.4 (3) 51.0 (2)

POINTS ALLOWED (RANK) 46.8 (1) 48.1 (3)

TURNOVER MARGIN (RANK) +5 (2) -6 (3)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: BRIGADE: QB Randy Hippeard went 24-of-40 for 261 yards and four TDs last week...On the season against Philadelphia, Hippeard has completed 89-of-131 passes for 952 yards and 17 TDs ...In Week 13, WR Quentin Sims caught five passes for 58 yards and one score...Versus the Soul in 2018, Sims has 15 receptions for 219 yards and four TDs...WR Brandon Thompkins hauled in six receptions for 64 yards and three TDs, while adding four rushing yards and a TD against the Valor...Thompkins has 28 catches for 258 yards and one TD in four games against Philadelphia... DB Joe Powell tallied 8.5 total tackles in Wee 13...For 2018, Powell has 51.5 total tackles, 0.5 tackles for-a-loss, four INTs, 7 pass breakups, 111 passes defended, and one fumble recovery...DB Virgil Gray leads the Brigade defense with 73 total tackles, 0.5 tackles for-a-loss, 15 passes defended, 12 pass breakups, and three INTs...SOUL: QB Dan Raudabaugh completed 23-of-33 passes for 304 yards, one INT, and seven TDs last week against the Empire...In three games against Baltimore, Raudabaugh has gone 65-of-85 for 761 yards, three INTs, and 15 TDs...WR Aaron Wascha hauled in six receptions for 75 yards and one TD...The rookie has brought in 34 receptions for 513 yards and 15 TDs the last five games...WR Darius Reynolds caught nine passes for 139 yards and one TD in Week 13...WR Darius Prince hauled in seven catches for 82 yards and one TD...The "Darius Duo" have combined for 46 receptions for 606 yards and 10 TDS...DB James Romain earned Defensive Player of the Week honors with his 4.5 total tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two pass breakups performance against the Empire...In 2018, Romain has tallied 54 total tackles, a tackle for-a-loss, four INTs, 15 pass breakups, 19 passes defended, one fumble recovery, and a forced fumble

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