Despite Loss, Rattlers Still Atop AFL vPower Rankings
CHICAGO - For the eighth consecutive week, the Arizona Rattlers (12-2) remain atop the Arena Football vPower Rankings, as tabulated on AFLFieldPass.com.
The team with the best record in the AFL stumbled in Week 14, falling to the archrival San Jose SaberCats (9-4), 42-72. Having clinched its fifth straight postseason berth two weeks ago, Arizona heads into a bye week looking to get healthy and back on track in Week 16.
The No. 2-ranked Philadelphia Soul (8-5) inched closer to a second consecutive playoff run by knocking off the Iowa Barnstormers (6-8), 54-30 last week. Philadelphia can clinch a postseason berth and the East Division title in Week 15 with a win or a Pittsburgh Power (3-10) loss. The Soul travel to Ohio on Saturday for the final divisional matchup of the year with the Cleveland Gladiators (2-11). Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
The Spokane Shock (10-4) come in at No. 3 once again this week following a dominant 80-41 victory over the Utah Blaze (5-8). Spokane Jack linebacker Terence Moore scored two touchdowns on fumble recoveries in the game. Spokane has a bye in Week 15, but will return to action in Week 16 against the Tampa Bay Storm (7-7).
Despite an impressive 72-42 win over the defending ArenaBowl champions in Week 14, the San Jose SaberCats stand pat at the No. 4 spot in this week's vPower Rankings. San Jose quarterback Russ Michna tossed nine touchdowns in the win, including five to receiver Fred Williams. The pair will look to hook up for a few more scores on Saturday, as the SaberCats travel to Salt Lake City for a matchup with the Utah Blaze. A loss would eliminate Utah from playoff contention. Kickoff is set for 9:00 p.m. ET.
The No. 5-ranked Jacksonville Sharks (9-5) clinched their fourth consecutive playoff berth with a 43-41 win over Cleveland in Week 14. The Sharks will host the Orlando Predators (5-8) in "NET10 Wireless Arena Football Saturday" action on CBS Sports Network this weekend. After starting the season 0-5, the Predators have come away with wins in five of their last eight games. Kickoff from the "Shark Tank" is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
AFL Field Pass is the online fan club of the NET10 Wireless Arena Football League. The AFL vPower Rankings are calculated on AFLFieldPass.com using vPower, a scoring system based on winning percentage, strength of schedule, scoring percentage, and win-streak. The scale is normalized from 0 (lowest) to 100 (highest).
Week 15 AFL vPower Rankings
Team RECORD WIN PCT SCORING STREAK vPOWER LAST
1. Arizona Rattlers 12-2 0.857 22.1946 0.00 100 1
2. Philadelphia Soul 8-5 0.615 22.0869 0.09 97.8 2
3. Spokane Shock 10-4 0.714 21.3108 0.05 93.4 3
4. San Jose SaberCats 9-4 0.692 21.1202 0.05 90 4
5. Jacksonville Sharks 9-5 0.643 20.0385 0.05 78.9 5
6. Chicago Rush 8-6 0.571 19.7710 0.05 69.9 9
7. San Antonio Talons 7-6 0.538 19.0934 0.07 68.1 7
8. Orlando Predators 5-8 0.385 19.0750 0.09 56.9 11
9. Tampa Bay Storm 7-7 0.500 19.6293 0.00 48 9
10. Iowa Barnstormers 6-8 0.429 18.9795 0.00 36.9 6
11. Utah Blaze 5-8 0.385 19.6338 0.00 35.7 8
12. New Orleans VooDoo 3-10 0.231 17.1633 0.00 6 12
13. Pittsburgh Power 3-10 0.231 16.5426 0.00 2.7 13
14. Cleveland Gladiators 2-11 0.154 17.5781 0.00 0 14
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