Philadelphia Soul: Week 4 Game Preview
After suffering their first loss of the season, the Philadelphia Soul (2-1) will look to get back on track when they take on the Washington Valor (1-2) at Capital One Arena on Saturday, May 18 at 3:30 pm. Philadelphia has won six of the teams' seven all-time meetings, including all four in D.C. Fans can watch live on NBC Sports Philadelphia+, ESPN3 or the ESPN app, or listen to the action on 97.5 The Fanatic.
Faced with their toughest opponent to date, the Soul were unable to keep pace with the Albany Empire's high-powered offense last weekend, falling 57-48 at home. While the team struggled defensively, wide receiver Lonnie Outlaw hauled in nine catches for a career-high 191 yards and three scores, making him the top DraftKings fantasy performer of the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Valor earned their first win of the season, knocking off the Atlantic City Blackjacks behind quarterback Arvell Nelson's five touchdowns (3 passing, 2 rushing). Led by the dual-threat quarterback, Washington is averaging an AFL-best 300.0 yards per game this season. Nelson leads the league with 17 touchdowns (12 passing, 5 rushing) and 117.3 fantasy points.
The other side of the ball has been an issue for Washington, who's allowing a league-worst 43.0 PPG. Meanwhile, the Soul boast one of the top receiving corps in the league in Darius Prince, Aaron Wascha, and Lonnie Outlaw. Both Prince and Outlaw are coming off three-touchdown performances against the Empire.
History also favors the Soul. Under head coach Clint Dolezel, Philadelphia is 17-7 in games following a loss, including 9-2 over the last four seasons. Both Dolezel and general manager and assistant coach Beau Bell expect the team to rebound this weekend.
"I have full confidence in our team to bounce back from this loss," Bell said. "We'll clean up the mistakes and make sure that we're fully-prepared to face the defending champs this weekend."
Saturday's kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm ET.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
WR Lonnie Outlaw
Used largely in the red zone last season, Outlaw had a breakout game on Saturday against the Albany Empire, recording career highs in receiving yards (191) and touchdowns (3). The 6'7" wideout leads the team in receiving yards and will look to build on last week's performance.
QB Arvell Nelson
The league leader in touchdowns, Nelson's running ability has caused problems for opponents. He's rushed for a league-high five scores, including two in last weekend's win over the Blackjacks, and leads all players with 117.3 fantasy points this year.
BY THE NUMBERS
17.0 In six wins over the Valor, the Soul's average margin of victory is 17.0 PPG.
Philadelphia Soul vs Washington Valor - Series History
Wins 6<< 1
PPG 56.3 41.9
>>Average margin of victory: 17.0 PPG
6 The Soul have trailed at the half in six straight games dating back to last season. They haven't held a halftime lead since June 10, 2018 against the Valor, a stretch of nine straight games. The team led 28-14 at the half but would go on to lose that game, 49-48.
4 The Soul are 4-0 all-time at Capital One Arena, winning their last matchup in D.C. 63-28 while outscoring the Valor 35-0 in the second half of that game.
2 The Soul boasted the top two Week 3 fantasy scorers in Lonnie Outlaw (49.1) and Dan Raudabaugh (40.5).
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