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ArenaFan Power Ranking: Week 4

Mike Delrio
Wednesday April 22, 2015


With San Jose, Philadelphia, Arizona, and Orlando winning while Cleveland and Jacksonville lost to higher ranked teams, the Week 4 ArenaFan Power Ranking remains the same as the previous week from No.1 to No.8. Tampa Bay moved up two spots to take the No.9 spot with a victory over New Orleans, who falls from No.10 to No.11, in which they held the VooDoo to just 13 points.

Week 4 Power Ranking

1. San Jose SaberCats (4-0) (LW: W @ JAX 68-48) – San Jose rebounded from a lackluster performance in a win over Tampa Bay last week and used a 27-point fourth quarter to send Jacksonville to their fourth straight loss. The win improves the SaberCats road mark to 3-0 (4-0 overall), and they remain in the top spot in this Power Ranking. San Jose is the best team in the Pacific Division and a matchup with Jacksonville, a team that was projected as one of the top in the American Conference before the season, promised to tell us more about just how good the SaberCats are. The 27-point final quarter in front of a hostile audience against a team battling to end a three-game skid with loads of talent would suggest the Cats will be back in the conference title game. San Jose is home against Portland this week in a division contest.

2. Philadelphia Soul (4-0) (LW: W vs. CLV 63-48) – Philadelphia holds down the No.2 spot with a 15 point victory against a Cleveland team that had lost only to Arizona coming in. Philly is also the only team that has beaten a 3-1 Orlando squad at this point in the season. Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh has thrown for 1,250 yards and 29 touchdowns and has a QB Rating of 120.6 after a month of play. Philadelphia will go on the road to play New Orleans in Week 5.  

3. Arizona Rattlers (3-1) (LW: W vs. PO 65-47) – Arizona has won back-to-back games after being upset by Las Vegas in Week 2 and should make it three when they travel to Los Angeles to play the KISS this Saturday. The Rattlers are second only to Philadelphia is scoring (55 PPG) and look ready to battle San Jose all the way to the conference title game.                     

4. Orlando Predators (3-1) (LW: W vs. LA 61-48) – Orlando beat Los Angeles for their third straight W after an opening week loss to undefeated Philadelphia. Since the seven-point loss to the Soul the Predators have beaten Jacksonville (by a point) on the road in a big division game, defeated an improved New Orleans team-also on the road, and now chalk up their first home win of the season. Orlando will be on the road this week against Spokane and will have to guard against a letdown against a winless Shock team.       

5. Cleveland Gladiators (2-2) (LW: L @ PHL 63-48) – After a 2-0 start to the season, Cleveland has fallen to .500 after losses to Philadelphia this week and Arizona last week, but retains the No. 5 slot because they have two wins-both road games-and the losses have come against No. 3 Arizona and No. 2 Philadelphia. The wins came against Tampa Bay (2-2) and New Orleans (1-2). The Gladiators and Storm will meet for the second time this season on Friday.                     

6. Jacksonville Sharks (0-4) (LW: L vs. SJ 68-48) – The first month of the season has seen Jacksonville, a team projected by many before the season as one of the top teams in the league, lose back-to-back games by a point (opening day to New Orleans, Week 2 to Orlando), fall to No. 2 Philadelphia by 11, and then lose by 20 to top ranked San Jose. There is no question that the Sharks have a roster full of talent, but that has not resulted in wins. San Jose, Philadelphia, and Orlando, three of five teams ranked ahead of Jacksonville in the Power Ranking, have beaten the Sharks head-to-head. Jacksonville will not play Arizona unless they both reach the title game, but the Gladiators and Sharks meet in Cleveland on May 8. Jacksonville will be home against Las Vegas this week and will be trying to get in the win column against the first year Outlaws.  

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7. Las Vegas Outlaws (2-1) (LW: BYE) – Las Vegas did not play last week. The Outlaws will go on the road to play Jacksonville this Friday looking to pull off an upset against a Sharks team desperately in need of a win that is coming off a Week 4 home loss.  

8. Portland Thunder (2-2) (LW: L @ AZ 65-47) – Portland continues to look for consistency on offense. The Thunder has some positive things to build on, including receiver Jamar Howard (43 Receptions for 585 yards and 13 TDs) and QB Kyle Rowley (1,034 yards and 19 TDs). Portland looks to be a playoff team in the National Conference and must continue to get better to hope to advance past the opening round. Portland will travel to San Jose on Saturday.    

9. Tampa Bay Storm (2-2) (LW: W vs. NO 42-13) – Tampa Bay moves up two notches after beating New Orleans while holding the VooDoo to just 13 points. The win evens their season record and has the Storm a game back of Orlando in the Southern Division. If Tampa Bay consistently wins the turnover battle, the can challenge in the division but they have turned the ball over four times in each of two losses. Tampa Bay will play the Gladiators in Cleveland on Friday.

10. Spokane Shock (0-3) (LW: BYE) – Spokane will host Orlando this week and will be trying to end a three-game skid. To do that, the Shock offense must do a better job of protecting the ball than they have in the first three games (10 turnovers) against a Predators team that is playing well and will be working to extend a three-game winning streak.

11. New Orleans VooDoo (1-3) (LW: L @ TB 42-13) – After a month of positive improvement, New Orleans fell flat against Tampa Bay and managed just 13 points in a 29 point loss. The VooDoo are in the Eastern Division with Philadelphia and Cleveland and can only hope to play spoiler this season-but that you can be sure they will do just that to someone.   

12. Los Angeles KISS (0-4) (LW: L @ ORL 61-48) – Los Angeles continues to look for answers, as well as their first W of the season, after a 13 point loss to Orlando last week. The KISS kept it close, trailing by six at the half, but were held to just six points in the final quarter in the loss. Los Angeles is home against Arizona this week.      

Week 5 Game of the Week: No.7 Las Vegas @ No. 6 Jacksonville

The team with the higher power ranking won four of five games in Week 4, 16 of 23 for the season.


 
Mike began his third season reporting on the Georgia Force in March, 2012. Coverage includes weekly game previews and recaps, exclusive interviews and AFL news. Mike has been a Gwinnett County resident (the home of the Force) for two decades and provides coverage of the counties other pro sports franchises, the Gwinnett Braves (Braves Triple-A affiliate) and the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL, player development deals with both the Phoenix Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres) as well.
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