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Week 5 of the 2012 AFL season is upon us, and here at Cappers Info, we are taking a look at all of the games that are on the AFL betting lines and making our Arena Football predictions for the week ahead!
Week 5 AFL Matchup: Iowa Barnstormers @ Pittsburgh Power
Date: Friday, April 6th, 7:30 ET
Arena Football Week 5 Odds: Iowa -3.5 (109)
Pittsburgh is going to be on yet another quarterback this week when Andrico Hines gets on the field. He is terrible and is one of the worst signal callers that will start a game this week. We just don’t see how the Power should be anywhere near a tossup against an Iowa team that has looked relatively respectable this season.
AFL Week 5 Pick: Iowa Barnstormers -3.5
Week 5 AFL Matchup: Tampa Bay Storm @ New Orleans VooDoo
Date: Friday, April 6th, 8:00 ET
Arena Football Week 5 Odds: New Orleans -4.5 (110)
The VooDoo now have the third longest losing streak at home in team history, but this is a game that really should be won. Tampa Bay was lucky to get away with a win last week against an iffy Jacksonville team, and we like the way that the VooDoo have played this year. Head Coach Pat O’Hara and OC Tim Marcum, both of which were long time coaches in Tampa Bay, should get their revenge on the Storm in the NFL Network game in Week 5.
AFL Week 5 Pick: New Orleans VooDoo -4.5
Week 5 AFL Matchup: Spokane Shock @ Arizona Rattlers
Date: Friday. April 6th, 10:00 ET
Arena Football Week 5 Odds: Arizona -14 (117)
The Shock are making some big time changes this week, and the notable move is that Kyle Rowley is back to lead the team. Yes, he has only been in camp for a few days, and yes, he hasn’t played a game this year, but he is a heck of a lot better than anything else that the Shock are going to throw out there at quarterback at this point. Look for Spokane to at least keep this one without two TDs against an Arizona team that we think is vastly overrated this year.
AFL Week 5 Pick: Spokane Shock +14
Week 5 AFL Matchup: San Antonio Talons @ San Jose SaberCats
Date: Friday, April 6th, 10:30 ET
Arena Football Week 5 Odds: San Jose -9 (110)
These two teams played to a tie in the preseason, and the game was called thanks to a brawl that happened on the field. This is a game that has a lot of emotion in it, and we prefer the experienced SaberCats with all of their veterans over a San Antonio team that has really looked sloppy with first year Head Coach Lee Johnson trying to run the operation. Look for the Cats to romp.
AFL Week 5 Pick: San Jose SaberCats -9
Week 5 AFL Matchup: Philadelphia Soul @ Georgia Force
Date: Saturday, April 7th, 7:00 ET
Arena Football Week 5 Odds: Philadelphia -3.5 (114)
There is a real question as to whether Philadelphia is good enough to go on the road and win consistently. A home loss to Cleveland last week was suspect at best, though we do think that the team is going to put forth a better effort in this one. Georgia has had mixed results this year, and it hasn’t played against a team anywhere near this good. The Force should be dumped by at least a TD at home.
AFL Week 5 Pick: Philadelphia Soul -3.5
Week 5 AFL Matchup: Kansas City Command @ Chicago Rush
Date: Saturday, April 7th, 8:00 ET
Arena Football Week 5 Odds: Chicago -15.5 (90)
Kansas City was so thrilled with the way that both of its quarterbacks played that it released both of them this week. Now, the Command are going to be going into battle with Matt Gutierrez making his first career AFL appearance. Gutierrez has some experience in the NFL, and we think that that will at least help out this team just a bit. Chicago hasn’t really played much in terms of a schedule this year, and we think that laying more than two TDs is a bit absurd, even against the Command.
AFL Week 5 Pick: Kansas City Command +15.5
Week 5 AFL Matchup: Orlando Predators @ Cleveland Gladiators
Date: Sunday, April 8th, 6:00 ET
Arena Football Week 5 Odds: Cleveland -4 (97)
Will the real Gladiators please stand up? Is this team that was brutal offensively over the course of the first two games of the year, or the one that blew up and had a great outing against Philly last week in the City of Brotherly Love? Orlando has been awful all year long offensively, and Collin Drafts just isn’t cutting it. We think that the Predators are in a lot of trouble in this one in a venue in which they have never won a game in franchise history.
AFL Week 5 Pick: Cleveland Gladiators -4