Week 19 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 19 AFL Matchup: Cleveland Gladiators @ Utah Blaze
Date: Friday, July 13th, 8:00 ET
Arena Football Week 19 Odds: Utah -15 (112)
The Glads really have been terrible over the course of the last few weeks, ever since they were asked to go on strike for a game that they would have clearly won against Pittsburgh. Now, the team is going on the road against a Utah team that has everything to play for and could end up being the No. 1 seed in the playoffs in the National Conference. Don’t be all that shocked if the Blaze come out and just put a big time beating on Cleveland, especially knowing just how crucial this home game is for the hosts.
AFL Week 19 Pick: Utah Blaze -15
Week 19 AFL Matchup: Arizona Rattlers @ San Antonio Talons
Date: Friday, July 13th, 8:00 ET
Arena Football Week 19 Odds: Arizona -2 (117)
The Talons really have been playing well over the course of the last few weeks, and they now know that they are going to be hosting a playoff game in their first ever season as the Central Division champs. They are taking on an Arizona team though, that is playing well too, and this is a squad that still has its sights set on the No. 1 overall seed in the conference as well. The Rattlers have more to lose, knowing that they can drop all the way to No. 4 in the pecking order for teams in the conference with a loss and some more events happening across the league, but we just don’t think that San Antonio is passing up that chance to be the top seed in the conference. Go with the Talons to keep on rolling.
AFL Week 19 Pick: San Antonio Talons +2
Week 19 AFL Matchup: Orlando Predators @ Jacksonville Sharks
Date: Saturday, July 14th, 7:00 ET
Arena Football Week 19 Odds: Jacksonville -13 (93)
QB Chris Leak is back in Jacksonville for the first time since he was traded by the team to Orlando two months ago. Leak had a great week against Cleveland last week at home, but this is a severely different story having to play on the road. When these teams met a month ago, the Sharks were absolutely dominating, but we just don’t see the desire to lay 13 with them here at home in this spot. Neither of these teams are good, but we do think that both teams can win this one outright. Go with Orlando and the points, but play with caution.
AFL Week 19 Pick: Orlando Predators +13
Week 19 AFL Matchup: Pittsburgh Power @ Georgia Force
Date: Saturday, July 14th, 7:00 ET
Arena Football Week 19 Odds: Georgia -8.5 (98)
The Force know that they have to take this game if they want to be in the driver’s seat for the Southern Division title going into Week 20 next week. That being said, they are just a bad team at the moment with QB Bryant Moniz calling the shots, and we think that it is going to show and show in a big time way. Pittsburgh hasn’t been good for most of the year, but the team has been competent with QB Andrico Hines under center. Remember that Hines is a QB #2 for the Power. Moniz is a QB #3 for Georgia. This is a big spot to look for the upset. Don’t be shocked if Pittsburgh puts a big damper in the playoff hopes for the Force.
AFL Week 19 Pick: Pittsburgh Power +8.5
Week 19 AFL Matchup: New Orleans VooDoo @ Tampa Bay Storm
Date: Saturday, July 14th, 7:30 ET
Arena Football Week 19 Odds: Tampa Bay Pick ‘Em (118)
The first thing that we must note is that this is a ridiculous ‘total’. Play the under for sure, knowing that both of these teams are going with backup quarterbacks. QB Steve Wasil at least looks like he has a shot of getting the job done for the Storm, knowing that he led the team to a perfect record at home (though a winless record on the road) while he was the starter over the course of the first three months of the year. The VooDoo aren’t so fortunate. New Orleans pummeled Tampa Bay the first time around, but we have to remember that this is the return for old Storm Head Coach Tim Marcum and the team’s former quarterback, now New Orleans Head Coach Pat O’Hara. This is a reunion of sorts, but we think that that reunion is set to go the way of the Storm. Tampa Bay needs this game to keep its season alive, and it will do just that.
AFL Week 19 Pick: Tampa Bay Storm Pick ‘Em
Week 19 AFL Matchup: Spokane Shock @ Kansas City Command
Date: Saturday, July 14th, 8:00 ET
Arena Football Week 19 Odds: Spokane -7.5 (104)
Dr. Jekyll, meet Mr. Hyde. These two teams have been all over the place over the course of the last few weeks. Kansas City knows that this is probably its last home game in franchise history… though the fans really probably won’t care all that much either, knowing that the Command have had some of the worst attendance figures in the league all season long. Spokane has nothing left to play for this season but pride, but that pride should be enough to come on the road and win this game by a relatively comfortable margin, knowing that QB Matt Gutierrez just doesn’t have the goods in this league to lead a team to victories consistently.
AFL Week 19 Pick: Spokane Shock -7.5
Week 19 AFL Matchup: Chicago Rush @ Milwaukee Mustangs
Date: Saturday, July 14th, 9:00 ET
Arena Football Week 19 Odds: Chicago Pick ‘Em (117)
Over the course of the last several weeks, Milwaukee has just melted down and has gotten itself knocked out of the playoffs in the American Conference. In the National Conference though, Chicago was eliminated last week, and it knows that it has nothing to play for but pride either. Still, the Rush are most certainly the better of the two teams in this game, and there should be a big time contingent going from the Windy City for this clash even though the season is over with. Look for a prideful Rush team to come out and decimate the Mustangs one more time in what amounts to be a bit of a rivalry game in terms of location, though the teams are separated by conferences.
AFL Week 19 Pick: Chicago Rush Pick ‘Em
Week 19 AFL Matchup: Iowa Barnstormers @ San Jose SaberCats
Date: Saturday, July 14th, 10:30 ET
Arena Football Week 19 Odds: San Jose -14 (117)
The SaberCats have been a wreck defensively, but they are getting two of their top defensive backs in the rotation once again, and that should help. The team does have something to play for, knowing that it can still get as high as the top seed in the conference, Iowa has a good history playing here in the Cats’ Lair. However, in the end, the horrifying offensive line for the Barnstormers will be what gets them clawed by the SaberCats in San Jose.
AFL Week 19 Pick: San Jose SaberCats -14