Week 8 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 8 AFL Matchup: Chicago Rush @ San Antonio Force
Date: Saturday, April 28th, 3:30 ET
Arena Football Week 8 Odds: San Antonio -1 (113)
The Rush were blown out of the water two weeks ago by the Force, but we still think that they are one of the best teams in the league. San Antonio still really doesn’t look like a team that can contend this year, and in the end, we aren’t all that sure as to why it is favored in this game. Go with the Rush to trump the Talons in what could be a game that features a heck of a lot of points with these two veteran quarterbacks going at each other.
AFL Week 8 Pick: Chicago Rush +1
Week 8 AFL Matchup: Spokane Shock @ Jacksonville Sharks
Date: Saturday, April 28th, 7:00 ET
Arena Football Week 8 Odds: Jacksonville -1 (115)
Had the Shock not been on a bye last week, we might have considered backing them. That being said, they are going to go with just one quarterback, QB Kyle Rowley this week, and that could put the team in a heck of a lot of trouble. Jacksonville isn’t the greatest team in the world, but the play of QB Omar Jacobs has been pretty good over the course of the last few weeks. Take the Sharks and lay the point.
AFL Week 8 Pick: Jacksonville Sharks -1
Week 8 AFL Matchup: Philadelphia Soul @ Orlando Predators
Date: Saturday. April 28th, 7:30 ET
Arena Football Week 8 Odds: Philadelphia -13.5 (110)
First it was Collin Drafts. Then it was Justin Roper. Now it is Chris Leak that is going to be under center for the Predators this year. Orlando is coming off of its first win of the season, but its offense just isn’t good enough to get the job done against a Philly team that has scored over 60 points in all of its games this year. The Soul are clearly the best team in the league, and they are the only team on this side of the league that are above .500. It’s two touchdowns, and it is on the road, but the Predators are atrocious and are a wreck at this point.
AFL Week 8 Pick: Philadelphia Soul -13.5
Week 8 AFL Matchup: Cleveland Gladiators @ Pittsburgh Power
Date: Saturday, April 28th, 7:30 ET
Arena Football Week 8 Odds: Cleveland -2 (101)
How long could Derek Cassidy really keep this pace going? He has led his team to two victories, but his numbers have been absolutely ugly for the Power, to say the least. Cleveland really hasn’t had a great go of it over the last few weeks, including getting crushed in a few games on the road. Though this is a road game though, we still think that the Power have the worst team in the league. There’s no way that this point spread should be all that close.
AFL Week 8 Pick: Cleveland Gladiators -2
Week 8 AFL Matchup: San Jose SaberCats @ Iowa Barnstormers
Date: Saturday, April 28th, 8:00 ET
Arena Football Week 8 Odds: San Jose -4 (113)
The SaberCats are probably an overrated team at this point, though we do think that they are still amongst the best teams in the league. The Well is one of the toughest places to play ball, and some of the best teams in the league have already seen that this year. We love getting the points in this game, knowing that Iowa is a lot better this year than it has been in seasons past.
AFL Week 8 Pick: Iowa Barnstormers +4
Week 8 AFL Matchup: Utah Blaze @ Milwaukee Mustangs
Date: Saturday, April 28th, 8:00 ET
Arena Football Week 8 Odds: Milwaukee -2 (117.5)
Expect points to be on the board in this one for sure. QBs Geno Guidugli and Tommy Grady are both having great years, and they are going to be expected to put a lot of points up to make up for defenses that are shoddy at times. Yes, Utah has a great pass rush, but that’s about it. The secondary is terrible. Milwaukee was atrocious last week on the road in Spokane, and we just don’t think that it is going to be able to finish this one off when push comes to shove.
AFL Week 8 Pick: Utah Blaze +2
Week 8 AFL Matchup: Arizona Rattlers @ Georgia Force
Date: Sunday, April 29th, 3:00 ET
Arena Football Week 8 Odds: Arizona -6 (105)
Which Georgia team is going to show up in this game? The one that beat the snot out of Chicago at home, or the one that only scored 24 points against Orlando last week and gave up 92 to Philadelphia three weeks ago? It’s a tough call to say the least. Arizona has brought in another great receiver with WR Markee White, and we think that he is only going to further help an offense that is just out of this world. Play the over as well, but we know that we are going to play on the Rattlers and lay the points.
AFL Week 8 Pick: Arizona Rattlers -6
Week 8 AFL Matchup: Kansas City Command @ Tampa Bay Storm
Date: Sunday, April 30th, 8:00 ET
Arena Football Week 8 Odds: Tampa Bay -9.5 (104)
The NFL Network game was pushed back to Monday for the NFL Draft, but the game really is a bit of a snoozer. QB Steve Wasil was the quarterback for Kansas City last year, and now he gets a chance to take out his old team. The Command have been just woeful all year offensively, and we just don’t see it changing right now. Tampa Bay has played well at home, and it still has just as good of a chance to win this division as any other team. Play the Storm and expect a double digit win.
AFL Week 8 Pick: Tampa Bay Storm -9.5