ArenaBowl XXV is set to kick off this week, and the Philadelphia Soul and Arizona Rattlers are going to be doing battle in the chase to claim the Foster Trophy. Join us at Cappers Info, as we make our ArenaBowl picks and predictions for what should be a great ending to the 2012 Arena Football League betting campaign.
ArenaBowl 25 Matchup: Arizona Rattlers vs. Philadelphia Soul
Date: Friday, August 10th, 10:30 ET
ArenaBowl Odds: Philadelphia -1 (123)
ArenaBowl 25 Location: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
ArenaBowl 25 On TV: NFL Network
This is going to be a heck of a battle between two teams that have had great seasons. QB Nick Davila and QB Dan Raudabaugh both had remarkable seasons, throwing for 115 TDs apiece. Both have had their troubles in the playoffs at times, but in the end, both have prevailed and made it here to the title game.
The Rattlers have massive score to settle after last season when they were beaten in the ArenaBowl on the final play of the game on their home turf by the Jacksonville Sharks. Those Sharks were knocked out of the playoffs last week by the Soul in tremendous 89-34 fashion. It was one of the biggest blowouts that the league has ever seen, and it was the most impressive display in playoff history for a team in the AFL ever.
The Soul have been machines this year. They have scored at least 55 points in all but one game, and they set the record for the most 60+ point games, 70+ point games, 80+ point games, and 90+ point games in a season to go with the fact that they averaged 68.2 points per game, the most ever as well. Simply put, this is the best team in the league. Arizona had all sorts of problems last week in its secondary after DB Virgil Gray went down, and though Gray swears that he is going to be playing on Friday night, after suffering what looked to be a brutal leg injury, we just don’t know if he is going to have the goods to get the job done against some of the best wide receivers in the league. Go with the Soul to claim their second ever ArenaBowl title in their return to New Orleans, where they won their first league championship four years ago.
AFL Semifinals Pick: Philadelphia Soul -1