Week 3 of the 2012 AFL season is upon us, and here at Bankroll Sports, 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 3 AFL Matchup: Orlando Predators @ Chicago Rush
Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 8:30 ET
Arena Football Week 3 Odds: Chicago -6.5 (104)
The Predators are just overmatched in this one. Sure, they’ve had two weeks to prepare for this one, but bye weeks generally hurt AFL teams and not help them (players cannot practice during bye weeks or be in interaction with their coaches). QB Russ Michna has a good arm and is clearly a ton better than QB Collin Drafts for Orlando. Chicago has always played well at home, and it will get the job done again in this one as well.
AFL Week 3 Pick: Chicago Rush -6.5
Week 3 AFL Matchup: Kansas City Command @ Cleveland Gladiators
Date: Friday, March 23rd, 7:30 ET
Arena Football Week 3 Odds: Cleveland -7.5 (90)
Yuck. Both of these teams have been awful offensively this year, but QB Nate Davis, or whomever the Command wants to throw out there at quarterback is nowhere near as good as the AFL veteran, QB John Dutton, even if Dutton has become an INT machine. The Command aren’t going to have a shot of sticking around at the Q.
AFL Week 3 Pick: Cleveland Gladiators -7.5
Week 3 AFL Matchup: Philadelphia Soul @ Pittsburgh Power
Date: Friday, March 23rd, 8:00 ET
Arena Football Week 3 Odds: Philadelphia -1 (104)
It’s not going to be a pretty home opener for the Power in all likelihood. They are either going to have to go with QB Andrico Hines, who was terrible in the opener, or with the newly acquired QB Bill Stull, who wasn’t even in football to start this season. Philly has an impressive looking team under new HC Doug Plank, one of the best X’s and O’s coaches that we have ever seen in this league. The Power still have to be in disarray after a bye week and after their players walked out in Orlando two weeks ago. They are clearly overvalued here.
AFL Week 3 Pick: Philadelphia Soul -1
Week 3 AFL Matchup: Milwaukee Mustangs @ New Orleans VooDoo
Date: Friday, March 23rd, 8:00 ET
Arena Football Week 3 Odds: New Orleans pick ‘em (111)
The VooDoo put up a good fight against what we figure to be the best team in the league in Philly last week, but it just wasn’t enough to get the job done. We are more impressed by the Mustangs and what they have been able put together. Milwaukee had a shot last week in the desert to take out Arizona, another of the top teams in the league, but it came just short as well. The Mustangs have the better of these two teams, and the home field advantage that used to be present in the Graveyard just isn’t there anymore.
AFL Week 3 Pick: Milwaukee Mustangs pk
Week 3 AFL Matchup: Georgia Force @ Jacksonville Sharks
Date: Saturday, March 24th, 7:00 ET
Arena Football Week 3 Odds: Jacksonville -7.5 (102)
The Georgia offense was absolutely pathetic last week in Tampa Bay, though QB RJ Archer did look like the better of its two signal callers. The Sharks are being overpriced here though, as they are nowhere near as good as they were last year when they won the ArenaBowl. QB Chris Leak has left the team, meaning that QB Omar Jacobs is really the last shot that Jacksonville has this year. The Sharks might win in their home opener on banner raising night, but we think that this is a heck of a lot of points to be giving out.
AFL Week 3 Pick: Georgia Force +7.5
Week 3 AFL Matchup: San Jose SaberCats @ Utah Blaze
Date: Saturday, March 24th, 9:00 ET
Arena Football Week 3 Odds: Utah pick ‘em (123)
This should be the best game of the weekend. Both Utah and San Jose have some big time offenses that can put a lot of points on the board, which is why the ‘total’ is so high in this one. QB Tommy Grady has a good history of putting up gobs of points, though we know that his defense isn’t always the greatest. The SaberCats have the most talented team in the league, but QB Mark Grieb isn’t going to throw for nine TDs without a pick every single week like he did in his first game of the year. We’ll take Utah at home, knowing that it typically has a great home field advantage (as long as they are playing at Energy Solutions Arena).
AFL Week 3 Pick: Utah Blaze pick ‘em