Friday night's AFL betting action that we're keeping our eyes on comes from the desert, where the Arizona Rattlers will play host to the Chicago Rush.
Chicago Rush @ Arizona Rattlers (+3.5)
Chicago Notes: Chicago was good enough to score a 59-56 win over the Gladiators to move to 2-0 last week, but it wasn't enough to make the Rush 2-0 ATS as well, as they closed as 4.5 point underdogs after opening up as 11 point choices. QB Russ Michna went 22/27 for 315 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions. With numbers like that, forcing three QB John Dutton interceptions should've been more than enough for the Rush to win and win comfortably. Still, turning the ball over once on downs and once via a fumble just isn't good enough on a regular basis for this team, and HC Mike Hohensee knows that improvement is something that must take place for Chicago to win the ArenaBowl.
Arizona Notes: The Rattlers were off last week, so we only have one game worth of data on them to dissect. QB Nick Davila had his moments against Cleveland in Week 1, as he threw for 273 yards and four touchdowns. However, without two kick returns for touchdowns and four interceptions by the defense, Arizona would be entering this game at 0-1, not 1-0. Arizona has put together an interesting marketing strategy for this game on Friday night, as every single ticket to the game will be given out for free to everyone in attendance. A packed house in the Snake Pit is expected for the home opener in what will be the first professional football game in this country ever free to the public.
The Final Word: History tells us that the Rush are in bad shape going into Arizona. Chicago has won once there in franchise history, capturing a 53-47 win in May 2007. However, that was the first in five tries at the Pit for the Rush, even though they historically play decent football outside of the Windy City. The Rattlers are 5-1-1 ATS all-time in this series. Even though the two teams look very little like they did back in '08 the last time that they met, the historical results will hold true in this one. There's just too much going against Chicago in its first road game of the year to overcome, especially considering that this should be a raucous crowd in Phoenix to watch.
Prediction: Arizona 54 – Chicago 50
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