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Tampa Bay Storm vs. Orlando Predators 8:00 ET (Week 9 Preview from Mike Rose)
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The “War on I-4″ will be televised nationally on NFL Network as the Week 9 AFL Game of the Week, and Arena Football betting fans surely aren’t going to want to miss any of the action of this one! Both of these teams enter this week with identical 3-3 records. The loser will be sitting in the gutter in the Southern Division and could fall 3.5 games behind the Jacksonville Sharks right at the halfway point of the season.
Tampa Bay enjoyed its bye in Week 8. The Storm have alternated wins and losses every step of the way in 2010, and are coming off a 48-44 victory at Bossier City on May 15th. This is the second road game in a string of four out of five on the road for Tampa Bay. QB Brett Dietz is having yet another strong season under the direction of HC Tim Marcum. Dietz has completed 65.4 percent of his passes for 1,961 yards and 41 TDs against six picks. His leading receiver is WR Tyrone Timmons, who has 52 catches for 604 yards and 17 tuddies. Tampa Bay has either allowed 60+ points or held its opponent under 50 in every game this season.
After a woeful 0-3 start to the season both SU and ATS, the Predators have rallied back with three straight wins and covers. The most impressive of those three came last week at home against the Milwaukee Iron. WR Bobby Sippio made his debut in black and red and came up with the biggest play of the season for the Preds, hauling in a 40 yard touchdown pass with just a handful of seconds on the clock to give them the 58-54 outright win as lofty 9.5-point underdogs. Sippio had six catches for 88 yards and a pair of scores. WR TT Toliver is having an amazing season for Orlando, as he has 56 catches for 699 yards and ten TDs on the year. QB Nick Hill only has 26 passing touchdowns overall, but he is completing a league best 69.0 percent of his passes and has seven rushing scores to boot.
Tampa Bay swept the Predators in 2008 when these two teams last met, posting a 71-61 win at the St. Pete Times Forum as 3.5-point chalk and scoring a 48-41 outright victory in “The Jungle” as 5.5-point underdogs. Orlando opened up as a 1.5 point favorite in Week 9 AFL betting action, but has slipped to one-point underdogs at the time of this article’s publication.
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