The Washington Valor (4-4) are back at Capital One Arena for their second of three consecutive home games this Thursday, June 20, hosting the Baltimore Brigade (5-3) at 7 p.m. The Brigade and Valor currently sit at second and third, respectively, in the league standings. Baltimore defeated Washington, 59-51, in the teams’ only prior meeting this season (Week 1).
“It doesn’t change too much,” Valor Head Coach Benji McDowell said of preparing on a short week. “We just go back at it. Baltimore will be in the same position as us, playing Saturday and Thursday, so no one is really at a disadvantage. We just go in, get healthy and just try and come out and play.”
VALOR PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Arvell Nelson
– Nelson enters Week 9 having scored 5+ touchdowns in six of Washington’s eight games this season. Nelson leads the league in rushing yards (145) and is second in the league in passing yards (2,076). In the teams’ Week 1 meeting, Nelson set season highs in completions (27), passing yards (391) and passing touchdowns (8).
BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Joe Hills
– Hills, who ranks fourth in the league in receiving touchdowns per game (1.9), is coming off a historic milestone last week against Columbus. Hills became the first player in AFL history to catch a touchdown in 100 consecutive games. In Week 1 against Washington, Hills caught six passes for 64 yards and three touchdowns.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Valor WRs vs. Brigade DBs
In Week 8 against Albany, the Valor became the first team in the AFL this season to have five different receivers catch a touchdown pass in one game. Wideouts Reggie Gray (2), Dezmon Epps (1), Jared Dangerfield (1), Josh Reese (1) and tight end Anthony Parker (1) all found the end zone. That balanced attack will be tested against a Brigade defensive backfield that features a pair of league-leaders. Brigade defensive back Joe Powell is tied for the league lead with four interceptions while defensive back Josh Victorian ranks third in total tackles (43).
Thursday night’s game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington and ESPN3.