The Washington Valor (5-4) are back at Capital One Arena this Saturday, June 29, hosting the Atlantic City Blackjacks (3-6) at 7 p.m. Washington won the teams’ only prior meeting this season, 41-34, in the Valor’s home opener on May 11. The Valor, Soul and Brigade currently sit in a three-way tie for second place in the league standings, trailing Albany (8-1) by three games. The Valor are 3-1 at home this season with two of their three remaining regular season games to be played at Capital One Arena.
VALOR PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Arvell Nelson
– Nelson continues to be an all-purpose threat for Washington this season, creating scores through the air and on the ground. Last weekend against Baltimore, Nelson scored 5+ total touchdowns for the seventh time in nine games time this season. His four rushing touchdowns were his most in a single game since running for five against Baltimore in ArenaBowl XXXI in 2018. In the Valor’s first meeting this season with the Blackjacks, Nelson threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another two, his first of two games this season with 3+ passing touchdowns and multiple rushing touchdowns.
BLACKJACKS PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Antwane Grant
– Grant has been a steady presence in the Atlantic City offense this season and is coming off his best performance of the season. Grant caught 11 passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns last weekend against Albany, setting season highs in each category. In Week 3 against Washington, Grant registered another one of his three 100-yard receiving games this season, going for eight catches and 102 yards.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
AC QB Warren Smith Jr. vs. WAS DBs
– Smith Jr. who played with the Valor during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, made his first start of 2019 last week against Albany. Filling in for former league MVP Randy Hippeard, Smith Jr. set Atlantic City franchise records with 329 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns in a two-point loss to the league-leading Empire. Smith Jr. will look to follow that performance up against a Valor defensive backfield that averages one interception per game over the last month, two of which have come at the hands of Marrio Norman.
Saturday night’s game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington and ESPN3.