Coming off a win in the final week of the regular season, the Washington Valor will host the top seed Albany Empire this Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m. at Capital One Arena in the first meeting of a two-game semifinal series.
VALOR PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Arvell Nelson – In his six games with the Valor, Nelson has made an impact both through the air and on the ground, leading the AFL in passing yards per game (251.5) and rushing yards per game (21.5) and is one of just two players in the league to average one rushing touchdown per game. Nelson has rushed for multiple touchdowns on two occasions (Week 9 @ PHI, Week 11 vs. PHI) and recorded season highs of seven carries and 43 rush yards against Albany in Week 12.
EMPIRE PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Malachi Jones – The Empire offense has received a boost this season from rookie wideout Malachi Jones, who leads the league in receiving yards (1,156), yards per reception (15.0) and ranks second in receiving touchdowns (29). Jones has totaled nine touchdowns in four games against the Valor this season.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
WAS WR Reggie Gray vs. ALB DB Marrio Norman – Gray leads Washington in receptions (71), receiving yards (769) and receiving touchdowns (17) and has scored in all but one game this season. Gray (840) sits just three receptions behind Siaha Burley (843) for 13th on the league’s all-time receptions leaderboard. Across the line of scrimmage will be Norman, who is tied for second in the AFL with 68.5 total tackles and T-4
th with four interceptions.
BROADCAST INFORMATION:All five games of the AFL postseason will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.