Game 2 of the Washington Valor’s postseason series against the Albany Empire is set for this Saturday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Times Union Center in Albany, NY. After last weekend’s Game 1 loss, Washington must now win Game 2 by at least two points to advance to ArenaBowl XXXI and take on the winner of the Baltimore vs. Philadelphia series.
VALOR PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Arvell Nelson
– In seven regular season games, Nelson totaled 1,509 passing yards and 27 passing touchdowns for Washington, leading the league in passing yards per game (251.5). In Game 1 against Albany, Nelson earned AFL Offensive Player of the Week honors after totaling eight touchdowns – six through the air and two on the ground.
EMPIRE PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Tommy Grady
– Grady started all 13 games, 12 regular season and one postseason, this year for Albany – passing for 3,300 yards and accounted for 88 total touchdowns. In Game 1 against the Valor, Grady racked up 340 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns, leading all AFL quarterbacks in both categories.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
WAS DB Fred Obi vs. ALB WR Malachi Jones
– Obi, who was named Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, is coming off a 10-tackle, one-interception performance against the Empire. Jones, who was named the AFL’s Wide Receiver of the Year on Thursday, scored 29 receiving touchdowns and totaled 1,156 receiving yards over the course of the regular season. In Game 1 against the Valor, Jones caught 11 passes for 167 yards and four touchdowns.
Saturday night’s game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.