TULSA, OKLA. – The Arizona Rattlers (15-2) remained in the top spot of Week 19 Coaches’ Poll for the third consecutive week, receiving 16 first place votes following their bye in Week 19. The Rattlers have won eight straight games, with their last loss coming from the Chicago Rush (13-4) in Week 10. The Rattlers have clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and are set to meet the Spokane Shock (9-8) at home in the First Round on Friday, July 29 at 10:00 p.m. EST. The Rattlers are on the road for the final time this season to face the Dallas Vigilantes (11-6) in Week 20 on Saturday, July 23 at 8:30 p.m. EST.
The Jacksonville Sharks (13-4) earned one first place vote and remained in second place despite their 48-49 overtime loss to the Kansas City Command (6-11). The Sharks have lost three straight games, but still hold home-field advantage throughout the American Conference playoffs. The Sharks will either face the Georgia Force or Orlando Predators in the First Round of the playoffs on NFL Network on Friday, July 29 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The Sharks host Spokane this Friday for “Arena Football Friday” on NFL Network at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Chicago remained in the third spot of the Poll following their 53-44 victory over the Dallas Vigilantes. The win secured Chicago the Central Division title and the number two seed in the playoffs. Rush quarterback JJ Raterink completed 19-of-29 for 294- yards and six touchdowns in the game. The Rush have won eight out of their last nine games this season. Chicago hosts the Milwaukee Mustangs (6-11) in Week 20 on Saturday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m. EST.
The Vigilantes stayed in the fourth spot of the Poll after losing to the Rush in Week 19. The Vigilantes locked up the third spot in the National Conference and head to Chicago to face the Rush in the First Round of the playoffs. Dallas will first host the Arizona Rattlers in the final regular season game at 8:30 p.m. EST on Saturday night.
The Georgia Force (10-7) moved up one spot in the Poll following a 58-40 victory over the Tampa Bay Storm (6-11). The Force own the third spot in the American Conference playoffs, due to the head-to-head point differential tiebreaker over the Orlando Predators (10-7). The Force head to Iowa (5-12) to face the Barnstormers in Week 20 on July 23 at 8:05 p.m. EST. Georgia will clinch the third seed with a win over Iowa.
The Cleveland Gladiators (10-7) moved to sixth in the Poll after their home victory over the Pittsburgh Power (8-9), 67-55. The Gladiators clinched the East Division title and the number two seed in the American Conference. Cleveland will host a First Round home playoff game against either the Predators or Force on Sunday, July 31 at 3:00 p.m. EST. The Gladiators host the Utah Blaze in Week 20 on Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Meanwhile, the Predators dropped two spots in the Poll following their 85-49 road victory over the Tulsa Talons (7-10) last week. Orlando will host the New Orleans VooDoo (3-14) in Week 20 on Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Spokane Shock (8-8) remained at No. 8 in the Poll, following their 63-61 thrilling victory over the San Jose SaberCats (7-10). The team has won five out of their last six games.
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