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Week 2 Preview: Philadelphia Soul

8t3k6262The Philadelphia Soul (1-0) continue their season opening road trip Saturday as they travel to Washington to take on the Spokane Shock (0-1) at 10:00PM ET on ESPN3.

Philadelphia is coming off a nail-biting 70-63 victory in their Week 1 match-up against the Orlando Predators. Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh, who earned Russell Athletic Offensive Player of The Week, is coming off a monstrous Week 1 performance. Raudabaugh threw for 422 yards, 7 touchdowns and no interceptions, including the game-winning touchdown pass to Ryan McDaniel with 12 seconds remaining to steal the victory from the Predators. McDaniel and WR Marco Thomas combined for 24 catches and 304 yards and six touchdowns, shining in their first game together.

On the other hand, Philadelphia’s newly refurbished defense will look to bounce back tonight after being torched by Orlando’s wide receivers for 63 points. The Soul defensive backs Kent Richardson and James Romain will need to work on keeping the wide receiver in front of them, as well as the defensive lineman to generate more pressure on the quarterback. In an environment known around the AFL as ‘Deaf Valley,’ Philadelphia’s defense will have to not only try and contain the Shock offense, but also try to contain the crowd noise as well.

The uncertainty currently surrounding the Shock at the quarterback position is certainly going to be an area the the Soul should look to exploit in tonight’s game. With starter Carson Coffman sustaining an early injury in last week’s contest, Jarrett Brown and veteran Matt Bassuener should have increased rolls in tonight’s game. If Philadelphia can force Spokane into making turnovers, quieting the crowd, and keep the red-hot offense rolling, it could be a smooth sailing night for the Soul.

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