PHILADELPHIA – After winning an impressive week 16 match against division rival, Iowa Barnstormers 84-48, the (7-8) Philadelphia Soul face the Orlando Predators for the second time this year on Monday June 7th, 2014 at 8:00pm ET.
The Soul are fresh off the win against Iowa last week where QB Dan Raudabaugh had his way vs the tough defensive front led by Barnstormers’ DB De’Mon Glanton. Raudabaugh went 26-35, threw 247 yards and six touchdowns.
Soul DB and KR Ray Little acknowledged that the performance against Iowa definitely boosted momentum heading into this matchup and possibly confidence going into the bye week.
“We’re staying mentally prepared and focusing on what we have to do in executing our game plan,” Little told Soul Insider on Saturday. “(Game against Barnstormers) was definitely a step in the right direction. We want to build off of last week and go 1-0 this week.”
Orlando (8-6) on the other hand, are coming off of a bye week well rested and ready to compete for a playoff spot as well. Predators’ offensive front led by QB Jason Boltus, WR Gregg Carr and Kahlil Paden will look to exploit the Soul’s struggling secondary with DBs James Romain and Rayshaun Kizer leading the way. This season, Carr has 96 receptions for 1,279 yards and 30 touchdowns while Paden leads Orlando with 62 receptions for 1,014 yards and 18 touchdowns.
The Predators are one out of the two teams (Tampa Bay) that the Soul are fighting over to either play Cleveland or Pittsburgh in the first round. Meaning, a win for Philadelphia would preclude a tiebreaker scenario between the Predators and the Soul.
“We are in playoff football mode now,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said in a release. “Our win Saturday gave us the confidence we need to make a push for the playoffs, but we’re always working harder. Orlando hasn’t clinched anything yet, and this time of the year, it’ll be a battle of a game.”
WR Markee White conversed with Soul Insider to discuss the film session in practice this week and to see what kind of Predators defense is going to show up at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
“They run a lot of different defenses to try to disguise what they are in order to throw the offense off,” White said. “But we watched enough film already on them to be prepared for anything that they throw at us.”
If the Soul win against Orlando and Tampa Bay loses to the 4th best team in the league, the San Jose SaberCats, then it will put the Soul in a great position to possibly pull off a late-season playoff push. The game is set to kickoff at 8pm ET on ESPN 2 and ESPN 3 briefly after the wounded warriors game scheduled to start at 6:00pm ET.