Philadelphia-Chicago: Preview

JoeContributor IMarch 8, 2008

The 1-0 Philadelphia Soul head to the climate controlled tundra of Allstate Arena in Chicago to take on the similar 1-0 new look Chicago Rush.

For Chicago, gone are QB Matt D'Orazio (FA to the Soul) and WR Bobby Sippio (to the NFL), and in are QB Seddrick Bonner (FA from Arizona) and WR Damian Harrell (FA from Colorado).

The Rush man-handled their Week One  opponent and defending Arena Bowl champions San Jose Sabercats, with the team's defense holding them to just 47 points.

Meanwhile, their offense put up an equally impressive 70 point against the defending champs.

The Philadelphia Soul put on an offensive show last week against the Predators. They would have scored a touchdown every time they had the ball had they not been trying to kill the clock on their last drive.

The Soul's defense is nothing to laugh at either.

Their pass rush is fierce as they hurried Stafford in to countless bad throws last week, while putting him into the ground just about every time he dropped back to pass.

The Soul have played the Chicago Rush every year in their young existence.

They have played them twice in Philly and twice in Chicago. The home team has won every time.

The Soul have also beaten them each of the last two seasons.

Both teams are also owned by former NFL icons, Ron Jaworski in Philadelphia and Mike Ditka in Chicago.

This is going to be a tough game to predict, as both teams are so evenly matched (They both have left handed QBs, for crying out loud).

I am going to predict that the Soul will win (I have to, I said they are going 19-0) and I also think that this will be a preview of the Arena Bowl.

Here's a link to the official AFL preview.