Arena Bowl Preview: San Jose Vs. Philadelphia

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IJuly 23, 2008

This Sunday Arena Football returns to New Orleans for its annual Arena Bowl. The San Jose SaberCats take on the Philadelphia Soul. The Sabercats come in to the Arena Bowl with an 11-5 record.

The Sabercats are led by quarterback Mark Grieb. Grieb has thrown 100 touchdown passes this year and it would be very hard to stop him this year. The Sabercats enter the Arena Bowl with wins over the Colorado Crush and the Grand Rapids Rampage.

The Sabercats also are looking for their fourth Arena Bowl Title and their second straight title.

The Philadelphia Soul come into the Arena Bowl with a story similar to Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady. Early in the season quarterback Tony Graziani went down with an injury and back up Matt D'Orazio took over and led the Soul to a 13-3 record.

D'Orazio threw for 3,331 yards and 72 touchdowns. The Soul got here by first narrowly beating the New York Dragons and then romped the Cleveland Gladiators.

My prediction for this game is that the Soul will win Arena Bowl XXII, but it will be a very close game.