After losing their fourth straight game to the Cleveland Gladiators in Week Five, the Orlando Predators are traveling to Pittsburgh to challenge the Power for their first win of the season. The Predators are currently the only defeated team in the American Conference. Orlando remains one of the two winless teams left in the AFL after five weeks of play.
Last week, the Preds lost 24-41 to the Gladiators, bringing their record to 0-4 for the season.
The Predators were led statistically by quarterback Collin Drafts. Drafts was 24 of 39, threw for 235 yards, and three touchdowns. Nate Forse hauled in 10 passes for 74 yards and Dwayne Eley, Jr. caught six passes for 70 yards and three touchdowns.
Linebacker Marlon Moye-Moore was a standout on defense for the Predators. Moye-Moore contributed four tackles and a fumble recovery.
The Preds defense and especially their secondary will be put to the test this week as they face off against the Pittsburgh Power offense, which is ranked 7th in the AFL in passing yards and 9th in rushing yards. Pittsburgh’s receiving core is one of the most talented in the AFL, with Michael Washington and PJ Berry as their dynamic duo. Washington has 27 receptions for 372 yards and eight touchdowns and Berry has 26 receptions for 315 yards and three touchdowns through four games.
This Week Six matchup will be the second time Orlando faces off against Pittsburgh this season, with the Power winning the first matchup, 40-26. With their roster back intact, the Predators are hoping to be able to stand up to Pittsburgh’s playmakers including Washington, Berry and quarterback Andrico Hines.
The all-time series is even between the two teams, with the Preds winning the first meeting against the Power, 62-54 on July 1, 2011. The Power handed the Predators their first loss of the season this year, winning 40-26 on March 9, 2012 during Week One.