The Brigade (6-2) are back at home this Friday, hosting the Washington Valor (1-7) at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. Baltimore is 2-0 against Washington this season, though the combined margin of victory is just six points. Both the Brigade and Valor are looking to build off wins in Week 9.
BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Randy Hippeard – The AFL’s 2017 MVP is coming off his second Offensive Player of the Week award of the season, recognizing his 270-yard, eight-touchdown performance in a win against Albany. Hippeard now leads the league in completions (187), attempts (260), completion percentage (71.9) and ranks second in passing yards (1,913) and passing touchdowns (42).
VALOR PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Arvell Nelson – In just two games with the Valor, Nelson has already totaled 559 passing yards and 13 total touchdowns. His 279.5 passing yards per game are highest in the league, driven primarily by his Valor-record 345-yard output in his team debut against the Soul in Week 8. In last weekend’s win over the Philadelphia, Nelson threw for 214 yards and totaled six touchdowns.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Brigade WR Brandon Thompkins vs. Valor DB Fred Obi – Thompkins was named Offensive Player of the Game for his performance against Albany last weekend. Thompkins, a seven-year AFL veteran, recorded a career-high and Brigade-record 17 receptions for 159 yards and three touchdowns. The 159 yards and three touchdowns are each season highs for Thompkins. Looking to slow down Thompkins playmaking will be Valor defensive back Fred Obi. In his first game with the Valor, Obi recorded three solo tackles, one pass break-up and a pair of interceptions, the second of which occurred with just 18 seconds left in the game and sealed the Washington win.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Friday night’s game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.