The Baltimore Brigade (5-3) will finish their four weeks of consecutive road games this Thursday, June 20 at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. at 7 p.m. when they take on regional rivals Washington Valor (4-4). The Brigade are coming off of their second straight road win in franchise history after defeating both the Columbus Destroyers and the Albany Empire the weeks prior. The Valor enter Week 9 after losing their first home game of the season to the Empire, 56-55. Baltimore defeated Washington 59-51 during Baltimore’s season opener at Royal Farms Arena, their only matchup so far this season.
BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Joe Hills –
Last week, Hills became the only player in Arena Football League history to score at least one touchdown reception in 100 consecutive games. Hills finished Week 8 with six receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns against the Columbus Destroyers. In Week 7, Hills set season highs in receptions (13), receiving yards (137) and receiving touchdowns (4) against the Empire. He is third in the league in touchdown receptions (15) and fifth in receptions (50). During the last matchup against the Valor and his Brigade debut, Hills recorded six receptions for 64 yards and three touchdowns.
VALOR PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Arvell Nelson –
Nelson leads the AFL in rushing yards with 145 and is second in the league in passing yards with 2,076. Nelson also leads the league in interceptions with 9. In the Valor’s Week 8 loss to the Empire, Nelson threw 23 passes for 262 yards and had a total of seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing) and one interception. In Week 1 against the Brigade, Nelson completed 27 passes for 391 yards, eight touchdowns, and two interceptions.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Brigade DBs vs Valors WRs
– Led in tackles by Josh Victorian with 43 total (40 solo) and in interceptions by Joe Powell with four, the Baltimore defensive backs are a tough group. Victorian has had four 6+ solo tackles games this season and is currently third in the league in total tackles, while Powell is in a three-way tie for first place in interceptions (4). During the Week 1 matchup against the Valor, Powell racked up six solo tackles and two interceptions for 22 yards. Also part of the Brigade’s DBs are Jamal Robinson, who appeared in his first game with the Brigade in Week 5 and already is fourth on the team in tackles with 16 total (15 solo), and Nias Martin who picked up two interceptions and a touchdown against Atlantic City in Week 4. The DB’s are up against the talented Valor wideouts. Valor quarterback Arvell Nelson connected with five different receivers for a touchdown pass last week with wideout Reggie Gray receiving two. Gray moved up to the 10
spot on the AFL all-time receiving touchdowns leaderboard with 264 last week. Valor wide receiver Dezmon Epps is tied for second in the league in receiving yards with 659.
All Brigade games will broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington and streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.