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Shock still No. 1, Rattlers drop

There will not be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown on Friday at the Arena.

The Spokane Shock remained atop the AFL coaches poll for the second straight week, but Arizona, coming off an impressive road win over then No. 3 Jacksonville, somehow dropped from second to fourth. 

Tampa Bay jumped from fourth to second, apparently on the basis of an easy home win over 13th-ranked Bossier/Shreveport (3-9). Chicago also climbed over Arizona after beating Orlando (5-6).

Rankings below.

From AFL office....

TULSA – The Spokane Shock sit comfortably in the top spot for the second week in a row after defeating the Iron by 14 points in Milwaukee. The Shock will play No. 4 Arizona on Friday night. The Rattlers won a road victory at Jacksonville but still fall two spots from No. 2 in Week 12.

WEEK 13

RK

Team (1st place votes)

W-L

Pts

Last Week

1

Spokane Shock(11)

9-2

128

1

2

Tampa Bay Storm(2)

8-3

112

5

3

Chicago Rush

9-3

97

4

4

Arizona(2)

8-3

92

2

5

Milwaukee Iron

7-5

81

6

6

Jacksonville Sharks

7-4

79

3

7

Tulsa Talons

7-5

69

7

8

Alabama Vipers

6-5

58

9

9

Orlando Predators

5-6

50

8

10

Cleveland Gladiators

5-7

47

10

11

Iowa Barnstormers

5-5

40

11

12

Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz

4-7

28

12

13

Bossier-Shreveport BW

3-9

23

13

14

Dallas Vigilantes

1-10

15

14

14

Utah Blaze

1-10

15

14

Tampa Bay, climbing the most this week, thrashed its way to the No. 2 spot after a solid home-win against the BattleWings. The Storm will play the No. 3 seed Chicago for another home game on the NFL Network Friday night. Chicago also moves up this week one spot after defeating the Orlando Predators at home last week. The race between the top four teams is tight, making this Friday crucial with the top teams playing each other.

The Jacksonville Sharks fall the most this week, dropping three spots to No. 6. The bottom six teams stay in the same spot, as well as Tulsa who have a bye this weekend.




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