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Spokane, bounced from playoff contention before it even took the field, dropped a 62-48 decision to Philadelphia on Sunday in Philly. Shock QB Kyle Rowley was intercepted four times — that's nine picks in his last two games.
The Shock dropped to 8-8 with two regular-season games remaining.
If I'm reading the tiebreakers correctly, Spokane's playoff hopes were extinguished late last night when San Jose defeated New Orleans. With the two division winners likely to be Arizona and San Jose, that leaves two at-large playoff slots.
Spokane can equal San Jose and Utah at 11-7, but lose to both in tiebreakers. Spokane went 0-2 vs. Utah, the first tiebreaker. Spokane split with San Jose, but loses in point differential, the second tiebreaker. I ran that scenario past Andy Olson on the phone Saturday and in a text message with majority owner Brady Nelson and they came to the same conclusion.
Anyway, here's my Shock-Soul game preview (written obviously before San Jose defeated New Orleans).
For some reason, the AFL was putting out playoff scenarios until the last week or so. Here's a link to the AFL's playoff tiebreakers, for what it's worth.
Spokane is nearly halfway through the AFL season. The Shock reach the midpoint after Friday's home showdown with No. 2 Philadelphia and there's a lot at stake. Read more in my game preview that will run in Friday's S-R.
Spokane scored a season-high 75 points. Erik Meyer threw seven touchdown passes and the defense scored twice on interceptions returns.
Spokane, coming off a bye week, tries to end a two-game losing streak when Philadelphia visits the Arena tomorrow night. The Shock (4-7) have seven regular-season games left as they try to earn an at-large playoff berth.
Ryan Vena, the losing quarterback when Spokane crushed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the 2009 arenacup, has done a good job piloting the Soul. He has a 4-2 record, even though he's had some turnover issues.
Here's my preview that will run in Friday's S-R.
—The Shock didn't sign ex-Vandal receiver Eric Greenwood, but he apparently made a good impression. He used two days of his four-day tryout, so he might be back for a couple more days next week. He'll also attend tomorrow's game.
For the first time in a long time, the Shock have their full roster of receivers (Orton, White, Vijil, Sammons, Kauleinamoku and Tennell). Coach Rob Keefe wouldn't disclose who will suit up, but he noted that Orton, who was banged up prior to the bye week, is feeling much better.