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ARENA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 3/23/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
UTAH
 
PITTSBURGH
-6.5  

+6.5  
-260

+220

115
 
64
Final
33

UTAH (13 - 7) at PITTSBURGH (4 - 13)
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Week 1 Saturday, 3/23/2013 6:00 PM
Board OpenLatest
101UTAH-9-9
102PITTSBURGH116116
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
UTAH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
All Games13-7+4.112-611-961.633.0336.9(7)2.158.026.9303.0(7.4)2.0
Road Games7-4+6.47-25-656.831.9345.5(6.6)1.556.827.9293.4(7.7)1.7
Last 3 Games1-2-0.62-11-246.027.7357.0(6.4)2.759.326.7314.0(8.4)2.0
UTAH - Current Season Statistics
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Offense (All Games)61.633.023.131:365-10(2)29-4367.2%327(7.5)48-337(7)(5.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.54.12821.131:477-19(2.8)24-3863.6%283(7.4)45-302(6.7)(5.6)
Offense Road Games56.831.922.833:325-8(1.6)31-4766.1%337(7.2)52-345(6.6)(6.1)
Defense (All Games)58.026.920.628:247-22(3.2)21-3462.7%281(8.2)41-303(7.4)(5.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.56.528.520.830:347-19(2.7)23-3664.2%277(7.7)43-296(6.9)(5.2)
Defense Road Games56.827.919.426:286-21(3.5)20-3262.1%273(8.4)38-293(7.7)(5.2)

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
All Games4-13-7.27-109-848.524.9290.8(6.4)2.656.630.0259.5(6)1.6
Home Games1-8-10.82-77-250.226.0278.2(6.3)3.260.134.4270.6(5.8)1.9
Last 3 Games1-2+0.31-23-052.725.7277.0(6.6)1.356.730.3238.3(5.5)1.3
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Statistics
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Offense (All Games)48.524.919.831:027-17(2.3)23-3960.4%274(7.1)46-291(6.4)(6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.53.727.220.430:597-21(2.8)23-3763.6%271(7.4)44-292(6.7)(5.4)
Offense Home Games50.226.019.028:446-14(2.3)23-3860.9%264(7)44-278(6.3)(5.5)
Defense (All Games)56.630.018.529:269-28(3.2)20-3459.0%231(6.7)43-259(6)(4.6)
Opponents Offensive Avg.52.92719.930:107-23(3.1)22-3662.5%261(7.3)43-284(6.6)(5.4)
Defense Home Games60.134.420.432:0811-33(3.1)22-3661.0%237(6.6)46-271(5.8)(4.5)
Average power rating of opponents played: UTAH 51.3,  PITTSBURGH 48.3
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
UTAH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
3/23/2013@ PITTSBURGH            
3/29/2013ARIZONA            
4/6/2013TAMPA BAY            
4/20/2013CHICAGO            

PITTSBURGH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
3/23/2013UTAH            
3/29/2013JACKSONVILLE            
4/14/2013@ CHICAGO            
4/19/2013@ NEW ORLEANS            
KEY GAME INFORMATION
UTAH: The Utah Blaze, blessed with one of the most electric attacks in the Arena Football League in 2012, experienced a fair amount of turnover in their receiving corps during the offseason. Tysson Poots, one of the toughest young receivers in the game, bolted to division rival Arizona. Similarly, Alvance Robinson, who posted 1,015 receiving yards in 10 games with the Blaze last season, has been assigned to another ArenaBowl contender in Philadelphia. The Blaze didn't waste time mourning, however, bringing in potent weapons in L.J. Castile, who recorded 1,196 receiving yards for New Orleans last season, and Jared Jenkins, who reeled off 119 receptions for 1,610 yards as a rookie with the Milwaukee Mustangs last year. Castile and Jenkins will join Aaron Lesue ' who more than doubled his touchdown total from 27 in 2011 to 56 last season ' in providing Utah with a three-headed monster at the receiver position. Where it matters most, however, the Blaze have remained stable, with quarterback Tommy Grady coming back after a record-breaking year in Salt Lake City and Ben Stallings, the franchise's all-time leading rusher, returning to Utah for a third year. So long as the Blaze have Tommy 'The Tower' Grady, who accumulated an unbelievable 5,870 passing yards and 142 touchdowns last season, they will be head and shoulders above most defenses in the AFL ' literally and figuratively. On the defensive side of the ball, 'Sack Lake City' took a bit of a hit themselves with the departure of Mike Lewis, who compiled 23 sacks during his two years in Utah. Utah will now rely on Mike Alston to help keep offensive lines from doubling up on Caesar Rayford, who is the franchise record holder with 23.5 career sacks, and Keenan Mace, who flashed All-Arena potential as a rookie nose guard last season. With Mace and Rayford still donning the orange and black, the Blaze should be able to generate an above-average pass rush, which when combined with experienced defensive backs in Al Phillips and Josh Ferguson should lead to poise in their pass defense. Phillips and Ferguson will need to emerge as leaders, however, given that the Blaze have five rookie defensive backs on their roster at the moment, and veteran leader David Hyland remains a free agent. While the spotlight will surely shine on the Blaze as they attempt to wrest West Division supremacy from the Rattlers, attention should also be paid to an emerging rivalry between Utah and Spokane, from which the Blaze took offensive lineman Shannon Tevaga, as well as Alston and Ferguson.
PITTSBURGH: Pittsburgh's power stems from its secondary. Coming off a season in which the Power led the Arena Football League in both total defense and pass defense, the team only bolstered its defensive backfield during the offseason, bringing in All-Arena Jack linebacker Alvin Ray Jackson and veteran defensive back Sergio Gilliam to mesh with the franchise's career interceptions leader, Chris LeFlore. Jackson immediately gives Pittsburgh an edge at the Jack position, after snagging 14 interceptions ' more than any Jack in the history of the League ' with the New Orleans VooDoo last season. Meanwhile, Gilliam led the Kansas City Command with six interceptions and LeFlore led the Power with nine interceptions last season. With Gilliam and LeFlore in place, the Power should be more adequately prepared for the potential loss of leading tackler Bryan Williams. On the defensive line, Dominie Pittman was intriguing as a rookie last season. The team will need a big year from him, especially if fellow lineman Anthony Degrate does not return to the squad. The defense will need to be sound if the Power are to earn their first playoff berth in franchise history. On offense, Pittsburgh boasts a number of interesting, yet unproven, options. Pittsburgh's Achilles' heel the last two seasons has been the quarterback position. Coach Derek Stingley hopes to change that this year with the addition of former LSU signal-caller Jordan Jefferson. Though a tremendous talent, Jefferson is still an unproven commodity who will have to beat out fellow rookie Shane Austin and third-year journeyman Steven Sheffield for the job. There will also be an interesting battle at fullback, with last season's starter, Tyre Young, competing for carries with Kirby Griffin ' who took last year off after helping the Jacksonville Sharks to an ArenaBowl championship in 2011 ' and Jason Ford ' who ranks second in Illinois history with 26 career touchdowns. Question marks still remain at the receiver position, however. The franchise's career receiving leader, Mike Washington, returns for a third season as the squad's clear number one target, but the next three receivers on the team's 2012 depth chart all remain free agents. The biggest name on the list is undoubtedly former Ironman of the Year, PJ Berry, who has starred as a receiver and kick return specialist over the last three seasons. The team is also currently without the big play abilities of Oderick Turner and Randy Hymes, who are both unassigned to this point. On the team's current depth chart, the recently acquired Shamar Graves comes in as the second-most experienced wideout on the roster after hauling in 29 passes with the Jacksonville Sharks last season. Though the team is certainly not devoid of talent at the position, bringing in another veteran receiver ' whether a new face or one from last year's squad ' may likely be on the immediate agenda. In the kicking game, Pittsburgh hopes that new acquisition Josh Smith can help the team move up from a dreadful 70 percent conversion rate on extra-point attempts last season. Coach Stingley insists this will be a very interesting training camp for Pittsburgh and with plenty of talented, yet unproven options, Power fans will want to stay tuned during the month of March.
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