If anyone has ever played the video game Mortal Kombat , you are fimiliar with seeing and hearing the words “finish him” when your opponent can not take another hit. Just like a fight that is about to be over, the Gladiators will finish off the Georgia Force at home in the first round of the playoffs. The Gladiators are the superior team and they boasted a 7-2 home record during the regular season. Georgia will come into Quicken Loans Arena to be victimized.
The Gladiators offense and defense turns up the intensity several notches at home. They play without mercy and take no prisoners. The last four home wins were double digit victories against the Philadelphia Soul 59-41, Georgia Force 62-48, San Jose Sabercats 82-21, and Pittsburgh Power 67-55. Also, keep in mind that Quicken Loans Arena has the fourth largest seating capacity of all arenas in the country. Only The Palace in Auburn Hills (Detroit) , Verizon Center (Washington, D.C.), and Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia) are larger. Crowd noise will definately be a factor.
The Gladiators are 13th in passsing offense with 4,438 yards and eighth in rushing with 452 yards. Defensively they are seventh in passing yards allowed with 4,615 and 15th in rushing yards allowed with 534.
The Force are the sixth best passing team with 5,100 yards. However, they have a weak ground attack, ranked 18th with 85 yards. They have one of the league’s worst defenses giving up 4,763 yards through the air and 588 yards on the ground which ranks 17th in the league.
The Gladiators defeated Orlando at home in the first round of the playoffs in 2008. After that they defeated Georgia before being eliminated by the Philadelphia Soul. The Gladiators seem to beat the Force at every turn.
The Divisional round against Georgia is on July 31 at 3:00 p.m.