Arizona Rattlers: Chicago Rush Will Challange the Rattlers' Perfect Home Record

Tyson AbaroaContributor IMay 12, 2011

Trandon Harvey needs to keep the ball away from Chicago's Vic Hall who leades the league with 8 interceptions.
Trandon Harvey needs to keep the ball away from Chicago's Vic Hall who leades the league with 8 interceptions.Gene Lower/Getty Images

Week 10 in the Arena Football League, and the Arizona Rattlers boast a 7-1 record and a 5-0 home record. Their at-home magic will be put to the test again as the Chicago Rush travel to the desert home that is getting hotter by the day along with the Rattlers.

After the tough divisional stretch the last three weeks, the Arizona Rattlers maintain control of their division by a two-game lead. And they are knocking at the door of being mathematically qualified for the postseason.  Next on the list is the Chicago Rush.  

An angry and emotional Chicago Rush will travel to Arizona and look to reestablish their dominance over the NC Central, following their second-half meltdown in Tulsa that resulted in defeat. 

Chicago doesn’t necessarily top any of the league’s top statistics, but they are still a dangerous team that could throw a wrench in Arizona’s gears. They did so last year when they defeated the Rattlers with superior defensive plays.

Even with the second-best defense in the league, the Rattlers' offense will need to be careful to protect the ball. The Rush field DB Vic Hall, who has tallied eight interceptions over the course of the season.

He may prove to be the thorn in the side of Arizona’s Nick Davila, who has thrown eight interceptions so far. However, Vic Hall may be so busy figuring out what Arizona receivers Trandon Harvey and Rod Windsor are going to do next that he might not get a chance at the ball.

Saturday will be a great opportunity for coach Kevin Guy to showcase RB Oddie Armstrong, who has 11 touchdowns and 146 rushing yards. Armstrong could be the key player in keeping Vic Hall not only honest, but also keeping the ball out of his hands and keeping their home record perfect.