Soul Tonight

Posted: April 09, 2007

Georgia Force at Soul

Records: Georgia 4-1; Soul 4-0

When: Tonight, 7:30

Where: Wachovia Center

Line: Soul by 6. Over/under: 121

TV: ESPN2

Radio: WPEN (950-AM)

All-time series: Soul leads, 1-0. Philadelphia picked up a must-win in Atlanta in last year's regular-season finale, 57-41. Eddie Moten picked off Georgia quarterback Matt Nagy three times and the victory clinched Philadelphia's first playoff berth.

Storyline: This is Part II of a difficult three-part, early-season test for the Soul. Philadelphia beat Colorado 2 weeks ago and plays a biggie next week at Dallas, the league's only other undefeated team.

Up next: The Soul visits Dallas (6-0) next Monday in a battle for the AFL Eastern Division. Coming into the week, Dallas and Philadelphia were ranked Nos. 1-2 by the league's sports writers.

About Georgia: Georgia got caught looking ahead last week and was upset at Columbus . . . The Force is coached by former Chicago Bear Doug Plank, whose uniform number inspired the name of the team's legendary "46" defense . . . Wide receiver Chris Jackson was a favorite target for Tony Graziani when the two played together in Los Angeles (2001-04). Jackson had 13 catches and three TDs against Columbus . . . Quarterback Chris Greisen came into the week with a league-high 37 touchdown passes and was March's offensive player of the month.

Familiar faces: Georgia defensive back Reggie Doster will be playing against the Soul for the second time in 5 weeks. He had 3 tackles in Week 2 with Grand Rapids, which released him after four games. Doster, who was with the Soul in 2006, was signed by Georgia on March 28 . . . Defensive lineman Ernest Allen, second-team All-AFL with the Soul last season, has 2 1/2 sacks for Georgia this year.

Notable stat: Georgia's top three receivers - Jackson, Troy Bergeron and Derek Lee - have combined for 120 catches, 1,490 yards and 37 TDs. By comparison, the Soul's top three (Charles Pauley, Larry Brackins and Sean Scott) have 65 catches, 946 yards and 20 scores.

- Ed Barkowitz

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