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Thursday, June 26, 2008
Philly ranks the best, but it's a close call

By Gary Horton
Scouts Inc.

While there's no clear-cut favorite to win ArenaBowl XXII, ranking the teams 1-12 in six different categories -- quarterbacks, run offense, pass offense, run defense, pass defense and special teams -- offers an interesting look at the contenders. There are five teams within four points of each other at the top, a group of three within two of each other in the middle and four others who aren't that far off, but will need to play great every week to have a chance to go to New Orleans.

Here's the breakdown:

From Top To Bottom
Team QB Pass offense Run offense Pass defense Run defense Special teams Overall
1. Philadelphia 3 1 4 5 10 5 28
T-2. Chicago 6 6 2 1 3 12 30
T-2. Dallas 7 8 5 4 4 2 30
T-4. Cleveland 5 4 1 11 5 6 32
T-4. Georgia 2 3 6 9 2 10 32
6. San Jose 4 7 11 3 9 3 37
7. Utah 1 2 9 12 7 7 38
8. Grand Rapids 11 5 3 7 12 1 39
9. Arizona 12 12 8 8 1 4 45
10. New York 8 10 12 2 6 11 49
11. Orlando 9 9 7 6 11 8 50
12. Colorado 10 11 10 10 8 9 58