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Valor Need to Weather the Storm!

June 30, 2017
The (1-8) Washington Valor try and find a way to get into the win column for the first time in nearly three months, Saturday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida against the (7-2) Tampa Bay Storm. 

On paper, the Valor should have very little chance to win, but of course, that's why they play the game on the field and not inside a spiral notebook. 

To get you started with our inside-look at the Valor-Storm matchup, my partner Wes Hall and I breakdown the matchup in video form on "Valor Gameday" right here:

Now, we go "Inside the Numbers" for Saturday night's affair in Tampa. The game will kickoff at 7 PM and can be seen nationally on CBS Sports Network. 

***With a win over the Valor, the Storm would improve to (8-2) overall but most importantly for Tampa, they would clinch a home postseason game with a victory. They haven't hosted a playoff game since 2010.  It would also be their best start since the 2003 season. 

***The Valor have lost all three meetings against Tampa this year, but just a few weeks ago, they went down in a heartbreaker, 58-57. Washington makes too many self-inflicted mistakes to overcome the best teams, like Tampa, so they'll need to play near-perfect. 

**Tampa has gone up against Valor head coach Dean Cokinos 12 times and has an (8-4) record against him. That's the most wins they have against any active AFL head coach. 

**As we mentioned in "Valor Gameday" -- the Storm will be missing Joe Hills who returned to his former AFL team in Jacksonville, to be part of another league for now. They still have weapons and they still have quarterback, Randy Hippeard. Randy has been dandy so far! He leads the AFL in passing yards average per game at 276.6. He's also completing a league-high 68.9% of his passes and has a 123.4 pass efficiency, also tops in the league. 

To help make up for the loss of Hills, which is a huge departure, Kendal Thompkins will join LaMark Brown and Kendrick Ings. Thompkins has 198 receptions, 2,695 yards and 38 touchdowns in his career. 

***For the Valor, Sean Brackett has been pretty good overall and had a terrific performance in Tampa a few weeks ago, completing over 72% of his attempts for 299 yards and seven passing scores. Charles McClain has been a big part of his success, and in that tight loss inside Amalie Arna, he caught nine passes for 137 yards and three scores. McClain had 215 all-purpose yards in that game. 

McClain also had three more touchdowns last week (6-51) in Baltimore. McClain has 31 catches for 346 yards on the year, along with 9 touchdowns. Six of his nine scores in 2017 have come in the previous three meetings with the Storm. 

***Watch out for Tampa linebacker Alvin Ray Jackson who has a team-leading 37.5 total tackles along with 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception. 

**For Washington, Will Corbin, all 6'6 and 315 pounds of him will have to help lead the way. He broke off a 41-yard run last week in Baltimore forcing missed and broken tackles before finishing off the drive with a touchdown run. It was a commitment to be tough and physcial for the Valor. 

**In his last four games, Valor WR Greg Carr has 11 touchdowns on (28 - 344). 

Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins, Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade for Monumental Sports Network (  Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN