The New Orleans VooDoo will be facing a tough test on the road Sunday against the Philadelphia Soul, but they are very familiar with these types of challenges.
Coming off an unexpected bye week after the team’s Week 15 matchup against the Las Vegas Outlaws was cancelled, the VooDoo (3-12) are tasked with going into the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and squaring off against one of the most potent teams in the Arena Football League.
Led by quarterback Dan Raudabaugh, the Soul (13-3) boasts a passing attack that has seen Raudabaugh throw for AFL highs in passing yards (4,596) and touchdowns (108), while also boasting the third highest completion percentage as well (66.4).
Assisted by Raudabaugh’s explosive offense, the Soul racks up nearly 60 points per game and brings a 15-game home winning streak into Sunday’s game against the Voodoo.
While the team faces tough odds heading into Sunday’s contest, they know that they are no strangers to such odds on the road lately. The VooDoo have faced teams with over .500 records in its past four road games, including a 62-41 loss at Philadelphia on June 6.
While New Orleans has suffered double-digit losses in those four matchups against some of the AFL’s elite, the team hopes they can still ride off the excitement surrounding their July 18 victory over the Tampa Bay Storm in what may have been the team’s final game in New Orleans.
Kennedy tries continue roll
If the VooDoo are to turn around their recent road struggles, they will have to look for another big performance from quarterback Adam Kennedy.
Kennedy has thrown for 1,321 yards with 26 touchdowns and six interceptions in the team’s past five games, and his five-touchdown performance in the Voodoo’s last game against the Storm was a major reason for the emotional wave that the team rode to victory on an emotional night at the Smoothie King Center.
While Kennedy’s counterpart, Raudabaugh, might be the AFL’s MVP up to this point, the VooDoo quarterback has recently showed the ability to generate the big plays needed for New Orleans to keep up with the AFL’s elite.
In the Voodoo’s loss to the Soul on June 6, Kennedy was playing in his first game since recovering from a shoulder injury, and he completed 27 of 42 passes for 270 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Spiderman going for record
Coming off what may be his best performance with the VooDoo in the team’s win over the Storm, receiver Roger “Spiderman” Jackson will be attempting to get closer to reaching a few franchise records.
Jackson, a Westwego native, caught four passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Storm and is only 88 yards and three touchdowns shy of tying VooDoo franchise records for a rookie receiver held by Kenny Henderson.
Entering Sunday’s game, Jackson has accumulated 66 catches for 807 yards and 15 touchdowns.