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Philly ranks the best, but it's a close call

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.

Originally Published: June 26, 2008
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

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.

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