New York Dragons at Soul
Records: New York 2-7;
When: Tonight, 7:30
Where: Wachovia Center
Line: New York by 1 1/2
Radio: WPEN (950-AM)
All-time series: The Dragons hold a 4-3 edge, but the Soul beat New York, 65-60, on April 1. It was the last time Philadelphia won a game.
About the Soul: Former Dragon Juston Wood will make his third start at quarterback in place of Tony Graziani (shoulder). Graziani is eligible to come off injured reserve after this game and is scheduled to throw on Thursday for the first time since he was hurt on April 16.
About New York: The return of quarterback Aaron Garcia 2 weeks ago breathed a little fire into the Dragons' lineup. Garcia missed the first six games of this season and a majority of 2006 with a fractured tibia.
Spread the news: The point spread will tell you all you need to know about how far the Soul has sunk. When these teams met in New York a little more than a month ago, the Soul was favored by 11. New York is 1 1/2-point favorite tonight.
Poll position: The Soul, losers of its last five, has dropped to 12th (out of 19 teams) in the latest AFL media's Top 12 poll. The Soul had been ranked as high as No. 2. New York is unranked.
Stat watch: During the five-game slide, the Soul has
a turnover differential of minus-9.
Up next: The sixth and final Monday night game of the year, when New Orleans visits the Wachovia Center on May 21. It's a key intraconference game since the VooDoo (4-6) could be in direct contention with the Soul for one of the six National Conference playoff spots.
- Ed Barkowitz