AT ARIZONA, 7 PDT, FOX SPORTS NET
Site--America West Arena, Phoenix.
Records--Avengers 3-6, Rattlers 6-3.
Record vs. Rattlers--0-1.
Update--The Avengers won four in a row before losing to Detroit in overtime, 49-48. The loss knocked the Avengers into fourth place in the Western Division and into a tie for 15th (with Toronto) in the playoff race. Only 12 teams qualify. Arizona, tied with San Jose for first place in the division, is the best defensive team in Arena football, giving up 37.9 points a game. In beating Orlando last week, quarterback Sherdrick Bonner passed for 316 yards and seven touchdowns. Receiver Calvin Schexnayder caught 13 passes for 163 yards and five touchdowns, including the winning score in overtime. The Avengers will welcome back defensive back Mark Ricks (six interceptions), who sat out last week because of a sore hamstring. They also haven't forgotten how the Rattlers embarrassed them the second week of the season, 49-21.