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AFL's Inside the Numbers: Week 7

May 18, 2017
T.T. 2K  - T.T. Toliver was literally inches away from reaching 2,000 points in his career in Week 6. The Valor wide receiver took a toss-sweep in the fourth quarter around the edge and flipped forward, hitting the wall just inches from the end zone. The play prevented Toliver, currently sitting on 1,996 career points, from becoming the fifth man in AFL history to surpass the 2,000-point barrier. Worse though, came on the next play when Erik Meyer fumbled the snap, a fumble that the Storm recovered to preserve a 41-33 victory. Now, Toliver remains one-touchdown away from the coveted 2,000-point mark. The good news? Toliver gets to return to his old stomping grounds in Tampa Bay this week for a second crack at the Storm.

Most Career Points Scored in AFL
1. Barry Wagner – 2,490 Points

2. Damian Harrell – 2,172 Points

3. Eddie Brown – 2,076 Points

4. Chris Jackson – 2,052 Points

5. T.T. Toliver – 1,996 Points

T.T. 16K  – Not only could we be referring to Toliver as “T.T. 2K” on Saturday night. We could be calling him “T.T. 16K” as well. Toliver already has the most receiving yards in the history of the AFL with 15,916, and can become the first to ever log 16,000 receiving yards with 84 yards against a team in which he recorded 6,163 of those yards with over the course of seven seasons.

McDaniels' Quest For 100  – Philadelphia Soul wide out Ryan McDaniel has only been in the AFL for five seasons, but he already has his sights set on 100 career touchdown catches. Already with 10 this season, if he can pick up two more scores against Cleveland in Week 7, he'll become the 10th active player in the AFL with at least 100 TD receptions.

Getting Over the Hill  – Storm wide receiver Joe Hills is most known for his active streak of 73 consecutive games with a touchdown reception. This week though, he's going to be known for reaching the 8,000-yard mark in his career. Hills needs just three more yards to get to 8,000 for his career, and that would make him the third active player to get to that point.

Most Career Receiving Yards (Active Players)
T.T. Toliver (Washington) – 15,916 Yards

Reggie Gray (Baltimore) – 9,285 Yards

Joe Hills (Tampa Bay) – 7,997 Yards

Philadelphia's Money Man  – They call Darius Reynolds, "Money" in Philadelphia for a reason. Reynolds has been massive in Philadelphia's first five games, scoring 13 TDs out of his 29 receptions. Reynolds needed 109 receiving yards last week to reach the 5,000-yard mark in his career and came up with 105. If we were betting "money" on it, "Money" will get to five “grand” this week.

Benson Set to Pass Barley  – Soul fullback Mykel Benson continues to be one of the top rushing threats in the AFL. He's five touchdowns away from 100 for his career, and though that might not be attainable this week against Cleveland, moving into sixth place all-time on the League's rushing list certainly is. Benson enters this week with 1,380 rushing yards, just 10 behind one of the truly great two-way fullback/linebackers in AFL history, Les Barley. In short order, Benson will likely pass Odie Armstrong this season as well, who is fifth all-time on the career rushing list with 1,438 yards.

Raudabaugh Closing in on 30,000  – We're probably still one more week away from Philly quarterback Dan Raudabaugh reaching the 30,000-yard mark for in his career, but it wouldn't be the first-time we saw a QB throw for nearly 500 yards in a game in the AFL. Raudabaugh needs 478 yards against Cleveland to join the 30,000-yard club, a mark that only nine others have reached in this league. One of those men is his head coach, Clint Dolezel, who finished his career with 44,564 yards.

Soul Seeking 6-0  – The Soul have opened up their season at 5-0, and they'll go for their sixth straight win to kick off the campaign against the Gladiators in Week 7. Philadelphia has only started 6-0 twice in its history, in 2008 (9-0) and 2015 (7-0).

Going Back-to-Back  – The Valor and Storm are set to play against each other for the second consecutive week. If you're trying to think of the last time two teams played consecutive regular season games against each other, you'll have to go back a number of years. The last time it happened was in 2002 when the Buffalo Destroyers and Detroit Fury played a home-and-home set. The Storm have only been involved in two back-to-backs since moving to Tampa Bay, sweeping Nashville in 1999 and splitting with Denver in 1991. (The Pittsburgh Gladiators also did so five times.) This is going to be the 31st time in AFL history that two teams have played against each other in back-to-back regular season weeks. The first 30 though, came in the first 16 seasons of the league's existence.