SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Blaze face another "big game" tonight.
The Blaze (2-2) take on the reigning Arena Bowl champion Jacksonville Sharks (1-2) in a key matchup. Both teams are coming off of bye weeks and will be looking to rebound after suffering losses in week four.
"Winning a game on the road in this league is always a challenge," Utah coach Ron James said. "We have to be a more efficient team offensively."
Utah slipped to third in the National Conference's West Division after falling to the New Orleans VooDoo two weeks ago, 72-57.
Meanwhile, Jacksonville has dropped its last two contests, mostly recently a matchup with Tampa Bay Storm that was decided on the game's final play.
Turnovers will once again be a key factor in deciding who comes away with a victory. Last week, Utah turned the ball over seven times against the VooDoo with five interceptions and two lost fumbles.
The Blaze have worked hard on correcting mental mistakes in an effort to be more efficient as it prepares to take on a Jacksonville squad that has registered a league-low four takeaways. Both teams hold a turnover margin of (-5).
Defensively, the Blaze continues to pace the Arena Football League with 16 sacks on the season.
All-Arena defensive ends Mike Lewis and Caesar Rayford are the league's leaders in that category, placing first (6.0 sacks) and second (4.5 sacks), respectively.
Getting pressure on the quarterback will go a long way in stifling a Sharks offense that ranks 16th in the AFL in total offense (236.0 ypg) and 15th in passing.
Jacksonville features Omar Jacobs and Bernard Morris at quarterback following the departure of Chris Leak, who left the team after one week.
Utah is expecting big things out of quarterback Tommy Grady, who ranks fifth in the AFL with an average of 313.0 yards in total offense per game. In four contests, Grady has thrown for 25 touchdowns and rushed for three more scores.