Blame it on the defense.
Seven weeks ago, the Utah Blaze sat just one game above a .500 record in the midst of a three-game slump.
Today, the Blaze are riding high after a four-game Arena Football League winning streak has vaulted them into the third playoff spot in the National Conference.
And while Utah's offense continues to light up the scoreboard, the cause for the turnaround has been the stellar play of the Blaze defense. During its past four contests, Utah has surrendered just 41.5 points per game.
"We didn't change a lot of the personnel, we had to improve the performance of the personnel we had. A lot of that has to do with coaching and (defensive coordinator) Rob Keefe is a big reason for the improvement," said coach Ron James.
The Blaze (10-5) take their streak on the road to face the Arizona Rattlers, the last team to defeat them, tonight in Phoenix.
Keefe was hired as the new defensive coordinator on May 24 -- days after Utah gave up a season-high 86 points in a loss to the Rattlers.
"When you come in midseason as coach, you have to be observant," said Keefe. "I wanted to see the talent we had and I wanted to see what kind of camaraderie we had. Is it one group, or is it eight individuals? I wanted to make sure we had a group of guys that want to play together."
During its first 10 games, the Blaze defense surrendered an average of 312.4 yards in total offense. Since Keefe's arrival, the unit has held opponents to just 272.4 yards per game while Utah has posted a 4-1 record. The on-field results have been phenomenal.
"The entire defense is playing together right now," James said. "All the players are buying into the concept and it's showing on the field."
The top-ranked Rattlers (12-3) own the AFL's third-best scoring offense (64.1 ppg) and employ the reigning AFL MVP at quarterback in Nick Davila.
The matchup should provide a good indicator of just how effective the defense can be as Utah makes its final push towards the postseason.