Numbers to know: Empire in 1st place

Albany is in its bye week
Albany is 8-2.
Albany is 8-2.

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ALBANY — At 8-2, the Albany Empire sit in first place in the Arena Football League during its bye week and have already clinched a postseason berth.

Next up, the Empire play July 14 at Columbus.

Before that, though, here are 10 numbers to know from the first 10 games of the Empire’s season.  


The Empire’s average home attendance this season. That figure leads the league, ahead of second-place Philadelphia at 8,733.   


Mykel Benson’s Albany-leading rushing yards total. He has attempted 32 rushes and scored six touchdowns.  


Malachi Jones’ team-leading receptions total. He has accumulated 1,245 yards and 21 touchdowns.  


Tevin Homer’s Empire-leading tackle total. He also has 11 assists on the season. 


The Albany Empire’s highest final score this season. That was recorded in a victory against Atlantic City in Week 9.       


Quentin Sims’ receptions total, which is second on the team behind Jones. Sims has accrued 770 yards and 24 touchdowns.  


Deficit the Empire overcame in Week 8, the third-largest deficit in AFL history. The Empire rallied for a 56-55 road win against the Washington Valor after trailing 34-7 early in the game.


Joe Sykes’ Empire-leading sacks total. Sykes is the two-time Defensive Player of the Year, four-time Defensive Lineman of the year and a four-time first-team All-Arena selection.  


How many games up Albany is in the standings. Despite a 54-43 setback to the Philadelphia Soul last weekend, Baltimore and Philadelphia are still tied in second place behind Albany.


Total sacks the opposition have registered on Albany quarterback Tommy Grady. He has 199 completions on 290 attempts this season for 2,645 yards and 59 touchdowns.

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