For the second time this season, the Georgia Force will take a two-game winning streak and a .500 record into a big game.
Last time, the wins came against the winless Utah Blaze and Kansas City Brigade and the third game was a 65-62 loss to division rival Orlando.
This time, things look different as the Force (5-5) head to New York to battle the Dragons (6-4).
The Force's two wins this time around came against the New Orleans VooDoo and the Philadelphia Soul. The VooDoo lead the Force's Southern Division and the Soul entered last week's game with the best record in the AFL. And the Force scored 22 unanswered points in the final minutes to beat the Soul on Monday night.
"You bet it was a boost," Force coach Doug Plank said. "Through some of those early losses that we suffered at the end of those games, there wasn't a sense of give-up or loss or anything like that. Last week's game was an indicator that this team will continue to play until the final bell."
Fullback and linebacker Matt Huebner said Monday's win was more affirmation to the Force that they can play and beat the best, rather than just a momentum builder.
"It's too bad we waited til the last three minutes to show it," said Huebner, who had six carries for 30 yards and a score to go with his 21/2 tackles and a sack on defense. "I think it shows how good the Georgia Force really are.
"We consider ourselves one of the best teams in the league. We just have to go out there and prove it."
In New York, the Force will have to live up to their No. 1-ranked offense. New York boasts the No. 1 defense in the AFL. The Dragons are second in the league in sacks and first in the league in pass defense.
Huebner may continue to be a factor in the offense to counteract New York's pass rush.
"I've been fortunate enough to get some good blocking," Huebner said. "The run opens up the pass."
Adding to the Force's challenge is a 3 p.m. game today following a late Monday night game earlier in the week. Huebner said he wasn't sure what day of the week it was Saturday.
"It throws everything off," Huebner said.
Plank isn't interested in the day of the week.
"It is somewhat disruptive," Plank said. "Every team has to go through it. I try not to make too much of it.
"Whether it is a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, is really irrelevant."
SideBar: FORCE AT DRAGONS
When: Today, 3 p.m.
Where: Long Island, N.Y.