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Force ride three-game winning streak to New Orleans

Doug Plank calls success a "progressive realization of a goal."

It's that progress that has helped the Force (6-5) fight back from a 3-5 record with a three-game winning streak that has seen Georgia beat two of the leagues best teams and set offensive records against the AFL's best defense.

Now, the Force head to New Orleans to take on the division foe the streak started against. It was a Saturday night three weeks ago when Georgia beat the VooDoo 66-39 at home for its first division win. At the time New Orleans was first in the Southern Division.

"We recognized how important it was because it was a division game and we played very well," said Plank, the Force coach. "No one lost confidence in each other. That is the explanation for what has happened the last three games."

For that streak to continue the Force will have to win just its third road game of the season and second straight. And it must do it in a nationally televised game on ESPN2. The Force are one game back to division leader Orlando in the loss column and a game behind New Orleans.

"It is the most important game of the season. No doubt," Plank said. "It is on national television, in our division, in our conference. It is about maintaining our performance."

The biggest change in the performance has been an explosion of one the league's already high-performing offenses. The last four weeks, the Force have started the same receiving corps for the only time this season, the offensive line keeps leading the league in fewest sacks allowed and quarterback Chris Greisen broke his own team and personal record for yards and touchdowns in a game last week.

The consistency has allowed the offense to expand and let offensive coordinator Jim Kubiak get a comfort level with his offense.

"I find myself doing a better job of putting these guys in the right situations," Kubiak said. "I am doing better than I was earlier in the year. Everybody is starting to see what their role is and executing.

"One thing that has really developed over the course of the last four or five we is we have started to game plan for weaknesses of what teams do. That allows you to get ahead a little bit and get a lot of things in."

The challenge this week for Kubiak and the Force is not just setting the game plan, but altering it from the one the team used against New Orleans three weeks ago. New Orleans has played just one game since its loss to Georgia.

"We have some new wrinkles," Kubiak said. "They appear to be a team that, they do what they do, they have a philosophy and they stick to it. We are going to be ready. We'll be ready for any of the wrinkles that they'll throw at us."

And this is a team with plenty of confidence that over the last weeks has only grown.

"The best is yet to come," Plank said. "I think the progression of our team toward our stated goals, we are getting there.

"It was never (the goal) to have the best record in the league or conference, because we tried that on last year and it didn't work out too well."

SideBar: Force AT VooDoo

· When: Monday, 8 p.m.

· Where: New Orleans

· TV/Radio: ESPN2/790-AM