The Baltimore Brigade entered the AFL in 2017. Shane Carden quarterbacked the team for most of the season, passing for 63 touchdowns, 15 picks, and 3,169 yards. Brandon Thompkins and Reggie Gray led all receivers, combining for 1,293 yards and 24 scores. Josh Victorian led defensive backs with five picks, returning one for a score. The story of the Brigade can be told with one large statistic: the team was outscored 162-83 in first quarters, constantly putting the team in a hole to dig out of. Baltimore went 4-10, but did give the Philadelphia Soul their only loss of the campaign, 49-42 in Maryland. The team qualified as the final seed in the playoffs and was soundly defeated by the Soul 69-54 in a game where the Brigade never led. Randy Hippeard quarterbacked the Briagde in 2018, throwing for 61 touchdowns to just five interceptions and 2,901 yards. Brandon Thompkins caught 85 balls for 809 yards and fifteen scores. The team went 7-5 in the regular season and clinched a playoff pairing with Philadelphia, the two-time defending champions of the AFL. Baltimore dismantled the Soul in back-to-back games 57-45 and 53-41, as the Soul were never close in either game. The Soul trailed 48-19 in the first game, while falling behind 35-19 in the second contest. Due to a Washington upset of Albany and Washington's arena being under renovations, Baltimore hosted Arena Bowl XXXI. Washington would upset the first place Brigade 69-55.