The official debut of the Alliance of American Football took place this past weekend, and what a debut it was. A fresh take on professional football had fans flocking to the closest TV to watch the games on Saturday and Sunday and also led to plenty of positive reactions in the process.
Now that all eight teams have played one game, it’s time to debut the official BIGPLAY Power Rankings, which ranks all the teams in the AAF from first to worst.
Let’s take a look at how the teams stack up after Week 1.
1. Orlando Apollos
— Orlando Apollos (@aafAPOLLOS) February 11, 2019
The Orlando Apollos are one of few teams in the AAF that proved to have an explosive offense in Week 1. That, in turn, lead to a 36-point victory over the Atlanta Legends, who managed to only score six points thanks to three sacks and three interceptions by Orlando.
2. Birmingham Iron
Birmingham Iron runningback and former NFL first-round pick Trent Richardson has the first multi-touchdown by an RB in the AAF’s existence, grabbing two scores and 23 totes for 58 yards in the Iron’s 26-0 shutout of the Memphis Express on Sunday. Their defense kept Express QB Christian Hackenberg to 87 yards and an INT, which means Birmingham is one of the most well-rounded teams after one week of play.
3. Arizona Hotshots
— Arizona Hotshots (@aafhotshots) February 11, 2019
Former Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford may be the best QB in the league, at least that’s what he showed in Week 1. Wolford completed 18-of-29 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns to go with two completed 2-point conversions. Arizona’s defense is still a work in progress, but their offense will for sure get them plenty of wins this season.
4. San Antonio Commanders
San Antonio has a lot of talent that just needs to get in sync more. Their wide receivers and defense are their strong suits, but offensive line play was the reason they couldn’t move the chains consistently. QB Logan Woodside is a work in progress. But with that being said, expect WR Mekale McKay to be one of the league’s top wideouts this season.
5. Salt Lake Stallions
Never forget it.
The first touchdown in Stallions history, brought to you by Matt Asiata. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/oKmaVbhhNV
— Salt Lake Stallions (@aafstallions) February 11, 2019
With a backfield of former NFL runningback’s Branden Oliver and Matt Asiata, you’d think the Salt Lake Stallions would have a more potent running game. But they don’t. Both RB’s combined for 44 yards and were the second and third fiddles to Joel Bouagnon, who had 16 total carries against the Hotshots for a measly 39 yards. The Stallions’ defense is their crutch and their offense is something to be desired.
6. San Diego Fleet
— San Diego Fleet (@AAFFleet) February 11, 2019
Head coach Mike Martz had himself a situation at QB in Week 1. He benched starter Mike Bercovici, who was supposed to be one of the league’s better passers, for backup Philip Nelson who didn’t prove to be much better in the team’s debut. San Diego’s defense managed to only give up 15 points while notching nine QB hits and two interceptions. But until they get their QB situation figured out they will continue to struggle scoring points.
7. Memphis Express
"We played hard…we did not play complementary football." – Coach Singletary pic.twitter.com/VGZZJ8y07G
— Memphis Express (@aafexpress) February 11, 2019
Mike Singletary and the Memphis Express lost a 26-0 shutout in Week 1 to the Iron. Nothing seemed to be working at all on either side of the ball, though the hope is that they will turn things around given some of the talent they have on their roster. Hackenberg and running back Zac Stacy failed to prove that NFL experience means they can thrive in the AAF.
8. Atlanta Legends
First points in @TheAAF history?
That’s legen … wait for it … dary. pic.twitter.com/vrjgnQe9C1
— Atlanta Legends (@AafLegends) February 10, 2019
The Atlanta Legends’ tandem of Matt Simms and Aaron Murray at quarterback was a lot less potent than previously expected in the team 40-6 loss on Saturday night. The two combined for 164 yards and three interceptions. There were no real signs of hope for Atlanta in their debut which is why they are at the bottom of the rankings this week. The only way to go from here is up.