Week 2 of regular season action in the AAF led to some more fun filled action. The eight teams have begun to separate themselves a bit more thanks to another game and another week of practice with each other.
Let’s take a look at this week’s BIGPLAY Power Rankings:
The number in parenthesis corresponds to the respective teams change in the power rankings from last week.
1. Orlando Apollos (-)
— Orlando Apollos (@aafAPOLLOS) February 18, 2019
Orlando flexed their offensive dominance on Sunday, putting up 428 yards of total offense. The Apollos as now averaging 38.5 points per game through two weeks. Their defense isn’t spectacular, but it’s good enough to make plays and keep them in games. Few teams in the Alliance can contend with Garrett Gilbert and Orlando’s potent passing game.
2. Arizona Hotshots (+1)
— Arizona Hotshots (@aafhotshots) February 18, 2019
After staging a 14-point comeback in the fourth quarter, the Arizona Hotshots have proven worthy of the no. 2 spot this week. Against a Memphis Express team that ran the ball well and kept Arizona’s passing attack in check for almost three quarters, three turnovers forced by the Hotshots allowed them to stay alive on Saturday and win a game that was seemingly out of reach. Resiliency is a key component of this team and could help them in the long run.
3. Birmingham Iron (-1)
— Birmingham Iron (@aafiron) February 18, 2019
The Birmingham Iron are really good in two phases of the game, which has allowed them to win their first two games of the season. Unfortunately, their offense struggled mightily against the Stallions on Saturday, which is why they got bumped down one spot in this week’s rankings. If it wasn’t for a special teams touchdown in the third quarter the team may have gone the entire game without finding the endzone. Luis Perez and Trent Richardson need to show an ability to generate big plays on offense if this team wants to continue winning.
4. San Antonio Commanders (-)
— San Antonio Commanders (@aafcommanders) February 19, 2019
The San Antonio Commanders played great football on Sunday, aside from one play. That one play resulted in a pick-six that gave the Apollos the lead midway through the fourth quarter. The Commanders dominated time of possession, were excellent on 3rd down, and had improved offensive line play which allowed them to run the ball better and keep QB Logan Woodside up in the pocket. If they continue to play like they did in Week 2, San Antonio could be moving up in the rankings sooner rather than later.
5. Memphis Express (+2)
— Memphis Express (@aafexpress) February 18, 2019
Though the Express did lose this week, what they showed during their game has them making the biggest jump of any team in the rankings this week. Memphis was minutes away from beating Arizona, but a big comeback by the Hotshots forced the Express to grab yet another loss this season. Christian Hackenberg improved from Week 1 and running back Zac Stacy helped them win the time of possession battle. If the defense could have made one more stop we may have been viewing Mike Singletary’s squad a little differently today.
6. San Diego Fleet (-)
Pro Football is officially back in San Diego. ⚓️🏈🙌 Thank you for making history with us!
— San Diego Fleet (@AAFFleet) February 19, 2019
A win over the Atlanta Legends isn’t anything to be pumped up about, which is exactly what the San Diego Fleet did Sunday night by a score of 24-12. Though the run game looked good, shaky quarterback play and an average (at best) defense won’t win you very many games. But the Fleet one which is why they stay put at no. 6.
7. Salt Lake Stallions (-2)
We’re coming home SLC and we’re challenging you to #ICEtheRICE.
— Salt Lake Stallions (@aafstallions) February 18, 2019
The Stallions nearly pulled out a win against Birmingham on Saturday, but couldn’t muster up enough offense against what likely is the best defense in the league. Having a backup QB take over starting duties didn’t help, but even Josh Woodrum hasn’t shown an ability to be consistent when healthy. Until the offense finds more consistency Salt Lake will stay put near the bottom of the rankings.
8. Atlanta Legends (-)
“We have eight opportunities left and we will give it everything that we have to get it right and win games.” – HC Kevin Coyle
— Atlanta Legends (@AafLegends) February 19, 2019
The Legends are safely at the bottom of this ranking model. Scoring only one touchdown through two weeks, Atlanta has a ton to work on before they can even think about competing with the top teams in the AAF.