The number in parenthesis corresponds to the respective team’s change in the ranking from last week.
1. Orlando Apollos (-)
Mr. Good Hands does it again 👐@MrInkredibleXII
— Orlando Apollos (@aafAPOLLOS) March 9, 2019
What else is there to say about this team? Garrett Gilbert is a good quarterback. Charles Johnson is a good receiver. D’Ernest Johnson is a good running back. The Birmingham Iron is viewed as the best defense in the league allowing only 33 points on the season before playing the Apollos. The Apollos hung 31 on them. With the Hotshots visiting Orlando next, it seems like this team will keep rolling.
2. San Antonio Commanders (+2)
— San Antonio Commanders (@aafcommanders) March 11, 2019
Now in a tie for first place, the Commanders look like the team to beat in the West. The ending of the game was scary for the Commanders, as they allowed the Hotshots to climb within four points at the end. The tale of this team has been poor pass defense and that is what allowed the Hotshots to attempt their comeback. It was also how they got their lead as they intercepted Arizona QB John Wolford three times in the first half. RB Kenneth Farrow continues to prove he deserves to be on a committee in the NFL as well. If they can get consistent play from their secondary, this team looks dangerous. Next up, Atlanta.
3. Birmingham Iron (-1)
— Birmingham Iron (@aafiron) March 9, 2019
A short drop for the Iron coming off a pair off losses. The Apollos are the best team in the league by far. The Iron need to start building some positive momentum to finish the season. With players like Beniquez Brown on your defense it’ll be hard to move the ball come game time. I think the Iron competed admirably but their offense wasn’t enough to keep up. If the offense finds someone to run more efficiently between the 20s, then this team will come to full ground-and-pound form. They’ve only managed 24 points over their last two games. Until then, look for short drives ending with Trent Richardson running forward with his eyes close through the endzone. On tap next week is a date with the nearly unreadable San Diego Fleet.
4. San Diego Fleet (+1)
I did not give this team enough credit. Their defense is better than I expected and they proved that with three interceptions off of QB Josh Woodrum. I expected the Stallions to capitalize when the Fleet lost Phillip Nelson for the season, but Mike Bercovici stepped up when he was needed. However, on the season Bercovici still has only one touchdown to his three interceptions, which is not going to take the team far. This win was more about an underwhelming Stallion team than it was an overwhelming Fleet team. This weekend they have a tough test against the Birmingham’s number one defense.
5. Atlanta Legends
— Atlanta Legends (@AafLegends) March 11, 2019
With QB Matt Simms sidelined with an injury, the Legends seemed to have found a decent quarterback in Aaron Murray. His one touchdown to one interception and 61.4% completion percentage rank among the league average. Murray has a good team around him, with solid players like WR Seantavius Jones and RB Tarean Folston, and now they have a chance to prove themselves on offense without the turnover prone Matt Simms under center. The team’s MVP is kicker Younghoe Koo, who has over half of the team’s points on the season. Now one game behind the Iron, the Legends will try to keep their streak going against the San Antonio Commanders.
6. Arizona Hotshots (-3)
— Arizona Hotshots (@aafhotshots) March 11, 2019
The freefall continues for the Hotshots. The offense is streaky, with QB Wolford leading the league in touchdowns with 10 and with tied for the lead in interceptions with six. He has a good arm, but consistency is the key here. The offense can thrive when it has the ball in its hands, but the defense is getting beat up by spending so much time on the field. RB Jhurell Pressley is a solid runner and the other two backs on the team, Tim Cook and Justin Stockton, each have a touchdown on the season. However, better running in the redzone would be a huge plus for this team. The Hotshots will be praying for a turn around as they go on the road against the undefeated Orlando Apollos.
7. Memphis Express (-)
Spin, dive, two-points.
— Memphis Express (@aafexpress) March 10, 2019
How close was the end of that game. The Express were driving and they were a tipped ball from proving they could handle someone in their division. The Legends deserved that win though, for they had 410 total yards of offense compared to the Express’ 217. The Express’ defense can run with most in the league and QB Zach Mettenberger does a good job keeping the ball out of the other team’s hand. RB Zac Stacy used to lead the league in rushing, but he and RB Terrence Magee need to rejuvenate the run-game before they can get back into the win column. Next week they play the Salt Lake Stallions.
8. Salt Lake Stallions (-2)
— Salt Lake Stallions (@aafstallions) March 10, 2019
The Salt Lake Stallions have not benefitted from the hardest schedule thus far, but they haven’t done much with any opportunities given to them. The problem is the run game. Its week six already and the team’s lead rusher, RB Joel Bouagnon, has only 220 rushing yards on the season. That’s a severely unimpressive average of 44.0 a game. QB Josh Woodrum has proved he’s a talented arm, but the offense is unbalanced without a ground attack. Next they host the Memphis Express to try and climb out of the league’s basement.
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