The Alliance: Johnny Football Returns
The Alliance of American Football’s regular season is over halfway complete. With that in mind, our Courtney DuPont has broken down our newest AAF Power Rankings.
#8. Memphis Express
Memphis has struggled all around this year, but their offense is their biggest weakness. The team is averaging just 239 yards per game, that’s over 200 yards less than the next best offense, the Birmingham Iron. Though Memphis has had their hardships, you have to give them points for effort. Currently the team is trying to make some adjustments seeing as they added Johnny Football to their roster just before their Week 7 game against Birmingham. And oh yeah… they won that game 31-25 in OT. Good job Memphis!
#7 Atlanta Legends
The legends had a strong start to the season, but the wheels have fallen off since their fourth quarter disaster against the San Antonio Commanders in week six. Things are looking so bleak after that performance that now the Legends are questioning which quarterback they should start. Yes, Aaron Murray has shown more potential than Matt Simms, but it’s not unreasonable for a losing team to be concerned after their starting QB threw 3 picks in one game… AM I RIGHT??
#6 Salt Lake Stallions
The Stallions are in last place in the West because they just can’t seem to win on the road. Before week 7 Salt Lake was 0-3 and they added to their away-game-curse by losing to the San Antonio Commanders Saturday night in Alamo City. It was a close game though, 19-17, so maybe we can give them some points for that?
#5 San Diego Fleet
The Fleet fell back from 500 this weekend after a tough loss to the Arizona Hotshots. They too struggle on the road going 0-3 so far this season. Fortunately for fleet fans who have built up that Arizona vs San Diego rivalry, the Fleet will get another crack at the Hotshots in week 10. Hey, maybe that’ll be the playoff-deciding matchup! The bad news for San Diego is… it’ll be a road game.
#4 Arizona Hotshots
Arizona is in second place in the West and unlike other teams previously mention in our power rankings, this team fares pretty well on the road. Right now they are 2-1 on road trips and just 500 at home. Their biggest strength? They are ruling the AAF with the top two-point conversion percentage in the league.
#3 Birmingham Iron
Birmingham had a fantastic week six after kicking a walk-off field goal against San Diego and giving the Fleet their first loss at home. Offensively this team is dangerous. In fact, during that big win against the Fleet five of the Iron’s received had a reception of 12 yards or longer. In week seven, the Iron tacked on another “W” after taking down a team they previously blew out 26-0. This time it was a much closer matchup with the final score ending at 32-29, but the better team still came out on top.
#2 San Antonio Commanders
The Commanders are 4-2 on the season and are leading the West. Defense is what wins games for this team. In fact, safety Derron Smith is challenging to be a defensive MVP with 3 interceptions this season. However, in week 7 it was De-vante Bausby who saved the game for SA after incepting Josh Woodrum during a two point conversion to make the final score 19-17. That was Bausby’s 5thinterception of the season.
#1 The Orlando Apollos
The Apollos have the best record in the AAF (6-1) and the best offense. The team is averaging 396 yard a game, while QB Garrett Gilbert has thrown for 1,842 yards and 11 touchdowns. They are the best team in the league. End of story.