Other than having the greatest game in AAF history, none of the outcomes were too surprising.
1: Orlando Apollos (5-0) Last Week: 1Embed from Getty Images
Orlando showed Birmingham who’s boss. At the halfway point the gap between the Apollos and everyone else continues to grow wider.
2: Birmingham Iron (3-2) Last Week: 2Embed from Getty Images
The Iron have now lost two in a row, and look very mortal. It was hard to imagine a couple weeks ago, but they could be in danger of not making the playoffs.
3: San Diego Fleet (3-2) Last Week: 3Embed from Getty Images
San Diego won the AAF’s first instant classic game, but for an analytics nerd like myself “instant classic” means “close game that they should have won easily”. But a win is a win, so they keep their third spot for now, but they need to play better in the future to hold off San Antonio.
4: San Antonio Commanders (3-2) Last Week: 4Embed from Getty Images
The Commanders are arguably the second best team in the league. Even though they had that embarrassing loss, they have looked like a top team otherwise. They also have 3 of their last 4 at home, so they could have a late push.
5: Atlanta Legends (2-3) Last Week: 7Embed from Getty Images
The winner of the battle of the former bottom feeders, Atlanta gets to steal Memphis’ place in the rankings. Ex-Chief Aaron Murray looks like an upgrade at QB and will hopefully get to keep the starting job.
6: Salt Lake Stallions (1-4) Last Week: 6Embed from Getty Images
Close, but no cigar. Salt Lake has had a tough early schedule, and being only 2 games back of the playoffs it’s not out of the question for them to make a late run and sneak in. But I wouldn’t bet on it.
7: Memphis Express (1-4) Last Week: 5Embed from Getty Images
Memphis looks like a much better team with Mettenberger, but are still struggling to win games. From this point on their mainly playing for the chance to ruin other teams’ seasons.
8: Arizona Hotshots (2-3) Last Week: 8Embed from Getty Images
Don’t let the final score fool you, the game wasn’t that close. Arizona continues to show that they’re the worst team in the league.