Week 5 AAF Preview

What a week 4. The Commanders snapped the Iron’s undefeated streak, Atlanta got their first win, and so did Memphis. Meanwhile, Orlando stayed hot and is likely to stay undefeated all season.

With that being said, let’s take a look at next week’s action.

Game One: Orlando at Birmingham

Location: Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
Time: Saturday, March 9, 2:00 pm (EST)
TV Info: TNT, YouTube Streaming

If Birmingham had beaten San Antonio last week, this would be the battle of the unbeatens. But their offense struggled despite the Iron Curtain putting up several impressive goal line stands. Steve Spurrier’s Apollos are hot right now, and show no signs of slowing down. This should be a good win for Orlando. Maybe a little tougher, this being the toughest defense they’ve probably played all season, but there’s no way they’re losing this game.

Score Prediction: 21-11 Apollos

Game Two: Salt Lake at San Diego

Location: SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA
Time: March 9, 8:00 pm (EST)
TV Info: NFL Network, YouTube Streaming

This game should be interesting. Both Salt Lake and San Diego are wildcard teams. They could win handily or stumble to a loss. San Diego has a better record, AND is playing at home. They should have the advantage there despite being without starting QB Phillip Nelson. Nelson was a big part of their domination of San Antonio in week 3, so other starting offensive players like Escobar will need to step up for the win. Salt Lake is in a weird position where they could pull a win out of their hat or stumble on to another loss. I’ll take the latter.

Score prediction: 12-6 Fleet

Game Three: Memphis at Atlanta

Location: Georgia State Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Time: Sunday, March 10, 4:00 (EST)

The two cupcakes of the Alliance faceoff in what is going to the the game of the year. Offenses that haven’t been successful until last week and defenses that have failed to do their job finally collide. It’s going to be epic…ly bad. I mean, if nothing else, they have 2 of the best uniforms in the league, right? I expect a few INTs, field goals, and fumbles. Nothing too pretty, unlike those satin Memphis helmets.

Score prediction: 6-3 Memphis (OT)

Game Four: San Antonio at Arizona

Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
Time: Sunday, March 10, 8:00 (EST)
TV Info: NFL Network, and as always, YouTube Streaming

Both of these teams, like the Fleet and Stallions, are still wildcards. If you looked at the roster, you’d think the Hotshots are the most talented team, but haven’t completely lived up to those expectations. They could, but they’d need to start putting up numbers like Orlando. San Antonio is in a weird position right now. They’re not necessarily bad, one of their losses coming to Orlando, and they’re not necessarily good, despite knocking off Birmingham last week. They could make a run at the title, but they’d need some help. Logan Woodside will have to start making better decisions and better throws, while the defense needs to play like they did in Week 1. This game could really go either way between these two wildcards.

Score Prediction: 18-12 Hotshots

Last week, only one of my predictions was correct, with no score predictions being accurate. But I have a better feeling about this week, despite literally every game being a complete toss up.

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