Week 5 was probably the most exciting week of AAF football we’ve seen yet. San Diego won on a walk off field goal by the hometown hero after *almost* blowing a lead, and San Antonio also almost blew a 26 point lead to Arizona. Atlanta finally got to 2 wins in a row, while Memphis stays at the bottom of the barrel. Not to forget that Birmingham got run over by Orlando as the Apollos keep cruising through their schedule like they’re an NFL team playing a Pop Warner schedule. Will next week live up to it’s now high expectations?
Game One: Memphis at Salt Lake
Location:Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
Time: Saturday, March 16, 4:00pm (EST)
TV Info:B/R Live, YouTube Livestreaming
Salt Lake is a better team than their record shows, despite their overall one being the same as Memphis’. The Stallions offense is actually more dynamic than we thought, and we saw their ability vs San Diego to run quick plays for a comeback. Granted, their defense did give up a big play which eventually lost them the game, but they didn’t play terribly. Memphis on the other hand, they still have their struggles. I don’t have faith in them to win, but I do expect to see a bit of fight out of them.
Score prediction: 21-13 Stallions
Game Two: Arizona at Orlando
Location: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, FL
Time: Saturday, March 16, 8:00pm (EST)
TV Info:NFL Network, YouTube Livestreaming
I think I’ve been giving Arizona too much credit for too long. They’re just a middle-of-the-pack team who’s really not special in any way. They’re not necessarily a bad team, they just can’t find a way to win games. And winning games is Orlando’s specialty. A 5-0 team at the loudest stadium in the AAF, facing a team who’s dropped their last 3. Does Arizona really stand a chance here? I really don’t see how they do. Now, I don’t think this is going to be a 40-6 blowout like they had week 1, but it’ll be a solid win for Orlando.
Score prediction: 26-10 Apollos
Game Three: San Antonio at Atlanta
Location:Georgia State Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Time:Sunday, March 17, 4:00pm (EST)
TV Info: CBSSN, YouTube Livestreaming
Every time I have doubted the Commanders, I’ve been surprised. And every time I’ve had faith in them, they’ve let me down. They travel to Georgia to face an Atlanta team who’s on a 2 game hot streak, even though the last win was over lowly Memphis. The Legends have shown flashes on offense, but not much otherwise. They are climbing their way up though, and I expect to see a hungry purple-clad team out for blood. But San Antonio is just the better team as they’ve shown recently, winning their last 2 games.
Score prediction: 15-12 Commanders
Game Four: Birmingham at San Diego
Location: SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA
Time: Sunday, March 17, 8:00pm (EST)
TV Info: NFL Network, YouTube Livestreaming
Birmingham is coming off 2 losses in a row, one to San Antonio and one to Orlando, while the Fleet are coming off a walk-off win vs Salt Lake. This game could really go either way. Birmingham has an impressive defense, but the Fleet offense has shown some flashes of brilliance. Plus, San Diego plays at home where they’ve probably got some magic left in them to pull off another win. I think the offense for SD plays well and the defense holds off the Iron rush attack.
Score prediction: 22-18 Fleet
The great thing about the AAF is that almost every game can go either way, as we’ve learned over the past few weeks. I don’t expect that to change this week. There is one question I have though: will anyone be able to stop Orlando? They’re on a roll with no signs of stopping. Maybe we’ll see that this week, or Atlanta get their 3rd win in a row. Either way, it’ll be a good weekend of football for us to watch enjoy.