Nominal Express starter Zach Mettenberger was injured on the first play on Saturday, and Brandon Silvers did okay in relief. However, the team seems to feel that he is not the long-term solution (four more games for a 1-5 team). If Mettenberger has to miss extended playing time, the Express could turn to Manziel, not only to potentially boost their play on the field, but to also bring some fans to the games.
Both teams entered 1-4 on the season with some crazy losses. The Salt Lake Stallions has a heartbreaking loss last week after somehow surviving 5 different turnovers. The Express also had a last second loss in their previous game. Memphis Express Memphis looked totally out of their element in the first quarter giving up two … Read moreMemphis Express v Salt Lake Stallions – Game Recap
Express at Stallions Game Preview We wrote a brief preview about all Week 6 games yesterday. However, just like we do every week, we’ll be writing a more in-depth look at the weekend’s game featuring our hometown team, the Salt Lake Stallions. The Stallions will play hosts to the Memphis Express at Rice-Eccles Stadium this … Read moreMemphis Express v Salt Lake Stallions – Game Preview
AAF Week 6 Schedule and Picks
It’s Week 6 in the Alliance!
Some questions we have entering this weekend’s action:
- Can the Orlando Apollos be stopped? And will they clinch a playoff spot this weekend?
- Attendance went up for the first time all season last week. Should we expect the same again?
- Who is going to take control in the West?
- Will any team decide that running the ball is a good way to move it? Or will we see another week dominated by passing?
With those questions and more, we’re excited for the first games of the second half of the season. Here’s a brief look at the four inter-conference matchups:
AAF Stat Leaders
It’s hard not to think at this point that the Orlando Apollos will be in the playoffs at the end of the season. They haven’t officially clinched anything yet, but they have a two-game lead on the Birmingham Iron and already have a win against each of the other Eastern Conference team. Six wins might be enough to clinch at least a spot in the playoffs in the East, and they can get there this weekend against the Arizona Hotshots.
The Western Conference is another story altogether. I think at least one five-win team will make it, unless things dramatically change over the last five weeks of the stadium. But I don’t think the teams should be expecting that they can sneak into the playoffs as a 0.500 team. The Salt Lake Stallions, currently 1-4 on the season, really needed that last second lead to stand on Saturday. They can still technically make the playoffs, but anything less than 5-0 from this point out might make it pretty precarious.
Let’s take a look at the individual categories:
In the final game of Week 5 action in the Alliance, the San Diego Commanders rushed out to a 26-0 halftime lead but needed to hold on down the stretch as the Arizona Hotshots attempted to mount a comeback.
That comeback came up a little short, with the Commanders holding on to win 29-25 in front of less than 10,000 fans at Sun Devil Stadium in Tucson. The Commanders are now tied with the San Diego Fleet at the top of the Western Conference with 3-2 records, while the Hotshots find themselves alone in third place at 2-3.
Here’s what went down in the desert: