Alliance of American Football – Week 3 Leaders

AAF Stat Leaders

We are three weeks into the inaugural Alliance of American Football season, and there has been some separation in some of the statistical categories after an amazing week of football. We have three teams at 2-0, and one of those teams had both the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.

Let’s take a look at the individual categories:

Passing

During the previous two weeks, quarterbacks have been the ones highlighted as Offensive Players of the Week, with John Wolford of the Arizona Hotshots and Garrett Gilbert of the Orlando Apollos securing the honors during Weeks 1 and 2. However, that wasn’t the case this week, but it doesn’t mean that either quarterback has stopped performing. Gilbert remains the only qualifying quarterback that has yet to throw an interception, while Wolford leads the league in touchdown passes.

The bottom of these rankings might see a change next week, as Zach Mettenberger has been named as the starter for the Memphis Express, replacing the very ineffective Christian Hackenberg. I doubt that Mettenberger will qualify to be on the list next week – he’d have to throw the ball 44 times on Saturday – but he’s been efficient in his limited time thus far, throwing for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

By quarterback rating (using the NFL formula), here’s how the eight qualifiers (minimum 42 pass attempts (14 per team game scheduled) stack up currently. (Stats courtesy of AAF.com game reports; quarterback rating via author calculation):

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San Antonio Commanders v San Diego Fleet – Game Recap

In the Alliance of American Football‘s Western Conference, we had two rematches from Week 1 of the season. During the first week, home teams Arizona Hotshots and San Antonio Commanders both came out on top. That happened again during Week 3, with the Salt Lake Stallions prevailing at home against the Hotshots, and the San Diego Fleet defeating the Commanders on Sunday night, winning 31-11 after an inauspicious start to the game in front of nearly 15,000 people at SDCCU Stadium.

Off to a Bad Start

The Commanders won the opening coin toss and deferred, giving the Fleet the ball to start the game. On their first play from scrimmage, Fleet quarterback Philip Nelson threw a deep pass down the left, only to be intercepted by De’Vante Bausby, who returned the pick to the San Diego side of the field. The Commanders didn’t waste any time capitalizing on the turnover, with quarterback Logan Woodside finding Mekale McKay deep down the middle near the end zone for the game’s first score. After a successful conversion, the shell-shocked Fleet trailed 8-0 less than 20 seconds into the game.

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Birmingham Iron v Atlanta Legends – Game Recap

The Birmingham Iron made their way to Atlanta to help the Atlanta Legends kick off their home slate in their first home game of the season. And the Iron played the role of party crashers, coming in to Georgia State Stadium and winning 28-12 and leaving 3-0, disappointing the nearly 11,000 people in attendance. With … Read moreBirmingham Iron v Atlanta Legends – Game Recap

Memphis Express v Orlando Apollos – Game Recap

The Memphis Express (0-2) went on the road this week to face off against the undefeated and conference-leading Orlando Apollos (2-0). Would the game follow the trends established in the teams’ two prior games? Or would Memphis flip the script and come away with their first win on the young season? For Express fans, the … Read moreMemphis Express v Orlando Apollos – Game Recap

Arizona Hotshots v Salt Lake Stallions – Game Recap

Salt Lake Stallions The game started pretty rough for the Stallions only being able to keep their first drive going as a result of a defensive penalty by the Hotshots (illegal contact: R. Nelson). The Stallions were the only ones to score in the early goings of the first quarter with a 45-yard kick by … Read moreArizona Hotshots v Salt Lake Stallions – Game Recap

Arizona Hotshots v Salt Lake Stallions – Game Preview

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We wrote about the entirety of the Week 3 schedule last night, but since we are a Utah-based site, and because we have adopted the Salt Lake Stallions as our Alliance team, we wanted to write a more in-depth review of the game this week against the Arizona Hotshots. The Stallions are hosting a game … Read moreArizona Hotshots v Salt Lake Stallions – Game Preview