Salt Lake Stallions v San Antonio Commanders – Game Preview

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We wrote a brief preview about all Week 7 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.

Both teams in this game are coming off wins last week, taking advantage of playing the two weaker teams in the Eastern Conference. The Salt Lake Stallions welcomed the Memphis Express to Salt Lake, and won fairly convincingly – though they struggled a bit after racing out to an early 16-0 lead. The San Antonio Commanders, on the other hand, dominated the Atlanta Legends on both sides of the ball in winning 37-6. The first matchup between these teams “kicks off” at 8:00pm EST (6:00pm MST) from San Antonio, and will be broadcast on NFL Network.

The Commanders have been on the road for the past month, winning three games in a row away from the Alamodome, the location of today’s game. But when they have been home this season, they’ve averaged over 28,000 fans in attendance, so playing three of their final four games at home could be enough to get them over the finish line. The Stallions, on the other hand, have not yet won on the road (0-3) this season, so the Alamodome might not be the friendliest location for their first road game of the season.

Here’s a look at how the teams stack up:

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Alliance of American Football – Week 7 Preview

 

AAF Week 7 Schedule and Picks

It’s Week 7 in the Alliance!

Some questions we have entering this weekend’s action:

  • Will the Orlando Apollos clinch a playoff spot this weekend?
  • Can the Salt Lake Stallions knock off the first place San Antonio Commanders to keep their own slim playoff hopes alive?
  • Will the first weekend of spring get the crowds to the games?
  • Will we continue to have a pass-dominated league (greater than 65% of yards through the air?)
  • Can Johnny Manziel start and find success in his third professional football league?

With those questions and more, we are prepared to head down the homestretch of the season. With the playoffs just five weeks away, we could officially have a couple of the participants as soon as Saturday night depending on the results.

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Alliance of American Football – Week 6 Leaders

AAF Stat Leaders

The Eastern Conference remains the Orlando Apollos’ conference to lose, though they only lead by one game after their first loss of the season (to the Arizona Hotshots) and the Birmingham Iron’s win against the San Diego Fleet. Nevertheless, a win for the Apollos (or a loss by the Memphis Express) this weekend would clinch a playoff berth for Steve Spurrier’s club.

The Western Conference still remains muddled, though the San Antonio Commanders return home for the first time in a month in sole possession of first place. They’ll play a Salt Lake Stallions team nursing long-shot playoff odds, while the other two conference teams will be fighting it out for second place.

Overall, the league remains a passing league, with last week’s offensive yardage split of 72% passing and 28% rushing. For the season, the split is about 65%/35%, so expect it to remain a passing league for the rest of the season, with a breakout rushing game every once in a while.

Let’s take a look at the individual categories:

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San Antonio Commanders v Atlanta Legends – Game Recap

It’s not often that you outgain your opponent on offense and lose by 31 points, but that’s exactly what happened in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon.

The San Antonio Commanders came into town and thrashed the Atlanta Legends 37-6, the second time this season Atlanta has lost by more than 30 points. The 10,619 fans in attendance went home disappointed, and the San Antonio Commanders return home for the first time in a month in first place.

Here’s how it went down from Georgia State Stadium:

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Alliance of American Football – Week 6 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:

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Alliance of American Football – Week 5 Leaders

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:

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