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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Birmingham Iron v San Diego Fleet – Game Recap

After winning last week in a thrilling game on a last second field goal, the San Diego Fleet were hoping to remain undefeated in San Diego with a game against the struggling Birmingham Iron. The Iron had lost two games in a row, and while they were still in position to make the playoffs after the Atlanta Legends lost earlier in the day, a win against the Fleet would go a long way towards helping them potentially make the playoffs.

The Fleet had first place dreams of their own, and also needed a win to match what the San Antonio Commanders had done earlier in the game. Alas, it was not to be, as the Fleet lost 32-29 on the Iron’s last second field goal. It was a back and forth game (at least once the Fleet came back from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter), but they could not find a win. The Fleet fell to 3-3, while the Iron improved to 4-2.

Here’s how it went down:

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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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Salt Lake Stallions v San Diego Fleet – Game Recap

Oh, man what a game!

You typically don’t turn the ball over FIVE TIMES – including two that were returned immediately for touchdowns – and lose a game on a last second field goal. But that’s exactly what the Salt Lake Stallions did in this one, losing to the San Diego Fleet 27-25 in front of 20,000+ at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego.

For the Stallions, this game definitely had the look of their game against the Birmingham Iron during Week 2: a first half lead in a low-scoring affair, being undone by turnovers deep in the other team’s territory, and eventually succumbing in the second half. And for the first 25 minutes of the second half, it looked like the Stallions would fail to come back yet again.

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Salt Lake Stallions v San Diego Fleet – Game Preview

Salt Lake Stallions Team Logo

We wrote about the entirety of the Week 5 schedule yesterday, 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 San Diego Fleet.

The game will kick off from SDCCU Stadium in San Diego on Saturday, March 9th at 6:00pm MST (8:00pm EST). The Stallions will be looking for the their first road victory of the season (0-2), while the Fleet have yet to lose a game at home on the season (2-0).

Last week, the Stallions lost 20-11 to the Orlando Apollos at home, falling to 1-3 (and fourth place in the Western Conference). The Fleet are also coming off a loss, losing 26-23 to the Memphis Express (the Express’ first win of the season), pushing the Fleet to 2-2 and into a three-way tie at the top of the conference. 

Here’s a look at what to expect from the teams based on their performance this season:

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