Alliance of American Football – Week 5 Preview

AAF Week 5 Schedule and Picks

It’s Week 5 in the Alliance

Some questions we have entering this weekend’s action:

  • Will the Orlando Apollos remain undefeated, or will the Birmingham Iron find a way to win and move into first place in the Eastern Conference?
  • Can the Salt Lake Stallions find their first victory on the road this season against the San Diego Fleet?
  • Will the Memphis Express and Atlanta Legends rush for more than 100 yards combined?
  • Will the winner between the San Antonio Commanders and Arizona Hotshots take over first place in the Western Conference, or will they be joined by a victorious Fleet?
  • Overall attendance has declined every week during the season. Will this trend continue? (The average attendance of the four hosts this weekend is 12,665 over six games)

We have four original matchups this weekend, and three will have a direct impact on what teams are at the top of each division at the midway point of the season. Let’s take a look at this weekend’s matchups: 

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San Diego Fleet v Memphis Express – Game Recap

One team was leading their conference after a dominant performance to close out last week. The other was winless on the season and starting a new quarterback after a former top NFL pick proved ineffective. On paper, the game seemed pretty one-sided, with the host team likely entering next week’s game still looking for their first win on the season. But they don’t play games on paper, even in the AAF.

Early on, it seemed that the Fleet would run away with the game, but the Express were resilient and kept it close. In the end, however, the Express defense came up with a huge stop and forced a turnover, and the Express won their first game of the season 26-23 in front of 13,621 fans at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

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Alliance of American Football – Week 4 Preview

AAF Week 4 Schedule and Picks It’s Week 4 in the Alliance!  Thus far, we have two undefeated teams, as well as two winless teams, with those four teams competing in the Eastern Conference. In the Western Conference, we have already concluded one set of season series, with the teams splitting the games thus far.  … Read moreAlliance of American Football – Week 4 Preview

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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Alliance of American Football – Week 3 Preview

AAF Week 3 Schedule and Picks It’s Week 3 in the Alliance!After two weeks, we have two teams with offenses that haven’t taken much time to warm up, as well as a couple of defenses that seem up to snuff as well. But that could all be undone by poor performances this week, and with … Read moreAlliance of American Football – Week 3 Preview