AAF Power Rankings: Week 1

AAF Power Rankings: Week 1

February 13, 2019

At the conclusion of week 1, there were winners and losers in the AAF. Some teams shined, others struggled to find what they were looking for. After consideration, our staff at Under Review made our decision on the power rankings for week 1.

1) Orlando Apollos (1-0-0)

Week one was a statement made by the Apollos.  A 40-6 thrashing of Atlanta by any means possible.  Their offense was on fire with five different players scoring points.  Garrett Gilbert could do no wrong on Saturday and their defense made sure their presence was felt including a crushing sack on Atlanta QB Matt Simms.

2) Arizona Hotshots (1-0-0)

One name: John Wolford.  The Arizona QB put up stellar numbers to put the points to Salt Lake.  18/29 passes completed for 275 yards and 4 touchdowns. Wolford alongside receiver Rashad Rush and running back Jhurell Pressley make for a formidable trio that will be exciting to watch again in their upcoming game against Memphis.

3)San Antonio Commanders (1-0-0)

It was a low scoring game (15-6), but their defense was the thing of nightmares for San Diego QB Mike Bercovici who had a game he wished never existed (and we all saw that massive tackle).  Week two’s matchup between the Commanders and Apollos will be a must watch.

4) Birmingham Iron (1-0-0)

Even though the Iron scored the first shutout victory in AAF history, their on field play was lacking.  Only nine points were scored in the first half off of three field goals by kicker Nick Novak who had one more FG in the second half so he scored 12 of Birmingham’s 26 points.  The remaining 14 points came from Trent Richardson. It’s a win, but very one-dimensional.

5) Salt Lake Stallions (0-1-0)

Don’t let this ranking fool you, the Stallions are a solid team.  Their game against Arizona was tight and the game could have went either way and they just ended up on the short end sadly.  If they keep the momentum going they could be seeing their first W in week two.

6) San Diego Fleet (0-1-0)

San Diego was outplayed defensively against San Antonio and it’s a miracle the Commanders did not put up more points against them. Fleet quarterback Mike Bercovici has more to prove as he threw two interceptions and was taken down multiple times.  His replacement, Philip Nelson, proved no better and we will have to see how the Fleet solve their QB equation against equally bad Atlanta in week two.

7) Atlanta Legends (0-1-0)

To put it simply: Atlanta gets the recognition for the first points scored in the AAF by kicker Younghoe Koo, but that is really all they can boast after getting drubbed by Orlando 40-6.  Matt Simms threw two interceptions and his offense couldn’t move the markers all game. Tarean Folston had 12 carries for a meager 32 yards and receiver Seantavius Jones had three receptions for 43 yards.  Not good, but they have level competition next week with San Diego.

8) Memphis Express (0-1-0)

When you get shutout by a team that only relied on their kicker and Trent Richardson for points you know you have some re-tooling to do.  Memphis held their own in the first half before collapsing in the second. They will have to have a complete turnaround if they are going to have a fighting chance against Arizona in week two.

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