Power Rankings: Week 3
In a week of Western Conference rematches, we finally had some upsets! We also had a much closer game in Orlando than expected, but the Apollos still managed to stay on top. How did this week’s results affect the power rankings? Let’s find out!
#1: Orlando Apollos (3-0)
Last Week: #1
It was a close one, but a win is a win for the league’s top team, even if the coach himself doesn’t consider them the top dogs. The Apollos found a way to beat one of the league’s best defenses for the second week in a row, this time with a strong running performance from D’Ernest Johnson and a circus catch from Rannell Hall on 4th and 7. Will the Apollos run out of magic this week? We’ll see as they face a tough road test in chilly Salt Lake City.
#2: Birmingham Iron (3-0)
Last Week: #3
The Iron are back up to the #2 spot after staying undefeated against Atlanta. There are some questions about the Iron, as they haven’t played a good offense yet, so their defense is looking better than it probably is. Also, their QB hasn’t thrown a single touchdown pass in three weeks, in part because his receivers keep dropping the ball. Still, going 3-0 counts for a lot.
#3: Arizona Hotshots (2-1)
Last Week: #2
The Hotshots are coming back down to Earth progressively each week. Teams are figuring out their offense, and that’s not a good sign. A worse sign is losing their starting quarterback, John Wolford, to injury. Even with Wolford in the game, the Hotshots looked outmatched. If they struggle next week against a win-hungry Atlanta squad, they’ll drop more than one spot.
#4: San Diego Fleet (2-1)
Last Week: #6
The Fleet made a marked improvement this week, and their new ranking is the result. They have a share of first place in the West for a reason. Their defense is solid, but what really made the jump was their ability to block for the run game. San Antonio has perhaps the best run defense in the league and the 1-2 punch of Ja’Quan Gardner and Terrell Watson ran up, over, and through that defense to the tune of nearly 200 yards. They’ll be tested at Memphis, but expect another strong showing from their running backs.
#5: Salt Lake Stallions (1-2)
Last Week: #5
The Stallions had an impressive win over Arizona, but one win isn’t enough to jump them over better teams. Still, Karter Schult is a legit threat at the EDGE rush position, and leads the league with 4 sacks. Salt Lake has a chance to cement their early reputation as giant killers with a home contest against Orlando. Will the cold be in their favor? We’ll see, in prime time no less.
#6: San Antonio Commanders (1-2)
Last Week: #4
Losing to Orlando was forgivable, but losing to San Diego, especially in blowout fashion, is not. The Commanders’ biggest problem is at quarterback. Logan Woodside just isn’t good enough to compete. He’s not accurate enough, completing just 51% of his passes and has a 2/5 touchdown to interception ratio. Expect Marquis Williams to get more snaps this week.
#7: Memphis Express (0-3)
Last Week: #7
For the second straight week, the Express battled hard and still came away with a loss. Mike Singletary’s squad took big steps, and have finally ended our long national nightmare of Christian Hackenberg at starting QB. They have a tough test against a very good San Diego team this week, but could come away with their first win if the defense can stop the run.
#8: Atlanta Legends (0-3)
Last Week: #8
What else is there to say about the Legends? They’re just not very good. And now they’ve lost their offensive coordinator, again. Why coaches keep quitting on this squad is a mystery, as they start strong every game, but can’t find a way to finish. Things won’t get any easier as they face Arizona on the road this week.