Power Rankings: Week 6
It finally happened. The Apollos lost! Will it knock them down a peg? Hit the jump to find out!
#1: Orlando Apollos (5-1)
Last Week: #1
One loss on essentially the last play of the game does not make you a bad team. The Apollos waited too long to adjust to the Hotshots’ pass rush, and it hurt them badly. Still, they’re the best team in the league. Are they beatable? Yes, but they’re still the best team in the league.
#2: San Antonio Commanders (4-2)
Last Week: #2
The Commanders put an absolute whooping on the Legends. That would normally move them up a spot, but there’s not really anywhere else to go right now. Still, props to the Commanders for beating a not-so-good team handily.
#3: Birmingham Iron (4-2)
Last Week: #3
It went down to the wire, but the Iron pulled off the win. Are they back to being the second best team in the East? Yes. Luis Perez also got back into form, which is a good sign for the Iron moving forward. EAt this point they’re a virtual lock to make the playoffs, where they could do some serious damage.
#4: San Diego Fleet (3-3)
Last Week: #4
The Fleet took a very, very good Iron team down to the wire in another exciting game, but this time they came up short. That’s going to happen to a middle-of-the-road team. As I said last week, the Fleet are good, but not great.
#5: Arizona Hotshots (3-3)
Last Week: #5
Have to give credit where credit is due. The Hotshots did a great job against the Apollos by minimizing mistakes and generating some serious pass rush. Still, they have to do it two weeks in a row to move up in these late-season rankings, especially with who is ahead of them in their conference.
#6: Salt Lake Stallions (2-4)
Last Week: #8
Last week I said the Stallions weren’t all that bad, and they went out and proved me right. Beating Memphis hasn’t exactly been hard this year, but the Stallions did so handily. You have to beat the bad teams to move up in this league, and that’s what Salt Lake is doing. They’re still in the race. Barely.
#7: Atlanta Legends (2-4)
Last Week: #6
I don’t know what else to say about Atlanta. They showed promise, then laid a major egg against San Antonio. They’re just not very good and face an angry Orlando team at home this week. We could very likely see a repeat performance, and that would be the end of the Legends’ season.
#8: Memphis Express (1-5)
Last Week: #7
The season is over. Johnny Football may be in town now, but even 4 straight wins aren’t enough to get the Express in the playoffs. Now it’s all about watching the train wreck. Who’s to blame in Memphis? We’ll see when the season officially ends in a few weeks.