Alliance Of American Football Power Rankings
Spurrier's Sun & Gun Is Taking The Alliance By Storm
The Head Ball Coach and his Orlando Apollos are for real.
Garrett Gilbert bombed San Antonio to the tune of 393 yards and two scores and the Apollos came from behind to earn a road victory over the Commanders.
For that effort, Orlando moves up a spot to No. 1 in this week's AAF Power Rankings.
1. Orlando Apollos (2-0)
Last week: Defeated San Antonio
Orlando turned a 12-point third quarter deficit into a 37-29 victory at San Antonio thanks to 20 unanswered points down the stretch.
Garrett Gilbert enjoyed his best game as a pro and Charles Johnson erupted with seven catches for 192 yards and a score.
2. Arizona Hotshots (2-0)
Last week: Defeated Memphis
At the risk of being overly reactionary, we had no choice but to drop Arizona behind Orlando after the Hotshots flew dangerously close to the sun (get it ... Arizona ... hot ... the sun ...) in a come-from-behind victory over the Memphis.
On the bright side, they did complete the comeback, which meant that they didn't lose to Christian Hackenberg and the underwhelming Express.
3. San Antonio Commanders (1-1)
Last week: Lost to Orlando
San Antonio led Orlando 12-0 after one quarter and led by 12 again in the third quarter before collapsing and losing to the Fightin' HBCs.
Still, it's tough to argue that the Commanders aren't among the best teams in the AAF and, amid the obvious negatives, last week did feature a solid outing by Logan Woodside and something of a breakout by Kenneth Farrow, who led the running game despite not getting the start.
4. Birmingham Iron (2-0)
Last week: Defeated Salt Lake
With all due respect to the Iron's second victory in as many games, it came against Salt Lake, who has proven largely incapable of moving the football.
What's more, for all of the excitement that Trent Richardson has generated with his scoring, he's only averaging 2.4 yards per carry and Luis Perez has been erratic at best.
5. San Diego Fleet (1-1)
Last week: Defeated Atlanta
Ja’Quan Gardner rushed for 104 yards and the Fleet delivered the city of San Diego its first professional football victory in its first home professional football game since Jan. 1, 2017, when the Chargers' final season in town came to an end with a 37-27 loss to the Chiefs.
6. Salt Lake Stallions (0-2)
Last week: Lost to Birmingham
The Stallions showed signs of life in their loss to Birmingham, but the offense is anemic. Apparently not having a quarterback is a bit of a problem. Dennis Erickson has tried Austin Allen, Matt Linehan and Josh Woodrum behind center with very little success.
7. Memphis Express (0-2)
Last week: Lost to Arizona
Christian Hackenberg is not having a very good time thus far in the AAF. The former second round pick of the New York Jets ranks seventh in the eight-team league in passing yards, eighth in completion percentage and has yet to throw a touchdown.
8. Atlanta Legends (0-2)
Last week: Lost to San Diego
The Legends just aren't very good. There's no other way to say it, really. Atlanta wasn't despondent to the degree we saw in its opener against Orlando, but was uninspiring, still. The bad news gets worse with the undefeated Iron coming to town this week.