The third week without NFL football is the third Sunday with AAF football and there are some good matchups this week. Early in the afternoon, we’ll see a matchup just like the ones on Saturday this week. Two teams, one is undefeated, the other doesn’t have a win. These may not seem like great games, but the desperation of the team without a win yet, could make it a great game. Then, a repeat of a good Week 1 battle in primetime will see two teams trying to get above .500 and avoid falling to 0-2. Sunday should be a solid day of AAF football once again with these two great games.
Birmingham Iron (2-0) at Atlanta Legends (0-2)
Of the three undefeated teams left in the AAF, the Iron are probably the least impressive. They did blow out the Express, but Memphis looks like they may be the worst team in the league. Then, last week, they barely took care of Salt Lake who is also 0-2. The Iron have received the benefit of an easy schedule thus far and that looks like it may continue this week with the Legends. Atlanta doesn’t have a win, but no team has faced the adversity that the Legends have this season. Brad Childress was supposed to be the head coach and Michael Vick was supposed to be the offensive coordinator, now neither are in those positions.
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After two straight bad weeks for the Legends, they’re finally going to adjust to the league. I don’t believe the Iron are truly a top team in this league and I think the Legends will be better as the season goes on. The Iron will face tougher teams later in the season and their record will begin to show who they really are. I believe that starts this week.
Prediction: Legends 22 Iron 18
San Antonio Commanders (1-1) at San Diego Fleet (1-1)
This matchup in Week 1 was a defensive struggle until the fourth quarter when the Commanders scored nine points and won 15-6. Both teams were able to prove themselves offensively last week. The Commanders lost to the Apollos, but scored 29 points in a shootout. Orlando looks like one of the best teams in the league, so San Antonio proved they belong towards the top of the standings. San Diego outscored the Legends by 12 in the fourth quarter to pull out a much needed win last week. Mike Martz may have finally gotten the offense rolling in Week 2 and he gets to stay at home again in Week 3.
I believe the Fleet will get their revenge this week. Both teams should be competing for playoff spots down the stretch, but they’re pretty equally matched talent-wise. This will be another close game just like Week 1, but this time San Diego will come out on top. The Fleet also struggled with adversity, losing Josh Johnson to the NFL, but they are figuring it out just in time.
Prediction: Fleet 17 Commanders 15
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