The AAF is in full swing as Week 4 rolls around. One division is polarized with two undefeated teams and two teams without a win in the East. Then, in the West, it’s a tight race with all four teams within one game of each other. Week 4 features some great early matchups with both games on Saturday being inter-divisional games. Both games may look like they will be blowouts on the outside, but everything isn’t always as it seems in the AAF.
San Diego Fleet (2-1) at Memphis Express (0-3)
Memphis has been the most disappointing team in the AAF through three weeks. With names like Christian Hackenberg and Zac Stacy on offense and Mike Singletary coaching them, I expected the Express to take off towards a possible championship. However, they have yet to notch their first win. A lot of this blame has to go to Hackenberg, who was the starting quarterback for Memphis for all three games. Now, backup, and former NFL starter, Zach Mettenberger will take over the reins. Could this be the change that Memphis needs?
Well, they’ll have to face a Fleet team who has won two in a row and just blew out San Antonio 31-11. The Fleet are coached by former Rams coach Mike Martz who looks to have gotten his offense rolling. San Diego struggled in Week 1, but since then, they have looked like one of the better teams in the AAF. However, I think they are upset on the road this week. Mettenberger has not won a start as a professional quarterback, but that changes this week. The former Titan will lead the Express past the Fleet and get Memphis in the win column.
Prediction: Express 34 Fleet 29
Orlando Apollos (3-0) at Salt Lake Stallions (1-2)
The Apollos have been the best team in the AAF through three weeks. That’s really no surprise considering they have legendary coach Steve Spurrier at the helm. The Apollos haven’t lost yet and they hadn’t really been tested until Mettenberger threw two late touchdowns last week. Now, they face a Stallions team that doesn’t really fit their record. They almost beat Birmingham two weeks ago and then knocked off the undefeated Hotshots last week.
Orlando looks like they’re on the fast-track towards the championship in the inaugural season of the AAF. His offense is explosive with Garrett Gilbert and D’Ernest Johnson in the backfield. They’ve really shown no signs of slowing down. The Stallions have had a tough schedule thus far as every game on their schedule has been against a team who was undefeated entering that week. Salt Lake will be in the playoff push late, but they will fall in a close one at home to a better team.
Prediction: Apollos 27 Stallions 25