AAF ranking: Challenger emerges for Apollos

This is how the eight teams of the American Football Alliance rank in three weeks of play.

1. Apollos of Orlando (last week: 1) – Steve Spurrier may not believe that his team is the best in the Alliance. Still, he said, "Well, we're not the best team at the moment." Our record is, I guess, but I do not think we're the best team by any means right now. " place after his team held for a 21-17 victory over Memphis Express without a win. However, the Apollos are 3-0 and have scored the most points (98-73 against a considerable lead) on the next team, the Arizona Hotshots, and have the best points differential. The Birmingham Iron is the only other undefeated team after the events of the third week. Unfortunately, FAA fans will have to wait another week for the possible confrontation between Apollos and Iron.

2. Iron Birmingham (3) – Trent Richardson had a pretty fierce existence for three weeks. Former Browns of Cleveland Brown and Indianapolis Coler accounted for six touchdown touchdowns, including three in Birmingham's 28-12 victory over Atlanta. On the other hand, Richardson averaged only 2.5 yards per run (59 attempts, 145 yards). It's a drop in his career average in the NFL (3.3 meters).

3. San Diego Fleet (5) – The fleet of coach Mike Martz has gone from the "Greatest Show on Turf" to the ground and the pound. After being a relatively negligible factor in the defeat of the fleet during the defeat against San Antonio's commanders during Week 1, running back Ja 'Quan Gardner has been a revelation ever since. Gardner has accumulated 211 yards as the fleet has won several consecutive victories. Gardner – who was in training camp with the San Francisco 49ers in 2018 – tops the AAF at the top of the standings (281), far ahead of the next best total (188), achieved by the Memphis Zac Stacy Express.

4. Arizona Hotshots (2) – In addition to suffering their first loss of the season – 23-15 against the Salt Lake City Stallions – starting quarterback Hotshots, John Wolford, left the game with an injury. Wolford, the former Wake Forest star, was one of the first surprises of the nascent AAF, scoring seven touchdowns in the last ten quarters of play before being replaced by Trevor Knight on Saturday.

5. Salt Lake Stallions (6) – After opening the season with consecutive games on the road, the Stallions gave local fans a win in their first home game. Can the stallions continue this momentum when the head coach Apollos go to town on Saturday?

6. Commanders of San Antonio (4) – Commanders may be eligible for a difficult game. After getting scammed by Gardner during the 31-31 defeat against the fleet on Sunday, San Antonio travels to Birmingham and needs to find a way to stop AAF's touchdown, Trent Richardson. . Commanders do not return to the Alamodome until the 7th week.

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7. Memphis Express (8) – It finally happened, Christian Hackenberg lost his starting quarterback position to Zach Mettenberger. Hackenberg was cleared in Saturday's game, replaced at halftime after two interceptions in the first half. Mettenberger came in and almost drove back, scoring 120 yards and two touchdowns, while the Express frightened the Apollos in the second period. This must be an encouraging development for fans of Express.

8. Atlanta Legends (7) – The Legends did not give much hope to their fans, losing all three games with double digits. And despite a line of statistics including six two-touch playoffs, Matt Simms was not replaced in the quarter in favor of former QB Georgia Bulldogs Aaron Murray.

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