Week Fourteen Power Rankings
1. Michigan Stags (12-2) – No Change
Last Week: W – Minnesota – 38-29
A win is a win and the Stags have nine in a row and are now two games up in Metropolitan Conference for the top seed with just two weeks left. What’s amazing is how many players have been a part of the team’s success. Michigan is clearly the best team in the league right now, but don’t have one single player you could look at and say they are even in the conversation for MVP. That’s how they are so successful, there is no player to gameplan against or target. And they just keep winning.
2. Seattle Orcas (10-4) – No Change
Last Week: L – @ Omaha – 28-26
Seattle fans have to be in shock after their team looked like they were about to run away with things in the Metropolitan Conference but are now two games back after two consecutive losses. This week’s was just a huge stunner. Seattle was on the road against an Omaha Express team that just hasn’t been anything more than below average, but they just couldn’t get it done for some reason. Now, Seattle is two games back with two weeks left. Fortunately, they do still have a shot. Next week they’ll play Michigan, and if they win that one, win their finale and the Stags lose both, the Orcas would have home field advantage by virtue of the tie-breaker. But being in a position where you need help is never a great spot. Still, they just need some momentum heading into the playoffs these next few weeks.
3. Orlando Rockets (10-4) – No Change
Last Week: W – Birmingham – 56-21
In a somewhat down season that has some controversy at quarterback, the Orlando Rockets are still easily the best team in the Empire Conference and have run away with their division. They have won three straight games too, picking up one of the biggest victories in the team’s recent memory this week against Birmingham. The highly-hyped rookie Dak Prescott was sacked five times in the game and Trevor Harris threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. Devonta Freeman gave them the toughness on the ground and completed the great recipe for their success. And for a third straight time and fourth time this year, the Rockets played in front of a sold-out home crowd.
4. Pittsburgh Forge (9-5) – Up 1
Last Week: W – Charleston – 34-7
The Forge’s high-flying offense continues to put up impressive numbers each and ever week. At this pace they look like they may break the league’s scoring record and Jon Jennings will probably break the passing yards record next week (a record just set last year by Bo Levi Mitchell after Clint Dolezel’s stood for years). And even more impressively is what Devontae Booker has done. He may have jumped up to being the front-runner for Offensive Rookie of the Year with another 100 yards and two more touchdowns. He has been a machine this season. This team is scary for any opponent.
5. San Antonio Marshalls (9-5) – Up 3
Last Week: W – @ Phoenix – 22-17
Somehow, very quietly the Marshalls have been one of the very best teams in the league over the second half of the season. Their win in Phoenix marked their fifth straight and keeps them one up in the Mid-South Division. It wasn’t the best overall game for the Marshalls this week, but they sure do know how to gut the wins out.
6. Philadelphia Bulldogs (9-5) – No Change
Last Week: W – @ New York – 48-16
The Bulldogs have had this game circles all year long. The last two years New York beat Philadelphia late in the season and cost them trips to the playoffs. This time the Bulldogs wanted to stick it to them and made it a point that they were going to embarrass their big rivals on the Big Apple, and crush their “irrelevant” rookie quarterback. The Bulldogs certainly dominated this game, beating up on the Marauders 48-16 to keep in the Wildcard spot.
7. Los Angeles Stars (9-5) – Down 3
Last Week: L – @ New Orleans – 34-13
As expected, this was the letdown game for the Stars after they got that huge upset victory over Seattle last week. Luckily for them, the both Carolina and Atlanta lost so they have kept ahead in the Wildcard race. They’ll be disappointed with their defense after last week’s effort but Case Keenum continues to be a guy who has better stats than he actually is. He’s inconsistent, struggles with accuracy and makes bad passes. In this game, he didn’t even throw for 200 yards. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt though. Their offensive line gave up four sacks and he had a tough time getting started against the Nightmare defense.
8. New Orleans Nightmare (8-6) – Up 3
Last Week: W – Los Angeles – 34-13
Tebow Mania continues and this New Orleans team is now 3-0 with him at quarterback. Tebow had over 300 total yards and four touchdowns to give the Nightmare another important victory. They are right there in the mix for the Wildcard too, but are still eying that Division Title. They just need San Antonio to slip up one of these final two weeks.
9. Washington Wave (8-6) – Up 2
Last Week: W – Carolina – 10-7
Washington’s offense has been in a bit of a sump, but their defense, led by Peanut Tillman, slowed down Erik Meyer and held the generals to single digits for only the second time this season. The Wave are still in a tough position to make the playoffs, but are still alive with two weeks left. Even if they don’t make it, it’s been a fantastic season for this team that was 0-16 last year.
10. Carolina Generals (8-6) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Washington – 10-7
It’s a very disappointing result for Carolina, but fortunately for them they still remain at the top of their division with Atlanta’s stumble. Erik Meyer is starting to show his age at times and Kenneth Dixon probably hasn’t taken over as much as the Generals would have liked to at this point. At least their defense could be impressed with what the team did, allowing only 10 points. They are still alive and well looking at the playoffs, but just might not be able to afford any more errors.
11. Atlanta Firebirds (8-6) – Down 4
Last Week: L – @ Louisville – 30-26
What a disappointment. This was a great opportunity for the Atlanta Firebirds to pick up a victory in their push for the playoffs, but they had no idea how to gameplan for the new Cougars quarterback Dan LeFevour, who had nearly 400 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Atlanta suffered a great upset at Louisville, their second straight loss coming down the stretch in a tight playoff race.
12. Columbus Explorers (8-6) – Up 1
Last Week: W – Nashville – 17-7
Columbus somehow, someway is still alive for the playoffs. Their hopes for a postseason appearance are pretty slim, but even after moving Terrelle Pryor out to wide receiver and then seeing Jordan Lynch get injured and Braxton Miller come in, the Explorers managed to get their eighth win of the year, ensuring at least they won’t have a losing record. Lynch completed 7-for-8 passes for a touchdown. Miller didn’t do much passing but did lead the team in rushing with 85 yards and a score. This team has great athletes, they just don’t see to know exactly how to use them all together all the time.
13. Nashville Renegades (7-7) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Columbus – 17-7
Just one week after throwing six touchdowns and getting put on the SFL Weekly cover, AJ McCarron completed less than half of his passes and didn’t even hit 100 yards passing. Making things even worse for the Renegades franchise, he has expressed his desire and demand to be traded this offseason with the owner constantly saying how great territorial draft pick Joshua Dobbs is. McCarron wants out and these last few weeks might get really ugly in Nashville.
14. Birmingham Predators (6-8) – No Change
Last Week: L – @ Orlando – 56-21
As the face of their franchise, Dak Prescott is often the target of blame for Birmingham’s losses, but the real problem Birmingham is the offensive line. He was absolutely crushed by Orlando, getting sacked five times and 38 times this season. The Predators are now 1-4 in their last five games and because of his offensive line’s struggles, Prescott has really dropped in the Rookie of the Year discussion.
15. Omaha Express (5-9) – Up 5
Last Week: W – Seattle – 28-26
What a comeback for Kevin Glenn. The veteran returned to the SFL with the Omaha Express and pulled off a massive upset over Seattle by throwing for 248 yards and two touchdowns, against the best defense in the league this season. Omaha will remember this victory for a long time.
16. Dallas Six-Shooters (5-9) – Down 1
Last Week: L – Houston – 13-10
It’s been a bad season, but getting sweep on the year by a miserable Houston Wranglers team has to be unacceptable for the Six-Shooters. Their running backs combined for -8 yards. Everything was on James Franklin this week and they crumbled. What’s so disappointing is that it looked like the Six-Shooters were starting to figure some things out and were looking bright heading into the offseason but this is a terrible loss for them right now.
17. New York Marauders (4-10) – Down 1
Last Week: L – Philadelphia – 48-16
Vad Lee certainly didn’t have as great of a Week 2 as the starter going against a buzzsaw of a Philadelphia defense. He completed only nine of his 22 passes, but still had 169 yards and a touchdowns. Newly-signed running back Travon Van also had a touchdown rushing, but it was another poor yardage effort and yards per carry effort for the Marauders. Their offensive line figures to be one that will be completely re-tooled in the offseason as a top priority.
18. Phoenix Scorpions (5-9) – Down 1
Last Week: L – San Antonio – 22-17
Mike Reilly was back under center and Adrian Peterson was back on the first snap behind him, but the Scorpions still couldn’t pick up a win against a red-hot San Antonio team. They put up a great fight, but the team just doesn’t have enough talent to beat teams like the Marshalls now and the fan support is practically nothing with the fans knowing full well that this team is leaving town after the season.
19. Charleston Dragons (5-9) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Pittsburgh – 34-7
The Dragons tried something new and different with Jason Vander Laan starting at quarterback. He did have a touchdown, but only 77 yards passing and an interception and just barely better than 50-percent passing. And if that wasn’t rough enough, consider that the Forge’s defense hasn’t been particularly great this season. It’ll be interesting to see if he gets another shot at quarterback or if the Dragons go with somebody else. Trent Steelman was 0-for-4 passing in the game.
20. Minnesota Freeze (3-11) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Michigan – 38-29
As has been the case the entire time since Carlton Jefcoat took over the team, the Freeze put up a gutsy fight but just didn’t have enough to get a victory. Josh McCown might end up setting more records in this lost Freeze season, however. The old man still has something left in that arm of his.
21. Louisville Cougars (3-11) – No Change
Last Week: W – Atlanta – 30-26
Dan LeFevour have the Louisville Cougars a tremendous spark, totaling nearly 400 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a massive upset of the Atlanta Firebirds. It was their biggest victory of the year and finally gave the die-hard fans that keep suffering through their games their first glimpse of victory in their home stadium for just the second time since the team rejoined the league last season.
22. Houston Wranglers (3-11) – No Change
Last Week: W – @ Dallas – 13-10
After 11 straight losses the Houston Wranglers finally got their third victory of the season and it was a pretty sweet one for them. The Wranglers’ first season back has been really terrible, but they swept the Dallas Six-Shooters in their two games and that is very exciting for them at the very least.
Week Fourteen Awards
Offensive Player of the Week
QB Trevor Harris, Orlando Rockets
19-for-28 (67.8%), 309 Pass Yards, 3 Pass TDs, 30 Rush Yards (15.0 YPC), 1 Rush TD
Defensive Player of the Week
DT Kyle Love, Pittsburgh Forge
5 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 2 Hurries
Special Teams Player of the Week
RET Dexter McCluster, Michigan Stags
6 KRs, 113 KR Yards (18.8 YPR)
Rookie of the Week
RB Devontae Booker, Pittsburgh Forge
104 Rush Yards (3.5 YPC), 2 Rush TDs, 4 Rec, 39 Rec Yards (9.8 YPC)
1. Orlando Rockets (10-4) vs. 4. Philadelphia Bulldogs (9-5)
2. San Antonio Marshalls (9-5) vs. 3. Pittsburgh Forge (9-5)
*Wildcard Watch: New Orleans Nightmare (8-6), Washington Wave (8-6)
1. Michigan Stags (12-2) vs. 4. Los Angeles Stars (9-5)
2. Seattle Orcas (10-4) vs. 3. Carolina Generals (8-6)
*Wildcard Watch: Atlanta Firebirds (8-6), Columbus Explorers (8-6)
Most Points Scored in a Season: 592 – Minnesota Freeze, 2014
Pittsburgh Forge – 511, on pace for 584 points
Most Rushing Yards in a Season: 2,741 – Columbus Explorers, 2016
Columbus Explorers – 2,779, on pace for 3,176 Rush Yards
Seattle Orcas – 2,761, on pace for 3,155 Rush Yards
Pass Attempts in a Season: 640 – Christian Ponder, 2016
Josh McCown (MIN) – 610, on pace for 697 Attempts
Pass Completions in a Season: 411 – Kirk Cousins, 2016
Josh McCown (MIN) – 388, on pace for 443 Completions
Pass Yards in a Season: 5,314 – Bo Levi Mitchell, 2016
Jon Jennings (PIT) – 4,921, on pace for 5,624 Pass Yards
Rushes in a Season: 429 – Alfred Morris, 2016
Jordan Howard (NAS) – 407, on pace for 465 Rush Attempts
Rush Yards in a Season (16 Games): 2,004 – Kevin Barlow, 2008 – Broken
Rush Yards in a Season (18 Games): 2,605 – Barry Sanders, 2001
Isaiah Crowell (SEA) – 2,219, on pace for 2,536 Rush Yards
Rush TDs in a Season: 22 – Lamar Miller, 2016
Isaiah Crowell (SEA) – 21, on pace for 24 Rush TDs
Jay Ajayi (PHI) – 20, on pace for 22 Rush TDs
Receptions in a Season: 132 – Luke Tasker, 2016
Julian Edelman (LOU) – 128, on pace for 146 Rec Yards
Kenny Stills (BIR) – 122, on pace for 139 Rec Yards
Receiving Yards in a Season (16 Games): 2,059 – Allen Hurns, 2016
Kenny Stills (BIR) – 1,757, on pace for 2,008 Rec Yards
Total Offense in a Season: 2,291 – Andre Ellington, 2015 – Broken
Isaiah Crowell (SEA) – 2,437, on pace for 2,785 Total Yards
Total Pancakes in a Season: 54 – Andrew Whitworth, 2014
Ryan Schraeder (SEA) – 48, on pace for 54 Pancakes
Kick Return TDs in a Season: 4 – Steve Smith, 2003
Tyreek Hill (WSH) – 3 KR TDs
Punt Return TDs in a Season: 4 – Trindon Holliday, 2013; Brandon Banks, 2016 – Tied
Rashad Greene (ORL) – 4 PR TDs
D’Anthony Thomas (MIN) – 3 PR TDs
Yearly Awards Watch List
Barry Sanders Most Valuable Player
1. RB Isaiah Crowell, Seattle Orcas – 2,219 Rush Yards (5.8 YPC), 21 Rush TDs, 27 REC, 218 Rec Yards (8.1 YPC), 1 Rec TD
2. QB Jon Jennings, Pittsburgh Forge – 348-for-477 (73.0%), 4,921 Pass Yards, 43 Pass TDs, 11 INTs, 319 Rush Yards (5.8 YPC), 3 Rush TDs
3. RB Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Bulldogs – 2,070 Rush Yards (5.3 YPC), 20 Rush TDs, 30 Rec, 122 Rec Yards (4.1 YPC), 1 Rec TDs
4. LB Zach Kerr, Seattle Orcas – 38 Tackles, 11 Sacks, 14 Hurries, 5 TFL, 2 PD, 1 FF
5. QB Matt Barkley, Atlanta Firebirds – 306-for-467 (65.5%), 3,901 Pass Yards, 33 Pass TDs, 3 INTs, 35 Rush Yards (1.8 YPC)
Clint Dolezel Offensive Player of the Year
1. QB Jon Jennings, Pittsburgh Forge – 348-for-477 (73.0%), 4,921 Pass Yards, 43 Pass TDs, 11 INTs, 319 Rush Yards (5.8 YPC), 3 Rush TDs
2. RB Isaiah Crowell, Seattle Orcas – 2,219 Rush Yards (5.8 YPC), 21 Rush TDs, 27 REC, 218 Rec Yards (8.1 YPC), 1 Rec TD
3. QB Matt Barkley, Atlanta Firebirds – 306-for-467 (65.5%), 3,901 Pass Yards, 33 Pass TDs, 3 INTs, 35 Rush Yards (1.8 YPC)
4. RB Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Bulldogs – 2,070 Rush Yards (5.3 YPC), 20 Rush TDs, 30 Rec, 122 Rec Yards (4.1 YPC), 1 Rec TD
5. WR/RB Tyreek Hill – 60 Rec, 967 Rec Yards (16.1 YPC), 6 Rec TDs, 504 Rush Yards (7.1 YPC), 12 Rush Tds
5. RB Devontae Booker – 1,024 Rush Yards (3.1 YPC), 17 Rush TDs, 45 Rec, 508 Rec Yards (11.3 YPC), 4 Rec TDs
Antonio banks Defensive Player of the Year
1. LB Zach Kerr, Seattle Orcas – 38 Tackles, 11 Sacks, 14 Hurries, 5 TFL, 2 PD, 1 FF
2. DT Almond Sewell, Orlando Rockets – 28 Tackles, 13 Sacks, 5 Hurries, 2 TFL, 2 PD
3. LB Jeff Knox Jr., Seattle Orcas – 58 Tackles, 6 Sacks, 2 Hurries, 3 TFL, 2 PD, 1 FF
4. FS DaShawn Goldson, Washington Wave – 70 Tackles, 4 INTs, 15 PD
5. DE Jamal Westerman, Los Angeles Stars – 58 Tackles, 12 Sacks, 9 Hurries, 6 TFL, 2 PD< 3 FF
LaDainian Tomlinson Offensive Rookie of the Year
1. RB Devontae Booker – 1,024 Rush Yards (3.1 YPC), 17 Rush TDs, 45 Rec, 508 Rec Yards (11.3 YPC), 4 Rec Tds
2. RB Jordan Howard, Nashville Renegades – 1,821 Rush Yards (4.5 YPC), 7 Rush TDs, 35 Rec, 288 Rec Yards (8.2 YPC)
3. QB Dak Prescott, Birmingham Predators – 363-for-521 (69.7%), 4,051 Pass Yards, 29 Pass TDs, 11 INTs, 537 Rush Yards (5.5 YPC), 6 Rush TDs
4. WR/RB Tyreek Hill – 60 Rec, 967 Rec Yards (16.1 YPC), 6 Rec TDs, 504 Rush Yards (7.1 YPC), 12 Rush Tds
5. RB Jalen Richard, Dallas Six-Shooters – 922 Rush Yards (5.3 YPC), 4 Rush TDs, 41 Rec, 261 Rec Yards (6.4 YPC), 3 Rush TDs
Kirk Morrison Defensive Rookie of the Year
1. LB Matt Judon, Michigan Stags – 44 Tackles, 6 Sacks, 12 Hurries, 7 TFL, 4 PD
2. FS Brian Poole, Los Angeles Stars – 61 Tackles, 4 INTs, 9 PD
3. DE Dean Lowry, Birmingham Predators – 51 Tackles, 14 TFL, 10 Hurries, 2 Sacks, 2 PD, 2 FF
4. DT David Onyemata, Birmingham Predators – 29 Tackles, 8 Sacks, 8 Hurries, 2 TFL, 1 PD
4. FS Deon Bush, New Orleans Nightmare – 52 Tackles, 3 INTs, 5 PD
Trindon Holliday Special Teams Player of the Year
1. RET Tyreek Hill, Washington Wave – 1,454 KR Yards (30.9 YPR), 3 KR TDs, 146 PR Yards (13.3 YPR), 1 PR TD
2. RET Trindon Holliday, Atlanta Firebirds – 1,277 KR Yards (29.7 YPR), 2 KR TDs, 298 PR Yards (11.5 YPR), 2 PR TDs
3. RET D’Anthony Thomas, Minnesota Freeze – 1,354 KR Yards (27.1 YPR), 1 KR TD, 7-4 PR Yards (15.3 YPR), 3 PR TDs
4. RET Rashad Greene, Orlando Rockets – 492 PR Yards (20.5 YPR), 4 PR TDs
5. RET LeGarrett Blount, Omaha Express – 1,361 KR Yards (32.4 YPR), 2 KR TDs
Steve Hutchinson Offensive Lineman of the Year
1. OT Ryan Schraeder, Seattle Orcas – 48 Pancakes, 3 Sacks Allowed, 5 Bad Blocks
2. OG Brandon Fusco, Michigan Stags – 34 Pancakes, 0 Sacks Allowed, 5 Bad Blocks
3. C Matt Paradis, Philadelphia Bulldogs – 33 Pancakes, 4 Sacks Allowed, 4 Bad Blocks
4. C Corey Linsley, Columbus Explorers – 30 Pancakes, 0 Sacks Allowed, 4 Bad Blocks
5. OT David Bakhtiari, Orlando Rockets – 25 Pancakes, 0 Sacks Allowed, 2 Bad Blocks
Jim Zorn Coach of the Year
1. Dan Campbell, Pittsburgh Forge (1st Year) – 9-5 (Expansion Team)
2. Ralph Friedgen, Washington Wave (2nd Year) – 8-6 (0-16 in 2016)
3. Mike Singletary, Carolina Generals (2nd Year) – 8-6 (4-12 in 2016)
4. Chris Jones, Michigan Stags (3rd Year) – 12-2 (10-6 in 2016)
5. Mark Hudspeth, Los Angeles Stars (1st Year) – 9-5 (7-9 in 2016)
Week Fourteen Preview
New Orleans Nightmare (8-6) @ Philadelphia Bulldogs (9-5)
This one is a crucial game for the Wildcard spot. If Philadelphia wins, they clinch the playoffs with one week left. If New Orleans wins, they get the head-to-head tie-breaker against the Bulldogs and it comes down to the final week of the season. Will the Tim Tebow magic continue for the Nightmare or will Michael Vick prove he is still the dual-threat quarterback in the sport? But the real battle will be the Bulldogs’ No. 3 ranked rushing offense against New Orleans’ fifth-ranked run defense. With a much better pass rush and their hot streak, New Orleans might just be road favorites.
Pick: New Orleans Nightmare
Dallas Six-Shooters (5-9) @ Charleston Dragons (5-9)
Charleston has had some impressive victories all season long while Dallas has been just as inconsistent. This one will be an offense vs. defense battle. Dallas just doesn’t seem to have nearly enough on offense to break that Charleston defense.
Pick: Charleston Dragons
Carolina Generals (8-6) @ Nashville Renegades (7-7)
The friendly rivalry between these two owners goes back a long time, but the Renegades are a mess right now with AJ McCarron openly demanding a trade. Carolina has a lot more to fight for with the tight race in the Southern Division. If they don’t win this game, they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs.
Pick: Carolina Generals
Pittsburgh Forge (9-5) @ Louisville Cougars (3-11)
Louisville just got their first home victory of the season in a huge upset, but don’t expect the success to carry over to this week against Pittsburgh. The Forge have the best passing offense in the league and figure to take down some records against the worst defense in the league. Louisville will just have to see if Dan LeFevour will have another solid game and solidify their quarterback position heading into the offseason.
Pick: Pittsburgh Forge
Washington Wave (8-6) @ Houston Wranglers (3-11)
Houston will be riding the momentum of a win over their rival Dallas Six-Shooters, but Wave are a better opponent. The Wave are also holding onto slim hopes for the playoffs. Their offense has slowed down a bit, and is starting to throw their age, but it should be enough to get them a win in this game.
Pick: Washington Wave
Birmingham Predators (6-8) @ Omaha Express (5-9)
Omaha got a shocking victory over Seattle last week in Kevin Glenn’s return to the SFL. Was it just a big first game in his return or was it a sign of things to come? While Birmingham has been struggling and Dak Prescott has been getting killed because of his offensive line, he is still proving to be a premier quarterback in this league and the Express don’t have a pass rush that can really hurt him like other teams have been. Still, the young Predators seem a bit like they are mentally defeated and Omaha is building some confidence even at the end of a tough season.
Pick: Birmingham Predators
Columbus Explorers (8-6) @ Minnesota Freeze (3-11)
The Columbus Explorers are either the worst good team in the league or the best bad team in the league. Somehow, someway, the Explorers are still in the hunt for the playoffs and are actually in a much stronger position than they were last week as they picked up a victory. Columbus did this despite making a change at quarterback to a guy who ended up getting hurt. Then, they had to go to another rookie and still got little from the position all together. What’s keeping the Explorers so competitive is their team’s athletic ability. They don’t always put it together every week, but they have athletes and they can run. Minnesota is playing tough as nails football, but won’t be able to run with the Explorers. Their defense also has the worst run defense in the league. It’s not a good matchup for them at all.
Pick: Columbus Explorers
New York Marauders (4-10) @ San Antonio Marshalls (9-5)
The Marauders have a tough schedule ending the year, last week with Philadelphia and now this week at San Antonio. They are sticking with their young players here, but against all these teams fighting for the playoff they are going to be in hard situations to succeed in. San Antonio has quietly proven to be one of the very best teams in the league over the last few weeks. Expect Bo Levi Mitchell to lead them to a sixth straight victory.
Pick: San Antonio Marshalls
Michigan Stags (12-2) @ Seattle Orcas (10-4)
Here we go, this is the heavyweight battle in the league between the two best teams. If the Stags win they clinch home field advantage in the playoffs. Is the Orcas win, they still need to win next week and hope Michigan loses. But the bigger picture for them will be to build some momentum after losing back-to-back games. This matchup features two of the best running games and defenses in the league. This is going to be some old school smashmouth football being played in this one.
Pick: Seattle Orcas
Orlando Rockets (10-4) @ Atlanta Firebirds (8-6)
Okay, maybe not absolutely, but the Atlanta Firebirds need to get this win against a team that has everything just about wrapped up in the Empire Conference. After dropping back-to-back games the Firebirds have been bailed out by some other competitors falling short, but they’ll need something big from Matt Barkley against the Rockets because Trevor Harris will be facing the 20th-ranked pass defense and should have a big game of his own.
Pick: Orlando Rockets
Phoenix Scorpions (5-9) @ Los Angeles Stars (9-5)
As gutsy of an effort as Phoenix has last season, they still didn’t have enough to get a win. They probably aren’t going to have that inspired of an effort this week against a Los Angeles team that must look to bounce back from a disappointing loss. And combined with the Orcas loss last week and them facing Michigan this week, a win would put them in position to be tied at the top of the division.
Pick: Los Angeles Stars
D-League filling out
In only a short amount of time the SFL D-League has already filled up a great amount with teams. Fourteen different owners have committed to the league with two invitations still out there yet to be answered. Daniel Robinson, Michael Olson and Alberto Garcia have committed while they wait to get SFL franchises of their own. Thirteen of the owners have announced where their teams will be played, with Corey Johns saying he will pick his location last after all of the other owners have chosen.
Some of the owners will be reviving the names of former SFL franchises. Michael Olson’s Boca Raton team will take on the nickname of his former Birmingham squad as the Florida Suns. The Honolulu Volcanoes will be revived by Paradise Sports Group. Dallas Hartwell will revive the Toronto Kodiaks. Alberto Garcia will bring the Colorado Scramblers back to Colorado Springs, Colorado. PDX Sports Group is bringing a team back to Portland Oregon, though a name has not been announced.
Iowa announces franchise name
Eric Murray has announced his 2019 expansion team set to play in Ames, Iowa will be named the Threshers. The term Threshers is a nod to the big wheat industry in Iowa. The team’s colors and logos will be announced at a later date.
AJ McCarron demands offseason trade
One week after throwing for six touchdowns, Nashville Renegades quarterback AJ McCarron openly announced he has demanded a trade this offseason. McCarron had kept his lips shut with the team’s owner continually saying territorial draft pick Joshua Dobbs is the future of the team, McCarron does not want to be around anymore.