Week 6 Power Rankings
1. Orlando Rockets (4-2) – Up 2
Last Week: W – San Antonio Marshalls – 48-10
This is a very different Orlando team than the one that lose two games to open the season. Now they are 4-2 and thumped the San Antonio Marshalls, 48-10. It was never a game either. They led 31-3 at halftime and extended it to 34-3 in the third quarter. Trevor Harris had four touchdown passes in the game, having a tremendous bounce-back game, but Eric Rogers has to be in MVP consideration after another great week.
2. Seattle Orcas (5-1) – Up 2
Last Week: W – Los Angeles Stars – 37-34
Seattle withstood Los Angeles’ breakout game offensively and got to see Ryan Griffin show up strong with three touchdowns. This team is still completely built around Isaiah Crowell, and with 181 yards, he dominated, and the Orcas will be victorious when he is.
3. San Antonio Marshalls (5-1) – Down 2
Last Week: L – @ Orlando Rockets – 48-10
The Marshalls are a great team, and it was only one off week, but it was a really off week. The Marshalls were dominated from start to finish by the Orlando Rockets. They’ll have an opportunity to bounce back and show they are still very, very elite next week.
4. Atlanta Firebirds (5-1) – Down 2
Last Week: L – @ Philadelphia Bulldogs – 13-9
Owner Chris Dunn has not been very patient with his quarterbacks and now a couple weeks with a sub-.500 completion percentage might have Matt Barkley on the hot seat. The Firebirds struggled against a very good defense and they failed to get into the endzone. That led to an embarrassing first loss of the season, coming against Mark Sanchez.
5. Michigan Stags (5-1) – No Change
Last Week: W – Birmingham Predators – 40-27
It was far from a prototypical Michigan Stags game with their running game and defense struggling, but despite completing less than half of his passes Zach Collaros had another big game with 258 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns went to Jalen Saunders, who only had three catches in the game. But it was a stand and forced turnover on downs by their defense that helped seal the Stags a victory.
6. New York Marauders (5-1) – Up 1
Last Week: W – @ Omaha Express – 34-8
Vad Lee had three more touchdowns, but it was their special teams and defense that got the Marauders their victory. Ishmael Adams had a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half and three second half interceptions shut the Express down to helped the Marauders get another blowout victory.
7. Pittsburgh Forge (4-2) – Down 1
Last Week: W – @ Minnesota Freeze – 20-17 (OT)
A win is a win, so Pittsburgh will take it, but when it comes to power rankings, how you win does matter. Pittsburgh never should have been in a close game with the Minnesota Freeze, but it took overtime to get the victory. The Forge are still 4-2, but they have been struggling the last few weeks. Jon Jennings was held to less than 200 yards passing.
8. Louisville Cougars (5-1) – No Change
Last Week: W – San Diego Diablos – 37-27
Gabriel Knapton is playing the best he has in his career right now and added to his tremendous season is punt block that he returned for a touchdown. Knapton, with Rey Maualuga and Taylor Mays and Red Bryant are fueling this team through their physical defense. On offense, Karlos Williams had his way running through the Diablos defense, totaling 171 yards and a touchdown. The team had 225 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
9. Dallas Six-Shooters (5-1) – No Change
Last Week: W – Columbus Explorers – 29-7
James Franklin only completed nine passes, but their defense picked off Joshua Dobbs three times and Jalen Richard had 140 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. That is the kind of team the Six-Shooters probably want, a running team that relies on a tough defense. James Franklin has been great early on, but this team is no dependent on him.
10. Boston Dragons (4-2) – Up 2
Last Week: W – @ Mississippi Cottonmouths – 14-7
The Dragons defense is a great unit and it is why they are 4-2 right now. Cooper Rush didn’t do too much as the defense dominated the game and shut down the legendary Ricky Ray. Meanwhile, the Dragons running game was fantastic, totaling 177 yards. Andre Ellington had 95 yards while Wayne Gallman subbed in and had 81 yards and a touchdown.
11. Utah Raptors (4-2) – Up 3
Last Week: W – St. Louis Stallions – 30-27
With no time left rookie running back Jamaal Williams broke a tackle and got into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown. Nobody in particular stood out for the Raptors offense, but they managed 30 points, the best effort of the season, and made some big plays. Williams had two touchdowns in the game.
12. Carolina Generals (3-3) – Down 1
Last Week: W – Washington Wave – 6-3
It was a horrible game for offense, but the Generals defense certainly shined in the game. Mike Hull had seven tackles and two sacks wile Cleyon Laing had another sack in the game. Bryce Piela picked Everette Golson off, and the Wave never could get going against the Generals.
13. Philadelphia Bulldogs (3-3) – Up 3
Last Week: W – Atlanta Firebirds – 13-9
They Bulldogs went back to Mark Sanchez and it paid off with a stunning victory over the previously undefeated Atlanta Firebirds. Sanchez did his job as he efficiently completed passes and handed the ball off numerous times to ay Ajayi. The Bulldogs defense also played at a very high level, their secondary making things difficult for a potent passing attack.
14. Omaha Express (3-3) – Down 4
Last Week: L – New York Marauders – 34-8
Matt Moore turned the ball over three times in the second half. That made it impossible for the Express to pull off a victory. Their defense kept the Express in the game for a half, but eventually the turnovers made it impossible to win.
15. St. Louis Stallions (3-3) – Down 2
Last Week: L – @ Utah Raptors – 30-27
St. Louis is slumping, but the Raptors do have a strong defense and they were on the verge of winning the game. Unfortunately, their defense failed them in the final second and it cost the Stallions what could have been a big road win.
16. Birmingham Predators (3-3) – Down 1
Last Week: L – Michigan Stags – 40-27
They’ve put an effort into improving their line and to an extend, with only two sacks against a great pass rush, it’s improved, but Dak Prescott was still sacked twice. The problem, more, though, was their defense. The Stags were able to have a lot of success against the typically tough Predators defense and that forced Dak Prescott to drop back 60 times in the game. Still, the Predators had an opportunity to win the game, but a late turnover on downs put things out of reach.
17. New Orleans Nightmare (2-4) – Up 1
Last Week: W – Memphis Bombers – 14-13
The Nightmare have won back-to-back games now with Aaron Murray back. But this team is led by their ground attack. The Nightmare had 134 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to grind past Memphis. That is the kind of team expected from Jack Del Rio, who is now 2-0 as the team’s head coach.
18. Memphis Bombers (2-4) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ New Orleans Nightmare – 14-13
AJ McCarron had a putrid game and might be on the verge of being benched. His bad game wasted a strong effort by Jordan Howard in a loss. The Bombers have too much talent to be 2-4, but they have not been able to live up to their ability as a team.
19. Houston Wranglers (2-4) – Up 5
Last Week: W – Iowa Threshers – 20-14
Aaron Jones is just unstoppable right now. The Wranglers still have a lot of holes, especially after making quite a few trades to cash in on their most valuable chips, but they will be in position to win games as long as Jones plays well. Brandon Doughty also helped the team much more than Connor Cook has in the past. Doughty is more athletic. He didn’t have a big game, but didn’t make many mistakes.
20. Mississippi Cottonmouths (1-5) – Down 1
Last Week: L – Boston Dragons – 14-7
They played tough against Atlanta last week, but couldn’t get their offense going against the Dragons at home. Ricky Ray struggled, with only 144 yards. It was a disappointing game for the Cottonmouths. They couldn’t get anything going offensively and their defense got run through, even in a low-scoring game they shouldn’t be overly happy with their defense.
21. Columbus Explorers (1-5) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Dallas Six-Shooters – 29-7
The Explorers need to make a decision with Joshua Dobbs. At 1-5, do they just concede and continue giving him the necessary playing time or do they bench him after three interceptions and go with a different quarterback? The Explorers tough defense struggled because the offense kept turning the ball over and giving the Six-Shooters short fields.
22. Los Angeles Stars (2-4) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Seattle Orcas – 37-24
The Stars finally got their offense going, scoring 34 points and against a great defense too, but they still suffered a loss at Seattle. Case Keenum has 331 yards and three touchdowns, but the lack of running game just killed them and they couldn’t grind down the Orcas when they needed to. They need to make an effort to fix their ground game. So far, they have done nothing to make it better.
23. Washington Wave (1-5) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Carolina Generals – 6-3
Like Carolina, the Wave were terrible offensively, but it was at least good to see their defense perform well. The Wave had one of the worst defenses in the league, but held a Colin Kaepernick led General squad to only six points and out of the endzone.
24. Iowa Threshers (1-5) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Houston Wranglers – 20-14
Despite giving up 217 yards on the ground to Aaron Jones, the Iowa Threshers never led their game get away from them. CJ Beathard had 252 yards and two touchdowns, but he also played like a rookie and completed less than half of his passes and had two interceptions. He had just a few too many mistakes to pull off the road win.
25. Minnesota Freeze (0-6) – No Change
Last Week: L – Pittsburgh Forge – 20-17 (OT)
Minnesota had a chance to get a massive victory over a powerhouse team, but in overtime they couldn’t get the ball moving and failed to take advantage of the situation. Corey Clement finally had a nice amount of success too, rushing for 125 yards. That balanced out the defense and kept pressure off their defense too.
26. San Diego Diablos (0-6) – No Change
Last Week: L – @ Louisville Cougars – 37-27
Trevone Boykin is a polarizing player and while he struggled to pass the ball against a ferocious defense, his legs led the best best effort by the Diablos yet. They scored 27 points after rushing for 209 yards. Boykin had 84 of those yards on the ground. Alex Collins had 87 and a touchdown. It’s only a matter of time before the Diablos get a win. They have great athletes. They just weren’t as physical as the Cougars were this week.
Offensive Player of the Week
WR Eric Rogers, Orlando Rockets
8 Rec, 175 Rec Yards (21.9 YPC), 2 Rec TDs
Defensive Player of the Week
LB Duke Riley, New Orleans Nightmare
5 Tackles, 3 Sacks
Special Teams Player of the Week
RET Ishmael Adams, New York Marauders
3 KR, 136 Yards (45.3 YPR), 1 TD (93 Yards), 4 PR, 1 PR Yard (0.3 YPR)
Rookie of the Week
RB Aaron Jones, Houston Wranglers
217 Rush Yards (8.3 YPC), 1 Rush TD, 4 Rec, 21 Rec Yards (5.3 YPC)
SFL Champion Ryan Nassib traded by Washington to Utah
Just before the kickoff of Week 6, the Washington Wave traded benched quarterback Ryan Nassib to the Utah Raptors for quarterback Cardale Jones and defensive back Maurice Leggett. Nassib signed a three-year $5.2 million deal with the Wave this offseason, but was benched after only four games. Wave owner Charles McBrearty announced he never actually believed in Nassib, only signed him because he felt stuck with a need at quarterback. Raptors owner Corey Johns, who won a championship in New York with Nassib as his starting quarterback, was ecstatic when announcing the trade to bring Nassib to Utah. Nassib also scored a rushing touchdown in his debut with the Raptors, a one-yard rush against the St. Louis Stallions.
Corey Graham signs with the Houston Wranglers
NFL veteran defensive back Corey Graham has signed a two-year, $1.6 million contract to play for the Houston Wranglers and eventually Arizona Scorpions when they move next season. Graham performed very well at the veteran combine before the season but no team would give him the hefty contract he was looking for. Eventually, Houston came in with a lower offer and after further public bidding, Graham agreed to sign the deal. Graham is 32-years-old, but still showing very good coverage ability. The 11-year NFL veteran and two-time Super Bowl Champion had 32 tackles and two interceptions for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017.
Week 7 Preview
New York Marauders @ Atlanta Firebirds
The New York Marauders are on fire while the Firebirds are coming off a loss to a team led by Mark Sanchez, but don’t think that means the Marauders are a clear favorite in this game. The Firebirds have the league’s best defense and are going to be a big threat to slow down the Marauders. However, the team’s weakness on defense is their pass defense, and the Marauders passing attack is the best in the league.
Pick: New York Marauders
Orlando Rockets @ Birmingham Predators
Orlando is coming off a dominant victor over the San Antonio Marshalls, their fourth-straight victory. Birmingham will have trouble keeping up with the Rockets offense that is performing at a very high level right now with Eric Rogers looking like a legitimate MVP candidate.
Pick: Orlando Rockets
Louisville Cougars @ Michigan Stags
This will be an interesting matchup between two physical defenses, but while the Stags have been able to find many different ways to win, the explosive ability of the Louisville Cougars offense might be the difference. Louisville just has more playmakers on their offense and some tough defensive guys that could limit what the Stags will do.
Pick: Louisville Cougars
Columbus Explorers @ New Orleans Nightmare
Is Josh Dobbs still the guy in Columbus? Even if he isn’t, it’s hard to see another quarterback in Columbus having that much success. New Orleans hasn’t been winning in a beautiful way, but under Jack Del Rio they are 2-0 with two grinding victories. Expect some tough defense to be played in this game, but just enough out of the Nightmare for the victory.
Pick: New Orleans Nightmare
Boston Dragons @ Iowa Threshers
Iowa is playing better the past two weeks, but Boston’s defense is really rough and has them at 4-2 on the season. The Dragons are far from a sexy team, but they get the job done enough for wins.
Pick: Boston Dragons
Minnesota Freeze @ St. Louis Stallions
St. Louis has stumbled the past three weeks, but they have a good and balanced offense that should be able to have their way against a very poor Minnesota defense. Then again, the Freeze held the dynamic Pittsburgh Forge in check the entire game and took them into overtime.
Pick: St. Louis Stallions
Mississippi Cottonmouths @ Omaha Express
Ricky Ray is searching for his first win with the Cottonmouths, a team that spent a ton to get him. Omaha is going to be a tough team to get that win against, but their pass defense is one of the worst in the league. Could Ray find the opening in the coverage needed to move the ball down the field and into the endzone? Or will Matt Moore bounce back and will the Express keep possession of the ball with their running game and Ray off the field?
Pick: Mississippi Cottonmouths
San Diego Diablos @ San Antonio Marshalls
The Diablos found another electrifying player in their offense in Trevone Boykin, but this matchup against a Marshalls team that is going to be out their playing with fire is not a good one at all for the Diablos.
Pick: San Antonio Marshalls
Washington Wave @ Utah Raptors
Utah is getting wins, but certainly they haven’t been overly impressive. But the Wave have been having their struggles too. The interesting thing to see is how will the Raptors use Ryan Nassib against his former team and will it be successful? Utah’s defense is proving to be among the best in the league, but their offense has had it’s struggles and no matter what, Tyreek Hill is still a major threat to put up big yards and points for Washington.
Pick: Utah Raptors
Dallas Six-Shooters @ Los Angeles Stars
The Stars finally seems to have their offense going strong, but their running game is an embarrassment, yet, they haven’t done anything about it yet. How long do they have to see Buck Allen struggle before they make a move, either to bring in another running back or to adjust their depth chart? Until that happens, it’s going to be hard to be the one-dimensional Stars, especially when they are playing a team playing as well as the Six-Shooters are.
Pick: Dallas Six-Shooters
Houston Wranglers @ Seattle Orcas
Is the next great running back battle going to be Isaiah Crowell against Aaron Jones? The rookie running back for the Wranglers certainly has been dominating games, but the Wranglers 24th-ranked run defense is going to be rolled over by Crowell, who has dominated everybody, even teams loading the box with eight defenders.
Pick: Seattle Orcas
Memphis Bombers @ Carolina Generals
Memphis has severely underperformed considering the high amount of talent the team has. It’s top heavy for sure, but they have talent. Carolina will be a game that will be tough to get things going against as their defense has been quite tough and they go have the fifth-best pass rush going against the 20th-worst offensive line. That’s been the Bombers’ pitfall.
Pick: Carolina Generals
Philadelphia Bulldogs @ Pittsburgh Forge
The Quaker State Battle between the Bulldogs and Forge looks a lot different heading into Week 7 than it did a few weeks ago. The Forge haven’t been the dominant force we have often seen them be the past few weeks and the Bulldogs were able to slow down a great offense last week in the Atlanta Firebirds. It will be a tough game, but despite his win last week it’s still hard to pick Mark Sanchez.
Pick: Pittsburgh Forge