Weekly Three Power Rankings

1. San Antonio Marshals (3-0) – No Change
Last Week: W – @ Dallas Six-Shooters – 41-7

When Bo Levi Mitchell is able to just be a game-manager because Aaron Jones goes crazy with 161 yards rushing and three touchdowns and D’Onta Foreman has another 83 yards, the balance of the Marshals offense is just going to be impossible to stop. With the running game going strong, Mitchell only needed to pass the ball 16 times, but with so much attention on the running game he completed an amazing 15 of those passes for 171 yards and two scores. And with all that going on offense, the defense was completely shut down. The Six-Shooters were held to just 111 total net yards and Josh McCown was sacked five times.

2. Birmingham Predators (3-0) – No Change
Last Week: W – Atlanta Firebirds – 23-21

To quote Atlanta Firebirds Owner Chris Dunn: “Birmingham only has two running backs, but unfortunate for all of us they are Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara.” The Predators lack of depth should be a detriment, but the talent is just unreal. Hunt and Kamara combined for 229 of offense and Kamara has another 81 yards returning against the Firebirds. And we didn’t even mention Dak Prescott. He actually had a down week against Atlanta’s strong defense, completing just 18-of-28 passes for 149 yards and one score. When a quarterback does that, it should mean a loss, but Hunt and Kamara make it a pick-your-poison battle against Birmingham and their defense is very strong unit that held Atlanta to under 100 yards on the ground and just 3.3 yards per carry.

3. New York Marauders (3-0) – No Change
Last Week: W – Virginia Admirals – 48-17

What an incredible day running the ball for New York, and they still put up 48 points. The Marauders have proven this early in the season they have an elite offense and tremendously balanced offense. Mike Reilly only threw the ball 13 times and Stefon Diggs only caught three passes but it was a blowout because the team rushed for 296 yards, with 127 yards and a remarkable four touchdowns by Devante Mays and 116 yards coming from Jacquizz Rodgers. They surprisingly traded their top cornerback Charles Gaines, but young and hungry corners Kris Boyd and Holton Hill rose to the challenge and opportunity.

4. Orlando Rockets (2-1) – Up 2
Last Week: W – @ New Orleans Nightmare – 28-14

With Devonta Foreman carrying the load and rushing the ball 20 times for 96 yards and the team overall rushing 33 times for 127 yards, the Rockets were able to wear down their opponent and see quarterback Trevor Harris pick his spots with precision passing. Against New Orleans he completed 14-of-17 passing for 177 yards and FOUR touchdowns. Two touchdowns each to Eric Rogers and Derel Walker. The defense shut down the New Orleans passing game in the win. The game wasn’t really close in the second half.

5. Michigan Stags (2-1) – Up 2
Last Week: W – @ Columbus Explorers – 27-13

Michigan put Columbus in their place. The Explorers jumped them in the rankings and the Stags went on the road and got a decisive victory. Alex Henery was big, kicking four field goals. That helped the Stags stay ahead against a stout Explorers defense, but eventually things started to get easier for Michigan. Elijah McGuire was huge in the game. He’s usually playing second fiddle to Marlon Mack, who has 61 yards and a touchdown in the game, but McGuire has 71 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving. Vernon Adams had some quality plays in a nice bounce back from last week. The defense really came up strong and shut down the Explorers passing game as they were trying for a comeback.

6. Nashville Renegades (2-1) – Up 2
Last Week: W – @ Louisville Cougars – 27-10

Jordan Howard and Tyreek Hill are the two top talents on the Renegades and they performed like it in Week 3. Hill busted off a 55-yard end-around touchdown and 205 total yards of offense while Howard rushed for 103 yards and two scores. When one of those guys are going the Renegades are tough to beat. When both are performing at a high level it’s next to impossible to beat them. The defense saw the pass rush going and they picked up three sacks, overwhelming the Cougars offense.

7. Omaha Express (3-0) – Up 5
Last Week: W – Buffalo Gunners – 16-10

What a game, the Express were pretty much locked in the rankings with their division rival Buffalo Gunners and the game went down to the wire, but Omaha held strong at home and got the victory to improve to 3-0. Omaha’s defense really made things difficult for rookie Buffalo quarterback Gardner Minshew, holding him to just 105 yards and no touchdowns while intercepting a pass of his. Offensively, the Express were great on third and fourth downs, which was huge in their victory as well. It was a combined ground effort between Jalen Richard and Michael Boone after Rex Burkhead had to sub out early in the first quarter with an injury.

8. Columbus Explorers (2-1) – Down 3
Last Week: L – Michigan Stags – 27-13

Columbus looked so strong their first two weeks but got punched hard by their arch-rival Michigan. Joshua Dobbs had 103 yards rushing, but he was just 17-for-35 passing for 135 yards with one interception. The Explorers fell behind early and Dobbs couldn’t break a tremendous Stags secondary as he was put in a position where he had to throw often to try a comeback.

9. Washington Wave (2-1) – Down 5
Last Week: L – @ Indianapolis Speed – 16-13

After his red-hot Wave debut, Zach Collaros has cooled off. The Wave seemed to try to force the pass too much against Indianapolis and the unbalanced offensive approach just didn’t work. Collaros pass the ball 46 times while the team only ran the ball 22 times. Getting Tony Pollard involved more might help them balance things out. The Wave defense did play very well, but the offensive struggles led to their first loss of the year.

10. Pittsburgh Forge (1-2) – No Change
Last Week: W – St. Louis Stallions – 29-22

Maybe the Forge would have liked to score more than 29 points, but their offense really was able to get going against the Stallions to finally give the Forge their first win of the year. Jonathan Jennings threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns while Bryan Burnham was huge with 11 receptions for 147 yards and three touchdowns. Devontae Booker punched his way back into a lead role and gave the team a bit more explosiveness. James Conner is a great back, but his ground-and-pound style might not be the best fit for the air-it-out, fast-paced Forge style of offense.

11. Buffalo Gunners (2-1) – No Change
Last Week: L – @ Omaha Express – 16-10

Buffalo was in a tremendous game with Omaha and it went down to the wire. They probably proved two things, one, they are a very good team that can play very tough football, and two, that expectations probably have to be tempered a bit for them because Garner Minshew can, and did against Omaha, have games where he very much shows his rookie form. It’s not really a bad thing, the Gunners have a tremendous amount of room to grow, but they have youth in that key spot and performances like he had can happen. Still, though, despite a rough outing for him, and a disappointing third and fourth down defensive effort, the Gunners held Omaha to just 16 points and had a chance to win. That shows how balanced and well put together this team is.

12. Boston Dragons (2-1) – Up 2
Last Week: W – Sacramento Bandits – 34-14

Boston has everything go according to plan against the Bandits. Cooper Rush was outstanding passing the ball, completing 30 of his 38 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Andre Ellington rushed for 103 yards and a score, and their defense did a great job really limiting the Bandits from the job. Robert Tonyan had a very strong breakout performance in many ways, catching eight passes for 72 yards and two scores.

13. Carolina Generals (2-1) – Up 4
Last Week: W – Miami Mustangs – 42-21

While he’s been inconsistent in what he’s been good at, Colin Kaepernick has done a fantastic job each of the first three games and against Miami it was through the air. Kaepernick completed 22-of-28 passes and had five touchdowns with another one coming on the ground. It’s tough to be better than a six-touchdown performance. Tight end Davon Cajuste was the recipient of three of those touchdowns while Tanner Gentry had the other two. Interestingly, Quinton Flowers checked in and gave a nice spark to the running game with 78 yards. He’s their backup quarterback but is a great runner. Defensively, the team has to be thrilled they saw Jake Metz finish with seven tackles and two sacks.

14. Atlanta Firebirds (1-2) – Down 1
Last Week: L – Birmingham Predators – 23-21

A two-point loss to Birmingham isn’t going to drop the Firebirds down too far, and considering their other loss was to San Antonio, their 1-2 record is quite misleading. The Firebirds defense has much more success against Birmingham than they did against San Antonio, so it’s comforting to them that they are coming around. But they need to get things going offensively. Nick Arbuckle actually probably exceeded expectations with having to take control when his running game was stuffed by the Predators, but it didn’t lead to a win. They need to close these games out against elite competition. They always seem close, but still in their history haven’t seemed to pick up that landmark statement victory over a top opponent.

15. Milwaukee Warriors (1-2) – Up 3
Last Week: W – @ San Diego Diablos – 21-15

A win is a win and the Milwaukee Warriors were desperate for one. They got it. They do have to be concerned their offensive line gave up four sacks and they didn’t have quite the offensive success they wanted to see, scoring just 12 points with Antonio Brown making only one catch, but the Diablos do have a strong defense and strong pass rush. The Warriors gave up four sacks in the game, once for a safety, but the win was critical and they went on the road and got it.

16. Jacksonville Stingrays (2-1) – No Change
Last Week: W – Mississippi Gators – 29-10

Some people are already saying the Stingrays could go to the title game as they have started with a 2-1 record. That is very premature considering their wins are against Miami and Mississippi, but the expansion squad is 2-1 and saw a dominant defensive performance against one of the most explosive players in the league, Vad Lee. Matt Nichols didn’t get a ton of help from his backfield, but did very well passing and it was plenty to help his team’s defensive effort to get the win.

17. Indianapolis Speed (2-1) – Up 5
Last Week: W – Washington Wave – 16-13

The Indianapolis Speed pulled off somewhat of an upset against the Washington Wave, and did it despite losing the time of possession battle and being out-gained. The Speed netted only 163 yards in the game, but their defense was huge in the game, particularly their secondary. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Cameron Sutton did a tremendous job limiting a pass-happy opponent.

18. Utah Raptors (2-1) – Up 7
Last Week: W – Los Angeles Avengers – 24-14

When the Raptors just two weeks into the season traded former Defensive Player of the Year Teddy Jennings, and starting inside linebacker Hardy Nickerson, Jr., and their nickel corner Corn Elder, and their elite center Matt Skura, it appeared they might just already be packing it in. But it turned out they were switching things up and moving players to make the overall defense better. By moving two starters that set the team up for a 3-4 defense that wasn’t really working, the Raptors moved to a 4-3 defense and more players got better by being in the right spots. Jayon Brown had more space to move and had three sacks in the game with the d-line taking up more blockers. Kylie Fitts got into the starting lineup as a natural 4-3 defensive end and had two sacks, while Ifeadi Odengibo also benefited from the move out to 4-3 defensive end and got a sack as well. Mic’hael Brooks and Grover Stewart made an impact together in the middle rather than switching in and out. The defense sacked Jacob Dolegala six times and held Phillip Lindsay to just 11 yards rushing and the Avengers team to 48 total yards on the ground. Mission accomplished on improving that defense. Offensively, it was a ground-and-pound game with Bo Scarbrough rushing for 104 yards and Jamaal Williams rushing for 91. That protected Easton Stick in a game-manager role and he completed 14-of-18 passes for 174 yards and pick his spot with three touchdowns.

19. Los Angeles Avengers (2-1) – Down 10
Last Week: L – @ Utah Raptors – 24-14

The Los Angeles Avengers didn’t want Easton Stick to beat them with his dynamic ability, but as they sold out to stop the pass, they let the Raptors running game gash them for 210 yards on the ground. Making matters worse, their offense wasn’t prepared to be the first team to face a 4-3 Raptors defense as they switched from the 3-4. Jacob Dolegala was sacked six times and their running game managed only 48 points. It was a terrible day for the Avengers. With the pressure squarely being put on Dolegala, it was clear he’s not ready for that yet. That’s the risk of a young quarterback but at 2-1 they have to be happy with where they are.

20. Dallas Six-Shooters (1-2) – Down 5
Last Week: L – San Antonio Marshalls – 41-7

It is pretty clear Josh McCown is slowing down. He’s by no means finished, but the very poor offensive line in front of him has really hurt. The Six-Shooters could be leaning on running back Chris Carson, but again, the line isn’t helping him get any space out of the backfield. And with the offense struggling so much, the defense has been on the field a lot. San Antonio was on the field nearly twice as much as Dallas and their defense just exhausted and got gashed.

21. Seattle Orcas (1-2) – Up 6
Last Week: W – @ Philadelphia Bulldogs – 24-7

While the passing game might be a little hit-or-miss with rookie Brett Rypien, the Orcas showed what kind of team they can be week three. Rypien did great, completing 23-of-28 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown, but that was made possible by the continued greatness of Isaiah Crowell. Crowell rushed for 132 yards at 5.5 yards per carry and had two touchdowns. Now, he has the quarterback, who at least on occasion right now, can help out. And the defense is still among the most talented in the league. The Orcas made a few adjustments to their lineup of receivers and it seemed to serve them well and helped get them a critical week three win.

22. Louisville Cougars (1-2) – Down 3
Last Week: L – Nashville Renegades – 27-10

Louisville’s defense has been pretty disappointing so far but their offense was going strong the first two weeks. They got shut down this week though. That was a rough performance against Nashville. Karlos Williams had his best performance so far, however, totaling 146 yards of offense and a touchdown. He was the Cougars leading rusher and receiver.

23. New Orleans Nightmare (0-3) – Down 3
Last Week: L – Orlando Rockets – 28-14

Had the Nightmare stuck with Aaron Murray it is easy to think they would have beaten the Orlando Rockets. The Nightmare had a great gameplan and attacked the Rockets vulnerable run defense and totaled 195 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Jeremy Hill had 144 of those yards. But PJ Walker, in his first career start, went just 9-for-25 passing. The Nightmare saw so many drives end too soon simply because he could not complete many passes at all against a very strong and deep Rockets secondary. Walker is talented, but he makes mistakes and doesn’t have a lot of experience. Debuting against Orlando is an impossible task for anyone. But the big news is Jack Del Rio is back. The Nightmare admitted asking him to move up to the front office from the field was a mistake and have brought him back as their head coach. We’ve seem this team rally behind him before. Could he be the missing piece?

24. Virginia Admirals (1-2) – Down 3
Last Week: L – @ New York Marauders – 48-7

Things really didn’t go well fr the Admirals. Granted, it was against the very heavily favored Marauders, but things have trended down for them after their hot start. The Admirals defense was gashed by the Marauders running game and that led to the Admirals offense being on the field just half the amount of time as the Marauders. They managed only 128 net yards.

25. Miami Mustangs (1-2) – Down 2
Last Week: L – @ Carolina Generals – 42-21

The Mustangs must be disappointed when Bart Houston threw three touchdowns, two to rising receiver Braxton Berrios and one to veteran Chris Matthews, but got blown out in their game. The defense just has not answer for Colin Kaepernick, who threw for 218 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for another 75 yards and a score. Miami’s offense has some nice pieces to build on, but the defense needs to keep gelling. They should get betters as former Defensive Player of the Year Teddy Jennings gets woven in more.

26. Sacramento Bandits (1-2) – Down 2
Last Week: L – @ Boston Dragons – 34-14

While Cameron Meredith had seven catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns, the Bandits really weren’t in this game in the second half as the Dragons shut their Bandits down and pulled away. While he hasn’t been on the team long, the Bandits might have to accept LeSean McCoy just isn’t the explosive player he once was. He’s given nothing to the team’s running game.

27. San Diego Diablos (0-3) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Milwaukee Warriors – 21-15

The Diablos defense is doing their part. Their defense sacked opposing quarterback Matt Barkley four times and held megastar receiver Matt Barkley to just one catch, but the offense couldn’t keep up. The receiving talent just really isn’t there. They need bigger playmakers on offense.

28. Philadelphia Bulldogs (0-3) – No Change
Last Week: L – Seattle Orcas – 24-7

Trace McSorley showed a tremendous amount of improvement from his debut last week. While the Bulldogs didn’t win, McSorley didn’t make many mistakes, thought with Jay Ajayi and the running game struggling against a stout Orcas defense, he wasn’t able to lift them to victory either. The Bulldogs have a lot of talent at wide receiver. McSorley should only keep getting better at taking advantage of that.

29. Mississippi Gators (0-3) – No Change
Last Week: L – @ Jacksonville Stingrays – 29-10

When Jacksonville sold out to stop Vad Lee, it worked and the Gators has no other way to try to get going. Very strangely, the Gators didn’t even try to run the ball with Nick Brossette. He hasn’t been amazing so far this year, but that was very weird to see a team give no carries to their starting running back but five to their fullback. Otherwise, Vad carried the ball 13 times, but was just 11-for-26 passing with 131 yards and one long touchdown to Keyarris Garrett but also three interceptions. He just doesn’t have anywhere near the talent he had in New York.

30. St. Louis Stallions (0-3) – No Change
Last Week: L – @ Pittsburgh Forge – 29-22

While Zach Mettenberger had a big game, he also made quite a few mistakes, but the lack of a running game so far this year, combined with a struggling defense has been the reason the Stallions are 0-3. Alfred Blue was a terribly disappointing 11-for-39 rushing in a one-score game, so it wasn’t even a situation where the Stallions had to abandon the run either. It’s just a totally one-dimensional team.

Weekly Three Awards

Offensive Player of the Week:
QB Colin Kaepernick, Carolina Generals
22-for-28 (78.6%), 218 Pass Yards, 5 Pass TDs, 17 Rushes, 75 Rush Yards (4.4 YPC), 1 TD

Defensive Player of the Week:
LB Vince Biegel, Milwaukee Warriors
10 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 1 PD

Special Teams Player of the Week:
K Alex Henery, Michigan Stags
4-for-4 FG (24, 49, 23, 27), 1-for-1 XP, 13 Points

Rookie of the Week:
QB Brett Rypien, Seattle Orcas
23-for-28 (82.1%), 297 Pass Yards, 1 Pass TD

SFL News

Nightmare brings Jack Del Rio back as head coach

A 0-3 start for the New Orleans Nightmare has led to a very quick tenure by Joe Brady has head coach. The New Orleans Nightmare have fired him and are bringing Jack Del Rio back to the sidelines. Del Rio was the team’s head coach for the last two seasons. He joined in 2018 and rallied the team back from a 0-4 start to the Grand Finale and returned to the conference finals last season. The team went 19-9 in the regular season during that stretch.

Mississippi fires staff, brings in Jay Gruden at head coach, Jon Kitna as coordinator

A losing the first three games of the season and not showing any positive signs, the Mississippi Gators have fired head coach Matt Canada and the rest of their staff. The team has brought in Jay Gruden, with John Kitna set to serve as his offensive coordinator and Karl Dunbar as his defensive coordinator. It is a huge risk for any team to make such a drastic change, especially this early in the season, but the Gators look at it as they have nothing to lose.

SFL set to expand with additions of Portland Timberwolves and Oklahoma Roughnecks

While an expansion to 32 teams didn’t come to full fruition this past offseason with a late contraction coming just after the league did add two more teams, the 2021 season is prepared to add two more teams to the league. Long-time San Antonio Marshals owner Carlton Jefcoat is ready to return after his one-year retirement and will be bringing the SFL back to Portland with the Timberwolves. A new owner to the league, Tim Brizendine, will bring back to Oklahoma Roughnecks for another run and have already hired two-time Super Bowl winning coach Mike Shanahan as their head coach.

Week Four Preview

Philadelphia Bulldogs (0-3) @ Washington Wave (2-1)
Washington is going to be looking for a big rebound after suffering their first loss of the season in a very disappointing fashion. But at the same time, the Bulldogs are getting desperate for their first win of the year. While Trace McSorley is better than how he’s performed so far this year, the Wave secondary is going to be a tough matchup for both he and star running back Jay Ajayi.
Pick: Washington Wave

New York Marauders (3-0) @ Boston Dragons (2-1)
Boston’s defense has nice talent, but can they slow down the Marauders offense? The Marauders have been clicking on all cylinders and have shown they can dominate both through the air and on the ground. The Dragons might not have the antidote for both.
Pick: New York Marauders

Birmingham Predators (3-0) @ Mississippi Gators (0-3)
Well…how much needs to be said about this one? Vad Lee is still always dangerous but this is a total mismatch unless the Gators have some divine intervention.
Pick: Birmingham Predators

Dallas Six-Shooters (1-2) @ Atlanta Firebirds (1-2)
Both of these teams will be pretty desperate to even their record and avoid a 1-3 start. It’s always difficult to go against Josh McCown in these crucial games, however, the Six-Shooters and the Firebirds are trending in very different directions right now and the Firebirds defense might be too much even for McCown and the Six-Shooters offense. Or at least might be a big struggle for them.
Pick: Atlanta Firebirds

Indianapolis Speed (2-1) @ San Antonio Marshals (3-0)
The Speed have quietly started out 2-1 with a very balanced team and a strong defense. They aren’t a very sexy squad, not nearly like the Marshals are. They are the flash high-octane team that is loaded with talent at so many positions on offense. Still, Indianapolis’ style very well may keep this a lot closer than one might expect, though the Marshals have to still be the clear favorite.
Pick: San Antonio Marshals

Omaha Express (3-0) @ Seattle Orcas (1-2)
Omaha is another team that isn’t really sexy but has been fantastic. They just play an efficient game of football and have a strong running game and defense leading the way. But that also mostly describes Seattle – not sexy with a strong running game and defense. Quarterback is the big difference and Terrelle Pryor is much more explosive and experienced then Brett Rypien. With that said, though, after last year and after their poor start this year, Seattle’s week three win has given them a tremendous amount of confidence and Isaiah Crowell is running like he’s on a mission. At home, the Orcas could pull the upset.
Pick: Seattle Orcas

Pittsburgh Forge (1-2) @ Buffalo Gunners (2-1)
Buffalo has performed well so far this year, but Pittsburgh mixed things up and seemed to get their offense really clicking last week, while the Gunners suffered a loss. The momentum is very much behind Pittsburgh and if their offense clicks again, though that is still a challenge against Buffalo, the Forge could be evening their record this week.
Pick: Pittsburgh Forge

Jacksonville Stingrays (2-1) @ Virginia Admirals (1-2)
There has been a lot of hype behind Jacksonville, but their wins have been by no means powerhouses. The Admirals have been trending down and certainly don’t fall into a powerhouse category, but this game should be an interesting one, even as difficult of a week it was for the Admirals their last time out. Still, the Stingrays have succeeded without the running game performing too strong. They have a lot of potential to get better.
Pick: Jacksonville Stingrays

New Orleans Nightmare (0-3) @ Los Angeles Avengers (2-1)
Ownership moving Jack Del Rio into the front office and off the field was a clear mistake the Nightmare organization has admitted. And guess what, he’s back as their head coach. It wasn’t long ago that the Nightmare started 0-4 and rallied behind Jack Del Rio becoming their coach. This might be a major spark the team has needed. The Avengers performed quite well the first two weeks but showed a bit of a weakness last week against Utah, still, though, we need to see it out of the Nightmare first.
Pick: Los Angeles Avengers

Orlando Rockets (2-1) @ Miami Mustangs (1-2)
Miami is pretty disappointed having started 1-2 and Orlando is a net to impossible task to try to even their record against. The Mustangs have more talent than their record shows and the x-factor is going to be Teddy Jennings. He came in, in a short week last week but now with the Mustangs having been able to fully integrate him into their defense, that could be a very big boost. Still, the Rockets are always tough to pick against for any reason.
Pick: Orlando Rockets

Columbus Express (2-1) @ Carolina Generals (2-1)
Columbus and Carolina and first and second in rushing offense, respectively, and fourth and fifth in the league in points, respectively. However, they have done that in very different ways. Carolina has had much of their success on the ground because of their quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has really players great so far this year, bouncing back from last year’s struggled. Defensively, the two teams have very strong pass rushes, Columbus’ has be better as well, but overall, the Generals defense has been much better, ranking 10th in the league while the Explorers are 25th. Both have had solid success against the run, but the Columbus pass defense has been a weak spot. Coming off five passing touchdowns, Kaepernick could exploit that.
Pick: Carolina Generals

Louisville Cougars (1-2) @ Milwaukee Warriors (1-2)
Milwaukee’s win was a win but it didn’t really happen the way they would have liked. With that said though, they did win without Antonio Brown really being involved at all, so they could even be a lot better. The Cougars have relied a lot on Jeremiah Masoli, but yet again, the team continues to be a disappointment around him.
Pick: Milwaukee Warriors

Michigan Stags (2-1) @ Nashville Renegades (2-1)
The Stags have been pretty up and down so far this year, but they still have to be regarded as one of the very best teams in the league. Nashville has bounced back in a great way from week one, and already look back to their championship game form. This is a game between two powerhouses. But we’ll have to see which Vernon Adams, Jr. we get.
Pick: Nashville Renegades

Sacramento Bandits (1-2) @ St. Louis Stallions (0-3)
St. Louis has a great chance to get their first win of the year right here, but the Bandits have been playing solid football. They just have some big holes on their team that have prevented them closing out games. But the Bandits are more balanced than the Stallions.
Pick: Sacramento Bandits

Utah Raptors (2-1) @ San Diego Diablos (0-3)
Utah put up an impressive performance last week when it was thought they would have to go through a new gelling period after making so many mid-week trades, but the Raptors came out and had a strong effort and their defense actually was better despite losing three starters and their nickel corner. The new lineup is working and the offense committed to the run and had a lot of success. San Diego’s defense has performed very well so far this year. They will continue to make adjustments on offense that should see them improve. At home, they could pull off the win but so far this year Utah has just been better.
Pick: Utah Raptors