Week 11 Power Rankings
1. Seattle Orcas (9-2) – No Change
Last Week: L – @ Dallas – 27-20
Seattle just can’t figure out how to beat the Dallas Six-Shooters. This should have been a blowout in their favor, instead they suffered a close loss. Somehow Dallas figured out how to slow down Isaiah Crowell, who had only 32 yards in the game. He did score, but the lack of running game put more on Ryan Griffin, which has been proven as a tough situation.
2. Michigan Stags (9-2) – No Change
Last Week: W – @ Orlando – 30-27
Huge win but Michigan to officially establish themselves as the best team in the Empire Conference this year. Orlando is still dangerous, but the Stags got the win with a huge game on the ground. Dexter McCluster might have a save for newcomer of the year despite coming in mid-season. He’s been huge, but Rawls was a bulldozer on that final drive while scoring the game-winning touchdown.
3. Orlando Rockets (7-4) – No Change
Last Week: L – Michigan – 30-27
The Trevor Harris – Ricky Ray hot potato continues. Harris was solid, but failed to throw a touchdown. He did a solid job getting the Rockets into field goal range at the end of the game and couldn’t help the attempt was blocked, but he left some plays on the field that cost them.
4. Pittsburgh Forge (7-4) – Up 2
Last Week: W – Omaha – 38-17
Jon Jennings isn’t slowing down and had another 350-plus yard game and four touchdowns, which also kept the Forge ahead of the Atlantic Division. Their offense was big again, but their defense took advantage of their opportunities and had two interceptions and one fumble recover to stiffle the Express.
5. Washington Wave (7-4) – Up 2
Last Week: W – Philadelphia – 27-23
Tyreek Hill is slowing down a little bit, but he’s still coming up with some big plays, including a 67-yard punt return touchdown and a 47-yard reception. With an important win in the division, Washington is in control of the Wild Card spot in the Empire Conference.
6. Carolina Generals (7-4) – Down 2
Last Week: L – @ Columbus – 21-20
Erik Meyer has really slowed down as the season has progressed and now the Generals aren’t overly dangerous. He’ll still put them in position to win, but at this point the Generals would like to be relying on their running backs. They just can’t do that yet. It really would have helped too because they had a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter but couldn’t grind the clock down with their backs and Columbus came back for the win.
7. Atlanta Firebirds (7-4) – Up 3
Last Week: W – @ Los Angeles – 31-19
It still remains pretty remarkable how Matt Barkley has taken off ever since the Firebirds traded Aaron Murray. It worked out. Barkley was solid agan and had ovr 300 yards and he got the team down the field. They were able to punch it in the endzone with two different running backs. Atlanta’s cross-country road win was big for them and got them in the Wild Card position.
8. Los Angeles Stars (7-4) – Down 3
Last Week: L – Atlanta – 31-19
Atlanta jumped out on Los Angeles early and the Stars could do nothing to get back into the game. But they did put in Cody Kessler and he really did well in limited snaps, completing 6-of-8 passes for 139 yards and throwing one touchdown. Will he continue on as their quarterback?
9. Philadelphia Bulldogs (6-5) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Washington – 27-23
Philly got off to a nice start in the game but couldn’t hold on against Washington. Now, have quickly gone from the top of the division to third place and looking in on the playoffs. Will the Bulldogs turn over to Bryce Petty if things slip too far? Or maybe before things slip too far if they think he could give them the consistency at quarterback to get them into the playoffs.
10. San Antonio Marshalls (6-5) – Up 2
Last Week: W – New Orleans – 34-7
It was all San Antonio from the very beginning and they rolled to a key victory that put them ahead in the division. Coming off a big win over Birmingham, this was a great result to show the Marshalls are starting to get into a nice groove in crunch time.
11. Columbus Explorers (6-5) – Up 3
Last Week: W – Carolina – 21-20
Somebody said Terrelle Pryor couldn’t get it done as a passer? Well, he came back and threw for three touchdowns, but he is still most dangerous with his legs. The problem is he’s just inconsistent and the team had been very inconsistent too. A one-point win over Carolina is solid, but this team has proven there is nothing to get overly excited about.
12. New Orleans Nightmare (5-6) – Down 3
Last Week: L – @ San Antonio – 34-7
Remember when for two weeks Nick Davila was highly productive and turned the Nightmare around? That didn’t last long. He fell off hard and now he’s out of town. The Nightmare will look to Tim Tebow, who they just signed after falling back below .500. Tebow has been struggling this year, but with an Omaha squad that hasn’t offered much help. If he gets back to his Dallas performances the Nightmare would make a run in a division they are still very much alive in.
13. Birmingham Predators (5-6) – Down 1
Last Week: L – Charleston – 20-6
After a couple of big offensive games, the Predators ran into the buzzsaw that is Charleston’s defense. The Dragons picked Dak Prescott off twice and never let their offense get going as they slipped further behind the Orlando Rockets in the division.
14. Dallas Six-Shooters (5-6) – Up 1
Last Week: W – Seattle – 27-20
What an upset. The Dallas Six-Shooters just have Seattle’s number. It was the Dallas special teams unit that got them the victory. Billy Cundiff was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals while Jalen Richards hade some nice returns to set up the offense. Meanwhile, their coverage unit limited Brandon Banks and blocked a kick by Brad Craddock.
15. Charleston Dragons (5-6) – Up 2
Last Week: W – @ Charleston – 20-6
Charleston has come up huge against the best offenses in the league. Their defense picked Dak Prescott off twice late in the game to secure their victory. Kellen Moore also saved his job for a little longer with a decent performance, but he’ll need to do a bit more than tht from week-to-week to stay the starter.
16. Nashville Renegades (5-6) – No Change
Last Week: W – Phoenix – 17-13
Allen Hurns finally had a big game in Nashville and with two touchdowns he was huge in helping the Renegades to a win over Phoenix. The Gades are still in some trouble two games back in their division, but it was a victory they needed to keep their playoff hopes alive.
17. Phoenix Scorpions (5-6) – Down 4
Last Week: L – @ Nashville – 17-13
Their defense had a huge bounce-back, but their offense just fails to be consistent. Stuck this many games back in their division, will the Scorpions turn to Cardale Jones? Mike Reilly certainly had done a good job for the most part but they need to do something and have made it clear that Jones is their future.
18. Omaha Express (4-7) – No Change
Last Week: L – @ Pittsburgh – 38-17
Not a ton went right on offense for Omaha, but Vrnon Adams looked good enough that Tim Tebow was cut. It’s incredible that we still haven’t really seen No. 2 overall pick Joe Callahan. He doesn’t seem to be happy that another rookie who was undrafted has surpassed him on the depth chart like this.
19. Minnesota Freeze (2-9) – Up 1
Last Week: W – @ New York – 24-17
Make it two in a row for the Carlton Jefcoat managed Freeze. They handled New York in the second half and Josh McCown might not be the MVP-caliber passer he once was, but he showed he still has quite a bit left in the tank.
20. New York Marauders (3-8) – Down 1
Last Week: L – Minnesota – 24-17
How New York beat Orlando and Atlanta remains a mystery. They’re done now, though. Their head coach needs to get over his love for the team on paper and realize they just aren’t working together. What is interesting with this team is how Ryan Nassib plays with his contract expiring.
21. Louisville Cougars (2-9) – No Change
Last Week: W – @ Houston – 21-20
It was a much-needed win that Louisville has been fighting for and it came with Karlos Williams having his best game in a Cougars uniform. If he can provide some balance the Cougars will be more competitive, but their offensive line and defense still need way more work if they want to do more than barely beat bottom-feeders.
22. Houston Wranglers (2-9) – No Change
Last Week: L – Louisville – 21-20
It was closer than their other games, but the Wranglers were still on the wrong end of a result and have now lost nine straight games since starting 2-0.
Week 11 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week:
QB Terrelle Pryor, Columbus Explorers
5-for-20 (75%), 186 Pass Yds, 3 Pass TDs, 15 Rushes, 92 Rush Yards (6.1 YPC)
Defensive Player of the Week:
CB Brandon Boykin, Atlanta Firebirds
5 Tackles, 4 PD, 2 INT
Rookie of the Week:
WR Malcolm Mitchell, Atlanta Firebirds
5 Rec, 131 Yds (26.2%), 1 Rec TD
Special Teams Player of the Week:
K Billy Cundiff, Dallas Six-Shooters
4-for-4 FG (53 yds, 31 yds, 33 yds, 36 yds), 1-for-1 XP