Week Fifteen Power Rankings
1. Seattle Orcas (11-4) – Up 1
Last Week: W – Michigan – 28-10
Seattle still needs help, but they proved they still just may be the best team in the league. Isaiah Crowell had another incredible performance and while he won’t tough Barry Sanders’ 18-game record, he’s destroyed the 16-game rushing record and is now over 2,300 yards on the year. He also has the touchdown record and has to be considered the massive favorite to win the MVP as the heart and soul of an Orcas’ squad that is probably the best in the league.
2. Michigan Stags (12-3) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Seattle – 28-10
Michigan still has a game up on Seattle, so if they win or the Orcas lose, they have home field advantage, but this was an opportunity for the Stags to prove they were the class of the league and it didn’t happen. What that now means is the league is still wide open when we start playing postseason games. Michigan just couldn’t run against the Orcas’ incredible defense and Zach Collaros once again showed that he can’t do it when everything is on him.
3. Orlando Rockets (11-4) – No Change
Last Week: W – @ Atlanta – 34-31
It was a huge game and a truly great one, and the Orlando Rockets came up as the victor. Are you surprised they were able to get this type of a victory against a really good opponent in a huge game? Trevor Harris led an impressive fourth quarter comeback that was capped off with a less than one minute drive that ended with the game-winning field goal by Justin Medlock.
4. Philadelphia Bulldogs (10-5) – Up 2
Last Week: W – New Orleans – 41-7
With another explosive, blowout victory the Bulldogs have officially clinched at least a wildcard spot but look like they’ll win the Atlantic Division too as they earned their 10th win of the year. The Bulldogs have been able to shutdown two scrambling quarterbacks the last two weeks. Tim Tebow was certainly a far more proven guy than Vad Lee too. New Orleans was 3-0 with Tebow, but the Bulldogs ended their dream of the postseason with a statement victory.
5. San Antonio Marshalls (10-5) – No Change
Last Week: W – New York – 41-28
While Bo Levi Mitchell is still proving he’s an elite quarterback, Jacquizz Rodgers and Khiry Robinson are having very good under-the-radar type of seasons and combined for four 250 rushing yards and four touchdowns against New York. With blowout victory clinched the Marshall’s a spot in the postseason and has them looking very dangerous once the postseason starts. They won’t let up this week, though. They still have a home game on the line.
6. Los Angeles Stars (10-5) – Up 1
Last Week: W – Phoenix – 23-19
Case Keenum secured the Star’s postseason with two passing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to come back to beat Phoenix. The Scorpions’ triple option took the Stars by surprise, but they were able to get the job done by the end of the game. Keenum finished the game with three touchdowns, two going to Joe Hills and the other to Chad Owens.
7. Pittsburgh Forge (9-6) – Down 3
Last Week: L – @ Louisville – 42-39
A stunning loss at Louisville really hurts the Forge, but they are still in control of the Wildcard spot. For an expansion team it is still very impressive, but they would have loved to take the division in their return year. Jon Jennings had another really big game, but Dan LeFevour was just slightly better and had enough success against a weak Forge defense that teams have been able to pass against.
8. Washington Wave (9-6) – Up 1
Last Week: W – @ Houston – 30-6
They had a sluggish fourth quarter, but then blew up and blew the Wranglers out with 30 straight points to finish the game. Frank Beltre had the best individual effort of the year with four sacks, three hurries and two tackles for a loss. It seems Houston didn’t even bother to play with a left tackle out on the field. Washington still has slim playoff hopes alive thanks to the win, but they will need some help to get in.
9. Nashville Renegades (8-7) – Up 4
Last Week: W – Carolina – 35-18
As much controversy as their was coming out of the music city last week it seemed impossible that they would win, but AJ McCarron must have taken the week as an opportunity to show off his ability for teams that might be interested in trading for him in the offseason. McCarron completed 21 of 26 passes and had two touchdowns in the game. Along with a pick six by Sam Shields, the Renegades hit Carolina hard right away and the Generals never fully recovered.
10. Carolina Generals (8-7) – No change
Last Week: L – @ Nashville – 35-18
With back-to-back losses and four losses in their last five games the Generals have finally lost their lead at the top of the Southern Division and now need help to make the playoffs. Their Week 15 loss to a dysfunctional Nashville team was the worst thing that could have happened to them. Erik Meyer threw two picks and Kenneth Dixon just couldn’t get through the stacked front seven of the Renegades defense.
11. Atlanta Firebirds (8-7) – No change
Last Week: L – Orlando – 34-31
One month ago, the Firebirds were the hottest team in the league, but now they’ve lost three straight and don’t look like they’ll be making the playoffs. They still have a chance at the division, but really need some help and that is never a good position to be in. Their defense just couldn’t slow down Trevor Harris and Devonta Freeman in an absolutely epic game against Orlando that ended with a game-winning field goal by Justin Medlock with time running off the clock.
12. New Orleans Nightmare (8-7) – Down 4
Last Week: L – @ Philadelphia – 41-7
The playoff dream is now offer and Tim Tebow’s run is over. He was 3-0 as the Nightmare’s starting quarterback and was feeling so good that he briefly reconsidered his retirement from football. But now, with the loss and no playoffs, he’s going to play baseball next year. Still, it will be interesting to see if the Nightmare decide to give him one send off start or they give another quarterback a shot in a meaningless Week 17.
13. Columbus Explorers (8-7) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Minnesota – 34-13
Columbus still had a somewhat decent shot at the playoffs last week but now they are officially out of it after a very uninspired effort against Minnesota. The Explorers went back to Terrelle Pryor as quarterback and he proved to be the very best player on their team, but once again he just didn’t have the help offensively and the defense got beat badly by Josh McCown winging the ball all over the field.
14. Omaha Express (6-9) – Up 1
Last Week: W – Birmingham – 37-12
Kevin Glenn led the Express to another great victory. The Express have been out of the playoffs for a while but they are still playing for some pride. Rookie wide receiver Tanner McEvoy had a great breakout game with six receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown. Omaha is in solid position for a competitive second season.
15. Birmingham Predators (6-9) – No Change
Last Week: L – @ Omaha – 37-12
The Predators have fallen apart coming down the final stretch of the season. Their secondary couldn’t contain Kevin Glenn and their offensive line was even worse and hauled a running game from even going. Their two running backs had a combined six yards on eight carries. Dak Prescott is starting to pick up some blame for their lack of success, but that’s just silly. Jake Coker did do well in some mop-up duty, though.
16. Dallas Six-Shooters (6-9) – No Change
Last Week: W – @ Charleston – 13-6
This win may have been more a Charleston loss, but Dallas picked up another one with James Franklin as their quarterback, even despite a very poor performance by him. Johnny Manziel checked in actually, but he was terrible too.
17. Minnesota Freeze (4-11) – Up 3
Last Week: W – Columbus – 34-13
As some more records to the list for legendary quarterback Josh McCown. While this may be the worst season’s he’s suffered through in the SFL, he’s one of the very best ever and even at 38 years old he’s still breaking single-season records. With the fight the Freeze have made at the end of this season and McCown still competing at a high level, they might be set for a bounceback 2018 season.
18. Louisville Cougars (4-11) – Up 3
Last Week: W – Pittsburgh – 42-39
The Cougars have to feel a little bit of comfort that they are starting to get some late season wins, but even better that maybe they settled their quarterback position with Dan LeFevour. He had another really big game and finished off a tremendous back-and-forth game against Pittsburgh with a game-winning touchdown pass to Julian Edelman with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game.
19. Phoenix Scorpions (5-10) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Los Angeles – 23-19
After turning back to Mike Reilly last week, the Scorpions decided to give a shot to Keenan Reynolds and a triple option offense against Los Angeles. Impressively, they led 19-10 into the fourth quarter, but couldn’t close out the game as Case Keenum threw two fourth quarter touchdowns to give the Stars the victory. Adrian Peterson was remarkable, though, with 146 yards and a touchdown. Reynolds didn’t do much passing but showed off his athleticism with 61 yards one just nine carries with a touchdown. It will be interesting to Phoenix sticks with it for another week. They have nothing to lose. They might even do a military appreciation day with Reynolds and Swain starting in the backfield to try to attract a few fans to their final game in Phoenix.
20. New York Marauders (4-11) – Down 3
Last Week: L – @ San Antonio – 41-28
Vad Lee had just an incredible game with nearly 400 total yards and four touchdowns. He really looks like a keeper for the Marauders. He already has great chemistry with Stefon Diggs too, who had 167 yards and three touchdowns in the game. However, the Marauders will need to retool their offensive line. Their defensive issues were probably more related to the amount of youth playing in the game because typically they’ve been very good. DJ White is taking great advantage of his bigger opportunity and Victor Ochi is showing off some very good pass rushing ability.
21. Charleston Dragons (5-10) – Down 2
Last Week: L – Dallas – 13-6
Jason Vander Laan got another crack at being the Dragon’s quarterback but once again he didn’t really do anything to show he can be a quarterback at this level. The NCAA’s all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback was a stud at Ferris State but probably should go back to playing a different position, either running back to tight end. His accuracy just isn’t there. He completed only 13 of 25 passed and had two interceptions.
22. Houston Wranglers (3-12) – No Change
Last Week: L – Washington – 30-6
Houston scored first and thought maybe they were carrying last week’s momentum into this week. Then the rest of the game happened and they allowed 30 straight points and got blown out again. But hey, the Wrangler’s were expecting too much out of this season, just a season where they learn all about their young players. They certainly are learning about them right now.
Week Fifteen Awards
Offensive Player of the Week
RB Jacquizz Rodgers, San Antonio Marshalls
201 Rush Yards (7.7 YPC), 1 Rush TD
Defensive Player of the Week
DE Frank Beltre, Washington Wave
8 Tackles, 4 Sacks, 3 Hurries, 2 TFL
Special Teams Player of the Week
RET D’Anthony Thomas, Minnesota Freeze
3 PR, 101 PR Yards (33.7 YPR), 1 PR TD, 3 KR, 58 KR Yards (19.3 YPR)
Rookie of the Week
WR Tanner McEvoy, Omaha Express
6 Rec, 122 Rec Yards (20.3 YPC), 1 Rec TD
1. Orlando Rockets (11-4) vs 4. Pittsburgh Forge (9-6)
2. Philadelphia Bulldogs (10-5) vs. 3. San Antonio Marshalls (10-5)
*Wildcard Watch: Washington Wave (9-6)
Orlando has clinched home field advantage
San Antonio has clinched the Mid-South Division title
Philadelphia has clinched a playoff berth
Philadelphia can clinch the No. 2 seed with a victory (Pitt Loss) or San Antonio loss
San Antonio can clinch the No. 2 seed with a victory and Philadelphia loss
Pittsburgh can win the Atlantic division with a win (Philly Loss)
Pittsburgh can clinch a wildcard spot with a Washington loss
Washington can clinch a wildcard spot with a win and Pittsburgh loss
1. Michigan Stags (12-3) vs. 4. Los Angeles Stars (10-5)
2. Seattle Orcas (11-4) vs. 3. Nashville Renegades (8-7)
*Southern Division watch: Carolina Generals (8-7), Atlanta Firebirds (8-7)
Michigan has clinched a home game in the playoffs
Seattle and Los Angeles have clinched berths in the playoffs
Michigan can clinch home field advantage with a win or Seattle loss
Seattle can clinch home field advantage with a win and Michigan loss
Seattle can clinch a the No. 2 seed with a win and a win by Michigan, or with a Los Angeles loss
Los Angeles can clinch the Pacific Division and the No. 1 seed with a win and Seattle loss
Nashville can win the Southern Division with a win
Carolina can clinch the Southern Division with a win and Nashville loss
Atlanta can clinch the Southern Division with a win and Carolina loss
Most Points Scored in a Season: 592 – Minnesota Freeze, 2014
Pittsburgh Forge – 550, on pace for 586 points
Most Rushing Yards in a Season: 2,741 – Columbus Explorers, 2016 – Broken
Seattle Orcas – 2,967, on pace for 3,164 Rush Yards
Columbus Explorers – 2,919, on pace for 3,113 Rush Yards
Pass Attempts in a Season: 640 – Christian Ponder, 2016 – Broken
Josh McCown (MIN) – 644, on pace for 686 Pass Attempts
Pass Completions in a Season: 411 – Kirk Cousins, 2016 – Tied
Josh McCown (MIN) – 411, on pace for 438 Completions
Pass Yards in a Season: 5,314 – Bo Levi Mitchell, 2016 – Broken
Jon Jennings (PIT) – 5,355, on pace for 5712 Pass Yards
Rushes in a Season: 429 – Alfred Morris, 2016
Jordan Howard (NAS) – 420, on pace for 448 Rushes
Jay Ajayi (PHI) – 416, on pace for 443 Rushes
Isaiah Crowell (SEA) – 411, on pace for 438 Rushes
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) – 2,380, on pace for 2,538 Rush Yards
Rush TDs in a Season: 22 – Lamar Miller, 2016 – Broken
Isaiah Crowell (SEA) – 23, on pace for 24 Rush TDs
Jay Ajayi (PHI) – 22, on pace for 23 Rush TDs
Receptions in a Season: 132 – Luke Tasker, 2016 – Broken
Julian Edelman (LOU) – 142, on pace for 151 Receptions
Receiving Yards in a Season (16 Games): 2,059 – Allen Hurns, 2016
Kenny Stills (BIR) – 1,896, on pace for 2,022 Rec Yards
Total Offense in a Season: 2,291 – Andre Ellington, 2015 – Broken
Isaiah Crowell (SEA) – 2,604, on pace for 2,777 Total Yards
Total Pancakes in a Season: 54 – Andrew Whitworth, 2014
Ryan Schraeder (SEA) – 51, 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) – 4 PR TDs
Yearly Awards Watch List
Barry Sanders Most Valuable Player
1. RB Isaiah Crowell, Seattle Orcas – 2,380 Rush Yards (5.8 YPC), 23 Rush TDs, 28 Rec, 224 Rec Yards (8.0 YPC), 1 Rec TD
2. QB Jon Jennings, Pittsburgh Forge – 377-for-511 (73.8%), 5,355 Pass Yards, 46 Pass TDs, 13 INTs, 330 Rush Yards (5.7 YPC), 3 Rush TDs
3. RB Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Bulldogs – 2,185 Rush Yards (5.3 YPC), 22 Rush TDs, 31 Rec, 130 Rec Yards (4.2 YPC), 1 Rec TD
4. LB Zach Kerr, Seattle Orcas – 42 Tackles, 13 Sacks, 14 Hurries, 5 TFL, 2 PD, 1 FF
5. QB Matt Barkley, Atlanta Firebirds – 327-for-499 (65.5%), 4,213 Pass Yards, 35 Pass TDs, 4 INTs
Clint Dolezel Offensive Player of the Year
1. QB Jon Jennings, Pittsburgh Forge – 377-for-511 (73.8%), 5,355 Pass Yards, 46 Pass TDs, 13 INTs, 330 Rush Yards (5.7 YPC), 3 Rush TDs
2. RB Isaiah Crowell, Seattle Orcas – 2,380 Rush Yards (5.8 YPC), 23 Rush TDs, 28 Rec, 224 Rec Yards (8.0 YPC), 1 Rec TD
3. QB Matt Barkley, Atlanta Firebirds – 327-for-499 (65.5%), 4,213 Pass Yards, 35 Pass TDs, 4 INTs
4. RB Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Bulldogs – 2,185 Rush Yards (5.3 YPC), 22 Rush TDs, 31 Rec, 130 Rec Yards (4.2 YPC), 1 Rec TD
5. RB Devontae Booker – 1,049 Rush Yards (3.0 YPC), 18 Rush TDs, 46 Rec, 512 rec Yards (11.1 YPC), 4 Rec TDs
Antonio banks Defensive Player of the Year
1. LB Zach Kerr, Seattle Orcas – 42 Tackles, 13 Sacks, 14 Hurries, 5 TFL, 2 PD, 1 FF
2. DT Almond Sewell, Orlando Rockets – 31 Tackles, 13 Sacks, 5 Hurries, 2 TFL, 2 PD
3. LB Jeff Knox Jr., Seattle Orcas – 61 Tackles, 7 Sacks, 2 Hurries, 3 TFL, 3 PD, 1 FF
4. DE Jamal Westerman, Los Angeles Stars – 66 Tackles, 12 Sacks, 10 Hurries, 7 TFL, 2 PD, 3 FF
5. FS DaShawn Goldson, Washington Wave – 72 Tackles, 4 INTs, 17 PD
LaDainian Tomlinson Offensive Rookie of the Year
1. RB Devontae Booker – 1,864 Rush Yards (4.4 YPC), 8 Rush TDs, 37 Rec, 297 Rec Yards (8.0 YPC)
2. WR/RB Tyreek Hill – 62 Rec, 1,018 Rec Yards (16.4 YPC), 7 Rec TDs, 588 Rush Yards (7.3 YPC), 14 Rush TDs
3. RB Jordan Howard, Nashville Renegades – 1,821 Rush Yards (4.5 YPC), 7 Rush TDs, 35 Rec, 288 Rec Yards (8.2 YPC)
4. QB Dak Prescott, Birmingham Predators – 390-for-564 (69.1%), 4,257 Pass Yards, 29 Pass TDs, 11 INTs, 549 Rush Yards (5.4 YPC), 7 Rush TDs
5. RB Jalen Richard, Dallas Six-Shooters – 934 Rush Yards (5.0 YPC), 4 Rush TDs, 42 Rec, 267 Rec Yards (6.4 YPC), 3 Rec TDss
Kirk Morrison Defensive Rookie of the Year
1. LB Matt Judon, Michigan Stags – 46 Tackles, 6 Sacks, 12 Hurries, 7 TFL, 4 PD
2. FS Brian Poole, Los Angeles Stars – 62 Tackles, 4 INTs, 9 PD
3. DE Dean Lowry, Birmingham Predators – 56 Tackles, 15 TFL, 12 Hurries, 2 Sacks, 2 PD, 2 FF
4. DT David Onyemata, Birmingham Predators – 30 Tackles, 8 Sacks, 9 Hurries, 2 TFL, 1 PD
4. FS Deon Bush, New Orleans Nightmare – 59 Tackles, 3 INTs, 6 PD, 1 TFL
Trindon Holliday Special Teams Player of the Year
1. RET D’Anthony Thomas, Minnesota Freeze – 1,412 KR Yards (26.6 YPR), 1 KR TD, 805 PR Yards (16.4 YPR), 4 PR TDs
2. RET Trindon Holliday, Atlanta Firebirds – 1,455 KR Yards (29.7 YPR), 2 KR TDs, 313 PR Yards (11.1 YPR), 2 PR TDs
3. RET Tyreek Hill, Washington Wave – 1,454 KR Yards (30.9 YPR), 3 KR TDs, 177 PR Yards (12.6 YPR), 1 PR TD
4. RET Rashad Greene, Orlando Rockets – 511 PR Yards (20.4 YPR), 4 PR TDs
5. RET LeGarrett Blount, Omaha Express – 1,388 KR Yards (32.3 YPR), 2 KR TDs
Steve Hutchinson Offensive Lineman of the Year
1. OT Ryan Schraeder, Seattle Orcas – 51 Pancakes, 3 Sacks Allowed, 5 Bad Blocks
2. OG Brandon Fusco, Michigan Stags – 36 Pancakes, 0 Sacks Allowed, 5 Bad Blocks
3. C Corey Linsley, Columbus Explorers – 32 Pancakes, 0 Sacks Allowed, 4 Bad Blocks
4. C Matt Paradis, Philadelphia Bulldogs – 34 Pancakes, 4 Sacks Allowed, 4 Bad Blocks
5. OT David Bakhtiari, Orlando Rockets – 26 Pancakes, 0 Sacks Allowed, 2 Bad Blocks
Jim Zorn Coach of the Year
1. Dan Campbell, Pittsburgh Forge (1st Year) – 9-6 (Expansion Team)
2. Ralph Friedgen, Washington Wave (2nd Year) – 9-6 (0-16 in 2016)
3. Chris Jones, Michigan Stags (3rd Year) – 12-3 (10-6 in 2016)
4. Mark Hudspeth, Los Angeles Stars (1st Year) – 10-5 (7-9 in 2016)
5. Mike Singletary, Carolina Generals (2nd Year) – 8-7 (4-12 in 2016)
Week Sixteen Preview
Pittsburgh Forge (9-6) @ Philadelphia Bulldogs (10-5)
This big in-state rivalry game wasn’t thought to be much when the season started with an expansion team going up against an established playoff threat, but here we are on the final week of the season and the division is on the line. The winner of this game wins the Atlantic Division. Philly can even secure a home game in the playoffs with a victory. Both of these teams have contrasting styles offensively. Philly has a slick veteran QB but a power running game with Jay Ajayi. Pittsburgh is slinging the ball all over the field with Jon Jennings having a historic season, and rookie Devontae Booker has been electrifying out of the backfield. It might come down to defense. Neither are great, but Philly has been much better lately.
Pick: Philadelphia Bulldogs
Washington Wave (9-6) @ New York Marauders (4-11)
Washington’s great turnaround season has them from 0-16 to a chance at the playoffs in the final week. They’ll have to win and get help, which isn’t the best place to be in, but they will just be focused on taking care of their own business against an unpredictable New York team. The Wave have picked up a bit of momentum here in the last few weeks after a major slump. Their offense is starting to show their age a bit, which is the bigger problem, but rookie Tyreek Hill is still a force that might really troubled the Marauders. Vad Lee has for the most part been great in his three starts, but it’s so impossible to really figure out what this team will do week to week right now.
Pick: Washington Wave
Nashville Renegades (8-7) @ Atlanta Firebirds (8-7)
It’s actually kind of funny how Nashville has barely been mentioned in the playoff race over the past month but they stuck around and watched Carolina and Atlanta collapses at the end of the season and now are in a situation where if they win they win the division and are in the playoffs. Atlanta still has a shot too, and are at home, but expect Allen Hurns to stick it to his former team with a huge game to end the Firebirds season and extend his new team’s season.
Pick: Nashville Renegades
Charleston Dragons (5-10) @ Orlando Rockets (11-4)
Charleston has beaten some great teams this year. Will Orlando be added to the list of top teams the Dragons have upset? The Charleston defense is spectacular, but their quarterback situation is so unsettled it’s impossible to really see them upsetting the top team in the Empire Conference.
Pick: Orlando Rockets
Los Angeles Stars (10-5) @ Carolina Generals (8-7)
Los Angeles is guaranteed a playoff spot, but still have an outside shot to win the Pacific Division over the Seattle Orcas. Meanwhile, the Carolina Generals have slumped far enough that they will absolutely need this victory (and help) to get into the playoffs. With home field advantage and desperation, carolina will be a tough opponent, but they have almost no momentum right now and are going to be going up against a much more explosive offense.
Pick: Los Angeles Stars
Louisville Cougars (4-11) @ Birmingham Predators (6-9)
This is the second time in just a few weeks these two owners who really don’t like each other will face off. This time Louisville is going up against Birmingham and this time they have a much better quarterback. Dan LeFevour has been great, but still, he’s nowhere near as good as Dak Prescott. Birmingham’s problem is the everything else. They have a handful of players, and that’s it. Fortunately for them, two of those top notch players are on the d-line and are going up against the league’s worst offensive line.
Pick: Birmingham Predators
Houston Wranglers (3-12) @ New Orleans Nightmare (8-7)
It’s still not very clear how New Orleans will handle this week with their playoff hopes having come to an end. Will they stick with Tim Tebow and give him on grand send off from the SFL as he moves on to baseball or will they go with somebody who they could possibly play next year? Either way, the Nightmare still should have enough to take out the Wranglers.
Pick: New Orleans Nightmare
Omaha Express (6-9) @ Minnesota Freeze (4-11)
Both of these teams have had some solid relative success coming down the stretch of the season and look to be in decent position heading into their postseasons, but we’d have to imagine Josh McCown is going to look at this game as a chance to break even more records and show he is the very best in league history.
Pick: Minnesota Freeze
Seattle Orcas (11-4) @ Phoenix Scorpions (5-10)
On paper this should be a blowout with Phoenix possibly using a triple option again and Keenan Reynolds at quarterback against a stacked defense that is elite at stopping the run. Seattle also has some things to play for: their division and possibly home field advantage. Phoenix though, will look to leave their town with a bang. This very well may be the final game the SFL ever has in Phoenix after a third franchise has failed there.
Pick: Seattle Orcas
San Antonio Marshalls (10-5) @ Dallas Six-Shooters (6-9) (@ Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas)
Throw out the records and stats, this is the big game in the big stadium. The Marshalls have quietly been one of the best teams in the league over the second half of the season. Dallas is a bit more of a mixed bag, but again, it’s a rivalry game so it’s impossible to really know what to expect.
Pick: San Antonio Marshalls
Michigan Stags (12-3) @ Columbus Explorers (8-7)
If Columbus has anything to compete for it’s a league rushing record. They have it now, but Seattle could still steal it. Otherwise, they have nothing to play for except pride. Michigan will be looking to secure home field advantage in the playoffs while avoiding a two-game skid heading into the playoffs.
Pick: Michigan Stags
Phoenix prepares for final SFL game, franchise preps for move
Quite possibly, it might be the final SFL game in Phoenix ever with now a third franchise failing in the city. The Scorpions will officially move from Phoenix to Salt Lake City on Monday, August 14 and will hold a press conference to announce their new name and color scheme and uniforms (among other things) on Tuesday, August 15.
Tallahasse in, Albany out of D-League
SFL owner Jeff Stoi has announced as a late addition to the SFL D-League. He will run a team in Tallahassee, Florida called the Tallahassee Warriors. The Warriors will replaced the planned league-run Albany Red Raiders in the Eastern Conference.