Thankfully we had some close games this week, but the AFL needs to make sure that defenses do not become so strong that it resembles the NBA a few years ago. Fans like the shootouts, they don't like to see a defensive struggle on a 50-yard field.
In last week's action, Dallas edged Chicago on Monday night, 52-48. They scored the winning touchdown with just 3 seconds left on the clock. In Monday's other game, New York continues to dig their way out of the cellar, beating Philly like whipped cream cheese.
Saturday saw several Western teams in action. Arizona beat Austin, San Jose beat Las Vegas, Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles, and Kansas City beat Utah.
Finally, on Friday, Columbus kept their winning streak going with a victory over Grand Rapids, while Orlando & Colorado won as well over New Orleans and Nashville respectively.
Here is this week's Super 7, which as usual was picked by you, the fans. Each team listed has their record next to their name, as well as their gain or loss in the rankings from the previous week.
Arena Football League Super 7 - After Week 11
7. Columbus Destroyers (6-4) Up 1 spot
In this entire poll we only have 2 changes. This is one of them. Welcome to the Super 7, Columbus, I knew you had it in you. Technically, they would have been in this spot last week had I written this after the poll had closed. My apologies to the Columbus faithful.
6. Orlando Predators (6-4) Up 1 spot
And this is the other change. Orlando moves up one spot. Again, at the actual close of last week's poll, they were in this 6th spot. That's really all I have to say about Orlando.
5. Colorado Crush (7-4) No Change
Colorado have quietly put together a solid record. While other teams have started hot and cooled off, they have just been consistent.
4. San Jose Sabercats (7-3) No Change
Wins against Las Vegas count in the standings, though it's pretty much like when a team like Florida State plays a 1-AA team. There's not much competition there.
IntermissionLast week, Sherdrick Bonner of the Arizona Rattlers became the 2nd QB in AFL history to throw for over 40,000 yards in his career. This is an amazing accomplishment considering how many players don't last long in this league. Most AFL fans from back in the mid-90s would tell you that Bonner was a far better AFL QB than Kurt Warner. Warner just got his lucky break, while Bonner was never able to get his chance in the NFL despite attending a couple of camps. Bonner has had some fairly serious injuries during his career, but he has always rebounded from them and has been a positive leader both on and off the field. Retirement rumors have popped up the last few seasons, but when he finally does step off the field, he will be missed.
Back to the Super 7...
3. Chicago Rush (8-2) No change
They came, they saw, they got conquered. Chicago had the lead against Dallas after 59:57 had been played in the game. They just couldn't manage those last 3 seconds. However, they shouldn't beat themselves up too much after playing a team that close on the road.
2. Georgia Force (9-1) No change
Georgia had last week off. Presumably they did not hang out with Michael Vick at his dog farm.
1. Dallas Desperados (10-1) #1 team for 3rd consecutive week, 11th overall
Dallas has a hard earned week off this week. After their win against Chicago they have proved they can win the big games, at least in the regular season. They also qualified for a playoff berth. The playoffs can't come soon enough for these guys, or their cheerleaders.
That's it for This Week in the AFL! Check back next Friday for a recap of this week's action and a preview of the Week 13 games.