Last week saw some big surprises. With several top teams losing, you'd expect some big changes in the Super 7, right? Stick around to see just how things shook up.
In the first shocker of the week, Las Vegas managed to end their 9 game losing streak with a 1 point win over Utah. Utah have now completely bottomed out after their hot start. The 2nd big upset of the week saw Nashville travel to the Windy City - the result - 44-27 Kats. Holding any team to just 27 points is impressive, but Chicago is one of the best teams in the league. The other big upset of the week was L.A.'s win over Georgia. While L.A. is not a horrible team and the game was on the road for Georgia, they will still have to be disappointed.
The week's other games saw Tampa Bay win once again over Arizona, Colorado beat Columbus, San Jose stay hot over Grand Rapids, New York beat Kansas City, Orlando defeat Austin, and Philadelphia annihilate New Orleans with an impressive 78-34 score. Philly was outgained by almost a 3-1 margin, but ran back 3 N.O. turnovers for touchdowns.
Arena Football League Super 7 - After Week 12
7. Columbus Destroyers (6-5) No Change
Columbus slipped up against Colorado, but it was the turnovers that killed them. If you can't hang on to the ball, you won't win many games in any football league.
6. Orlando Predators (7-4) No Change
Orlando edged Austin last week. A last second touchdown capped a 15 point 4th quarter comeback.
5. Colorado Crush (8-4) No Change
Colorado got a big win against Columbus last week at home. They were outgained by a large margin, but were +3 in turnovers.
4. San Jose Sabercats (8-3) No Change
San Jose continues to rack up the wins. As the rest of their division continues to suck, they will be clinching it shortly
IntermissionThe NBA isn't the only sport where referees have taken heat for being inconsistent. Adam Markowitz over at Arenafans.com takes an interesting look at some stats and finds that penalties have a much larger impact on the AFL than the NFL.
Back to the Super 7...
3. Chicago Rush (8-3) No change
Champions should score more than 27 points in a game against a team that had lost 3 straight games coming into the contest. Racking up just 163 yards of total offense will definitely get you an L in this league, no matter who you play, unless you manage to force 5 turnovers (3 for return TDs) like Philadelphia did this week.
2. Georgia Force (9-2) No change
Someone forgot to tell Georgia that bye weeks can be used to prepare for your next opponent. The loss to Los Angeles could cost the Force home field advantage in the playoffs, unless Dallas slips up at some point.
1. Dallas Desperados (10-1) #1 team for 4th consecutive week, 12th overall
Yes, that's right, despite all the losses, not a single team changed positions from last week. I fully expected Dallas to stay on top since they had the bye, but I guess enough teams lost that they cancelled each other out, and the teams that lost still have better records than teams that won. Save for Dallas, the playoff pack tightened up, which should make the last few weeks of the regular season interesting.
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.