Friday saw the 2 featured games of the weekend. Dallas edged Philadelphia 59-56, while San Jose beat Orlando 59-52. Neither result was much of a surprise, though Philadelphia & Orlando had hoped to make statements heading into the last weeks of the season.
On Saturday, Georgia beat Columbus in a game most thought would be more competitive, while Kansas City got another win. The biggest surprise of the week was Austin somehow scoring 82 points in a win over New York. Tampa Bay and Los Angeles won the night's other 2 games.
Finally, Sunday saw the Arizona Rattlers stay alive for a playoff spot momentarily over Las Vegas, while Utah's defense held Colorado to just 14 points. More on that later, now it's time for the rankings.
Arena Football League Super 7 - After Week 14
7. Orlando Predators (7-6) Down 1 spot
Don't feel bad, Orlando, lots of decent teams have lost to San Jose recently. At least you kept it close.
6. Colorado Crush (8-6) Down 1 spot
I tried. I didn't want Colorado in the Super 7 this week, but I only get 1 vote just like everyone else does, and not many of you noticed that the Crush scored just 14 points in their loss to Utah last week, while turning the ball over 6 times. That's just craptacular football.
5. Kansas City Brigade (8-5) Up 2 spots
Kansas City continues to storm their way up the rankings. This week they head to Columbus, who have not played well recently.
4. Chicago Rush (9-4) Down 1 spot
I suppose a 3 point road loss in Los Angeles without your best player isn't the end of the world.
IntermissionHow often does a player go from being cut to being the starter for another team a few weeks later? That's just what Adrian McPherson has done. On May 7th, McPherson was cut by the Austin Wranglers. He was then signed by the Grand Rapids Rampage. An injured starter later (I hope no mascots were involved), and McPherson will start on Saturday.
Back to the Super 7...
3. San Jose Sabercats (10-3) Up 1 spot
Finally, a new team in the 3rd spot! San Jose just keeps on winning games. There's nothing like getting those losses out of the way early in the year and then moving on.
2. Georgia Force (11-2) No change
So much for that "tough test" against Columbus. Georgia won easily to stay within reach of Dallas.
1. Dallas Desperados (12-1) #1 team for 6th consecutive week, 14th overall
Dallas is good. There's not much more to say about that at this point. Provided they don't slip up these last 3 games, they will have the #1 seed.
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 14 games.