It's amazing how just one week can make everything seem good again. In past weeks, I've complained about how scoring is down in the AFL, and discussed how fans will lose interest in the game if the amount of action decreases.
This past week brought us some good news. I'll recap the game-related good news first, then discuss some of the other good news during the
Intermission Half Time. It's taken me 16 weeks, but I just realized I should probably call it Half Time rather than Intermission.
Coming into last week's action, just 4 teams had scored 70 or more points in the previous 4 weeks. Last week, 5 teams pulled off the feat, highlighted by Dallas' 80-79 win over New Orleans. That game could have had an even higher final score, but with their playoff chances on the line, they went for the 2 point conversion with no time left on the clock. The pass failed, and Dallas was fortunate to escape with the win.
In the week's other games, Georgia had the highest point total as they beat Austin 81-64, while San Jose, Chicago, Orlando & Tampa Bay all continued their quest for higher playoff seeds. New York has confirmed that their success depends entirely on whether or not Aaron Garcia plays. Finally, Nashville & Los Angeles got important wins over Las Vegas and Arizona.
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 15
7. Colorado Crush (8-6) Down 1 spot
Not many changes to the Super 7 this week, but that's to be expected with no real upsets. Colorado moved down a spot, probably due to their bye week, and not due to the fact that they sucked in their last game.
6. Orlando Predators (8-6) Up 1 spot
Orlando hasn't been a dominant team this season, but they have been good enough to get into the playoffs, which is all that matters.
5. Kansas City Brigade (9-5) No Change
KC has quietly put together a very good season. They play Nashville and Chicago in the last 2 games of the year, so they should be well prepared heading into the playoffs.
4. Chicago Rush (10-4) No Change
Chicago is very happy to have Bobby Sippio back. He missed 4 weeks of action, during which he lost the league scoring league. He scored 6 TDs last week, and is back on top once again.
Half TimeIn this week's other great news, the AFL announced that the ArenaBowl in New Orleans has already sold out, some 9 weeks before the game will be played. The AFL moved to neutral site ArenaBowls 3 years ago, and this will be the first to be played in front of a sellout crowd. This is a fantastic sign for both the league and the City of New Orleans, who have embraced Arena Football this season as they try to get their lives back to normal. It's too bad New Orleans won't be around for the playoffs to make a run, but the city should make for a good site for the game nonetheless.
Back to the Super 7...
3. San Jose Sabercats (11-3) No Change
San Jose closes the season with games against Arizona and Las Vegas. It's a nice easy finish, but one can only wonder if this soft schedule will help them or hurt them in the long run if they get lazy heading into the playoffs.
2. Georgia Force (12-2) No change
Georgia has a very tough game this week, as they travel to Orlando.
1. Dallas Desperados (13-1) #1 team for 7th consecutive week, 15th overall
Dallas was very lucky to escape with a win last week. Any time you can get a scare like that and manage not to lose, you have to count your blessings. With their 13th win of the season, Dallas tied the single-season record for a team. They will have 2 chances to set the bar higher.
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 17 games.