First off, I want to apologize for last week's preview being a day late. There was a technical issue that had us all Bon Jovi-ing our computer screens. I'm sure nobody noticed that it wasn't up, but I apologize to the 1 or 2 of you who might have cared.
We'll start off with a recap of the Week 6 games. In the Game of the Week, Georgia knocked off Philadelphia. More on this throughout this post. Dallas remained undefeated, though just barely, as Columbus nearly pulled off the upset. Tampa Bay got their first win of the season over New Orleans. Austin edged Utah. Grand Rapids managed to go to 2-3, despite being outscored 261-326 for the season. Meanwhile, Arizona is 1-5, while only having been outscored by 3 points. It reminds me of Green Bay a couple of years back.
There's one more thing from last week to address. As some bloggers have pointed out, last week began a stretch of time where Philadelphia will play in the weekly ESPN game for 5 out of 6 weeks. I'm sure this has nothing at all to do with the fact that Ron Jaworski is both an ESPN analyst and a part-owner of the team. ESPN apparently means Everygameofthe Soulof Philadelphia Network. It's late, that's the best I could do - if you can come up with something better, leave it in the comments. Philly does play some big games during this period of time, but are their matchups against Columbus and New York really worthy of being nationally televised? It looks very bad for ESPN, who have invested in the league, to show a ton of games of a team that is partially owned by one of their announcers. Conflict of interest much?
I'll leave you all to discuss that - 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 6
7. Los Angeles Avengers (3-2) Up 2 spots
LA is a new addition to the poll after beating Arizona convincingly last week. I've now come to terms with the fact that the Rattlers suck this year. Don't let the fact that they have only been outscored by 3 points fool you.
6. San Jose Sabercats (3-2) Up 2 spots
San Jose also rejoins the Super 7 this week. Beating a team by 28 points tends to impress. San Jose is recovering after a rough start, but will travel to schizophrenic New Orleans in Week 7.
5. Utah Blaze (4-2) No change
A loss didn't hurt Utah in the poll. There is clearly a division between the elite teams in this league and the mediocre teams, so they didn't fall.
4. Philadelphia Soul (4-1) Down 2 spots
For the second straight week, this spot is occupied by a 4-1 team that fell from the unbeaten ranks. I fully support any outcome that has Jon Bon Jovi caught flipping someone off on television.
This week features the most ridiculous spread I have ever seen for a professional football game. Georgia is favored by a whopping 20.5 points over Las Vegas! Yeah, Georgia is good, and Vegas is bad, but that's still an insane line. Vegas did lose by 34 last week, but even for bad teams a score like that is more of an exception than a rule. Can Georgia win by that much, sure, but I'm taking the under in that one, especially since it is between 2 big games for them.
Back to the Super 7...
3. Chicago Rush (5-1) No change
Chicago sure is glued to this 3rd spot. Since Georgia beat Philly, they swapped spots, while Chicago was stuck in between. When will Chicago get some respect? I fully expect the Super 7 to be pinned to the locker room wall as motivation for the Rush the rest of this season. They are off this week, and since they face Grand Rapids the week after that, they are really don't play anyone for 2 weeks.
2. Georgia Force (5-1) Up 2 spots
After a week at #4, the Force are back in the 2nd spot after beating Philadelphia pretty convincingly. Georgia will probably be looking ahead a bit to their matchup against Dallas next week, so look for them to only beat Vegas by 14 or so.
1. Dallas Desperados (6-0) #1 team for 7th consecutive week
And then there was one. The Dallas Desperados are now the only undefeated team left in the AFL. These next 2 weeks will test them though. Win against Philly & Georgia, and they could easily go undefeated. They could also make me run out of cheerleaders to post.
That's it for This Week in the AFL! Check back next Thursday for a recap of this week's action and a preview of the Week 8 games.