It's hard to believe it, but the season will be half over for some teams after this week. Some teams already have almost enough wins to ensure playoff bids, while others are sitting in the desert struggling to score 30 points a game. I wonder which team I am talking about?
In last week's action, Utah put up the highest total of the week, scoring 76 points against Los Angeles. How many will they score this week against Arizona? 80? 90? New Orleans won another home game in front of a packed house. The 2nd meeting of the War on I-4 was as onesided as the first, with Orlando winning again easily. We all know who the top teams are in the league, but keep an eye on Columbus. They have had a tough early schedule, but have come through it in good shape. Last week they won convincingly against Austin. Of course, in the game of the week, Dallas remained undefeated with a 51-41 win against Philadelphia. To my knowledge, Jon Bon Jovi did not make any obscene gestures to any fans, officials, or mascots.
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7. Colorado Crush (4-3) Up 2 spots
This week we only have changes at the bottom of the poll. Personally, I didn't put Colorado this high, as they only beat a woeful NY team by one point last week. There is a logjam right behind this spot, with New Orleans also at 4-3, and then 4 3-3 teams.
6. Kansas City Brigade (4-2) Up 2 spots
Kansas City is a solid 4-2 so far. With this week's opponent, Nashville, playing so poorly this season, KC is well on their way to a possibe playoff spot.
5. Philadelphia Soul (4-2) Down 1 spot
Karma for being the main focus of the WWL? I don't know, but 2 games ago, Philly was undefeated. Now they face a tough Columbus team that has played well in big games against Georgia and Dallas and is the only team to defeat either one of them. They might be the most underrated team in the league. With Philadelphia's starting QB out for a couple of weeks, this losing streak could continue.
4. Utah Blaze (5-2) Up 1 spot
Utah plays Arizona this week. I would not have been surprised to see a 20 point spread in this one.
Speaking of 20 point spreads, not only was I right about last week's Georgia/Las Vegas matchup being much closer than the oddsmaker's thought it would be, Vegas nearly pulled off the upset. It appears that Georgia was indeed looking ahead to this week's matchup with Dallas. Or at least their defense was. It's nice to be right once in a while. We'll ignore all the other times this season where I made horrible predictions.
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3. Chicago Rush (5-1) No change
A bye week for Chicago kept them in the 3rd spot. Word has it that there will be a very strong Chicago fan turnout in Grand Rapids this week. Grand Rapids seems to believe that the reason why they have a sellout is because their fans are turning out, but you don't go from 6,000 fans to 11,000 fans without some help from the opposing side. There have always been some fans that travel from game to game supporting their team, but it's great to see more.
2. Georgia Force (6-1) No change
Time for another #1 vs #2 matchup this week! Georgia managed to make it through their last game half asleep. The defense was asleep, the offense wasn't. If they are going to beat Dallas, both are going to have to be wide awake.
1. Dallas Desperados (7-0) #1 team for 8th consecutive week
The last time Dallas played Georgia, Dallas won 62-27. This week's game will be much closer than that. Dallas received 45 out of 46 first place votes this week. Note to the person who put 1-6 Tampa Bay in the top spot: you don't count.
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 9 games.