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This Week in Arena Football - Week 5

by Jon Jon 3/30/07

This Week in Arena Football - Week 5 PhotoNow that most teams in the AFL have played 4 games, it's much easier to tell who is good and who is not. It's safe to say that Dallas, Georgia, and Philadelphia are very good. Utah & Chicago are up there as well. Tampa Bay, New York, and Grand Rapids are really bad. Everyone else is somewhere in between.


The biggest matchup of Week 4 was Dallas at Orlando. We all expected a good, close game, since Orlando is a tough place to play, but Dallas once again showed that they are the class of the league, winning 70-49.


In other games, Philadelphia crushed Colorado's soul, 71-47. Georgia also remained undefeated in a close game against San Jose, 64-62. Grand Rapids continued to make their bid for being the worst team in the league after losing to Utah by 41 points. The Arizona Rattlers finally got their first win of the season over Las Vegas. Los Angeles surprised New Orleans in New Orleans. The storied Tampa Bay Storm are still winless, as they were unable to defeat New York, who managed to get their first win. Finally, Chicago won on the road in Columbus, and Nashville won in Austin. Road teams were very succesful in Week 4.


Those are all the recaps, 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 4


7. Orlando Predators (2-2)  Down 2 spots

Orlando lost to the best team in the league, so they didn't take too big of a hit. This is a good team, but Dallas proved that a good offense can overmatch a good defensive team. As I have said before, they need to be able to score more points against the top teams.


6. Los Angeles Avengers (2-1)  Up 3 spots

So New Orleans might not be as unbeatable at home as I thought they might be. Or Los Angeles is better than we thought they were. I'm not crowning either of their asses at this point. L.A. is ranked here simply because they have managed to be over .500. If they can beat Chicago, then maybe they deserve to be in the Super 7 for a while longer.


5. Utah Blaze (3-1)  Up 1 spot

Normally, thrashing a team by 41 points will get you a large jump in the rankings. However, all the other teams ahead of them in the rankings won as well, except for Orlando, so they don't get to move up. At this point in the season, nobody is going to move much until someone loses.


4. Chicago Rush (3-1)  No Change

Chicago return home this week to face Los Angeles. Is L.A. for real, or will they be exposed as a mediocre team? My guess is the latter, but since L.A. did win on the road last week, the Rush shouldn't overlook them.



There is even more Arena Football action this week, as the af2 season kicks off. The af2 is basically the minor league of the AFL, played in smaller cities in front of smaller crowds. Many af2 players go on to the AFL, so there is still good action and the games are fun. There are teams everywhere from Boise to Quad City to Mahoning Valley, which is apparently in Ohio. I learn something every day. There's also a team called the Battle Wings, which seems to involve some sort of bird mascot. Between the AFL & af2, there is probably a team somewhere near you. Check out for more info and a complete list of teams.


Back to the Super 7...


3. Philadelphia Soul (3-0) No Change

Philadelphia looked good again last week in Thursday's Battle of 80's Star Owners. This week they travel to New York, who will be happy to have won a game. I think it's a safe bet that the Dragons won't be celebrating a 2nd straight win.


2. Georgia Force (4-0) No changeThis Week in Arena Football - Week 5 Photo

Georgia has had one of the more difficult schedules to start the season. They haven't had many problems though, putting away close games when they have needed to. In the process, Georgia became the first team in AFL history to score 60 or more points in their first 4 games of the season. This week they travel to Columbus, where they should be able to win again.


1. Dallas Desperados (4-0) #1 team for 5th consecutive week

Another week, another Dallas cheerleader photo. Sooner or later, I will run out. This team is good. Really good. The question is: can they keep this momentum up through the season, or will they burn out once again before the playoffs? Dallas won the battle with Orlando, and this week will host a 1-3 Austin team.


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 6 games.

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Arena Football Week 5 Super Poll
Read the Article: This Week in Arena Football - Week 5

Each week I will ask you to make predictions based on the results and statistics from the week before.


Last week's winners:


Jon 7.45

tpowell25 7.17

Last week's poll was HARD - the top score was 30, and many people got no questions right. Sorry about that, everyone.

Congrats to those who managed to do well!

Featured by: CriticalFanatic at 3/27/07 11:23PM
Scored by Jon on 04/02/07 at 01:06AM | Closed on 03/30/07 at 07:00PM
FanIQ Pts? 8 | Arena Football | Multiple Choice Prediction Poll
Team Breakout:
Correct Answer81 Fans 
  1. In Week 4, 4 teams scored 70 or more points. How many do so in Week 5? (10 points)
Correct0%a. 0
0%b. 1
16%c. 2
41%d. 3
26%e. 4
15%f. 5
2%g. 6
0%h. 7+
  2. Road teams won 5 out of the 9 games in Week 4. How many road teams win in Week 5? (10 points)
0%a. 0 road teams win
Correct6%b. 1-2 road teams win
86%c. 3-4 road teams win
7%d. 5-6 road teams win
0%e. 7 or more road teams win
  3. Georgia QB Chris Griesen has thrown 30 TDs in the first 4 games of the season. How many TD passes does he throw in Week 5 @ Columbus? (10 points)
4%a. 0-3
43%b. 4-5
Correct41%c. 6-7
10%d. 8-9
2%e. 10+
  4. What is the fewest points scored by any team in Week 5? (10 points)
5%a. 0-20 points
17%b. 21-30 points
Correct28%c. 31-35 points
32%d. 36-40 points
11%e. 41-45 points
4%f. 46-50 points
2%g. 51-55 points
0%h. All teams score at least 56 points
  5. What is the highest number of points scored by a losing team in Week 5? (10 points)
2%a. Under 50 points
12%b. 51-55 points
14%c. 56-60 points
Correct26%d. 61-65 points
15%e. 66-70 points
20%f. 71-75 points
11%g. 76+ points
  6. In Week 4, 4 teams scored 70 or more points. Which of the 5 teams scores the most points in Week 5? (10 points)
20%a. Utah (83 points in week 4)
35%b. Philadelphia (71 points in week 4)
Correct42%c. Dallas (70 points in week 4)
4%d. Nashville (70 points in week 4)
  7. After Week 4, there are 3 undefeated teams & 1 winless team. How many remain undefeated or winless after Week 5? (10 points)
0%a. 0
10%b. 1
30%c. 2
Correct51%d. 3
10%e. 4
  8. There weren't many close games in Week 4, with just 1 game decided by 4 points or less. How many games are decided by 4 points or less in Week 5? (10 points)
10%a. 0
17%b. 1
51%c. 2
19%d. 3
Correct1%e. 4
1%f. 5
0%g. 6
1%h. 7 or more (!)
  Tiebreaker: What is the highest point total scored by a single team in Week 5?
Correct 69

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#1 | 2765 days ago

thought this was a good poll for arena football


i am a little bit new to arena style but am really starting to like it now... im watching the games and understanding the rules comparing it to NFL and college football


i find it very interesting... once again, good poll

1. 6  2. 1-2 road teams win  3. 6-7  4. 36-40 points  5. 66-70 points  6. Dallas (70 points in week 4)  7. 2  8. 3  
#2 | 2765 days ago

Good poll - I'm very new to arena football but it interests me - thanks for the challenge!
1. 3  2. 3-4 road teams win  3. 4-5  4. 36-40 points  5. 66-70 points  6. Philadelphia (71 points in week 4)  7. 1  8. 2  
#3 | 2764 days ago

man, this is the least agreement we've had so far...
1. 4  2. 3-4 road teams win  3. 6-7  4. 21-30 points  5. 61-65 points  6. Utah (83 points in week 4)  7. 3  8. 1  

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