Alliance of American Football schedule: Odds, line, predictions for Week 7 AAF games

first_imgBut Memphis has an exciting new QB in Manziel who could see action this weekend. It would be a quick turnaround, but coach Mike Singletary didn’t rule it out. Honestly, it probably doesn’t matter who starts at QB for Memphis. The Iron will be too tough to take down.Who to watch: If he plays at all, the player to watch has to be Manziel this week. He is the most famous player in the league, and it would be interesting to see how his skills translate to the AAF.Prediction: Iron win, 19-9 The first AAF season is nearing its end as we enter Week 7 out of 10. We saw the biggest upset in the league’s brief history last week when the Hotshots, who had lost three straight, went into Orlando and gave the Apollos their first loss of the season. Orlando nearly rallied back at the end, but a controversial false start penalty led to a 10-second runoff and an Apollos loss.There should be more exciting drama this week as the playoff chase heats up. Per usual, there are two games Saturday and two Sunday. The final game of the weekend might feature Memphis’ newly acquired QB Johnny Manziel, who would add some excitement to the matchup. MORE: What to know about Manziel’s contractWe went 1-3 last week with our picks, bringing our season total to 11-8.We’ll break down each of the games below, but first let’s look at the schedule. (Betting odds are via BetOnline.)AAF Week 7 ScheduleMatchupTimeNetworkOrlando Apollos at Atlanta Legends2 p.m. ET, Sat.TNT/fuboTVSalt Lake Stallions at San Antonio Commanders8 p.m. ET, Sat.NFLN/fuboTVSan Diego Fleet at Arizona Hotshots4 p.m. ET, Sun.CBSSN/fuboTVBirmingham Iron at Memphis Express8 p.m. ET, Sun.NFLN/fuboTVMORE: AAF midseason awards for offense, defenseApollos (5-1) at Legends (2-4)Spread: Apollos -8.5 (-110)Over/Under: 42 (-110)The Apollos lost last week, proving they are human. It was a shocking loss considering the Hotshots had dropped their previous three games. The good news for Orlando is it was not crushed in the defeat. The Apollos only lost 22-17 and nearly put themselves in position for a game-winning score at the end of the game.Orlando also was playing without a number of key defensive players for various reasons (ejection, injuries). We expect the Apollos will bounce back just fine in Week 7 in a favorable matchup against Atlanta. The Legends have improved in recent weeks, but not enough to topple Orlando.The Apollos might score less than their average in this game, because the Legends have a good defense. But the Apollos’ defense will be too much for Atlanta’s league-worst offense (12.2 points per game).Who to watch: Legends safety Ed Reynold Jr. is seventh overall in tackles and fourth overall in tackles by defensive backs in the AAF. He is PFF’s third highest-rated safety and will be key in stopping both Garrett Gilbert in the pass game and D’Ernest Johnson in the run game.Prediction: Apollos win, 30-12Stallions (2-4) at Commanders (4-2)Spread: Commanders -5 (-110)Over/Under: 40.5 (-110)The Commanders are still hot, as they annihilated the Legends last week, 37-6. Quarterback Logan Woodside has recovered after a rough start to the season, and he is now one of the league’s better passers. But while the offense has been steady, it is San Antonio’s defense that has been the story this season.San Antonio has forced a league-high 12 interceptions (second highest is 10), a league-high 19 sacks and have recovered five fumbles.Meanwhile, the Stallions have been … decent. They picked up their second win of the season last week, but there isn’t anything too appealing about this team. Salt Lake does not boast a great offense or defense; they’re just good enough on both sides. Who to watch: Commanders CB De’Vante Bausby has four interceptions on the season, and Stallions QB Josh Woodrum has thrown five interceptions, even after missing a game. Bausby could cause some trouble in this game for Salt Lake.Prediction: Commanders win, 25-16Fleet (3-3) at Hotshots (3-3)Spread: Hotshots -3.5 (-110)Over/Under: 39.5 (-110)This will be an important game in the playoff race, as these are two teams that have had up-and-down seasons. The Hotshots were in apparent free-fall mode before shocking everyone against the Apollos last week. Arizona QB John Wolford was finally able to get back to what he showed in Week 1, and the Hotshots’ three-headed monster in the run game helped manage the clock.Meanwhile, the Fleet have been struggling to rediscover their ground game. RB Ja’Quan Gardner had back-to-back 100-yard games in Weeks 2 and Week 3, but has since had six-yard, three-yard and 19-yard games on the ground. Thankfully, backup Terrell Watson has been able to gain some yards, but it wasn’t quite enough last week. San Diego lost on a last-second field goal.Expect a close game between these two good clubs.Who to watch: Arizona RB Jhurell Pressley has taken over as the league’s leading rusher. He hasn’t been spectacular this season, but he is an important piece of the Hotshots’ offense and will need to play well for Arizona to win.Prediction: Fleet win 20-17Iron (4-2) at Express (1-5)Spread: Iron -3 (-110)Over/Under: 37 (-105)The Iron bounced back with a close win last week, as kicker Nick Novak hit a game-winning field goal. The interesting part, though, is the Fleet put up 29 points against Birmingham. After allowing just 32 points in the first four games of the season, the Iron have now allowed 60 points in the last two games. This defense isn’t quite as shutdown as we once thought.But Birmingham’s offense finally came to life as Luiz Perez returned at QB and threw his first three touchdowns of the season. Receiver L’Damian Washington turned out to be a great receiving threat for Perez, finishing with 128 yards and two scores on four receptions.Meanwhile, the Express lost another game, mostly because starting QB Zach Mettenberger went down early (he’s since been placed on injured reserve). Backup QB Brandon Silvers looked good, completing 23 of 37 passes (62.2 percent) for 242 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.last_img

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