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AFL FanZone Week 16 Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on July 20, 2016 at 08:00 AM

After Week 16’s close games and tough matchups, we have a little bit of a shake up in the AFL FanZone Power Rankings. I don’t want to spoil anything right off the bat, but let’s just say there is a team that is Steeling some Thunder in Week 17.

Let’s get right into it, below is the AFL FanZone Power Rankings after Week 16.

  1. Arizona Rattlers 12-3 (LW #2, Change +1)

Yes Arizona Rattler fans, you can finally breathe easy as the AFL FanZone is finally back on board with the Rattlers as the best team in the Arena Football League. After weathering the storm in the middle of the season, Arizona has returned to form to not only beat their opponents, but force them to submit by the end of the game. Sure, Orlando was celebrating because they kept the point differential under 18 to hold on to the tie breaker for the #1 seed, but as we learned today the AFL has returned to a conference playoff format. So that tie breaker will only apply to the two teams if both teams make the Arena Bowl and they need to decide which city to host the game. In the end, Arizona took care of business against Orlando on Monday Night. They have one more regular season game, which is this week against Cleveland. They still need to win to try and clinch the overall #1 seed for the rights to host Arena Bowl 29.

  1. Philadelphia Soul 12-3 (LW #1, Change -1)

Philadelphia went down to Tampa Bay in Week 16 and didn’t exactly set the world on fire. After knocking Storm QB Jason Boltus out of the game, the Soul defense went on to let back-up QB Adam Kennedy look like a world beater. The Soul found themselves down in the second half for the second time in three weeks against a bottom dweller. They cannot have the same lapse in concentration and focus in Week 18 when they head down to Orlando for what is essentially a conference regular season championship game. The winner of that game will hold the American Conference #1 seed and face Tampa Bay round one.

  1. Orlando Predators 12-3 (LW #3, Change –)

I understand the overall significance of keeping the point differential under 18, but I can’t imagine Predators HC Rob Keefe is too happy to see his team celebrate a 17 point loss. Orlando kept this game close in the first half, but Arizona’s talent level and QB Nick Davila’s pin point accuracy was too much for the Predators to handle. This was concerning for a Predator team who had lost their prior two games by a combined 11 points. Although they still hold the overall tie over Arizona, this was still a loss that could end up hurting this team in the long run. Going into the bye week with a loss can result in two different outcomes; the team could get focused and come out the following week and dominate, or they could let the loss fester in the locker room for two weeks and have a letdown game. I think Coach Keefe will have this team ready to go Week 18 in what will clearly be the game of the season (so far).

  1. Los Angeles KISS 7-7 (LW #5, Change +1)

KISS QB Nathan Stanley had the performance of his Arena League career in Week 16 accounting for nine touchdowns and zero turnovers. If Los Angeles wants to make noise in their first playoff appearance of their history this year, they will need THAT Nathan Stanley to show up. Stanley had a lot of critic’s going into this game against Cleveland, including us here at AFL FanZone. The numbers backup QB Pete Thomas put up were simply better than Stanley’s. Luckily for the KISS though, Stanley took the challenge and put up an amazing game. Coach Smith’s leadership was also apparent with how the KISS were able to weather the adversity in the fourth quarter when Gladiators Kicker Adrian Trevino successfully kicked two straight onside kicks to get Cleveland back in the game. In the end, the KISS pulled out the victory and barring a miracle in Arizona, they will host Cleveland Week 1 of the playoffs. They will clinch with two different scenarios; Cleveland loses against Arizona in their final regular season game, or LA wins one of their final two games. This is because LA holds the tie breaker over Cleveland.

  1. Cleveland Gladiators 7-8 (LW #4, Change –1)

The Gladiators will look back on Week 16 thinking “what if”. The KISS gave them every chance to win the game in the fourth quarter, but an offside call on the kickoff was the difference and the Gladiators look to be on the outside looking into a home playoff game in 2016. If the current standings hold and Cleveland heads back to Los Angeles in three weeks, I can only imagine the most spirited effort of the season from Coach Thonn’s team. They still have a chance to get the home game, as slim as it may be. This team heads to Arizona this week in its season finale and if they can knock off the conference regular season champion, then they just have to root for Jacksonville and Portland to knock off LA in Week’s 17 and 18.

  1.  Portland Steel 2-12 (LW #7, Change +1)

I can only imagine the thought’s going through some people’s head on this pick. Yes, I believe Portland is the better team than Jacksonville right now. Not only because they just beat the Sharks, but because Portland has been trending up while Jacksonville seems to be in full spiral mode. Portland has played Philadelphia and Arizona tough while capping it off with a win against a desperate and very talented Jacksonville squad. Portland has already learned their postseason fate, they will travel to Arizona in the opening round of the playoffs for the second year in a row. Would it be crazy if Portland rested starters in the final two weeks? In a year when a defending Arena Bowl head coach gets fired before the season is over, nothing is out of the realm of possibility.

  1. Jacksonville Sharks 5-9 (LW #6, Change –1)

The Jacksonville Sharks have not won a game since they traveled across state and thumped a bad Tampa Bay team in Week 10. That was way back on June 11th. That is why Head Coach Les Moss was relieved of his duties on Monday. With the talent this team possesses and the hype surrounding the roster in the pre-season, it’s absolutely unacceptable to only have five wins after 14 games. Losing by two to a one win team because your former league MVP QB threw a one yard pass on a two point conversion in the final seconds surely didn’t help his cause either. Regardless of how Week 16 ended, Jacksonville will still be in the playoffs and still have a chance to make some noise as they will play either Orlando or Philadelphia, two teams they have already beat on the road this season. They can turn their season around by beating the suddenly hot LA KISS this week in front of the home crowd, but if they lose again, owner Jeff Bouchy might start firing players before the playoffs.

  1. Tampa Bay Storm 1-13 (LW #8, Change –)

The Tampa Bay Storm finally showed the fight that Head Coach Lawrence Samuels has been talking about for weeks against the Soul this week. After QB Jason Boltus was taken out of the game due to a upper body injury, the fate of the Storm seemed to be sealed. But fortunately for Tampa Bay, QB Adam Kennedy showed he has something to prove. He has been on the bench watching Boltus turn the ball over time and time again wondering why he wasn’t given another shot. Then came out in the second quarter to almost pull off a miracle against the former #1 ranked team in these very power rankings. Only time will tell if that was a one-time deal, or if Adam Kennedy has finally figured out the nuances of the Arena game and can be the QB the Storm have been looking for. This is Tampa’s last real chance at a victory as they host the Portland Steel this week at the Amalie Arena. It will be interesting to see if Coach Samuels will stay with the hot hand and let Kennedy start against the Steel. Then again, the injury to Boltus might play his hand either way.

Highest Climb – Arizona, Los Angeles, Portland  +1

Hardest Fall – Philadelphia, Cleveland, Jacksonville -1

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AFL FanZone – Week 14 QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on June 29, 2016 at 11:44 AM

Week 13 in the Arena Football League is in the books and as we look ahead to the league bye week, let’s take a look at how the active QB’s rank. Unfortunately Orlando was forced to put QB Randy Hippeard on Injured Reserve last week which removes one qualifying QB from the rankings. Remember, 100 attempts is the minimum to qualify for the AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings. New Predators QB Bernard Morris could easily hit that mark in the next game as he currently sits with 60 attempts on the season.

If you are new to the QB rankings, we rank the Quarterback’s on the 10 statistical categories we think are important to make a great quarterback. This takes into account the entire season while also look at the player’s last game. So without further ado, here is the official AFL FanZone Week 14 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1. Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 2.2 (LW #1)
2. Nick Davila Arizona Rattlers 2.5 (LW #2)
3. Tommy Grady Jacksonville Sharks 3.2 (LW #3)
4. Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators 3.3 (LW #6)
5. Pete Thomas Los Angeles KISS 4.2 (LW #7)
6. Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm 4.5 (LW #8)
7. Shane Austin Portland Steel 4.6 (LW #6)

*Remember a 1.0 is a perfect score, 7.0 is dead last.

The top three quarterbacks remain unchanged this week with Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh leading the pack and Nick Davila in a close 2nd. I’m sure this is a surprise to most with how dominate Nick Davila has been for years, but Raudabaugh is following up his MVP season with another MVP quality season. The Soul QB leads/ties the league in four of the ten categories scored (Wins, Completion percentage, yards per attempt, and fumbles). If he could only curb the interceptions, he would be the clear leader headed into the bye. Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila leads/ties the league in three of the categories (Wins, touchdowns, and fumbles).

The big mover here is Cleveland Gladiators QB Arvell Nelson. His solid play continues to move him up the charts. In his past five games, Nelson has accounted for 36 touchdowns and only 2 turnovers. His play is the main reason Cleveland holds onto the final home playoff seed heading into the final 5 weeks of the season.

KISS QB Pete Thomas had a little bit of a falling back to Earth game against the Rattlers, but was still able to jump Steel QB Shane Austin due to Austin’s propensity to turn the ball over.

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Week 13 AFL FanZone Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on June 29, 2016 at 10:45 AM

What a week in the AFL, we had a last minute blunder by Jacksonville, a 21 point Arizona lead evaporated in the 3rd quarter, and a Portland lead over Philadelphia at the half on Monday night. The game in Orlando went pretty much how everyone thought it was going to go with the Storm out of the game by halftime.

With all that being said, the power rankings stay exactly the same, but I will justify each spot below. ENJOY!

1. Philadelphia Soul 10-3 (LW #1, Change –)

Even though they struggled in the first half in Portland, Philadelphia finished the game with a three touchdown lead and only because Portland returned a kick with only 40 seconds to go on the clock. The Soul are the team to beat in the AFL right now. Until I see something drastic, I will continue to leave them at #1. Taking a quick look at the rest of the schedule for Philadelphia, they have one neutral site game against Cleveland at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA, then they finish the season with two away games in Florida, first at Tampa then at Orlando. That final game of the season will more than likely determine who gets the #1 seed and who gets the #3 seed.

2. Arizona Rattlers 10-3 (LW #2, Change –)

If Arizona would’ve gone into Los Angeles and blew the doors off of the KISS, I think we may have a 1a and 1b for the Power Rankings. And while the first half had all the makings of a blowout, they allowed LA to have life in the 3rd quarter. I thought it would be Arizona and Philly in the championship and after 13 weeks, nothing has changed my mind. It will all depend on which time zone this game will be played in. But back to Week 13, Arizona did a great job of weathering the storm in the 4th quarter. After the KISS brought it to 50-49, Arizona and QB Nick Davila settled down and took care of business. The interception he threw at the end didn’t hurt the team, so I don’t hold that against him. The KISS are an improved team with a lot of veterans in the backend, Arizona is just better. The Rattlers finish their season tucked away at home as they welcome the Sharks, Predators, and Gladiators to end the regular season. I expect Arizona to win all three games by double digits.

3. Orlando Predators 11-2 (LW #3, Change –)

I’m sure most would have Orlando ahead of Arizona due to their week 6 matchup, but that was a couple months ago and that was with a healthy Orlando team and a beat up Arizona team. Without Hippeard, this team isn’t 11-2; he was in the running for league MVP with the season he was putting up before the injury. This is still a team who clinched a home game in the playoffs, but Orlando is going to need a little magic if they are going to knock off one of the two giants above. To finish off the season they head out west to Portland and Arizona before coming home to face the Soul in what will be the biggest game of the season to (what I believe) determine the 1 or 3 seed.

4. Cleveland Gladiators 7-6 (LW #4, Change –)

Oh how close the Gladiators were from losing the game in Jacksonville on Saturday. To be honest, I was waiting for Jacksonville to screw it up in the end. That is just how their season has gone, they have outscored their opponents in quarters 1-3, but have been outscored by almost 75 points in the 4th/OT. That team cannot finish a game and when Cleveland found themselves down 13 points headed into the 4th quarter, I just had a feeling the game wasn’t over. If you watched our preview of this game, you know that I said Cleveland would do just enough to win while Jacksonville would do just enough to lose. That is exactly what happened when QB Tommy Grady fumbled away the game (and possibly the #4 seed) late in the game. At 7-6, Cleveland finds themselves in the driver’s seat for the final home playoff game. The only problem is, they find themselves on the road against the two best teams in Philadelphia (Week 15) and Arizona (Week 18). If they lost those two games, they will need to beat Los Angeles to get the 4 seed while LA needs to finish 2-2 or worse.

5. Los Angeles KISS 5-7 (LW #5, Change –)

The beginning of Sunday’s game against the Rattlers started out as bad as prior matchups in the series. But after going down 14 points within the first couple minutes, LA battled back behind the hands of WR Donovan Morgan. His 7 catches for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns kept the KISS in the game heading into the fourth quarter. The same cannot be said for three players, the emergency fill-in kicker, QB Nathan Stanley, and WR DJ Stephens. The emergency kicker struggled with XP’s, QB Nathan Stanley gift wrapped a return when he tried to pitch the ball back to the kicker on a busted snap, and DJ Stephens couldn’t catch a cold. With WR Brandon Collins out, the KISS relied heavily on Stephens and he couldn’t deliver. Two of the touchdowns were his fault as one went through his hands and he wasn’t looking for the ball on the other. If this team is going to jump into the #4 spot, they are going to need Stephens to forget this game and move on. They will need him down the stretch starting with Tampa Bay on Monday night July 11th. The schedule sets up nicely for LA as they host TB and Cleveland in weeks 15 and 16, while head on the road to face an underwhelming Sharks team in Week 17 and finish with the Steel in Portland Week 18.

6. Jacksonville Sharks 5-7 (LW #6, Change –)

For the second time this year, Jacksonville allowed Cleveland to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. This team is 1-5 at Sea Best Field and with the talent they have, that is absolutely baffling. Then we find out that HC Les Moss holds out WR Tiger Jones from this game. With a loss like that, I can’t imagine the locker room being too friendly of a place heading into the bye week. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Jacksonville needs to head into the bye week and do a little soul searching. Most had Jacksonville fighting for the conference championship this year, but at this rate they will be heading to face one of the three monsters at the top when the playoffs start in August. Jacksonville finds themselves on the West Coast for Weeks 15 and 16 as they face Arizona and Portland. Then finish the year off with LA and Tampa Bay at home. Gaining the 4 seed is still within reach, but they will need a lot of help from Cleveland as they hold the tie breaker and have one less game.

7. Portland Steel 1-11 (LW #7, Change –)

Right off the bat I need to say give kudos to Coach James for keeping this team fighting this far into the season. It seems the “other” 1-11 team has elected to save their energy for the playoffs, but Portland continues to fight. They actually held a 3 point lead heading into the half on Monday night against the league’s best team. No, there are no moral victories in football, but there is still something to say for a team who continues to push well after being beat down into the ground. Portland is still technically alive for the #6 seed, but it would take a miracle as they still face Orlando, Jacksonville, then At Tampa, while finishing at home against LA. They just need QB Shane Austin to cut down on his turnovers as he has now thrown a league worst 16 interceptions, which puts his Interception to attempt ratio at 5.6%.

8. Tampa Bay Storm 1-11 (LW #8, Change –)

This is what happens when all teams make the playoffs regardless of record. Instead of coming out and fighting for the last couple months of the season, Tampa Bay has elected to roll over and play dead until the post season. Jason Boltus has regressed tremendously since their big (and only) win against Arizona. I see no way this team finishes higher than 8th place as they haven’t scored more than 35 points in the past 4 games and they finish on the road against LA and Jacksonville while hosting Philly and Portland. I don’t see the Storm bringing back head coach Lawrence Samuels, but he is still putting out tape for his resume. They tried bringing in ex-NFL Head Coach Tony Dungy and that didn’t work. I don’t know where else there is to go for a team who is struggling to score on a 50 yard field.

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Week 12 AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on June 15, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Week 11 in the Arena Football League saw three blowouts and only one close game. That inevitably skews the rankings a little bit by distancing the better QB’s from the lower tier. Also, we have a new comer to the rankings this week as LA KISS QB Pete Thomas went over the 100 attempt mark in their blowout loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.

If you are new to the QB rankings, we rank the Quarterback’s on the 10 statistical categories that we find are the most important for a player to take his team to the Arena Bowl. So without further ado, here is the official AFL FanZone Week 12 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:

1.

Dan Raudabaugh Philadelphia Soul 2.0 (LW #2)

2.

Nick Davila

Arizona Rattlers 2.1 (LW #1)

3.

Tommy Grady

Jacksonville Sharks 2.8 (LW #4)

4.

Randy Hippeard Orlando Predators 3.3 (LW #3)

5.

Shane Austin Portland Steel

4.0 (LW #5)

6.

Arvell Nelson Cleveland Gladiators

4.0 (LW #6)

7.

Pete Thomas Los Angeles KISS

4.9 (LW N/R)

8.

Jason Boltus Tampa Bay Storm

5.3 (LW #7)

*Remember a 1.0 is a perfect score, 8.0 is dead last.

As you can see we have a tie this week as Shane Austin (the former Gladiator) and Arvell Nelson (the current Gladiator) both tie with a 4.0 score. Austin wins the tie breaker which is prior week performance. His eight touchdowns and zero interceptions gives him the slight bump over Nelson.

You will also notice Nathan Stanley and Danny Southwick removed. There is no reason to keep these two players on my QB power rankings when one is on IR and the other is on a new team warming the bench.

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Week 11 AFL FanZone Power Rankings

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By Kyle Sander | kyle.sander09@gmail.com
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on June 15, 2016 at 5:20 PM

Another week in the books for the Arena Football League and the playoff seeding is starting to take shape. Some teams look to be ready for the playoffs while others look to be ready for the offseason. In a season where everyone makes the playoffs, it’s interesting to see so many blowouts due to poor effort.

With all of that being said, let’s take a look how we rank the teams after Week 11.

  1. Philadelphia Soul 9-2 (LW – 1, Change –)

If this level of effort and execution continues throughout the season, I don’t see the Soul losing another game. This Friday at Arizona will be their last true test until the playoffs start. Yes, they do travel to Orlando Week 18 for what could end up being a defacto division championship, but unless there is a lapse in focus on the Soul’s part, I don’t see Orlando being able to win a close game against this team. The talent level is the best Coach Dolezel has had to work with and I think as good as Marco Thomas was last year, landing Darius Reynolds was key to this team’s success in 2016.

  1. Arizona Rattlers 8-3 (LW – 3, Change +1)

Arizona seems to have been able to settle in to the new makeup of the team after all the injuries and the return of Jeremy Kellem will only boost this team’s confidence. This isn’t the same team that went to Tampa Bay a few weeks ago and lost to a winless team. They absorbed Shane Austin’s best game as a Steel player and still won by 27 points. Nick Davila leads the league in yards, touchdowns, and passer rating. I understand who they were playing, but with a QB of Davila’s level playing as well as he has under all the circumstances will only bode well for this team once they hopefully start to get some of the injured players back.

  1. Orlando Predators 9-2 (LW – 2, Change -1)

It’s hard to drop a team who has only lost two games and continues to win, but the problem is how they continue to win. Two weeks in a row Orlando wins on the last play of the game. They are back to this style of winning. They were able to come out and hand it to Arizona after winning a few close ones early, they are going to need much better production if they want to challenge Philly at the end of the year for one of the top seeds. This team still reminds me a lot of the 2014 Cleveland Gladiators that won 17 games and hosted the Arena Bowl. Can they duplicate the success of that team? Only time will tell.

  1. Jacksonville Sharks 5-5 (LW – 4, Change –)

Here we go again, the up and down season of the Jacksonville Sharks hit it’s latest upswing with a dominant performance in Tampa Bay. The bad thing is, they usually follow that up with a stinker. I’ve said it at nauseum, this is one of the most talented teams in the league, but also one of the weakest in mental strength. When things are going good, this team is clicking, but when adversity strikes, this team folds under the pressure. They will not return to the Arena Bowl in 2016 if they don’t show more consistency. Was the performance again the Storm great? Of course, but until they can play like that against the Soul, Preds, or Rattlers, you have to take it with a grain of salt.

  1. Cleveland Gladiators 5-6 (LW – 6, Change +1)

I moved this team down last week because of a poor performance against the Rattlers, then they turn around and almost force the Predators into overtime. Was that a case of Cleveland playing well at the start of their upcoming road stretch or was it Orlando playing down to their competition again? They found themselves down by 14 a couple times on Saturday and were able to find a way back into the game. This is one of the most resilent teams in the AFL, they will need to lean on the ability with all of their remaining games on the road. This week finds the Glads heading to the Pacific Northwest to take on the 1-9 Steel.

  1. Los Angeles KISS 4-6 (LW – 5, Change -1)

Let’s face it, the KISS ran into a buzzsaw on Saturday. Philadelphia is the best team in the league with the best scoring defense. That was a no win scenario for an inexperienced QB and supporting cast (other than the Captain of course). QB Pete Thomas is steadily improving each week. He got out of Trenton with only on interception, better QB’s have thrown more interceptions to that defense than Thomas. The test will be on Saturday, the KISS desperately need to get a dominating win over a hapless Storm team. If they struggle, then I think it’s safe to pen the KISS in at the #6 spot on my rankings.

  1. Portland Steel 1-9 (LW – 7, Change –)

It’s not very often in this league that a QB can score 8 touchdowns, not turn the ball over, and the team still loses by over 25 points. That’s what happened on Saturday, QB Shane Austin turned in one of the more impressive stat lines of the season, but unfortunately got absolutely no help by the league’s worst rank scoring defense. At over 62 pts/gm, Portland gives up a full 6 more points per game than the Storm. Even with great QB play, you aren’t going to win many AFL games if you give up 62 points per game. Cleveland comes to town this week and they aren’t a team that is going to rack up a ton of points on a team. The Steel need another great performance by Austin against his former team if they want any chance to get win number 2.

  1. Tampa Bay Storm 1-9 (LW – 8, Change –)

I’m starting to feel bad for TT Toliver, I don’t normally use that term when speaking of pro athletes, but here is a guy who set a league record on Saturday during a bloodbath of a game where the Storm managed a paltry 14 points in the first half of the game. It’s sad to see a first ballet hall of fame player almost in his 40’s show the most effort on the field. You would think the younger guys would see Tolliver and not let an “old man” out hustle them, but that is clearly the case. The Storm need leadership and it’s not going to come from Coach Samuels or Jason Boltus. This team needs to be shaken up in the offseason and a reboot is needed for this team to compete in 2017 and beyond.

 

Biggest Jump – Arizona, Cleveland  +1

Biggest fall – Orlando, Los Angeles  -1

 

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AFL Outsiders by AFL FanZone Power Rankings Week 03

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Week three was a mixed bag with two close games and two blow outs. Arizona was 33 point favorites going into their home opener and won by 33, Philly made sure Portland didn’t have a similar performance this week that they had against Orlando. Overall it was a typical week in the Arena Football League which was nice to see. Here are your AFL Fan Zone Week 3 Power Rankings:

  1. Arizona Rattlers (3-0) (Last Week 1, Change –)

The Rattlers remain far and away the best team in the AFL. Nick Davila continues to play some of the best ball of his career while no one seems to be able to stop Rod Windsor. Windsor hauled in four touchdowns for the third week in a row. When a team like Arizona just walks through its competition seemingly untested, almost like a glorified skeleton drill, you start to wonder if there are any weaknesses or flaws on this team. On the field it’s very tough to find any, but if you look at point differential in the first three week’s you start to notice a trend. Arizona won by 52 Week 1, 41 Week 2, and now 33 in Week 3. I’m not saying Arizona is destined to lose, but I am saying that teams may have been able to find something on film to exploit to slow down the Rattlers (as microscopic as it seems on the scoreboard). We will find out this week when the Rattlers travel out East to take on the 1-2 Jacksonville Sharks and their high octane offense.

  1. Orlando Predators (3-0) (Last Week 3, Change +1)

If there was a team in the league that frustrates you the most, it’s the Orlando Predators. After laying an egg in Week 2 against Portland by allowing the Steel to travel cross country to the Amway Center and nearly steal a game in the 4th, Orlando turns right around and takes it to Jacksonville on Monday night at Sea Best Field. The Predators even found themselves in a little bit of adversity going down 34-21 late in the 2nd Quarter. After scoring in the final seconds of the 1st half, Orlando took that momentum into the locker room and came out firing in the second half on their way to a last second victory. At 3-0, Orlando looks to be the most able to deal with adversity and possibly the only team to challenge Arizona. Coach Keefe’s main goal in practice this week is to preach consistency and intensity. They can’t continue to play to their competition. If they can play more consistent we won’t be seeing them in these tight 2nd half ballgames. Week 4 at home against Los Angeles will be our focus as Game of the Week.

  1. Los Angeles KISS (2-1) (Last Week 4, Change +1)

Los Angeles found out where they were among the elite Week 2 when Arizona came to town and dominated the second half in route to a 69-28 pounding. Week 3 saw the KISS go to Cleveland for their first away game of the season. Even though they needed an interception by Fred Obi late in the 4th quarter, I thought LA proved Week 2 was an anomaly. For the second time this season, LA forced the opposing QB into mistakes in the 2nd half. After throwing an early pick six, Cleveland QB Dennis Havrilla settled into the game and was playing well up until the 4th quarter. Midway through the final quarter, Havrilla clearly fumbled on a QB scramble, but Cleveland was sent a gift by the football gods in the tune of an inadvertent whistle. Then when the game was on the line with Cleveland only down five, Havrilla stared down his receiver which gave Obi the chance for the interception to seal the game late. Los Angeles is clearly a better team than they were the last couple years, but they are going to need their best effort of the season if they want to come out of Orlando with a victory in Week 4.

  1. Philadelphia Soul (2-1) (Last Week 5, Change +1)

In the preseason, I had Philadelphia as my Arena Bowl 29 champions over the Arizona Rattlers. I think Arizona has proven that outside of an injury or fluke game, they will be hosting the title game this year. On the other side of that prediction, the Soul are too up and down to really predict. They go into Cleveland Wk1 and smack around the Gladiators only to return home and get embarrassed by the Jacksonville Sharks in a game that even Luke Collis took some snaps it was so ugly. Then you look at Week 3 and you have a team in Portland who took Orlando to the brink in Week 2 and the game was over by halftime. QB Dan Raudabaugh finally looked comfortable for the first time this season over the course of an entire game and this game might have been the one that will get Philly back to their winning ways. On Saturday they welcome Cleveland to town and if the Soul can show some kind of consistency, look for a repeat performance of Week 1 when Philadelphia confused QB Chris Dieker on their way to a blowout victory.

  1. Jacksonville sharks (1-2) (Last Week 2, Change -3)

No team has moved up and down this list as much as Jacksonville has. For the amount of talent they possess on both sides of the ball, there is no reason they should struggle late in games they way they have in their two losses. Just like in Week 1, a late first half touchdown by the other team seemed to deflate the team at halftime. Of course, there is plenty of time for the Sharks to right the ship. If you look back to last year, remember it took until Week 5 for the Sharks to find the win column. They just need to settle down, stop out thinking themselves, and work on some time management strategy. Les Moss is one heck of a coach, so don’t worry Sharks fans, Jacksonville will be there at the end when the playoffs roll around. I’d be very surprised if they knocked off Arizona this weekend, but I expect them to at least compete and give the Rattlers their toughest test to date. They have the offense to get the job done, they just don’t have the mental toughness to withstand adversity right now.

  1. Cleveland Gladiators (1-2) (Last Week 6, Change –)

The good news for Cleveland is they seem to have found a quarterback they can trust this season. I know it has only been two games, but Havrilla is still young and has plenty of room to develop. They have the WR core and the talent on defense to compete, the Gladiators just haven’t been able to put it all together for an entire game yet. They got Joe Phinisee back last week, but then had to face All Arena WR Donovan Morgan without rising superstar Joe Powell. Of all the teams in the lower group, Cleveland looks to be the most poised to break through. Outside of one half vs Philly, Cleveland has gone toe to toe with two top four teams. The Gladiators pack their bags and hit the road for the first time in 2016 as they head East in a rematch with the Soul in Week 4.

  1. Portland Steel (0-3) (Last Week 7, Change –)

If the league hopes to market Portland to the owner of the Trailblazers, then they can’t be happy with the effort they saw in Week 3. After going down to Orlando and pushing an undefeated team to the edge, they laid an absolute stinker of a game against the Soul. A game in which Coach James saw his team down 42-6 at halftime. Danny Southwick isn’t the answer for the Steel, but even a great QB like Davila would struggle behind Portland’s offensive line. Southwick was punished yet again this week which now seems to be a weekly occurrence, the main reason they see themselves at 0-3. Losing how they did in Orlando seemed to still be in the back of the heads of the players, but they need to head into the bye week this week and erase the first three weeks. They come back to action Week 5 against Arizona and if they hope to compete, they are going to need to forget this loss and move on.

  1. Tampa Bay Storm (0-3) (Last Week 8, Change –)

I tend to see football a lot differently than most people do. I say this because I saw an article posted this weekend that mentioned Tampa Bay looking lifeless, almost as if they didn’t want to be in Arizona. I must have been watching a different game. Did Tampa Bay get run off the field, sure, but let’s be honest here, the level of talent on both rosters isn’t even comparable. Tampa Bay’s best WR is on Injured Reserve, TT Toliver is clearly showing his age, and Philip Barnett and V’Keon Lacey are both good receivers, but neither is a number one Jason Boltus returned three days before kickoff and was thrown right into the mix because the team would rather that than throw out Jonathan Bane again. But what I saw, was a team who clearly looked out-matched that continued to fight and push Arizona to their lowest margin of victory of the season. With Boltus back at the helm, I think Tampa Bay is going to climb out of the cellar at some point in the season. Are they going to be contenders at the end of the season, not a chance, but they will get better than this. They weren’t given any favors from the schedule makers either as they welcome Jacksonville to the Amalie Arena when they return from the bye week in Week 5.

 

Biggest Jump – Predators, KISS, Soul  – +3

Farthest Drop – Jacksonville Sharks – -3

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