Apollos Week 5 Preview


The Top Team In The AAF

After 4 weeks in the AAF’s first season, the league has just one undefeated team, the Orlando Apollos. Last week, what was a hard-fought game in Salt Lake City in the snow and cold, the Apollos found a way to win. Which seemingly Spurrier is getting into the habit of finding different ways to win.

In Utah, Orlando QB Garrett Gilbert came in as the league’s top passer. In a challenging game weather-wise, Gilbert was still effective passing for 244 yards and 1 TD, for a 101.6 QB rating.

RB De’Veon Smith came into his own last Saturday. Rushing for 51 yards on 12 attempts. For 4.25 YPC.

Iron Look To Bounce Back

The Birmingham Iron suffered their first loss against the 2-2 San Antonio Commanders. Losing a close one at home 12-11. Iron QB Luis Perez had a tough go at it last week, as he couldn’t get anything going and threw 2 picks.

The lone touchdown came from former NFL RB Trent Richardson, but gained only 15 yards on 8 carriers.

If the Iron are looking to bounce back vs the red-hot Apollos, but their offense must start firing on all cylinders quickly.

Apollos Look To Go 5-0

This week 5 matchup, between the league’s then top two undefeated teams was anticipated for the last couple of games. With Birmingham’s latest loss, it doesn’t quite have that same appeal. The 4-0 Apollos will still go on to play the 3-1 Iron Saturday, but a win will be no easy task.

It will be a high-flying offense against a team built around its defense, and supposedly their running game. Which the AAF hasn’t seen much evidence of as a whole from Alabama’s lead back Trent Richardson.

An interesting matchup to watch is between Orlando’s star WR Charles Johnson and Birmingham CB Jamar Summers. Johnson leads the league with 410 yards, and Summers with 4 forced turnovers. This may be the matchup that makes all the difference in this game.

For the Iron this game will confirm where they ranking among the league’s best teams. While for the Apollos, this game is to further establish themselves as the top dog and the team to beat come April.

You can watch today’s matchup on TNT at 2pm EST.