AAF's Week 3 Sunday Game Previews


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Birmingham Iron (2-0) at Atlanta Legends (0-2)

Where to Watch: CBS Sports Network


Preview

Coming off a defensive masterpiece and a 12-9 victory, the Birmingham Iron hit the road for the first time this year, traveling one state over to face the Atlanta Legends. The Iron currently sit as one of the three undefeated squads (Orlando and Arizona being the others), and their style of play allows them to control the clock and wear down their opportunities. Atlanta, meanwhile, has struggled to find any momentum in either contest, currently sitting as one of the three winless teams in the AAF. They will need a good showing from both sides of the ball if they want to spoil Birmingham’s record.


Players to watch

Quarterback Luis Perez continues to dominate for the Iron, so he’ll be looking to keep his offense on the field and pick apart the Legends secondary. A good running game is also critical, and even though Trent Richardson hasn’t truly lit it up yet if he can get the train rolling, it’ll be easier on Perez. Look for Quinton Patton to attack the Atlanta secondary and keep the corners and safeties off their toes.


Matt Simms hasn’t been able to figure it out in the early going, so his development against a tough opponent will ultimately determine the potential of this team’s offense. His top target is wide receiver Malachi Jones, so that matchup will be key for both the Iron to defend and the Legends to exploit.


Keys to the game

Birmingham Iron

  • Control the clock

  • Generate consistent pressure

  • Win the turnover battle


Atlanta Legends

  • Avoid costly offensive mistakes

  • Defense must adapt

  • Find a running game


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  1. Luis Perez, QB (BHM)

  2. Matt Simms, QB (ATL)

  3. Trent Richardson, RB (BHM)

  4. Malachi Jones, WR (ATL)

  5. Quinton Patton, WR (BHM)


Prediction

It’d be nice for the Legends to get a double whammy in this contest, notching their first win while preventing the Iron from going undefeated. Sadly, though, in both teams previous contests, it’s hard to find a weakness in Birmingham’s squad. Iron will advance to 3-0, but they’ll be the first remaining undefeated squad to lose (whenever that may be).


Final Score: Birmingham 35, Atlanta 20


Written by: Joe Carlino



San Antonio Commander (1-1) at San Diego Fleet (1-1)

Where to Watch: NFL Network


Preview

On Sunday night football, the curtain rises and the bell dings for round 2 of San Antonio Commanders vs San Diego Fleet. The last time these two played each other, they did not disappoint. It was a slugfest with big hits from Fleet’s DE Damontre Moore and, of course, THE HIT from Commanders DE Shaan Washington. The San Diego Fleet are coming off a huge win against Atlanta in front of their home crowd and look to carry that momentum into week 3 and give San Diego fans another win in SDCCU stadium. The Commanders took the first matchup against the Fleet in week 1, however they are coming off a hard fought defeat to the Orlando Apollo. They are looking to regroup and bounce back against their conference rivals.


Players to watch

Although Philip Nelson was not on the receiving end of the hit from Shaan Washington, he will still need to be aware of him on the field. Washington is making a name for himself as a dominant force on the Commanders defensive line. Another player Philip Nelson needs to be aware of Commander CB Zack Sanchez. Nelson got a front row seat to his athleticism and body control week 1, when Sanchez made an incredible adjustment on the ball to intercept one of Nelson’s passes. The Commanders have thrown 21 targets to WR Mekale McKay. Clearly he is a feature target for QB Logan Woodside.


Fleet RB Ja’Quan Gardner was the second player in AAF history to go over 100 yards rushing, and he also added 2 touchdowns on top of that. He is the feature player in the Fleet offense, although you cannot always run the ball. When the Fleet are throwing the ball, WR Brian Brown has been their leading target with 12 passes thrown his way in two games. Defensively, if the Fleet want to send their fans home with a win, DE Damontre Moore will need to get to Logan Woodside and be disruptive in the run game.


Keys to the game

San Antonio Commanders

  • LB Joel Lanning and company will need to keep the Fleet running game under control. Force the game into Philip Nelson’s hands

  • Shaan Washington need to dominate the Fleet O-line

  • RB Kenneth Farrow will be the focal point of the Commander offense.


San Diego Fleet

  • Keep Philip Nelson upright.

  • Contain Mekale McKay

  • Hit Kenneth Farrow in the backfield

Top 5 Fantasy Players

  1. Logan Woodside, QB, San Antonio Commanders

  2. Ja’Quan Gardner, RB, San Diego Fleet

  3. Kenneth Farrow, RB, San Antonio Commanders

  4. Mekale McKay, WR, San Antonio Commanders

  5. Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego Fleet


Prediction

The San Diego defense thrives in front of their home fans and carry their momentum for their second straight win as they upset the heavily favored Commanders. Mekale McKay will break off a big play or two, but the Fleet are able to contain Farrow. They will lean heavily on Ja’Quan Gardner and Terrell Watson, win the battle of possession, and send San Antonio home 1-2.


Final Score: Fleet 18, Commanders 12


Written by: David Connors @connors_davidAAF's