AAF Week 6 Sunday Game Previews


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San Antonio Commanders (3-2) at Atlanta Legends (2-3)


Where to Watch: CBS Sports Network


Preview

The Legends and Commanders matchup in a rematch of the AAF preseason, which saw the latter team win 37-11. Since then, Atlanta was the epitome of hot and cold, losing their first three games before embarking on a current win streak of two. San Antonio, meanwhile, is also on a two-game win streak and is also tied with the San Diego Fleet for first place in the West division. This game has a playoff atmosphere to it since both squads are looking to make it to Vegas at the end of April. Which team will emerge victorious in such a critical moment? We’ll find out Sunday afternoon.

Players to watch

Aaron Murray gets the start again for Atlanta, so look for him to try and continue the hot streak for this offense. If Seantavius Jones can help out in the passing game, then he can utilize some quick counters on the ground to keep the Commanders on edge. Logan Woodside is a good option under center, but it remains to be seen if he can win the critical moments in games. If Kenneth Farrow can assist him, it’ll make his job that much easier.


Keys to the game

San Antonio Commanders

  • Get ahead early

  • Force mental errors

  • Win the turnover battle


Atlanta Legends

  • Ride the momentum

  • Generate interior pressure

  • Run game must show up


Top 5 Fantasy Players

Aaron Murray, QB (ATL)

Logan Woodside, QB (SA)

Kenneth Farrow, RB (SA)

Mekale McKay, WR (SA)

Seantavius Jones, WR (ATL)


Prediction

Atlanta is currently on a hot streak, which could be why they reside in “HotLanta”. San Antonio’s a good test being tied for the West division lead, and technically the Legends are in the hunt for the playoff game. Look for Atlanta to hold their own at home this week, increase the win streak to three games, and stay in the hunt.


Final Score: Atlanta 29, San Antonio 23

Written by: Joe Carlino


Birmingham Iron (3-2) at San Diego Fleet (3-2)


Where to Watch: NFL Network


Preview

Two of the best defenses in the AAF go head to head to close week 6 of the AAF inaugural season. The Birmingham Iron are coming off a two-game skid, and they have benched their starting QB to try and create a spark. The Fleet, however, are riding a wave of euphoria off a late win where they drove the length of the field with only 30 seconds left on the clock to kick a game-winning field goal. The Iron look to head west and get back in the win column in front of San Diego’s home crowd.


Players to watch

The Iron will start backup QB Keith Price, and he will have his handsful against a dominant front seven featuring Shakir Soto and Damontre Moore rushing the passer. He will be relying heavily on his RB Trent Richardson to take the pressure off. Price will need time because if he starts forcing the ball into coverage, he will be playing into the hand of the Fleet’s ball-hawking corner Kameron Kelly.


The Fleet will try to control the ground game with their talented RB duo of Terrell Watson and Ja’Quan Gardner. They have struggled as of late, but they will need them to create space against Iron LB Beniquez Brown to make life easier on QB Mike Bercovici. One of the most fascinating matchups will be the Fleet's big play WR Dontez Ford against the Iron CB Jamar Summers, who is one of the most dominant corners in the AAF.


Keys to the game

Birmingham Iron

  • Create Turnovers

  • Get pressure on Mike Bercovici

  • Contain the Fleet’s RB duo


San Diego Fleet

  • Keep Price in the pocket

  • Get a couple of big plays on offense

  • Do not allow the Iron to establish their run game


Top 5 Fantasy Players

Trent Richardson, RB (Iron)

Mike Bercovici, QB (Fleet)

Keith Price, QB (Iron)

Nelson Spruce, WR (Fleet)

San Diego Fleet Defense


Prediction

Except for a low scoring game as two top defenses go head-to-head. I think the difference maker in this game will come from the big plays. The Iron have gotten their 3 wins by grinding out games through all 4 quarters and edging out their opponents, but that may be hard to do against the Fleet’s front 7. The Fleet have found 2-3 big splash plays a game on both offense and defense, and it's one of those plays that will propel the Fleet to a win in front of their fans.


Final Score: Fleet 16, Iron 14

Written by: David Connors @connors_david