Week 5 Sunday Game Previews


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Memphis Express (1-3) at Atlanta Legends (1-3)


Where to Watch: CBS Sports Network


Preview

We finally have every team in the AAF with at least one victory under their belts. The Legends found some momentum when starter Matt Simms went down with an injury. Aaron Murray was ready to step up to the challenge, leading the squad from that point to an upset over preseason favorite Arizona. Now getting his first start, Murray leads the Legends against Zach Mettenberger and the Memphis Express, who like the Legends are 1-3 in the East division. In a game where everything must go right for either squad to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, look for the winner to give Birmingham a run for their money (because neither will catch Orlando).


Players to watch

The Legends announced this week that Aaron Murray will be getting the start, so look for him to take full advantage of this opportunity. Across the field, Zach Mettenberger will be looking to make it two wins in a row since replacing incumbent starter Christian Hackenberg. The Express have a competent running back in Sherman Badie, so if he can perform enough and allow a play-action game to develop, Memphis could dominate this game. For Atlanta, look for Murray to target wide receivers Bug Howard and Malachi Jones often to keep the Express’ secondary on their toes.


Keys to the game

Memphis Express

Mettenberger must come ready

Generate pressure on Murray

Win the turnover battle


Atlanta Legends

Capitalize on momentum

Running game on point

Defense must step up


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Aaron Murray, QB (ATL)

  • Zach Mettenberger, QB (MEM)

  • Tarean Folston, RB (ATL)

  • Bug Howard, WR (ATL)

  • Sherman Badie, RB (MEM)


Prediction

Last week, Atlanta held its ground to secure their first win in team history. The same instance will happen in this contest, but with a little difference in method. Against Arizona, the Legends won on a last-second field goal by Younghoe Koo. Against Memphis, Murray will strike with under three minutes left, and Memphis will attempt to drive down the field, but be stopped around the Legends 37. Atlanta wins in the highest-scoring game of Week Five.


Final Score: Legends 29, Express 23


Written by: Joe Carlino



San Antonio Commanders (2-2) at Arizona Hotshots (2-2)


Where to Watch: NFL Network


Preview

This Week 5 matchup will be a very interesting one to watch as these teams have yet to face each other and are both sitting on 2-2 records. San Antonio is coming into this game hot off a huge win over the Birmingham Iron last week. On the opposite side, the Hotshots have been struggling lately, losing their last two after a 2-0 start. I expect this game to come down to the wire as both teams have a great amount of talent.


Players to watch

Arizona will be relying on their starting quarterback John Wolford to get back on track in this one. The early MVP candidate struggled last week coming off an injury. Wolford is still third in the league in passing but will be relying on a big game from top target Rashad Ross to get back on track this week. The Commanders have been one of the most run-heavy teams so far. If Arizona wants to win this week, they must slow down running back Kenneth Farrow II, who is second in the league in rushing.


Keys to the game

San Antonio Commanders

Put pressure on Wolford

Establish the passing game

Long drives on offense


Arizona Hotshots

Stop the run

Protect Wolford

Capitalize on big play opportunities


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • John Wolford, QB (ARI)

  • Rashad Ross, WR (ARI)

  • Kenneth Farrow II, RB (SA)

  • Logan Woodside, QB (SA)

  • Mekale McKay, WR (SA)


Prediction

This game has a very good chance of coming down to the wire. I believe that will happen and it will come down to the final possession. I see Wolford having a bounce-back game with over 200 yards and two touchdowns, at least one of them to Ross. When everything is on the line, he will drive his team down the field on one final drive to lead them to victory. However, if the Commanders get enough time, it could easily go the other way. I have the Hotshots winning by a field goal and getting their season back on the right track.


Final Score: Hotshots 20, Commanders 17


Written by: Ryan Lippert

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