by Christian Christiansen, Xander Gold, and Mike Daggs

Week 1 is in the books, and a lot of intense action took place!  The week 1 rankings are largely based on the performance of teams last season.  But it’s not really an accurate indicator of how teams will perform THIS season because of how much takes place in the off-season.  With a week of real game action down, we see some significant movement in the rankings this week as teams begin to rise and fall based on THIS season’s performance.  Without further ado – we present to you the week 2 Power Rankings.

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Alaska
1 - 001If anyone was doubting Alaska as the team to beat in the SFL coming into the season, they aren't now. The Storm silenced their critics in surgical fashion, dissecting the Mexico City Aztecs on opening night, making a statement with a 38-17 victory. The passing offense was as efficient as ever, Ron Cockren throwing a completion rate of over 69% with 4 of his passes resulting in touchdowns. Not to be outdone, Max Paul's celebrated defence showed up big, sacking the opposing QB 6 times whilst also forcing 3 turnovers. The Storm look even better than they did in Season 10. The rest of the SFL ought to be worried.
Tallahassee
1 - 002Hot on the heels of the Storm are the former Eastern Conference champions, Tallahassee Pride. The Pride are at 1-0 following a tight victory in a rematch with their foes from Season 10's epic Championship Semi-Final, the Indianapolis Red Devils. It will have been pleasing for Tallahassee to snatch victory despite their passing attack struggling against the Red Devils defense. Jaye Eniola stepped up at halfback with 161 yards and the defense held firm at key moments. The Pride have lost one game in two seasons. They still look strong enough to make that record even more mind blowing.
Sioux Falls
1 - 003The Sioux Falls Sparrows came into week one looking flat out dominant holding the Tulsa Desperadoes to just 13 points and adding 35 points of their own . The Sparrows tallied 500 yards total from line of scrimmage and put up 5 total TD’s on the board. The Sparrows defense forced 3 turnovers and got to the Tulsa QB twice. Rookie RB Colin Hart came out the gates firing on all cylinders running for 234 yards & 3 TD’s on 23 carries and the vet AJ Levye came up big with 7 tackles and 2 ints. I expect the Sparrows to continue flying high.
Queen City
1 - 0+24HOF inductee Eric Barkley showed why Queen City owns 4 SFL Championships. Queen City’s defense shutdown & held Warren Murray to 30 yards rushing, which is no easy feat. They forced Houston’s rookie QB into some tough throws and ultimately shutdown their whole offense. Queen City’s offense dominated and basically did whatever they wanted to. Ash Odom ran for 214 yards and navigated his way into the endzone 4 times. AJ Caswell threw for 295 yards and 2 TD’s. QCC showed flashes of championship football but it’s too early tell if they can add a 5th trophy to their collection.
Indianapolis
0 - 1+35Despite losing the Indianapolis Red Devils move up 3 spots in this week’s power rankings. The Red Devils put up a fight against S10’s Eastern Conference Champions. Indy’s defense limited the S10 league’s MVP Christian Christiansen to just 160 yards 1 TD and even forced him into throwing an int. Tom Pepper made his Indianapolis debut and had a solid performance. Pepper threw for 253 yards and 1 TD, completing 80.5% of his passes. Rookie RB Keith Swearingen made a huge contribution to the offense tallying 109 rushing yards and adding a touchdown to his resume. If INDY could hold one of the most lethal offenses this league has seen to just 21, then just imagine what they could do against the rest of the league.
Atlanta
1 - 0+36Atlanta missed the playoffs last season but against Chicago they looked like a totally new team. Atlanta had an all around great performance. The defense played stingy and the offense played some smash mouth football. Rookie Marcus Dunhill played a decent game slinging the ball 31 times and completing 19 of them for 246 yards and a single touchdown. BDG Hollewood started where he left off from last season and ran for an even 200 yards and 3 TD’s. Atlanta’s defense was led by Aaron Lee & Pat Ketza. Aaron Lee snagged 2 ints, while Ketza caught 1. It’ll be interesting to see if this team can put all the pieces together and make a run at the playoffs with their rookie signal caller Dunhill.
Mexico City
0 - 1-27The season 9 champions looked a step slow against the season 10 champions, Alaska Storm. Mexico is a way better team than what we saw against Storm, but we can’t ignore the fact that Ray Bentley only ran for 63 yards. Matt Willson had a decent night putting up 288 yards and adding 2 TD’s. The Mexico City Aztecs turned the ball over 3 times which is very unusual for this veteran filled offense. Mexico City will look to bounce back against their conference rivals, Denver NightWings. I expect Ray Bentley to bounce back next game with a monster performance.
Oklahoma City
1 - 0+38Oklahoma City came off of an exciting shootout win against Dallas. This game, in my opinion was one of the best games of week one. The renegades forced a turnover late in the 4th Quarter to seal the win. The renegades rushes for only 48 yards but that didn’t stop their passing game. Deacon Nickens passed for 416 yards and 4 TD’s. Nickens completed 70.8% of his passes and his receiving corps helped a lot. Bovine, Powell and rookie Hunter Jones were absolutely phenomenal. OKC looks to continue their magnificent play when they take on Tulsa in the battle of Oklahoma.
Carolina
1 - 0+59Carolina is looking to change the ways of their franchise. Coming into season 11 with a convincing win, Carolina already looks poised to capture more than 3 wins this season. The Skyhawks' defense looked very good, forcing didn't 5 turnovers and only allowing 1 TD. Head Coach Sir Chappell caught 2 ints and ran 1 back to the house for a score. Carolina's offense didn't do too bad but I know they could be way better. Jacques Luyindula racked up 188 yards through the air and threw for a TD. AJ Francis showed why he's one of the highest paid backs in the SFL and recorded 156 yards on 28 carries and added a TD on the ground. Carolina will look to continue their defensive dominance against the Sharks.
London
1 - 0+610The highest pain QB in the SFL threw 6 ints but that didn't stop London from taking the W back home. Despite throwing 6 ints, Nathan Lee put up 451 yards and 5 TD's. James Hands had a performance for the ages racking up 273 receiving yards and 4 TD's. London's defense got to Aciel 14 times and disrupted him all game long. Some of London's rookies stepped up big time. Nathan Blake snatching 1 int & Tyrone Zeus smashing the QB for 6 sacks. London didn't make the playoffs last season but they're already looking like one so far.
Denver
1 - 0+711Denver prevailed in what was a defensive type of game for their first win. Jeremy took on his former team, the Vancouver Legion and snuck out with a 7 point win. Denver's defense held Vancouver to a total of 251 offensive yards and a single FG. Josh Miller & Jockamo Jones would connect on what would be the Denver Nightwings' first ever franchise TD and the game's only TD.
Las Vegas
1 - 0+812Las Vegas were one of the three expansion teams the SFL introduced this season, but they played like they've been here since S1. The Fury ran all over the San Francisco Sharks and made sure the league knew they were here. Las Vegas scored 42 points and only let up 7 on the defensive side of the ball. Robert Redford, one of Las Vegas' biggest signings led the charge with 311 rushing yards and 3 TD'S on the ground. The Fury's defense only allowed 234 total yards and had 2 takeways. The Las Vegas Fury have a young promising QB in Thomas Ramen, but they dominated using the rushing attack.
Vancouver
0 - 1013This Mark Biddix led Vancouver team had a tough time putting TD's on the board, but they also gave their opponent a tough one too. Vancouver was apart of a game that only saw 1 TD scored throughout 4 Quarters. Highly anticipated rookie Kody Hill only had 52 rushing yards on the day but I expect the jitters to wear off by week 2. The Legion defense didn't allow much to happen either only allowing 10 points scored, while forcing 1 turnover. Expect the Legion to shake some things up offensively and get into the endzone for the first time in season 11 next week.
Dallas
0 - 1+314Dallas changed their names from the Roughnecks to the Lobos in hopes of starting fresh, well I think it worked. This offense who struggled a lot last season looked dominant once again. Reverting back to the 4 WR set that gave them some success in previous seasons, Dallas looked rejuvenated. Shabazz Psynergy completed 39 of his 50 attempts, 19 which went to WR Mike Osayi. Shabazz finished the day with 476 passing yards and 4 TD's. This QB and WR tandem looks to give defenses hell this season and I don't see a team completely stopping it. Dallas' defense looked a little shaky allowing OKC to have their way with them. This Dallas defense has a lot of talent, but it's gonna come down to whether or not they can put it together and i think they can.
St. Louis
0 - 1-315The St. Louis Gladiators went to war with the London Knights this past weekend, but ultimately fell short. The Gladiators had many opportunities to close out London, but with 3 missed FG's and your QB getting sacked 14 times they ran out of chances. St. Louis tallied up 601 total offensive yards along with 3 TD's. The defense showed signs of elite play, coming away with 6 takeaways. St.Louis looks to bounce back against one of the new expansion teams, the New Orleans Pharaohs.
Houston
0 - 1-916Houston took on 4 time champs QCC in the HOF game and did not look ready at all. Rookie QB Kentez Johnson had a solid game for a rookie, putting up 253 passing yards and 1 TD. QCC made it hard to pass for rookie QB Kentez Johnson, who often looked for his security blanket, D.R. Sim when things looked unsure. Warren Murray had a tough time getting it going as he only tallied 30 yards on 19 carries. If you know Warren Murray you know the guy is liable to break out for 200 rushing yards every time he plays so I wouldn't be worried if I were Houston. Houston's defense had a hard time containing Ash Odom and allowed 4 TD's on the ground. This Hyenas team will look to bounce back against their conference rivals, Dallas Lobos.
Chicago
0 - 1-217ET King and the Chicago Wildcats looked to return to their S9 form when they made the SFL championship, but that wasn't the case. QB ET King threw for 247 yards and 2 TD's, but it wasn't enough to put away the Atlanta Swarm. Chicago had 2 takeaways, but also turned the ball over 3 times, which proved to be costly. Chicago will look to use their week two bye week to see what went wrong and how to fix it before their week 3 game in Vancouver.
Tulsa
0 - 1-1418The Desperadoes picked up a few key offensive free agents in Michael Martin, Steven Bush and Andre Godspeed, but still couldn't get things going offensively. Michael Martin had 323 passing yards but no TD's. Tulsa will definitely need to tweak things on offense and defense if they want to avoid a week one repeat. I see them coming into week 2 with something to prove against OKC.
Baltimore
0 - 1019Baltimore is back in the SFL, but this time as the Vultures. Tim Johnston brings back Mike Dazzo to lead his team at the QB position. Mike Dazzo had a hard time shaking off his rust throwing for 1 TD and 5 INTS. Dazzo isn't 3 on the all-time passing list for nothing, expect the rust to be shaken off very soon and expect Baltimore to be a force. The Vultures defense didn't accumulate any sacks but forced 2 turnovers. With Baltimore hiring Tom Paterniti I expect them to learn from last week and bounce back even stronger.
San Francisco
0 - 1-1020San Francisco looked all out of sort on both sides of the ball. The Sharks allowed 41 points and only put up 7. Ahmed Cheema, former Houston Hyena, threw for 166 Yards and 1 passing TD. That would be San Francisco's only score, while they saw Redford run into the endzone 4 times. If the Sharks want to turn it around they will need more from the few veterans they have left on the team.
New Orleans
0 - 0021New Orleans had a first week bye and will play the St.Louis Gladiators in week two. Aaron Arrington will look to hand his former team their second loss of the season, while gaining the first of his coaching career. First overall pick, Xander Gold will try to do his part as the signal caller and get New Orleans their first franchise win.