The story is unfolding in the SFL… more twists and turns are being added. The three teams that have been in both semifinals for the last two seasons are a combined 0-4, last week’s fools are this week’s geniuses (Jonny Savage), and their doesn’t look to be a clear hegemon as the top of the league looks to be in a bloodbath for the top overall spot. There’s still nearly three months to go before the playoffs even start and the story is definitely unfolding how Mr. Commissioner hoped it would given the league’s competitiveness across last season’s tiers.

TeamRecord (Movement)RankTeam Recaps:
Las Vegas Fury
2 - 0 (+4)1Las Vegas has gotten off to a furious start to season 12, knocking off Sioux Falls to avenge their playoff loss last season, then turned around and beat a Baltimore team fresh off a win against the two-time defending champions. If Max Jackson can keep this team going like they are now, this may be the season we finally have a new champion.
Baltimore Vultures
1 - 1 (-1)2Look, Baltimore lost. They lost to a good Las Vegas team that in the way-too-early stages of the SFL season have put the best product out on the field of any team in the league. Baltimore, who knocked off the indominatable Alaska week one, lost to the Fury by one point after numerous special teams miscues (three blocked punts lol) and their star RB getting injured early in the game. The Vultures are still a great team headed by Thomas Paterniti and some real league superstars in T-Roy Gaines and Aman Takess.
Chicago Wildcats
2 - 0 (+6)3Chicago caps off week 2 with a second impressive win against a quality opponent, this time defeating Mexico City 35-27 on the back of E.T. King's 274 yard, 3 TD performance. On defense FS Maurice Spurgeon nabbed 2 critical INTs to keep the Wildcats ahead in the turnover battle while CB Blake Hamrac took another INT to the house for 6 points. WIth this win they begin making a very convincing argument that they are a legitimate contender poised to go the distance this season. They travel to rainy Vancouver next in hopes of keeping their streak alive and continuing to move up in the standings.
Alaska Storm
0 - 1 (-1)4After last weeks loss to Baltimore, the Storm got their bye week to get back on track and prepare for the challenge ahead. Some would say that the loss takes pressure off the Storm since they no longer have a streak to protect, so who knows, maybe it’s a blessing in disguise.
Mexico City Aztecs
1 - 1 (-3)5Mexico city lost a close game to Chicago 35-27, falling to 1-1. In a game where both the run and the pass game produced yards and points, turnovers were really the difference, as Matt Willson threw 3 costly INTs. The Aztecs will look to regroup this week as they host a desperate Hyenas team that has to be approaching this matchup as a must-win game.
New Orleans Pharaohs
2 - 0 (0)6One of the most devisive teams in the Power Rankings committee debates this past week. Half of the team had the Pharaohs as high as the second overall team, while the other half had them as low as being in the middle of the pack. Aaron Arrington has his offense humming with an early MVP candidate in last season's numer one overall pick in QB Xander Gold. Questions lie in their schedule so far in a Houston team that doesn't look to be all the way there in the early goings of the season and an Atlanta team that simply doesn't look great two weeks into the year.
Sioux Falls Sparrows
1 - 1 (+4)7After last week’s close loss to the Fury, the Sparrows bounced back big time in week two, taking down the Tallahassee Pride. The Sparrows’ duo of quarterback Julian Tyree and running back Colin Hart both had outstanding performances and the defense played spoiler to Pride running back AJ Francis’ debut for the Pride.
Tallahassee Pride
0 - 1 (-4)8Tallahassee came into their season opener against Sioux Falls expecting to begin a championship run; they walked off the field when the clock struck zero stunned, and at the wrong end of 0-1 as the Sparrows got the better of them 31-23. The Tallahassee defense came out planning to rough up the Sparrows receivers in tight man coverage, only to get dinked and dunked all day, as Sioux Falls QB Julian Tyree completed an astonishing 29 out of 31 passes for 268 yards, 3 TDs, and no INTs, most of these to HB Colin Hart, who also rushed for over 100 yards. Tallahassee will have to play with great pride and mix it up if they hope to get back to their winning ways. Unfortunately the SFL is not doing them any favors as they host Alaska, also 0-1, next in an epic rematch of last season's championship game. This will be must-see TV for sure!
Queen City Corsairs
1 - 1 (+1)9Queen City got handled pretty well opening week to Chicago but them beat up on a Vancouver team coming off a high from their opening week beatdown on Atlanta. This team has the pieces to get hot and go on a run (even with their hellish schedule) but it still feels like this team is trying to figure themselves out. We're going to bet on them getting figuring it out after having one of the most methodical offenses last season and the top defense overall.
Denver Nightwings
2 - 0 (+3)10Denver got a big win against the London Knights last week, however it’s a bit worrisome on how it went down. Denver had a 38-14 lead at halftime and looked to cruise to victory. Then London scored 24 unanswered and sent the game into overtime. While Denver was able to seal it in overtime, they could’ve probably been a lot higher than 10 if not for that second half.
Vancouver Legion
1 - 1 (-3)11After throttling a hapless Atlanta team week 1, Vancouver came crashing back to earth against a veteran Queen City team that was hungry to pull out a win and avoid going 0-2. Vancouver largely held RB Ash Odom in check, but Corsairs QB A.J. Caswell found WR Steven Hacker for two scores and Chris Curtis for another to win 26-10. On the other side of the ball, Queen City's defense bent but didn't break, forcing 4 turnovers and keeping the Legion out of the end zone for most of the game. QB Tom Pepper and the Vancouver offense will have to eliminate these mistakes if they hope to defeat a surging Chicago team this week.
San Francisco Sharks
2 - 0 (+4)12Don't look now but the Sharks are 2-0. They pulled off an opening week win over the mistake-prone London Knights and then absolutely manhandled a new look Indianapolis team this last week. We'll see how long this efficient play of Dylan Aciel keeps up because they'll need him if they want to make a run. We want to see a couple more weeks of nice play from the Sharks before we start calling them real but they shouldn't be taken lightly moving forwards.
Dallas Lobos
1 - 1 (+5)13The Dallas Lobos rebounded well after a shootout loss to St. Louis Gladiators last week, taking down the Tulsa Desperados in a solid 37-21 win. While the Lobos are still very much a pass first team, the addition of running back Zack Sandlin has undoubtedly boosted their already good offense and their defense despite losing some key pieces in the off-season looked solid this week.
Houston Hyenas

0 - 2 (-7)14Houston enters uncharted territory as they fall to 0-2 with a 24-13 loss to a very young Carolina team, and the Hyenas staff have to be besides themselves after putting up nearly 400 yards of total offense this week and still not managing to score more than 13 points. Demond Simien and Eddie Gauge will really have to put their heads together if they hope to get the Hyenas back on track, as they must travel to Aztec Stadium this week to take on a very fundamentlaly sound Mexico City team. A win would get Houston back on track, while a loss could signal a long season for this proud and historically excellent team.
Tulsa Desperadoes
1 - 1 (-3)15Tulsa's loss last week may be overshadowing their handling of their in-state rival in the Desperados last week. They rank seventh in average points scored and eighth in points against. It's a small sample size but through the first two weeks, those are numbers to be happy with. Dion Hawkins has been a really nice gameplanner (possibly an early candidate for the Coach of the Year ballot) and coach this year and may have this offense playing better than the sum of their parts, but if this team rests on what looks like a talented defense and an offense that can control the clock, they could rise very quickly.
Carolina Skyhawks
1 - 1 (+3)16The Carolina Skyhawks pulled a complete 180 after getting blown out last week by the Mexico City Aztecs. This week against the Houston Hyenas, the Skyhawks won 24-13. Whereas last week the Skyhawks' defense scored two of the team's three touchdowns but got burned for 49 points, this week the defense shut down the Hyenas offense while the Skyhawks offense scored 24 points. While Skyhawks quarterback Mark Biddix threw three interceptions, his three touchdowns more than made up for it with how the defense played this week. The question went from 'will the Skyhawks even win a game?' to 'how will they build off this performance?'
Oklahoma City Renegades
1 - 1 (+4)17Oklahoma shocked the league, but not themselves, with a 37-28 win over St. Louis. Simply put, J.W. Doyle dominated on the ground, rushing 25 times for 225 yards and 3 TDs and helping the Renegades pull away from the Gladiators late. They will face a high volume passing offense this week against Dallas in a conflict of styles, and it will be interesting to see if Oklahoma City can stick to their ground game if they fall behind early.
Indianapolis Spitfire
0 - 2 (-4)18Indianapolis has on paper one of the most offenses in the league. With TD Drew, Keith Swearinger, Trevor Ferrill, Hunter Jones, Leonidas Richards, and Dan Daly, the Spitfire literally have the most stacked offense in the league. Yet they rank eighteenth in points scored per game through two weeks. That's a small sample size and their coaching staff has plenty of time to turn it around but they really have to pick it up quickly.
St. Louis Gladiators
1 - 1 (-4)19The St. Louis Gladiators had an unfortunate loss this week to the Oklahoma City Renegades. The Gladiator defense seemed to have no answer for Renegades running back JW Doyle, as Doyle ran for 221 yards and three rushing touchdowns. There was also Gladiators rookie quarterback Moody Mitchell throwing four interceptions, including one near the end of the game to seal a Renegades victory.
London Knights
0 - 2 (-3)20London fell behind big to a very solid Nightwings team only to come roaring back to send the game to OT. Unfortunately they fell short 41-38, and with that fall to 0-2. After averaging close to 500 yards per game and well over 100 rushing yards per game in weeks 1 and 2, owners Liam Crowter and Matthew Slinn have to feel that the Monarchs are very close to a significant breakthrough. This season is all about learning, growing, and building a solid nucleus of players as well as a strong coaching base that will serve them for years to come. They host the Gladiators next in a very winnable game which looks to be an exciting showdown between two up-and-coming teams.
Atlanta Swarm
0 - 2 (-1)21Ouch. Atlanta tossed eight interceptions to Vancovuer week one in a very rough opening week for everyone in the organization and they followed it up with a comparitively uninspiring game with New Orleans where Arrington's squad largely controlled the tempo and paced the Swarm. Atlanta is well under the cap and it's clearly showing, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but they are also probably still developing their team's identity. They've got some room to go and this season may not look to be their season, but their's clearly some pieces to work with and they have some room for experimentation.