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Ken Gossett, Hunter Jones, Thomas Paterniti, Christian Pundt

No team ranked #1 in the Power Rankings has won the following week. Your move Max Paul.

RankTeamRecord (Movement)Recap
1Alaska Storm
3 - 1 (+1)The Storm seem to be back to the absolute force that they’ve been the past two seasons. After dropping their first game to the Baltimore Vultures, they’ve beaten Tallahassee, Sioux Falls and now Las Vegas. In that three-game stretch, Alaska has averaged a 23-point margin of victory, the lowest being a 16-point win against Tallahassee. This week, Alaska gets their chance to avenge the opening day loss to Baltimore and show the league that the brewing empire is stronger than ever.
2Denver Nightwings
5 - 0 (+1)Denver has been the surprise of the season so far. They’re the only unbeaten team in the league and while at first they were somewhat written off for winning games that were arguably toss-ups, the last two weeks they’ve put on convincing performances, winning by 21 in week four and 31 this past week. Denver is on a bye this week, however next week they’ll face their biggest test so far this season against a strong Chicago Wildcats.
3Mexico City Aztecs
4 - 1 (+2)So Matt Willson is casually on pace for a career best season. The traditionally smashmouth Aztecs been absolutely dealing through the air this season while still utilizing All-World Powerback Ray Bentley in goal-to-go situations as he is second in the league in rushing touchdowns, yet still on pace for over 1K yards on the ground. All the glory hasn't just been on the attacking side of the ball, as they also rank second in points allowed per game. Their detractors will say much of their success has come in blowouts over teams ranked towards the bottom of these rankings, but isn't what blowing out those teams what you're supposed to do? Yeah, we're not going to penalize what looks like Ramos Lynn's most explosive unit yet.
4Queen City Corsairs
4 - 1 (0)Atlanta gave Queen City a scare this week jumping ahead of them twice before Queen City made some adjustments and managed to pull out a win 29-21. QB AJ Caswell went an efficient 25 for 33 for 291 yards, 2 TDs and no INTs, and HB Ash Odom was dominant when the Corsairs needed him to be, rushing 35 times for 143 yards and 1 TD. WR Chris Curtis hauled in 7 receptions for 88 yards and a TD, while WR Stephen Hacker nabbed 10 catches for 16 yards and a TD. On defense, Oskar Dunklee nabbed a key INT. Queen City has a bye this week, and return to action next week against a very solid Tulsa team.
5Chicago Wildcats
4 - 1 (+1)Chicago continues to look impressive, this week with a 17-10 home win against Houston. After giving up a TD to RB Warren Murray’s backup on the Hyena’s first drive of the game, the Wildcats defense held firm, only allowing 3 more points the rest of the game and holding QB Kentez Johnson to just 85 passing yards, no TDs, and 2 INTs. Chicago QB ET King was deadly efficient, going 12 for 18 for 222 yards, 2 TDs, and no INTs while HB Jared Willis served as the team’s workhorse, carrying the ball 28 times for 102 yards. On defense CB Blake Hamrac and SS AJ Barnes each reeled in an INT. With this win Chicago has built a very strong resume, having beaten Queen City, New Orleans, and Mexico City, all presumably playoff teams. Their lone blowout loss to Vancouver remains a head-scratcher. They travel to London next week in what should be a very winnable game across the pond.
6Tallahassee Pride
2 - 2 (+3)And they're back. The haters and non-believers said the end was nigh but the Pride have knocked off Las Vegas and Baltimore on their cross country road trip in back-to-back weeks in resounding fashion. Tallahassee has found a way to make it work behind the excellent play of AJ Francis (roughly 340 rushing yards over the past two weeks), efficiency of Christian Christiansen, and top-tier backend play of safety duo Sir Chappell and Alex Bond. Despie the turnaround, they still possess average scoring units on both sides of the ball, but this has come among one of the roughest stretches any SFL team will face all season. Kudos.
7New Orleans Pharaohs
3 - 2 (+1)New Orleans finally got back into the win column this week in a 17-10 grinder over the Vancouver Legion, ending what was a two-game losing streak. New Orleans started the season looking like the real deal with convincing wins over Houston and Atlanta before dropping the next two games to Queen City and Chicago. Next week, New Orleans will take on a Las Vegas team who has also dropped their last two games.
8Baltimore Vultures
2 - 2 (-7)The Power Rankings have kind of had a running theme being played so far this season. Teams in the the top 1/3 or so of these rankings win a couple game in a row to rise about 6-8 spots a few spots at a time... then they get beat up pretty bad and lose all that progress here in just one week. The Vultures are better than what the #8 rank represents but that's just how the rankings go sometimes. They still contain a top ten scoring defense, but the offense has really fallen off recently. Specifically T-Roy Gaines who has only reached the endzone twice this season after being declared a very early MVP candidate. Perhaps the team will recapture their magic against the top-ranked Alaska Storm, which Paterniti's unit already upset on the opening week.
9Tulsa Desperadoes
3 - 1 (+1)Tulsa enjoyed a bye week after a close win over the St. Louis Gladiators. For a team with only one loss, however, Tulsa is a bit quiet. Rookie quarterback Ashley Jackson has turned in solid performances all season, throwing only three interceptions through four games and having only one game where she hasn’t completed over 60 percent of her passes. A rookie quarterback taking care of the ball combined with a defense averaging 1.5 interceptions a game is always a good thing to have.
10Las Vegas Fury
2 - 2 (-3)Las Vegas went from top dog to middle of the pack in a two-week span. It started with a 31-20 loss to Tallahassee, which despite the somewhat close score, 14 of those points came in the fourth quarter in a desperate comeback attempt. This week, however, there was no desperate comeback attempt. The Storm dominated every phase of the game and the Fury fell 43-10. They have a chance to grab back some momentum this week against a New Orleans team fresh off a losing streak of their own.
11Sioux Falls Sparrows
1 - 3 (0)Sioux Falls enjoys some much-needed time off this week, and their film continues to scare opponents despite having only 1 win to show for it. They travel to Carolina this week in a game that could get ugly and stay ugly if the Skyhawks defense has checked out. Look for them to rely heavily on HB Colin Hart both on the ground and through the air, as they have done all season.
12Dallas Lobos
3 - 2 (+2)We still don't really know who Dallas is as far as they stand up to the rest of the league. Behind the explosive play of QB Jacques Luyindula and early OROY candidate Zack Sandlin, they possess an offense capable of doing anything on any given week at a high level, a capability that allows them to compete with just about any team in the league. Their struggles on defense continue but they might be overblown considering the amount of possessions the team takes on each game. The juries still out on this Lobos team and they have the potential to go in any direction the rest of the way.
13Vancouver Legion
2 - 3 (-1)Vancouver have dropped their last two games, this week in a tough 17-10 loss to New Orleans. After losing to a then-winless Houston last week, the Legion will head into their bye week looking to rebound and fix whatever it is that’s broken. They’ll come out of their bye facing a Las Vegas Fury who have either rebounded from a losing streak of their own or are on a three-game skid and trying desperately to get back on track. It’ll be a tough one either way.
14Indianapolis Spitfire
2 - 3 (+3)Indianapolis took another step forward in this young season with a spectacular come-from-behind effort to beat Oklahoma City in OT 34-31. The Spitfire defense struggled at times, but held the Renegades to just 10 points in the second half, giving their offense a chance to wake up. Indy continued to rely heavily on their passing game, as QB TD Drew threw a stunning 60 times, completing 40 passes for 479 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT. HB Swearingen was seldom used, but had a huge pickup in OT to put the Spitfire within striking distance of the game-winning FG. WR Trevor Ferril hauled in 12 catches for 154 yards and a TD while Leonidas Richards snagged 14 receptions for 162 yards and 2 TDs, and this dynamic duo are quickly becoming the most feared in the SFL. Indianapolis travels to a reeling San Francisco team that is coming off of 3 losses in a row, in what should be a very winnable game for the Spitfire.
15Houston Hyenas
1 - 4 (-2)After a thrilling back-and-forth win against Vancouver, Houston crashes back to earth this week with a 17-10 loss to Chicago. The offensive woes continued for QB Kentez Johnson who went 13 for 17, but for only 85 yards, no TDs, and 2 INTs, completing only 6 passes to WRs and TEs all game. RB Warren Murray played well, rushing for 162 yards on 34 carries, but was taking a breather for the Hyenas only TD. Houston’s defense played well, holding the Wildcats in check and out of the end zone most of the game, but it’s tough to win a game where your offense only manages 10 points. Houston travels to Oklahoma City this week in what is certainly a must win game for them.
16Oklahoma City Renegades
2 - 3 (-1)Oklahoma City dropped a thriller this week in OT against a red-hot Indianapolis team 34-31. For the Renegades it was a tale of two halves, as they led the Spitfire 21-10 at the half, only to see Indianapolis come back to win it in OT. Like Indianapolis, QB Deacon Nickens also attempted 60 passes, completing 42 of them for 423 yards and 3 TDs, but with 3 INTs as well. HB JW Doyle shouldered his fair share of the load both on the ground and through the air with 20 rushes for 57 yards and a TD and 13 receptions for 60 yards. WR Ritch Pratchard had a standout performance with 6 receptions for 128 yards and 2 TDs, while TE Tybeerious Bovine was his usual dominant self, hauling in 14 receptions for 135 yards and a TD. Ultimately, however, one can’t help but wonder if passing the ball 60 times didn’t play right into the hands of the Spitfire, and we may see the Renegades try to run the ball and control the clock a little more next time they wind up in a shootout. That doesn’t seem likely in Week 6 as they host a struggling Houston team, and OKC will be hoping to score however they can manage against that defense.
17San Francisco Sharks
2 - 3 (-1)San Francisco has a good QB and some very real offensive weapons on a unit that ranks fourth in scoring. Their defense, however, poses major issues as the second to worst scoring defense across the entire league. It may take some time for this team to figure out that side of the ball, but if they do the league really should watch out given that the offense passes both the stats and eye test.
18Atlanta Swarm
1 - 4 (+1)Atlanta has turned into an air raid offense behind the arm of Marcus Dunhill. The team has been putitng up over 300 yards through the air, but that has had real ripple effects elsewhere. Notably, BDG Hollewood has been a very small part of the offense as of late and the Swarm's already talent-depleted defense has been struggling to the tune of being the worst scoring unit in the league. The Swarm have put some real fights as of late and certainly aren't out it, but they have a very tough stretch of games coming up that will really test the integrity of this team.
19London Knights
1 - 3 (-1)Slinn told us to tell it like it was with London this week. And here's what it is: the offense ranks tenth in scoring despite having a very talented Rob Roby and an OROY candidate in Reggie Streeter, while the defense just looks out of sorts ranking among the bottom five scoring units in the league. It's hard to pin the blame on any one area and it's very possible that they're just caught in an unlucky stretch where they faced a Denver team who eeked out a victory and a suddenly red-hot Indianapolis side.
20St. Louis Gladiators
1 - 4 (+1)Since opening the season with a win over the Dallas Lobos, the St. Louis Gladiators have lost every game since. In that stretch, they have lost by an average of 14.8. They’ve been on a weird streak of getting beaten decisively one week and barely losing the next, and with their 31-point loss to Denver, who knows they might be due for a win of their own. Sees Mexico City next on the schedule…. Week seven, Gladiator fans, hang in there.
21Carolina Skyhawks
1 - 4 (-1)Oof.
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