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Every team now has half at least half of the season under their belt and the playoff race is officially on. Don’t worry, despite our continued pleas to the Commissioner, the Power Rankings will (this season at least) still NOT determine playoff seeding. That being said, y’all have not made it easy on us this week and after much debating, we came to a compromise that no one on our committee particularly enjoyed and we sincerely hope that you enjoy it even less.

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1Mexico City Aztecs
6 - 1 (0)Okay, so I have some good news and I have some bad news. The good news: Mexico City broke the #1 spot curse, being the first team ranked #1 in the power rankings this season and win that week. The bad news: They did allow points for the first time this month. Truly an end of an era. Next week, the Aztecs head into Dallas to take on the Lobos, who have won two of their last three and scored over 30 points in each game. Should be an interesting matchup.
2Denver Nightwings
6 - 0 (0)They just keep winning. Before this game, their most impressive win was a 41-20 blowout of Dallas. Chicago was largely thought of as their biggest test of the season, and Denver didn’t disappoint, taking down Chicago 31-24 and moving to 6-0. At this point, it’d take a colossal meltdown for Denver to miss the playoffs. Next week, they play a Houston team fresh off a win and hoping to add to their total. Houston’s kept every game within 12 points this season, so this could be a trap game for Denver.
3Queen City Corsairs
5 - 1 (0)Queen City lost on opening weekend to the Chicago Wildcats in a game where they were probably the favorites. Ever since then the Corsairs have been absolutely rolling and haven't really had much of a challenge outside of their recent bout with New Orleans. This team really looks scary as AJ Caswell has maintained his efficient play that he's shown early in the season (which still seems that it isn't maintainable) and Ash Odom has really came in as of late. Odom's YPC has risen from the low 3s to 4.7 in just a span of a few short weeks. That's not ideal for the rest of the league.
4Baltimore Vultures
4 - 2 (+1)The Vultures methodical approach continues along. Mike Dazzo has a nearly 2:1 TD:INT ratio and T-Roy Gaines always appears to completely go off in their biggest games. Meanwhile, the Vultures defense ranks fourth in scoring. Not everyone may like the ground-and-pound style of play and may not appreciate its effectiveness, but it's had clear results as they've turned one of the league's most difficult schedules into a 4-2 record with only losses to a then-red hot Las Vegas team and a chess match with another respected power in Tallahassee.
5Alaska Storm
4 - 2 (+1)After falling to the curse of the Power Rankings team against Baltimore, the Storm looked like they were out for vengeance, putting a beating on an Indianapolis team that was simply outclassed. The recipe for Alaska's success is fairly simple really. As long as Ron Cockren shows up, and as long as the defence plays well, Alaska have a shot at going undefeated for the rest of the season. Just as long as they avoid those pesky Vultures in the playoffs.
6Tallahassee Pride
3 - 3 (-2)Tallahassee fell short against Mexico City this past week, losing 15-24. While the Pride are off to a sluggish start by their standards, losing two games in the past two regular seasons and losing three already this season, they’ve faced tough competition throughout. It won’t get any easier next week as they take on Alaska, a team that has been their kryptonite over the past couple of seasons. Maybe the third season is the charm and the Pride can finally steal a win from the Storm.
7New Orleans Pharaohs
5 - 2 (0)New Orleans stand tough without rising or falling this week as they did what was expected of them in a 52-21 victory over a Skyhawks squad unable to carry momentum from their victory last week. Xander Gold made a strong case in his bid to become Season 12's best QB, throwing 6 TD's, 3 a-piece to Deezer Powell and Matt Wolfe. The Pharaohs are certainly good enough to make the playoffs behind their dangerous 4-star offense, but whether that young team can make any noise in the post-season, I'm not sure.
8Chicago Wildcats
4 - 3 (0)The Chicago Wildcats will go into their bye week with hurt feelings as they lost a close game to the undefeated Denver Nightwings. After starting their season 4-1, they’ve since dropped their last two, not an ideal way to head into the bye week. In week nine, Chicago takes on Oklahoma City and hope to end this little losing skid.
9Dallas Lobos
4 - 3 (0)Week 7 taught us nothing about Dallas that we didn't know. They will score at least 25 on you, yet you can pretty much gurantee that you'll score 25 on them. An insane 59-48 victory over the lowly St. Louis Gladiators did nothing to dispel the stereotypes, which isn't such a bad thing. Who wouldn't want the #1 offense in the league? Currently at 4-3, the Lobos are slowly edging up our Rankings, however, their defence will definitely need to improve if they are to challenge the elite teams. They have the star names, now they just need to play like it.
10Las Vegas Fury
3 - 3 (+3)Las Vegas finally looks like the team that looked among the league's best after Rivalry Night's 29-13 running of the Legion. They still rank an underwhelming 16th in offensive scoring and 13th in defensive scoring, but its a team capable of much more than that. We finally saw Robert Redford look like the player we all know he is last Friday as well and the team certainly looks the better for it. If Thomas Ramen Sr. can pull his game to the next level, then the Fury will go on a run here soon.
11Oklahoma City Renegades
3 - 3 (+1)Oklahoma City enjoyed their bye this week after a close win against Houston the week prior. Next week the Renegades take on the London Knights, who are coming off a heart breaker of their own against the same Houston team.
12Vancouver Legion
2 - 4 (-2)Vancouver is one of those teams that is better than their record indicates. They are 2-4 but contain a top five scoring defense and an offense that we've seen burn the opposition. Along with that, the Legion have had the most difficult strength of schedule. They may be ranked around the middle of the pack here and contain just a .333 record, but they are much much better than that based on this peripheral data.
13Tulsa Desperadoes
3 - 3 (-2)Tulsa will go as far Ashley Jackson takes them. That's a lot of pressure to put on a rookie but that's essentially what we're seeing. They have a capable defense that's probably better than the numbers indicate as they are about the middle of the road in every recordable category, but the offense can definitely stand to take it to the next level. We're not if it's been a personnel issue or if it's a gameplan issue in the past, but if the Desperadeos can string together a few quality wins versus top tier teams then they'll make the next step as far the league hierarchy is concerned.
14San Francisco Sharks
3 - 4 (+2)San Francisco had the chance to really take the bulls by the horns with a win over the Vultures... that most certainly did not happen. Despite a .500 record, an offense that ranked nearly the top of the league in scoring, and an albeit sruggling defense, they went to face a similarly ranked Baltimore team based on the numbers and got a phat L handed to them. This game really goes to show the disparities in league schedules. That being said, the Sharks are well-positioned to make a playoff run. They will have to pull off at least two upset wins, but its certainly not out of the question, especially with a high octane passing attack and one of the top linebackers in the league.
15Sioux Falls Sparrows
2 - 4 (+2)Last week we called out Sioux Falls for being a one-trick pony. Well, it's a damn good trick! Colin Hart - probably my favourite player to watch in the SFL - absolutely blitzed the Atlanta Swarm for over 200 yards and 5 touchdowns...5! That means Hart scored 30 points singlehandedly. When Hart plays like that, and rookie CB John Barnhart comes up big, you're going to win and you're going to move up our rankings.
16London Knights
2 - 4 (-1)….. Ouch….. In an absolute heart breaker, London fell one yard short of a huge win against Houston. Literally, one yard short. A tough loss like that can sometimes hang on a little longer than it should and distract a team the next week, with a huge game against Oklahoma City. While London currently sits at 2-4, three of their losses came within four points, so they have a shot to get back on track this week.
17Houston Hyenas
2 - 4 (+3)Houston notched their second win of the season this past week, but they certainly made fans of both sides sweat it out, making a stop on the one-yard line (closer to the one-inch line if we’re being honest) to seal a 35-31 win against London. Next week, Houston plays undefeated Denver. While it’s easy to write Houston off due to the difference in the teams’ records, it’s important to note that Houston has kept every game (including their wins) within 12 points all season, so this has some decent trap game material.
18Atlanta Swarm
2 - 5 (-2)The Swarm dropped a game versus the Sparrows last week that they probably should have won but they certainly have a path to the playoffs. Each and every one of their remaining games are winnable. It might take a running-the-table scenario to really have a good chance at a playoff spot, but even if they drop their game this or next week, they can still break even at .500 by season's end. Their offense has been turnover-prone and their defense has struggled but if they can get that issue straightened out then Atlanta is certainly still in the wildcard mix.
19Indianapolis Spitfire
2 - 5 (-1)The Spitfire are a team with a rookie QB, alot of mid-season new faces and in the midst of an ownership transistion. This week, they headed north to The Eye of the Storm and lost 41-17 after being down 28-3 at half-time. Talk about a team with all the odds stacked against them. I'm actually impressed that they nearly scored 20 on one of the SFL's premier defences. Indy's lowly ranking is as much a reflection of the state of the franchise rather than their 2-5 record. For me, the only way for them is up. I think they'll improve with each passing week.
20Carolina Skyhawks
2 - 5 (-1)"Sweeeeeet Carolina!...dum, dum, dum...Good times never seemed so gooood!"...That was reportedly the noise escaping the Skyhawks' locker room after last week's victory over Sioux Falls. This week, silence. Carolina succumbed to a bit of a pounding by New Orleans to continue a rough season. At this point in Season 11, the Skyhawks were undefeated and heading for a playoff berth. This season, they are languishing near the foot of the SFL.
21St. Louis Gladiators
1 - 6 (0)There's life in the old gladiator yet! St. Louis showed a warrior's heart this week, scoring 48 points on the road against the only team to have lost against them this season - the Dallas Lobos. Most coaches would be ecstatic with 48 points away from home and a 400 yard day for the quarterback. It's a shame that Dallas put up 59 though. I guess that's what happens when the league's leakiest defense goes up against it's most prolific offense. St. Louis remain at #21, but you can tell they still have that fire in their stomach.
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