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By Matthew Slinn, Jett Zero, Bryant Dynasty, Ethan Kye, Jack Brown and Joey Schwindt

Images by Jonny Law

Rank
Team
Record
(Movement)
Recap

1

Denver Nightwings
3-0
(4)
Denver Nightwings have jumped up to #1 in the power rankings and that;s nothing new for them since they have been here before. Well this was a great game as the Season 13 champs faced off against the Season 14 champs and boy was this a match up. Denver would win this thriller of a match up with some prime playing from QB Josh Miller, who would complete 34 of 44 passes for 403 yards 4 touchdowns and only throw 1 interception. Jockamo Jones would have 7 receptions for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns, Logan Keel would have 7 receptions for 101 yards and Bryce Battle would have 5 receptions for 125 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively the stars would be SS Barry Barkley with 11 tackles 4 assists 2 tackles for a loss 1 int and LB Adam Wiseman, 10 tackles 1 assist and 2 tackles for a loss. The Nightwings wish to continue on with their 3-0 winning streak by trying to upset a tough Vultures team playing at home. Will Denver move to 4-0 or will they fall to 3-1?

2

Sioux Falls Sparrows
2-1
(1)
Sioux Falls had another credible matchup this week against Charleston. Coming off of the huge win in Week 2 against the Swarm, the Sparrows were in an absolute shoot-out with the Predators losing by just 7 points (38-31). This loss will take Sioux Falls out of the #1 spot in the rankings, but won't move them far down as they come into Week 4 at #2 in the rankings. Julian Tyree had a great all-around game with 165 passing yards and 3 touchdowns on 15 completions, while also picking up a very impressive 32 rushing yards on 4 attempts with 1 touchdown rushing! This I believe is a record for a QB or at least close to it. AJ Warren and Gunner Lewis were the two big targets for Tyree last week with a combined 9 receptions for 105 yards and 3 touchdowns.

3

Baltimore Vultures
2-1
(1)
In yet another edition of The Feud, this time ending up as the CrowdPlay Game of the Week on Monday night, no less. A sensational platform for what should be a sensational game, right? Well, here would be where I would subvert expectations and say it wasn’t a good game, but rather instead I will subvert the subversion and say yeah, it was a really good game between the squads. Fitting for the platform given. The Vultures themselves were actually outgained on offense by nearly 60 yards. However, on the ground the Vultures outperformed their feathered friends by nearly double (113-67). With T-Roy managing to punch the ball into the end zone. On the whole, the Baltimore offense and defense were decent enough to keep themselves competitive in the ball game. The big difference-maker on the night being that Baltimore picked off Carolina 3 times throughout the course of the 44-minute ballgame. Which at the end of the day assisted the Vultures to pull away and win 20-16. But now with that close call out of the way, where do they go from here? Well, it doesn’t get much easier. Having to play against Denver at home, the team at the top spot on these here Power Rankings. Not easy, but Baltimore has proven they can live up to bigger challenges in the past.
4
Vancouver Legion
2-1
(2)
The Vancouver Legion outlasted the visiting Florida Storm, 30-29, late in Week 3 to remain undefeated at home. Robert Redford continues to be an impact for the Legion offense, running the ball 15 times for 181 yards rushing picking up 2 scores. On the defensive side of the ball, Kevin Brackett racked up 9 tackles for the second straight week. Both men will look to put the freeze on AJ Caswell and company as the Legion head to Buffalo to tackle the Queen City Corsairs.
5
Jacksonville Kings
2-1
(3)
Jacksonville Kings fall to #5 after a brutal loss to the Queen City Corsairs. Jacksonville catches their first loss at the hands of the Corsairs as the Corsairs would snatch the crown from the King's Heads while they weren't looking. But I think the true downfall would come at the 6 interceptions that QB Christian Christiansen would throw during that game. Jacksonville did, however, produce thru the air and on the ground. Christiansen would go 29 for 42 completed passes for 208 yards 2 touchdowns. Jared Willis would prove to be the workhorse that he's paid to be as he would get 21 carries for 158 yards and 7 receptions for 27 yards. Ken Gossett would have 8 receptions for 43 yards. I would look for this tough Jacksonville team to turn it around as they travel to face off against the Arizona Scorpions but will we hear them roar or will their meow stay stunted?
6
Louisiana Revolution
3-0
(1)
 The Revolution came out of Week 3 with a perfect record of 3-0 after sliding by once again having a game-winning field goal from Matt Fenech in OT against the Tulsa Desperados, with the final score of (34-31). Louisiana is now at #6 in the rankings, 1 spot away from the top 5. Reggie Streeter had a big game for the Revolution on offense, picking up 167 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns with 36 attempts. Nathan Blake led the way of defense for Louisiana with 10 tackles, 1 assist and 2 clutch interceptions while one of them was a pick 6!
7
Atlanta Swarm
1-2
(4)
Atlanta Swarm falls to #7 in the Power Rankings and suffered a tough loss to the Denver Nightwings. I am sure this loss has shaken the hive and you know what happens when a swarm is ticked off - they go for blood. Will they be able to sting the Predators or get swatted down? I am not gonna be too hard on the Swarm cause they did play the S13 champs and lost in a close game, so let's highlight some key players. QB Bryant Dynasty would complete 37 of 47 passes for 410 yards 3 touchdowns and throw 2 interceptions. BDG Hollewood would have 105 all-purpose yards and 2 touchdowns. Siege Falco would have 10 receptions for 200 yards and 1 touchdown, Boo Chisholm would have 10 receptions for 90 yards and Shaun Harrelson would have 7 receptions for 67 yards. Defensively the stars I think were SS Aaron Lee with 10 tackles and 5 assists and LB Aquantis Shyne with 4 tackles 2 assists 2 pass deflections and 1 interception. Look for the Swarm to try and take the sting of that loss out on Charleston.
8
Queen City Corsairs

2-1
(1)
Queen City Corsairs put on an impressive show and pull off a stellar win against the Jacksonville Kings and move up to #8 in the Power Rankings. This was a great win for the Corsairs after suffering a Week 2 loss to the Toros. Queen City came after the Kings and snatched the crowns from their head and sailed away with a win. Let's go ahead and highlight how Queen City managed to get this win. QB AJ Caswell would complete 26 of 37 passes for 338 yards 5 touchdowns and only threw 4 ints. HB Jett Zero would have 22 carries for 96 yards. The real standouts would be TE James Matthew Jr. who would have 12 receptions for 170 yards 3 touchdowns and Chris Curtis 7 receptions for 117 yards and 1 touchdown. Now on to the star of the defense for the Corsairs and Defensive player of the Week Kappa Jones, who would have 5 tackles 3 assists and a whopping 3 interceptions to help the Corsairs get their victory over the Kings. This Queen City team is sailing away to Vancouver to face the Legion and here we will see if the Corsairs can steal another win and another spot in the rankings.
9
Mexico City Aztecs
2-1
(1)
After burning the memory of that pick six out of their minds (that I have now painfully brought back) Mexico City then realized they had to hop on the plane and fly all the way to London to play against another struggling team in the Knights. Now this time on the road. Now to be fair, the Aztecs did come away with the win, primarily off the fact that they knew of this radical concept of scoring in the second half. But outside of one key stat, the Aztecs should’ve lost again. What do I mean? Well, the Aztecs were outgained on offense, in turn, had a worse defense, less than half of London’s rushing yards, and the same number of turnovers as London. The big difference? The Bronze Bomber. Matt Willson managed to sling the rock for over 300 yards and 2 TDs, solidifying one fact, Mexico City can lean all into the pass if they want to. Sure, it bit them in the butt last week, but here it gave them the win over the struggling Knights. Now heading into this upcoming week, the Aztecs play one of if not the hottest teams in the league in the Louisiana Revolution. A team that through three games hasn’t lost one yet, that’s something they can hang over the Aztecs. But hey, this ones at home. Will the Aztecs welcome Pichler to Estadio Azteca with the cold shoulder or will they fall to the will of the people? Only time will tell.
10
Chicago Wildcats
2-1
(1)
Chicago showed up big time in the second half against a St. Louis squad riding high after their home victory against the Mexico City Aztecs. 24 of their 33 points were scored after half time, as Ash Odom bulldozed to the tune of 188 yards and E.T king managed to toss the ball into the endzone. The defense held the Gladiators to under 300 yards, successfully shutting down the young offense, especially on the ground. One concern for the Wildcats was the reliance on kicker, Rob Emms, for 3 pointers. They may need to turn those opportunities into 6 at a higher clip on the road against a win-hungry London team.
11
Las Vegas Fury
2-1
(2)
The Las Vegas Fury have won their last two games after losing their first Vice Wars matchup in Week 1. Their outing this week was a defensive struggle as the Fury held the Portland Fleet scoreless for Season 15's first shut out. Losing A-Star Miramontes and John Blades to injury caused Tom Ramen to falter a bit, nabbing 187 yards passing and the only touchdown in the game. Rhett Sawyer and defensive front seven were responsible for an otherworldly 11 sacks on the Fleet's QB Matt South. They'll need to bring that fire come Week 4 when they travel to Sioux Falls to face off against the swift-footed Sparrows, Julian Tyree and Colin Hart.
12
Charleston Predators

1-2
(4)
The Predators picked up a huge win in Week 3 against Sioux Falls in a tight (38-31) game. This huge win moves Charleston up to #12 in the rankings, 2 spots shy from the top 10. If they keep playing like this each and every week they'll be there in no time! T.D Drew had a very impressive game completing 76% of his passes for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns. Also on offense, Keith Swearingin picked up 140 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns on 29 attempts and Ken McCarro led the way receiving with 7 receptions for 92 yards. On defense, Zack Ley and Jack Brown had the most tackles and assists with 7 tackles and 2 assists each.
13
Arizona Scorpions
2-1
(2)
Slowly but surely, Arizona are starting to shake off the shackles of a disappointing Season 14 and their star-studded roster is playing as it should. Ashley Jackson finds herself at the top of the QBR rankings for the entire SFL and an efficient performance against Fort Worth went a long way to proving that she belongs there. DJ Moses is running all over the field, despite not getting in the endzone as often as I imagine he would like, and his 7.1 yards per carry went a long way towards a Scorpions victory. On side of the ball that will be severely tested against the Week 4 opponents, Jacksonville will be the defense - specifically the secondary. Christian Christiansen doesn't often have two bad games in a row. Expect him to come out firing against the Scorpions. Eddie Gauge and company will need to be ready.
14
Houston Hyenas
2-1
(3)
In Week 3 we found out what Warren Murray can do when he can stay healthy for a week or two. For years, this man has been one of the underrated, elite running backs in this league and we saw that against Lone Star. Murray's 219 yards were the catalyst for a huge first half in Houston, as they went into halftime 35-6 up. Kentez Johnson played fairly well on the back of Murray, finding Leroy Brown for over 100 yards and a couple of scores. One worry for the Hyenas though; they were outscored in the second half. True, you might say that they took their foot off the gas, but that is something they can't afford to do on the road against a reeling Florida team who nearly came away from Vancouver with a victory last time out. Expect the Hyenas to be put to the test this week. Murray will need to be at his destructive best and the defense will need to, once again, lean on the leadership of young star, Brody Gulch.
15
Fort Worth Toros
1-2
(7)
It seems like the expansion Fort Worth Toros are the yo-yo franchise of this season's Power Rankings. After a meteoric rise, the Toros fell nearly as far back down to earth after a home loss against an Arizona team building momentum. Things are still positive for the Toros however. Jason Williams will always be a stud, so look for him to have another successful game in Week 4 against the Lone Star Glory, who got ran into the ground by Warren Murray last week. Xander Gold is showing flashes of his Season 12 brilliance, and the defence has played well through 3 weeks. The receivers need to step up. Stephen Hacker is considered one of the best in the league and Cade Stephens is an experienced campaigner. They need to get open and help Williams out.
16
Carolina Skyhawks
1-2
(2)
The season was looking so strong in Week One after defeating Charleston on the road, but since then, it’s been looking to be moribund again for Carolina. Now granted, this week wasn’t exactly charitable to the Skyhawks. Taking on the ever-powerful Baltimore Vultures at home which, no matter what your situation, is an extremely tall task, and to their credit, they did do well. Holding an offensive powerhouse to under 3 touchdowns and actually outgaining Baltimore primarily through the air. Now as we all should know, taking it to the air in football is not exactly without its risks... it suffices to say Carolina found that out the hard way. Sully Richardson threw only 1 touchdown to two interceptions. Now partner that with a Logan Jack lost fumble and it just seems that the old turnover bakery was alive and well in Raleigh. Now, of course, it isn’t doom and gloom at all, quite the contrary. The team does look strong in certain areas but luck clearly isn’t on their side and those turnovers absolutely need to be addressed if they want their post-game speeches to turn from “Well, we were competitive” to “Hey! We won!”. They get to hopefully practice their winning voices as they play host to Portland who oh yeah, got shut out. One would think it’ll be easy, but you never know.
17
Lone Star Glory
1-2
(5)
After a surprisingly brilliant start in Week 1, the wheels seem to be coming off the Glory's bus. Two losses by large margins at the hands of Vancouver and Houston have cooled the buzz around Lone Star, although by all-purpose, the locker room remains one of the best in the SFL. Against Fort Worth, it's simple for Lone Star - stop the run. Warren Murray hit the Glory defense for over 200 yards in Week 3 and you'd better believe Jason 'Thrilliams' Williams can do the same if given the chance. What do Lone Star have to combat this? Well, on paper, one of the best front seven's in the SFL. The solid defensive line is backed up by a group of linebackers that includes former Pro Bowler Brian Craven. If this group can fire on all cylinders and running back Ike McBride can regain her Week 1 form, The Glory will have success. Ace Fenech has struggled with the turnover bug over the past couple of weeks, so assistance from the running game and second-year receivers, Hammer and Axis, is greatly needed. If this Lone Star squad can hit the ground running, they will be scary.
18
Tulsa Desperados
1-2
(-)
The Desperados stay at #18 in the rankings after a heart breaking (34-31) loss in OT to the Louisiana Revolution. Tulsa had a lot of positives all around in Week 3. Deacon Nickens had a nice performance throwing for 302 yards and 4 touchdowns on 18 completions. Gabriel Manning and Khoury Jones had big games receiving with a combined 10 receptions, 183 yards and 3 touchdowns. D.J Majesty had a monster game on defense for the Desperados with 16 tackles and 2 TFL's.
19
Florida Storm
0-3
(1)
Florida Storm ran out of steam late in the Canadian wilderness, losing 30-29 on a late score to Vancouver. Ryan Tobin pulled in 2 of the Storm's 3 turnovers but was unable to stop Tom Pepper's game-tying TD to Brett Killian in the final quarter. Optimus Cline found his way through a tough Legion secondary pulling in 11 grabs for 91 yards. His 2 TDs this game already doubled his Season 14 total. A return to home could be just what the Storm need as they are still looking for their first victory this season, the Houston Hyenas are the largest obstacle in their way.
20
St. Louis Gladiators
1-2
(1)
St. Louis need to get their rushing game going to help out rookie quarterback, Javier Vasquez. Despite looking much better in the last 2 weeks, Vasquez can't win a game on his own against the best teams in this league, so we need to see Kairo Martinez step up. A major bright spot for the Gladiators has been the play of their receivers, especially Eagle Mondavi, who has made some spectacular catches over the first 3 weeks of the season. Mondavi scored a touchdown against a tough Wildcats defence as well as adding on nearly a ton of yards on 8 catches. The young receiving corps will need to be on sparkling form if they want to go blow for blow with Tulsa receiver, Gabriel Manning, in Week 4.
21
London Knights
0-3
(-)
To say the Knights are once again in a sub-optimal position for themselves would be correct. 0-3 is never easy to find one's self in and it certainly isn’t anything to really get excited over in the locker room. However, in spite of this, I do see some genuine potential in London. All three of those games, including their most recent affair against Mexico City, were all single possession ballgames. Yeah, less than a score. One of those games being against a now undefeated Louisiana team. The third coming, of course, this past week they actually had decent control over the Aztecs. They held their own in posing with 275 yards passing and Robert Merrill proved that WR converted HBs aren’t too terrible, out rushing Phoenix Jones by more than double. As a matter of fact, overall the Knights outgained the Aztecs by nearly 30 yards on the day. The issue they came across, unfortunately, was a lack of ability to finish. Getting completely shut out in the second half and overall just getting gassed. But honestly, that’s not a bad position to be in. The team is looking not too bad, they just need to put it all together for the full 44 minutes. This week they get to test it against a Chicago team that just blew out St. Louis last week. For London to stand a chance, they have to be able to do better than STL.
22
Portland Fleet
0-3
(-)
The Portland Fleet remain in troubled waters in their first campaign. Still looking for that first win, they hit some hard luck against the hard-hitting defense of the Las Vegas Fury to the tune of a 13-0 defeat. Jon Truezman had a rough homecoming, gaining only 27 yards on 13 carries. His backfield mate, Matt South fared a bit worse as he was picked off 3 times and sacked 11 times. Rookie Derrick Majors remains a bright spot as he recorded an interception for the second straight week. Majors and the Fleet secondary will have to take their fight through the air as they travel to Raleigh to face a scorned Skyhawks team.
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