Written by Matthew Slinn, Bryant Dynasty, Joey Schwindt, Ethan Kye and Jack Brown

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Rank
Team
Record
(Movement)
Recap

1

Baltimore Vultures
4-1
(-)
The Vultures maintain their grip on the top perch of the Power Rankings this week after an important home victory against the Vancouver Legion. Let's face it, Baltimore have looked excellent this season. Their only loss came to a All-time great debut performance by Bryant Dynasty, and since then they have shown that sheer ability to win games. Mike Dazzo has martialled his troops masterfully and the offense is clicking. The defense is more hit and miss, but they play their part, especially this week, picking off Tom Pepper 5 times. The Vultures travel to the upstart Louisiana Revolution this week. Expect fireworks.

2

Denver Nightwings
4-1
(1)
Josh Miller of the Denver Nightwings went 28 for 34 to yield 390 yards and 6 touchdowns. 6 touchdowns! There was no denying him an Offensive POTW nod after his performance in a 58-10 rout by the Nightwings over London. The Nightwings have become a tour de force in Season 15 as they have averaged 46 points a game at home. On the defense, DT Dez Troyer had 5 tackles and 3 of his team's 4 sacks. Jeremy Vega and co will get to put on another display at home as he welcomes HOFer Eddie Gauge and the Arizona Scorpions into the Mile High City for the Week 6 CrowdPlay Game of the Week.

3

Chicago Wildcats
4-1
(4)
Huh, interesting to see you up here. Uh, well this is awkward. Now look, despite recent events in the SFL community, The Wildcats still had a decent showing against Atlanta. Being able to grab nearly 170 rushing yards through Ash Odom, alongside a modest 147 yards out of ET King. But of course the main difference maker was the 3 picks from the Chicago secondary, 2 coming from newly acquired Jack Hacksaw. Over the course of the game, this is what gave Chi-town the win. Overall this was not a bad showing from them. Now usually here I would start talking about the season as a whole and maybe just some random existential stuff. But here, well, the issues are not something that can be solved easily. After some things came to light this past week, owner, coach, and Tight End Shann Varner has been banned from league activity for the foreseeable future. leaving Chicago not only a star down but also without an owner or coach. Yeah, so to say the least, it is going to be hard to keep up this momentum into the mid stretch of the season. Up next for Chicago is Carolina, hopefully they can rally together and move forward with a win.
4
Vancouver Legion
3-2
(-)
The Legion stay put in the rankings this week despite a loss against the Baltimore Vultures. The fact that Vancouver stays in #4 is testament to the quality of Baltimore and the potential that we believe this Vancouver squad has. The trip to Baltimore was a true test and a potential preview of a playoff match further down the road. A glut of interceptions thrown by Tom Pepper and a 14-point 3rd quarter by the Vultures was the clincher, giving Vancouver the 23-33 road loss, although they did rally in the 4th and mount a respectable comeback attempt. Robert Redford had another stellar rushing performance and the Legion will need him on top form once again if they are to come away with a victory vs the Aztecs.
5
Sioux Falls Sparrows
3-2
(3)
Well...talk about an upset! If anybody tries to convince me that they predicted the Sparrows would fly out of Fort Wirth with their feathers between their legs then I'll bet my house on that person lying through their teeth. Sioux Falls had their worst performance of the season so far in Week 5, showing nothing on the offensive side of the ball and coughing up 51 points. I'm not sure of the exact history but that can't be far off the most in franchise history. Now, this is Sioux Falls and they are many folks' favourites to win it all for a reason, so expect a resurgence against the Tulsa Desperados this week. Colin Hart will be hitting it hard in practice...I expect him to go off this weekend.
6
Jacksonville Kings
3-2
(3)
The Kings are #6 in the rankings after their (44-24) win against Carolina in Week 5. making Jacksonville just one spot away from the top 5 and over .500 with a 3-2 record. Christian Christiansen had a really productive game for the Kings with a 121.0 QB rating, throwing for 212 yards and 3 touchdowns. Also, Jared Willis had a strong game rushing for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns on 28 carries. Alex Bond was big on defense for Jacksonville with 11 tackles, 2 interceptions, 3 TFLs and an assist.
7
Louisiana Revolution

4-1
(3)
The Revolution move up to #7 in the rankings after their Week 5 blowout win against the Portland Fleet (49-3). This win also brings Louisiana to a 4-1 record to after the first 5 weeks, which is a good place to be. Reggie Streeter had a huge game with 222 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on 36 carries. Jonny Pichler also had a solid game throwing for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns.
8
Atlanta Swarm
2-3
(3)
Coming into this week, Atlanta was looking to get the season back on track after beating Charleston at home 26-13. The Swarm this week set their sights on the Wildcats and... well they came close. But close doesn’t move ya up in the standings now, does it? Bryant Dynasty has yet another rather moribund game throwing the team’s 2 TD's but also slinging 3 INT's into Chicago’s secondary. BDG Hollywood remained pretty off the ball this week, but when he touched it, he gained a lot of yards with a YPC at 7.6. The defense did what it needed to do too. holding Chicago to fewer yards than Atlanta put up. But they did not answer to Chicago’s 3 INTs. But alas, even with all these eh, pretty good performances, Atlanta still lost. So they now sit 2-3 and need to turn things around quickly to get back in touch with their championship defense. Fortunately, though, they get to play London. Should be an easy win, right? I’m sure this will age poorly.
9
Mexico City Aztecs
3-2
(3)
The Mexico City Aztecs of SFL Season 15 continue to surprise and thrive but couldn't muster up enough magic, falling to the Houston Hyenas late in the 4th, 42-31. QB Matt Willson connected 38 times on 50 attempts for 330 yards and 3 scores. His only mistake on the night, a bobbled interception thrown in the final seconds would lead to the Aztecs undoing. The defense had lucky 7s as three different defenders (SS Matthew Lee, FS Jeffrey Daggs and rookie LB KT Horrell) racked up 7 tackles apiece. Aztec Nation will need to pack up some warmer apparel this week as they head far north to face another 3-2 squad in Vancouver.
10
Charleston Predators
2-3
(4)
 The Predators move into the top 10 after a close (16-10) win in week 5 against the Scorpions. It was a good all-around team performance for Charleston last week, with no individual stand out performances. Although, Jack Brown led the Predators on defense with 7 tackles and 2 assists.
11
Arizona Scorpions
3-2
(3)
A tough loss for a hot Arizona Scorpions team that hasn't lost since week one against the Lone Star Glory. Not much to say accept that they were out played in this match up. The Predators came in with a game plan to stop the league's top running back and man did they put a stop to him and force Ashley Jackson to not feels so comfortable in the pocket. The Scorpions should be able to move on from this as they have another tough game coming up against the Denver Nightwings. Look for this to be a defensive game but it can easily get nasty if Denver runs away with it on offense. Arizona is gonna need to be a dual threat on defense stopping Quarterback Josh Miller and and Runningback Jarrod McChesney.
12
Houston Hyenas
3-2
(4)
Everett Garrison. Called. Game. Taking an errant Matt Willson pass back to the house, 99+ yards in the Hyena Den, in the closing minute. Willing his Houston Hyenas to a 42-31 shootout against the visiting Mexico City Aztecs. Kentez Johnson went for 31 of 41 for 315 with 3 Passing TDs and Warren Murray had 23 carries for 141 and 2 Passing TDs in a game that proved that the Houston Hyenas are a threat any time they play at home. They won't have that luxury come Week 6 as they face a still not quite battle-tested Portland Fleet on the road.
13
Queen City Corsairs
2-3
(2)
The Queen City Corsairs were unable to get their land legs under them as the visited the Gladiators at the colosseum. The Gladiators would prove to be a tough team face for the Corsairs as they would struggle to put up much of a fight against the Gladiators. They would how ever manage to put up 3 points against strong defensive front that St. Louis put up. Look for the Corsairs to get their footing under them as the face off against the Las Vegas Fury. I expect to see the Corsairs improve their game heading into week 6 and correct everything that they need to to pull off the win.
14
Florida Storm
2-3
(3)
Huh, Florida has won back to back. Well I’ll be! After falling to 0-3 to start the season, the Storm have, well, stormed back (I’m here until Thursday, folks) with back to back wins including this past week against the Lone Star Glory. It was not just any old win either, it was an offensive thriller! Florida put up a whopping 619 total yards on offense and putting up 44 points. Now last season, scoring anywhere near 44 seemed almost impossible but they did it in a game that would look fitting on a 50 yard field against the glory. Going back and forth and taking the win eventually in overtime off an Ethan Sneed FG. On the whole, Florida looked really good on offense. The defense on the other hand just was not up to snuff letting up nearly 400 yards on offense. Looking forward, Florida is looking to push forward to make it 3 straight against a Fort Worth team that can’t decide how good they want to be on a week to week basis. It should be a good game and depending on which Fort Worth team turns up, could possibly be win number 3.
15
Las Vegas Fury
2-3
(3)
The Las Vegas Fury headed to Tulsa full of a mix of promise and frustration following a near thing on the road against the Sioux Falls Sparrows in Week 4. They will have left Tulsa, once again, wondering what might have been after a tight 12-16 loss. The main issue for Vegas in this game was uncharacteristic turnovers. Thomas Ramen has been fairly safe with the ball in hand this season, however he threw 5 interceptions to the Tulsa secondary, which was luckily countered by the Vegas defence getting 5 picks of their own. The Fury sit at 2-3 and finish their long road trip this week against the Queen City Corsairs. The defence is one of the best in the league and they do a great job of getting into the end zone. Vegas just need to get the ball in.
16
Fort Worth Toros
2-3
(2)
The Fort Worth Toros showed the league that they are a team to be reckoned with in Week 5, smashing the Sparrows back to Sioux Falls with a spectacular 51-17 victory. This squad can be dangerous when they put it all together. The defense continued its season-long stellar play and when backed up by the offense like it was in Week 5, special things happen. To score over 50 points against the Sparrows is elite-level performance, typified by players like Jason Williams and Nacho Sicario. Stephen Hacker finally looked like the Hacker of old and things are looking promising, heading into a tough match up against Florida.
17
Carolina Skyhawks
2-3
(4)
The Skyhawks move down to #17 in the rankings after a (44-22) loss against the Jacksonville Kings. Carolina is now one game under .500 at 2-3 and will look to get back to .500 in week 6. On a positive note, Sully Richardson threw for 313 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Skyhawks. Logan Jack had a monster game receiving as well with 117 yards and 2 touchdowns receiving on 8 receptions. Shravan Prasad led the way on defense for Carolina with 10 tackles, 6 assists and a pat down.
18
St. Louis Gladiators
3-2
(1)
St.Louis Gladiators are on fire as they haven't let up two yes count them two touchdowns in their last two outings. I am expecting to see the Gladiators to keep up the pace they are on as i think they have some things figured out on the defensive side of the ball. I am also looking to see them move up further in the power rankings if they keep up this pa e of football. The defense for the Gladiators are playing lights out and are trying to prove they aren't the Gladiators of old. Drew Really is proving to be a great replacement for Gerald Smith as the Gladiators sit at 3-2 on the season. The Gladiators have a tough match up coming up against a team who is playing well at home so lets see if they can keep this streak going.
19
Tulsa Desperados
2-3
(1)
Well, Tulsa head to 2-3 after squeaking out a home victory against Las Vegas, allowing them a small move up the Power Rankings. The Desperadoes can thank their aggressive defence for the win, as they managed to stall Vegas' running game and turn the ball over 5 times. Gabriel Manning got injured early in the second half which hindered the stuttering offense significantly, but Khoury Jones showed his experience, stepping up to help Tulsa get the dub. Things don't get any easier in Week 6 and Tulsa head to a reeling Sioux Falls squad.
20
Lone Star Glory
2-3
(5)
Lone Star, what an interesting team to watch. Some times they’ll look pretty good all things considered, then the next week they’ll bomb out and just fall apart. This most recent game against Florida showcased both. Lone Star showed some promise on offense, putting up nearly 400 yards and 41 points without conceding a turnover. The defense, well, they did take 2 INTs from Ron Cockren’s gun show. Meanwhile they also allowed him to throw for over 500 yards and also allowed Florida, a team not exactly known for running the ball, to get over 100 rushing yards too. On the whole, Lone Star’s defense turned what should have been a rather convincing victory into an OT loss and unlike the NHL, you don’t get anything for coming up short like that. Moving forward, if Lone Star doesn’t want to tumble out of the points, they need to fix up that defense. A middle of the pack rush defense paired up with by miles the worst pass defense is just not doable if they want to push for playoffs. Up next they stay home to play a temperamental St. Louis team that decides how good they will be moments before kickoff. If there is any time to get back at it, now’s the time.
21
London Knights
0-5
(-)
The London Knights have faced turmoil in seasons past. They are committed to turning it around. Mew coordinators Tanner Hendrix and Dustin Zeck were given a rough commencement by Josh Miller and the Denver Nightwings in Week 5, 58-10. Bright spots were to be had as SS Jack Russell piled up 13 tackles and 2 interceptions, landing him Defensive POTW runner up recognition. Lessons will need to be learned as HB Robert Merrill struggled mightily, yielding just 28 yards on 12 carries. Still winless in Season 15, the Knights will be hard pressed to find a other one as they remain on the road playing the defending champion Atlanta Swarm.
22
Portland Fleet
0-5
(-)
 The Fleet remain winless and at the bottom of the rankings following a (49-3) blowout loss to the Revolution in week 5. Matt South had a really rough game throwing the football with 5 interceptions, 0 touchdown passes and a QB rating of 19.2. What more is there to say?