UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that I have the times for the Sunday games reversed. The early game on Sunday will be the Arizona/San Diego game, while the late game on the NFL Network will be Birmingham at Memphis. Not sure why. . .something about a Johnny Foosball playing for the Express or something, I don’t know. The times and channels are correct, but the games are flipped. My apologies for the error. Original story follows.
We’re drawing closer to the end of the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football, and so it’s time to bring everyone this week’s schedule and give everyone a place to talk about this weekend’s games with their fellow Minnesota Vikings fans.
While the Eastern Division is now, clearly, a two-team race, things are more closely bunched up in the Western Division. Even our adopted team, the Salt Lake Stallions, are not completely out of things yet despite their 2-4 record. This weekend, the Stallions hit the road to take on the Western Division-leading San Antonio Commanders (4-2). These two teams will also meet in the regular season finale in Salt Lake City, but a win here for the Stallions could put them right in the thick of things once again. This will be the prime time game on Saturday, meaning that it will kick off at 7:00 PM Central time and be televised on the NFL Network.
The early game on Saturday will be an Eastern Division matchup with the Orlando Apollos, who have the best record in the AAF at 5-1, traveling to take on the 2-4 Atlanta Legends. These two teams met in the regular season opener in Orlando, and the Apollos trounced the Legends to the tune of 40-6. The Apollos did suffer their first loss of the season last weekend, but will they get themselves right at Atlanta’s expense? This one will air at 1:00 PM Central time on Saturday, and will be shown on TNT.
The Eastern Division will also be highlighted in the early game on Sunday, with the Memphis Express (2-4) hosting the Birmingham Iron (4-2). This is also a rematch from Week 1 of the regular season, a game that saw the Iron drop a big ol’ goose egg on the Express in Birmingham, winning by a score of 26-0. This game will kick off at 3:00 PM Central on Sunday, and will be shown on the CBS Sports Network.
Week 7 will end in San Diego, with the Arizona Hotshots playing host to the San Diego Fleet. This is another key Western Division matchup, as both teams enter this game with 3-3 records. Much like the other Western Division matchup, these two teams will meet in San Diego in the regular season finale in a few weeks, and with as tightly as the Western Division is bunched, this could go a long way towards determining playoff position. This game will start at 7:00 PM Central on Sunday, and again will be shown on the NFL Network.
That’s a look at this week’s AAF schedule, folks. We hope that at least some of you will be enjoying the action. After all, the closer we get to the end of the AAF season, the closer we’ll be to the NFL Draft (the AAF Championship Game will be played on the Saturday of draft weekend).