The Arizona Rattlers have the most efficient offense and defense in the Arena Football League, but even they shouldn’t be able to do what they did in the second quarter last week against the Philadelphia Soul. Continue reading The Splendidly Efficient Rattlers
I don’t have enough fun and interesting facts for a full post, so here are a few to tide you over until next week.
- Until Week 10, no team had surrendered a safety all season. The LA KISS have now given up two in two weeks (no one else has surrendered one).
- Jacksonville’s three defensive TDs against Tampa Bay exceeded their non-offensive output for the rest of the season combined (they had one defensive TD and one special teams TD).
- Tampa Bay reached 10 touchdowns surrendered first, getting all the way up to 11 in just 10 games. Yes, opposing defenses average more than a touchdown per game against the Storm.
Here are your power rankings:
- Philadelphia (1.21)
- Arizona (1.12)
- Jacksonville (1.10)
- Orlando (1.02)
- Cleveland (0.99)
- Los Angeles (0.93)
- Tampa Bay (0.81)
- Portland (0.78)
Jacksonville improved their ranking by annihilating Tampa Bay. Portland couldn’t capitalize on the Storm’s poor performance, losing by a lot to Arizona. Orlando and Cleveland’s dead-even battle resulted in almost no movement for both teams. And Philadelphia has started running away with No. 1 honors.
This is a big week for our rankings – the No. 1 and 2 teams will battle, as will 3 and 4. The biggest disparity in a matchup this weekend is between Cleveland and Portland, and the first game between those two teams went to overtime. Enjoy the games and hopefully we’ll shake things up next week!
This season, I’ve still been keeping track of weighted success rates. These numbers only take into account offensive and defensive prowess based on scoring success rates. Drives where there isn’t enough time to score at the end of a half, drives where the winning team just kills the clock, etc. don’t count against totals. Neither do special teams, because the nature of bar balls, onside kicks, etc. seem to be more luck than skill.
- Philadelphia, 80% scores
- Orlando, 79%
- Arizona, 78%
- Jacksonville, 75%
- Cleveland, 74%
- Los Angeles, 67%
- Tampa Bay, 54%
- Portland, 53%
- Philadelphia, 38% stops
- Los Angeles, 33%
- Arizona, 32%
- Jacksonville, 30%
- Tampa Bay, 30%
- Cleveland, 26%
- Portland, 26%
- Orlando, 22%
Orlando’s best week was Week 1, which means it gets the least weight in this week’s ratings; Portland’s best week by far was this week. Those last two are likely to change, but the current positioning underscores how badly Orlando’s defense has struggled to get off the field in recent weeks.
The total scores, then, provide a general framework for my Week 10 Power Rankings.
- Philadelphia, 1.19
- Arizona, 1.10
- Orlando, 1.02
- Jacksonville, 1.05
- Cleveland, 1.00
- Los Angeles, 1.00
- Tampa Bay, 0.84
- Portland, 0.79
I put Orlando ahead of Jacksonville based on the strength of their superior special teams play, which has produced eight touchdowns to Jacksonville’s one (although that one was produced by new acquisition Reggie Gray, who scored this week). They’ve also done a better job of winning games, which is what the sport is all about. Cleveland wins the tiebreaker over Los Angeles on the strength of their seven defensive touchdowns to Los Angeles’ three.
Now that the Portland Steel have finally been named and their logo has been announced, I’m able to finish the home schedule graphics I’ve made as Facebook cover images. Of course, after using my template from last year to show what areas would be covered, it appears that Facebook has made it so even more of your profile pic will be in the way of the image, removing the 2016 part of the image.
I hope you’ll be able to live with having to remember what year it is. 😃
Anyway, here are the American Conference’s team schedules; you can see the National Conference schedules at this link.
As a resident of the Northwest, and a guy who watches a lot of AFL games, I’ve been subjected to a lot of terrible refereeing. A good 80 percent of the worst refereed games I’ve seen have involved Dave Cutaia’s crew, and I’m sick of it.
When dealing with poor refereeing, I’m used to the NBA’s model, where the idea seems to be to err in favor of the team that’s losing by a considerable amount, or perhaps the home team, to try to keep the game interesting for longer. With Cutaia’s crew, however, it always seems as though they want to be part of the winning team, helping the superior squad gain even more of an advantage through horrific calls and non-calls.
Below are a few photos (and videos) of the most obvious missed calls and made-up calls. Continue reading AFL Referees: Making NBA Refs Look Perfect
CHICAGO – San Jose SaberCats wide receiver Reggie Gray has been awarded Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week, while Tampa Bay Storm defensive back James Harrell has been awarded Riddell Defensive Player of the Week, and Philadelphia Soul wide receiver Marco Thomas has been awarded J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week for Week 10 of the 2015 Arena Football League season. The Cutters Catch of the Week has been awarded to Portland Thunder wide receiver V’Keon Lacey, while the AFL Highlight of the Week has been awarded to Philadelphia Soul defensive back Kent Richardson.
CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK
Lacey (6-4, 220, Angelo State) made a spectacular one-handed touchdown catch between two SaberCat defenders in the fourth quarter of Portland’s 42-61 loss to San Jose in Week 10. The third-year wideout led the Thunder with five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in the game. He will receive a Cutters hat and shirt in recognition of the catch. The catch was also featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10.
For the rest of the release, visit the Arena Football League website.
All 12 Arena Football League teams have made it through the midpoint of their season, so it’s an ideal time to hand out mid-term grades.
I took the offensive and defensive success rates, added them up, then let the SaberCats set the curve, giving them an overall 100 percent grade. Everyone else gets their grades adjusted based on that 100-point scale.
The National Conference’s average grade was a 73.6; the American Conference tops that with an average grade of 75.3. However, the National Conference has a huge disparity, with both the two top teams and four of the five bottom teams. The American Conference is the AFL’s middle class, with four of their six teams earning Cs halfway through the year.
|San Jose SaberCats||A+||100|
They have the best offense and defense in the league, they’re 10-0, and they still have potential to do more. When they look sloppy and bad, they win by 20. What happens when they play well?
Yup, the Sabercats are wrecking the league so badly that no one else scores in the A range. Arizona’s offense has had some hiccups while working through missing their receivers early in the season and then their quarterback problems with Davila’s injury and Coleman’s leaving the team. The Defense has been really good; San Jose’s defense has just been ridiculous. If this team gets healthy, they are definitely still a threat to the SaberCats. Continue reading Arena Football League Midterm Grades
After his performance last night against the Sabercats and given the next opponents are the hapless Los Angeles KISS, I speculated a bit about whether or not Alex Carder might become the next starting QB of the Portland Thunder sooner rather than later. Check out the article on ArenaFan.