Can Anyone Stop the Orlando Apollos?

March 3, 2019

We are 4 weeks into the 2019 AAF season and the Orlando Apollos have cruised to a 4-0 record out of the gates. The Apollos have the chance within the next two weeks to sit atop the standings as the only remaining unbeaten team in AAF history. Currently Birmingham is at 3-0 with a game today (Sunday) against the San Antonio Commanders. If Birmingham can pull out another W today then next week will set up a match up of unbeaten 4-0 teams as the Iron host the Apollos on Saturday.


While Birmingham has been solid through the first 3 games, no other team in the league has looked as dominant as the Apollos, especially on offense. Orlando is currently averaging 29.5 points per game through their first 4 which is significantly higher than the second best team Arizona sitting at just 24.3 ppg. Orlando also holds claim to the second best defense in the league, holding opponents to a mere 15.8 points per game through 4 weeks.


A big key so far to the Apollos success on the offensive side of the ball has been the balance they have been able to maintain. Currently, Orlando is the only team in the AAF that averages over 250 passing yards per game and over 125 rushing yards per game. Steve Spurrier and his creative play calling is largely to thank for this but you also have to give a lot of credit to Garrett Gilbert who currently leads the league with 1,071 passing yards to go along with 6 passing touchdowns and no interceptions. Gilbert seems to be a great fit for Spurrier's high flying offense and with weapons like Jalen Marshall, Rannell Hall, and Charles Johnson who is leading the league with 102.5 receiving yards per game which is an incredible number considering the 2nd leading receiver in the league is Rashad Ross of Arizona who is averaging just 73.7 yards per game. 


While the passing game is what everyone is talking about in Orlando, and rightfully so the way they have been playing its the rushing attack that is quietly moving this offense early in the season. Orlando currently has a 3 headed monster at running back of D'Earnest Johnson (5.94ypr), De'Veon Smith (4.14ypr) and Akeem Hunt(5.14ypr) who make up the only trio or running backs that all average at least 4ypr on at least 15 attempts. 


While there are still 6 weeks to go before the Apollos can potentially become the first team in AAF history to complete a perfect season it sure looks like they are the top dog for the moment and as long as Steve Spurrier still has tricks up his sleeve like in the videos below it will be hard to stop this high flying Apollos offense!


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