Express Look to Take Aim from the Apollos

Credit: Memphis Express

This weekend the Express will take on the Apollos. The Apollos are the best team in the league right now; The Express will have their hands full.

On defense for the Express, Channing Stribling will have the tough deed of shutting down the man, Garrett Gilbert, arguably the ‘Tom Brady of the AAF.’ Gilbert set the most yards for yards for an AAF quarterback to date.

Express Apollos
Credit: Orlando Apollos

Gilbert has a full arsenal at his fingertips. Jalin Marshal, who scored the first touchdown in AAF history, and Charles Johnson who lit it up last week and won the Ambush Sports offensive player of the week, this past week.

Hackenberg, on the other hand, is having a rocky start so far, yet to throw a touchdown pass after two games. His inaccuracy is to fault for a lot of it, missing a lot of open receivers. He seems to rush in the pocket and throw to the first player he sees. If he relaxes in the pocket and breathes, he may keep them in the game. 

Apollos defensive is going to be Hackenberg’s worst nightmare. Will Hill III is an absolute monster. Hackenberg will somehow have to overcome his excellent coverage. Hill can also make crazy plays, such as last week on the tip interception. And we can’t forget AAF defensive player of the week, Keith Reaser, who secured the game-winning pick-six!

Special Teams match up I would favor the Apollos, but in this game, I don’t see Ben Turk on the field much for punts, nor do I see much of Elliott Fry’s field goals. I have the Apollos thrashing the Express. Apollos 42 – Express 17. All the scoring for the Express I have been done by Zac Stacy, and kicker Josh Jasper. But who knows, the Express may come for a rally back, we will just have to wait it out and see. 


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