Sunday evening, while the world was looking for something to watch on television, the San Antonio Commanders were busy handing the Arizona Hotshots yet another defeat in what was easily one of the best AAF games in the leagues young season. The Hotshots, who were the AAF talk of the town over the first few weeks, have now dropped three in a row and are at risk of falling out of the AAF playoff contention. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, the San Antonio Commanders have won two tough games in a row and are currently on top of the Western Conference with a 3-2 record.
So, where did it all go wrong for the Hotshots? Well, when you commit three turnovers in the first half of a football game odds are you are not going to win. The Commanders capitalized on costly mistakes to jump to a 26-0 lead in the first half thanks in part to AAF Offensive Player of the Week Logan Woodside. Woodside went for 290 yards and two TDs, while future NFL wide receiver Mekale McKay went 5 for 5, 91 yards and a TD. Both run games were pretty non-existent with Tim Cook the only RB to rush for more than 30 yards (33).
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Even though San Antonio tried pretty hard to give the game away in the second half, Hotshots QB John Wolford simply couldn’t complete the epic comeback as the Hotshots fell just short 29-25. One thing that was strengthened in this game was that big plays are going to be the key for any team to succeed in this league. The AAF is not the NFL, we all know that by now and it is okay because it doesn’t have to be. AAF will succeed by giving football fans something that the NFL has lacked as of late (with exception of the Kansas City Chiefs obviously), high flying offensive football. This game showed us the potential the AAF has with its big plays and two stellar offenses. If it can continue like this, then we might be in for one heck of a next six weeks.
As I mentioned earlier, the San Antonio Commanders are now the number one team in the western conference tied with the San Diego Fleet. Having watched them closely during the last few weeks, I am confident that they can make some noise come playoff time. They currently hold the record for attendance at home games, averaging close to 27 000 in attendance, the offense is starting to click, they lead the league in time of possession at 33:43, and the other western teams are starting to show cracks. With all of that said, you can currently get San Antonio Commanders to win the AAF Championship at +700 at most sportsbooks. I will happily add that to the +1000 I bet earlier in the year and continue to hope that the Commanders come back from their four-game road trip with the pedal to the metal.
Too early to say Commanders +700 free money? Guess we will find out soon enough.