Sunday, March 17th at 4 pm on CBS Sports Network the red hot Commanders (3-2) will be traveling into Atlanta to take on the revitalized Legends (2-3). After week 3 of the AAF season, the Commanders and the Legends both seemed to be trending in the wrong direction. Thanks to excellent QB play on both teams, they are looking to cement potential playoff runs.
San Antonio Commanders
After a week where he was named AAF Offensive Player of the Week, completing 77 percent of his passes for 290 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, Logan Woodside looks to continue his ascension into a truly capable and explosive quarterback. Can he continue to strengthen his bond with star receiver Mekale McKay? Head Coach Mike Riley sure thinks so saying this about Woodside after last weeks game:
“I think Logan saw things well and was decisive. Perhaps it was just getting more used to the offense.”
Woodside has come into his own with this San Antonio offense, but it helps to know that the defense can always bail you out if you make a mistake. For all the praise the Commanders have received recently for their offense, it is their defense that has been surprisingly impressive. Over the last two weeks, the Commanders have forced a total of eight turnovers and behind star linebacker Jayrone Elliot they have given opposing offensive lines an enormous amount of trouble. If they can keep up this sort of production on both sides of the ball, they might be a team to look out for come end of April.
For the Legends, the team has gone from laughing-stock of the AAF to potential contenders. After some high-profile departures from the team and two terrible showings to start the season, hopes were not high for the Atlanta team. Even with the departure of Vick and Childress, the offensive and defensive play was worse than expected. Then came college football superstar Aaron Murray.
Murray, who most believed would be the week one starter, stepped in to replace Matt Simms against the Arizona Hotshots. Since then, Murray has led the team to two straight wins going 47 of 76 passes for 560 yards and one TD. This isn’t that surprising considering Murray was a phenomenal QB for Georgia and still holds the SEC record for most TD passes (surpassing greats like Peyton and Eli Manning, and Matthew Stafford).
Pick and Prediction
I think that we are going to see another game that highlights the strengths of both these offenses. The game is being played in Atlanta, the fourth road game in a row for the Commanders, but the Legends are only averaging a little over ten thousand attendees per game. Maybe their newfound winning ways might change that this week, but I doubt they can double crowd size that quickly. There is a slight edge for Atlanta here considering they played at home last week and the Commanders have been traveling for the past month.
Odds in Vegas opened up at Commanders +1.5 with an over-under set at 40.5 points. Even though they have been traveling for the past month, I believe the San Antonio offense will be looking at this game as if it was a playoff game. They can cement the top position in the West with a win and a Fleet loss, and Woodside has found his weapons. Coincidentally enough, Woodside’s improvement started at the same time as rumblings of a potential Johny Manziel singing in San Antonio since his release from the CFL. Whether this lit a fire under Woodside or not, he is going to have all the time in the world to throw on this Atlanta secondary. Woodside for the win and the over.
San Antonio 28 Atlanta Legends 15