The Alliance of American Soccer is able to transfer previous the halfway level of the 2019 schedule this weekend.
Now that we’re midway by the season, we’ve a greater thought of who the highest groups are. The Apollos proceed to be dominant, placing up fairly the efficiency in opposition to the Iron in Week 5 and successful 31-14. The Fleet had been in a position to bounce again regardless of dropping their beginning QB, and the Commanders have rised to the highest.
We had one other strong week of picks final week, as we went Three-1, bringing our season whole to 10-5.
We’ll be diving in to every of the Week 6 matchups, however earlier than we do, let’s check out the schedule. (Betting odds through BetOnline.)
Alliance of American Soccer Week 6 TV schedule
Matchup Time Community Memphis Categorical at Salt Lake Stallions Four p.m. ET, Sat. B/R Stay Arizona Hotshots at Orlando Apollos Eight p.m. ET, Sat. NFLN/ fuboTV San Antonio Commanders at Atlanta Legends Four p.m. ET, Solar. CBSSN/ fuboTV Birmingham Iron at San Diego Fleet Eight p.m. ET, Solar. NFLN/ fuboTV
Categorical (1-Four) at Stallions (1-Four)
Unfold: Stallions -Eight.5 (-110)
Over/Underneath: 40 (-110)
Though this matchup does not seem like a lot on paper (a battle between the 2 worst information within the league), this has the potential to be a good sport. Memphis has improved because it modified quarterbacks and misplaced final week on a game-winning area aim within the closing seconds.
In the meantime, the Stallions have been shut in virtually each sport they’ve performed however have not been in a position to pull out a win. We made Salt Lake the underside group in our Energy Rankings, and a loss at residence to Memphis this week would reinforce that place.
These are two of the three lowest-scoring groups within the league, so do not count on an offensive explosion.
Who to observe: Stallions WR De’Mornay Pierson-El has grow to be a terrific choice on offense. He’s third within the league in receptions (23) and fourth in receiving yards (279). He earned the best WR grade from PFF in Week 5.
Prediction: Categorical win, 18-14
Hotshots (2-Three) at Apollos (5-Zero)
Unfold: Apollos -9 (-110)
Over/Underneath: 42.5 (-110)
Arizona has dropped three straight video games (two of which had been at residence) because the Hotshots proceed to free-fall down the standings. In the meantime, the Apollos have solely grown stronger with an spectacular displaying in opposition to the Iron in Week 5.
Orlando has lately discovered its working sport to pair with its league-leading passing sport, and the protection has allowed the second-fewest factors within the league. They personal a internet 72 level differential, which towers over the league’s second-best internet level of 27 (owned by the Iron).
The Apollos are on their very own stage, and it is arduous to see Arizona successful this one. Espeically with the sport being in Orlando.
Who to observe: Apollos RB D’Ernest Johnson has 251 speeding yards on 43 carries (5.Eight yards per carry) and 128 receiving yards on 10 receptions. He has been a star on offense, and we do not count on him to decelerate in opposition to an Arizona group permitting 122 speeding yards per sport.
Prediction: Apollos win, 35-16
Commanders (Three-2) at Legends (2-Three)
Unfold: Legends -1.5 (-110)
Over/Underneath: 40.5 (-110)
Atlanta has improved because it switched to QB Aaron Murray, however the hasn’t fairly positioned the Legends within the prime tier of groups. Their final two wins have come from game-winning kicks in opposition to two of the bottom-tiered groups within the league.
This matchup will likely be an actual take a look at, in opposition to a Commanders squad that has grow to be a consensus No. 2 in most energy rankings. It needs to be enjoyable to see whether or not San Antonio’s protection can pounce on Atlanta’s offense. The Commanders have pressured 17 sacks, six interceptions and induced 12 fumbles.
The Legends have the league’s worst offense, scoring a mean of 13.Four factors per sport, and have allowed 14 sacks (second-most within the league). Atlanta has home-field benefit, however it’s arduous to see the Commanders dropping this one.
Who to observe: Commanders DB De’Vante Bausby allowed a Zero.Zero passer score when focused final week, per PFF. He has eight go deflections on the season and three interceptions, making him an underrated defender within the league.
Prediction: Commanders win, 24-12
Iron (Three-2) at Fleet (Three-2)
Unfold: Fleet -6 (-110)
Over/Underneath: 35.5 (-110)
This would be the sport of the week between two groups which have had related struggles all through the season. Each characteristic robust defenses, QB troubles and a reliance on the run sport. The fascinating facet about this sport will likely be if Birmingham turns to QB Keith Value, who changed Luis Perez in Week 5.
Coach Tim Lewis has not decided on which QB will begin, however logic suggests he’ll go along with Value. The Iron offense confirmed some life with Value that it did not have with Perez, who nonetheless hasn’t thrown a landing this season.
On the opposite aspect, the Fleet must get RB Ja’Quan Gardner going once more. He had back-to-back 100-yard video games however adopted them with six-yard and three-yard performances the next weeks. QB Mike Bercovici is not going to win this sport for San Diego, so the Fleet will want one thing out of Gardner.
Who to observe: Fleet DB Kameron Kelly surprised final week when he pulled in three interceptions (and a landing) in a single sport. Kelly began the yr as a WR for San Diego however has transitioned to protection with none issues.
Prediction: Fleet win, 14-11