Dallas holds on to the No. 1 spot, but for how long?

Dallas holds on to the No. 1 spot, but will it be able to keep it with a showdown against No. 4 Orlando looming?

Originally Published: March 21, 2007
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AFL Power Rankings
(Heading into Week 4)
Dallas 1. (1) Dallas (3-0)
Last week: Beat Kansas City 66-54
This week: at Orlando
Dallas played a complete game versus the Brigade, and the game was not as close as the score indicated. A great rushing game in the red zone and a big day by WR Marcus Nash sets Desperados up for huge MNF game at Orlando.
Philadelphia 2. (3) Philadelphia (2-0)
Last week: Beat Grand Rapids 69-40
This week: vs. Colorado
The Soul dominate on both sides of the ball and in the trenches, and their defense can take over a game. This is the most physical team in the league, and the offense isn't in total sync yet.
Georgia 3. (2) Georgia (3-0)
Last week: Beat Tampa Bay 61-47
This week: vs. San Jose
The Force played a solid defensive game and received a smart and disciplined performance by QB Chris Greisen to stay unbeaten.
Orlando 4. (5). Orlando (2-1)
Last week: Beat Austin 45-30
This week: vs. Dallas
The Predators got past a dangerous Austin offense with an excellent defensive effort and now can concentrate on the early AFL game of the year versus a complete Dallas team.
Chicago 5. (6) Chicago (2-1)
Last week: Beat New York 61-40
This week: at Columbus
Rush defense finally woke up versus overmatched New York, and the pass-rush pressure was excellent. Chicago also helped by five-TD day of WR Bobby Sippio.
Colorado 6. (8) Colorado (2-1)
Last week: Beat Arizona 56-54
This week: at Philadelphia
Defense made a couple of key stops versus defensively challenged Arizona, and WR Damian Harrell had a huge game. Colorado getting better, but not a dominant team just yet.
San Jose 7. (7) San Jose (1-1)
Last week: Bye
This week: at Georgia
The SaberCats are coming off a bye week, and their early schedule is ridiculously tough. Even though they are a good team, facing Georgia on the road is a big challenge.
Utah 8. (4) Utah (2-1)
Last week: Lost to Nashville 69-55
This week: vs. Grand Rapids
Blaze learned you can't win in this league by relying only on your offense. The defense needs to make a stop or two, as well. Nashville beat Utah with offensive balance and a strong run game.
New Orleans 9. (12) New Orleans (2-1)
Last week: Beat Las Vegas 59-31
This week: vs. Los Angeles
VooDoo sealed game with great production in second and third quarters. A complete game by their offense, defense and special teams added up to surprisingly easy road win.
Los Angeles 10. (9) Los Angeles (1-1)
Last week: Bye
This week: at New Orleans
The Avengers might have turned their season around in Week 2 with a great road win at Orlando, but they have another tough road trip versus the surprising VooDoo.
Columbus 11. (13) Columbus (1-1)
Last week: Bye
This week: vs. Chicago
Destroyers are coming off bye week and have a huge challenge versus a sleeping giant Rush team this week, but QB Matt Nagy and WR Damien Groce combination gives them hope.
Austin 12. (10) Austin (1-2)
Last week: Lost to Orlando 45-30
This week: vs. Nashville
Wranglers ran into a Predators defense that was ready to play. A good balanced second half by Orlando was too much to overcome.
Nashville 13. (18) Nashville (1-2)
Last week: Beat Utah 69-55
This week: at Austin
Kats surprised Blaze with a physical run game and five TDs on the ground by FB Dan Alexander. The young guys came through for first 2007 win.
Las Vegas 14. (11) Las Vegas (1-2)
Last week: Lost to New Orleans 59-31
This week: at Arizona
Gladiators opened new arena with disappointing loss. Poor field position and some solid New Orleans defensive stops never allowed Las Vegas to get into a flow.
Kansas City 15. (14) Kansas City (1-2)
Last week: Lost to Dallas 66-54
This week: Bye
Brigade played hard, but they had no answer for Dallas run game and WR Marcus Nash. They got behind early and could never climb back into the game.
Grand Rapids 16. (15) Grand Rapids (1-2)
Last week: Lost to Philadelphia 69-40
This week: at Utah
Rampage had no answer for swarming Soul defense that controlled pace of game. The lack of playmakers on offense continues to cause problems, but the team does play hard.
Arizona 17. (16) Arizona (0-3)
Last week: Lost to Colorado 56-54
This week: vs. Las Vegas
Rattlers are learning they can't win relying solely on their offense, and a lack of defensive stops has led to 0-3 start.
Tampa Bay 18. (17). Tampa Bay (0-3)
Last week: Lost to Georgia 61-47
This week: vs. New York
The Storm played hard versus a superior Georgia squad, but they couldn't make enough defensive plays versus accurate Force QB Chris Greisen. Offensively, they just lack explosiveness.
New York 19. (19) New York (0-2)
Last week: Lost to Chicago 61-40
This week: at Tampa Bay
The Dragons never had a chance to protect QB Rohan Davey versus a fierce Chicago pass rush, and that led to fumbles and interceptions. But at least New York played hard.

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