Dallas, Philly Georgia hold on to top spots

Not much movement at the top as the three undefeated teams still hold the three top slots in this week's power rankings.

Originally Published: March 28, 2007
Scouts Inc.

AFL Power Rankings
(Heading into Week 5)
Dallas 1. (1) Dallas (4-0)
Last week: Beat Orlando 70-49
This week: vs. Austin
Orlando had no answer for the Clint Dolezel-to-Will Pettis combination and the Desperados pressured QB Shane Stafford all night for a huge statement win.
Philadelphia 2. (2) Philadelphia (3-0)
Last week: Beat Colorado 71-47
This week: at New York
Despite playing with a banged-up receiving corps, Soul QB Tony Graziani still took over the game and threw eight TD passes. DB Eddie Moten leads a defense that is really starting to gel.
Georgia 3. (3) Georgia (4-0)
Last week: Beat San Jose 64-62
This week: at Columbus
A big rushing game by FB Matt Huebner (43 yards and one TD) and a huge receiving game by WR Chris Jackson (185 yards and three TDs) kept the Force undefeated.
Chicago 4. (5) Chicago (3-1)
Last week: Beat Columbus 55-47
This week: vs. Los Angeles
The Rush defense controlled the line of scrimmage and the pace of the game in win over Columbus. Chicago got a big game from PK Dan Frantz and once again, the tandem of Matt D'Orazio-to-Bobby Sippio was nearly unstoppable.
Utah 5. (8) Utah (3-1)
Last week: Beat Grand Rapids 83-42
This week: at Las Vegas
The Blaze always move the ball on offense and score points, but they finally played a solid defensive game, featuring a great pass rush and solid pass defense.
LA 6. (10) Los Angeles (2-1)
Last week: Beat New Orleans 48-36
This week: at Chicago
Avengers QB Sonny Cumbie has yet to throw an interception, and DB Damen Wheeler was the ultimate playmaker as LA scored another big win on the road.
Orlando 7. (4) Orlando (2-2)
Last week: Lost to Dallas 70-49
This week: at New Orleans
QB Shane Stafford played a gutsy game versus constant Dallas defensive pressure, but it wasn't enough. The Predators were beaten up physically by the Desperados.
Colorado 8. (6) Colorado (2-2)
Last week: Lost to Philadelphia 71-47
This week: vs. Nashville
QB John Dutton threw three interceptions, and the Crush defense had no answer for Soul QB Tony Graziani (eight TD passes) and WR Charles Pauley (four TD catches) in a road loss.
Nashville 9. (13) Nashville (2-2)
Last week: Beat Austin 70-63
This week: at Colorado
The Kats held on in a wild offensive game filled with penalties, turnovers and some sloppy play. Still, they made plays when they had to in a big road win.
New Orleans 10. (9) New Orleans (2-2)
Last week: Lost to Los Angeles 48-36
This week: vs. Orlando
The VooDoo got behind early, struggled to convert on third and fourth downs and never could catch up as Los Angeles time and again made the big defensive play.
Arizona 11. (17) Arizona (1-3)
Last week: Beat Las Vegas 68-41
This week: at Kansas City
After playing explosive offensive football for three weeks but still going winless, the Rattlers finally discovered a defense and made some key stops to beat the Gladiators.
San Jose 12. (7) San Jose (1-2)
Last week: Lost to Georgia 64-62
This week: vs. Tampa Bay
The SaberCats played hard versus a good Georgia defense and moved the ball well on offense, but they could not make enough defensive stops to pull out a win.
Austin 13. (12) Austin (1-3)
Last week: Lost to Nashville 70-63
This week: at Dallas
Fading Wranglers continue to move the ball on offense, but sloppiness, poor ball security, too many penalties and not enough defensive stops spells 1-3.
Kansas City 14. (15) Kansas City (1-2)
Last week: Bye
This week: vs. Arizona
The Brigade are coming off a bye and are a tough team to get a handle on right now. They face an explosive Arizona offense this week.
Columbus 15. (11) Columbus (1-2)
Last week: Lost to Chicago 55-47
This week: vs. Georgia
Pass protection was shabby and the Destroyers were pushed around in the trenches. They had no answer for Rush WR Bobby Sippio, but they never quit.
Las Vegas 16. (14) Las Vegas (1-3)
Last week: Lost to Arizona 68-41
This week: vs. Utah
The Gladiators were not equipped to slow down the high-flying Arizona offense. Las Vegas was never really in this game and its offense just couldn't get anything going.

NY 17. (19) New York (1-2)
Last week: Beat Tampa Bay 59-52
This week: vs. Philadelphia
The Dragons got a solid six-touchdown performance from QB Rohan Davey and they fought through adversity to beat the Storm in the last 31 seconds.
Grand Rapids 18. (16). Grand Rapids (1-3)
Last week: Lost to Utah 83-42
This week: Bye
The pass protection struggled, QB Michael Bishop threw three costly interceptions and the defense could not make any key stops in lopsided loss.
Tampa Bay 19. (18) Tampa Bay (0-4)
Last week: Lost to New York 59-52
This week: at San Jose
The Storm moved the ball on offense but made mistakes at critical times and struggled to cover the talented Dragons receivers in a tough home loss.

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