Power rankings still have Georgia on its mind

Georgia continues to get better and seems to be putting a stranglehold on the top spot of the Power Rankings.

Originally Published: May 3, 2007
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AFL Power Rankings
(Heading into Week 10)
1. (1) Georgia (8-1)
Last week: Beat New Orleans 72-57
This week: vs. Orlando
The Force have scored more than 60 points in eight of their nine games, and their pass offense is unstoppable. QB Chris Greisen threw nine TD passes against the VooDoo.
2. (2) Chicago (7-1)
Last week: Beat Philadelphia 54-43
This week: vs. Colorado
After a sluggish first half versus Philadelphia, the Rush played great second-half defense with excellent coverage schemes and posted their seventh straight win.
3. (3) Dallas (8-1)
Last week: Beat Nashville 69-62
This week: at Utah
It took a dramatic TD pass from Clint Dolezel to Will Pettis with two seconds left to beat the gritty Kats, but the Desperadoes now have won nine consecutive home games.
4. (6) Orlando (5-3)
Last week: Beat Las Vegas 69-34
This week: at Georgia
QB Shane Stafford picked apart the Gladiators' defense with pinpoint accuracy, and the defense made several key defensive stops as Orlando built a 34-0 halftime lead and coasted to the win over Las Vegas.
5. (8) San Jose (5-3)
Last week: Beat Utah 69-48
This week: at Arizona
The SaberCats defense forced five turnovers and sacked Utah QB Joe Germaine four sacks. San Jose QB Mark Grieb played a clean game and the SaberCats are starting to roll.
6. (9) Colorado (6-3)
Last week: Beat Kansas City 45-42
This week: at Chicago
The Crush have won three straight, and QB John Dutton found another receiver in Brad Pyatt (nine catches for 120 yards and a TD) to complement Damian Harrell (three TDs). Now comes a big matchup Monday night at Chicago.
7. (7) Philadelphia (4-4)
Last week: Lost to Chicago 54-43
This week: vs. Kansas City
Undermanned Soul played hard versus Rush, especially on defense, but too many injuries make it tough for them to beat the elite teams right now. But at least they get to play at home this week.
8. (5) Utah (5-4)
Last week: Lost to San Jose 69-48
This week: vs. Dallas
Defensively-challenged Blaze couldn't make key stops, and turnovers and pass protection were awful in an embarrassing loss to division-rival San Jose.
9. (13) Los Angeles (4-4)
Last week: Beat Grand Rapids 75-71
This week: at Las Vegas
The Avengers put together a huge third quarter, then held on for an exciting win over the gutsy Rampage with Sonny Cumbie throwing for 361 yards and seven TDs.
10. (4) Columbus (4-4)
Last week: Lost to Tampa Bay 34-32
This week: vs. New York
In a game that featured limited offensive explosiveness, the Storm defense controlled QB Matt Nagy and the Columbus offense in a game the Destroyers should have won.
11. (11) Nashville (4-5)
Last week: Lost to Dallas 69-62
This week: at Grand Rapids
The Kats played hard and ran the ball well versus a good Dallas defense, but they couldn't make enough key defensive stops late to upset the Desperados.
12. (12) New Orleans (4-5)
Last week: Lost to Georgia 72-57
This week: Bye
Stopping the potent Georgia passing game is the toughest job in this league, and the VooDoo became another victim of QB Chris Greisen and his great trio of receivers.
13. (10) Kansas City (4-4)
Last week: Lost to Colorado 45-42
This week: at Philadelphia
The Brigade defense could not stop Colorado QB John Dutton and WRs Damian Harrell and Brad Pyatt, and Kansas City's own passing game couldn't make enough big plays.
14. (15) Austin (3-5)
Last week: Bye
This week: vs. Tampa Bay
Wranglers are coming off bye week to face a gutsy Storm bunch that is playing pretty good defense. QB Adrian McPherson must play with more consistency.
15. (17) Tampa Bay (2-6)
Last week: Beat Columbus 34-32
This week: at Austin
The Storm lost QB John Kaleo and had to count on a lot of new players in a sluggish offensive performance. Luckily, the defense stepped up and took over the game.
16. (18) New York (2-6)
Last week: Beat Arizona 67-45
This week: at Columbus
The Dragons are a different team with QB Aaron Garcia (seven TD passes), and their defense even recorded four interceptions. Now they are ready to turn their season around.
17. (16) Grand Rapids (2-6)
Last week: Lost to Los Angeles 75-71
This week: vs. Nashville
The Rampage got a huge night from Timon Marshall as a receiver and kick returner (406 total yards), but they couldn't make enough key stops versus a hot Avengers passing game.
18. (14). Arizona (2-7)
Last week: Lost to New York 67-45
This week: vs. San Jose
When the Rattlers don't score a lot of points, it puts too much pressure on a defense that just isn't good enough to pick up the slack. Although Sherdrick Bonner threw six TD passes, he was also intercepted four times.
19. (19) Las Vegas (1-8)
Last week: Lost to Orlando 69-34
This week: vs. Los Angeles
It's tough to win in this league if you don't score points and the Gladiators offense was totally outmatched by an aggressive Predators' defense.

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