SaberCats among teams climbing up

Dallas remains on top, but there are several teams closing in fast in the Power Rankings.

Originally Published: May 23, 2007
Scouts Inc.

AFL Power Rankings
(Heading into Week 13)
1. (1) Dallas (10-1)
Last week: Bye
This week: at Columbus
The bye week came at a good time for the Desperados. Rested and healthy, the Desperados should be ready for the stretch run carrying the tag of the best team in the AFL.
2. (2) Georgia (9-2)
Last week: Lost to Los Angeles 57-51
This week: vs. Tampa Bay
The Force could not withstand a strong second half by Los Angeles and their usually explosive offense was stopped four times by the Avengers' defense.
3. (4) San Jose (8-3)
Last week: Beat Grand Rapids 69-44
This week: at Nashville
The SaberCats continue to roll with a nine TD pass performance by QB Mark Grieb and a strong defense that limited the Rampage to 222 yards of total offense.
4. (3) Chicago (8-3)
Last week: Lost to Nashville 44-27
This week: at Arizona
Without injured WR Bobby Sippio, the Chicago offense lost its explosiveness. Add in the fact the Nashville offense controlled the ball on the ground and it equals a lackluster road-loss.
5. (5) Colorado (8-4)
Last week: Beat Columbus 58-40
This week: at Grand Rapids
QB John Dutton finally put together a complete game (eight TD passes) and the Crush had a strong defensive effort that produced four turnovers in a big win over the Destroyers.
6. (6) Orlando (7-4)
Last week: Beat Austin 46-45
This week: vs. Utah
The Predators needed a late comeback TD to beat lowly Austin for their fifth victory in their last six game. Even though they did not play a perfect game, their defense is always good.
7. (9) Los Angeles (6-5)
Last week: Beat Georgia 57-51
This week: at Kansas City
Even without key injured players DB Damon Wheeler and WR Kevin Ingram, the Avengers played a complete game with a strong second half to upset Georgia.
8. (11) Philadelphia (5-6)
Last week: Beat New Orleans 78-34
This week: at Austin
The Soul got a huge mental boost with the return of QB Tony Graziani and got their swagger back in a blowout win over New Orleans.
9. (8) Kansas City (6-5)
Last week: Lost to New York 62-56
This week: vs. Los Angeles
The Brigade got a good day from QB Raymond Philyaw (eight TD passes) and they came close at the end but they could not stop Aaron Garcia and the Dragons' passing game.
10. (7) Columbus (6-5)
Last week: Lost to Colorado 58-40
This week: vs. Dallas
The Destroyers D couldn't stop QB John Dutton (eight TDs) and a Crush offense that scored on nine of 11 possessions. It didn't help that they also committed four turnovers.
11. (12) Tampa Bay (5-6)
Last week: Beat Arizona 59-50
This week: at Georgia
New QB Brett Dietz (eight TDs) looks like the real deal, the Storm got a huge game from WR/KR T.T. Tolliver and the defense applied a lot pressure on Rattler QB Sherdrick Bonner.
12. (16) New York (4-7)
Last week: Beat Kansas City 62-56
This week: at New Orleans
QB Aaron Garcia had another hot day with nine TD passes, 261 yards and no mistakes and they held off a late rally by the Brigade to climb back into the playoff race.
13. (10) Utah (5-7)
Last week: Lost to Las Vegas 54-53
This week: at Orlando
The Blaze can't sink lower after an embarrassing loss to Las Vegas, as their non-existent defense allowed QB Nick Rolovich to throw for 329 yards and seven TDs.
14. (14) Nashville (5-7)
Last week: Beat Chicago 44-27
This week: vs. San Jose
Nashville FB Dan Alexander was awesome again with 71 yards rushing. Without WR Bobby Sippio, Chicago had no offensive punch and it resulted in a big, physical win for the Kats.
15. (13) New Orleans (4-7)
Last week: Lost to Philadelphia 78-34
This week: vs. New York
The VooDoo played as poorly as they are capable of in a blowout loss to Philadelphi. They were outhit and manhandled by a Soul defense that scored three TDs of their own.
16. (17) Grand Rapids (3-8)
Last week: Lost to San Jose 69-44
This week: vs. Colorado
The Rampage defense had no answer for San Jose QB Ben Grieb (nine TD passes) and their offense couldn't get anything going versus a stingy SaberCats defense.
17. (15) Arizona (3-9)
Last week: Lost to Tampa Bay 59-50
This week: vs. Chicago
The Tampa Bay defense harassed QB Sherdrick Bonner all night and the Rattlers defense and special teams did not play well versus surging Storm.
18. (18). Austin (3-8)
Last week: Lost to Orlando 46-45
This week: vs. Philadelphia
The Wranglers took Orlando right down to the wire after leading for most of the game before giving up a last-second QB in a tough home loss.
19. (19) Las Vegas (2-10)
Last week: Beat Utah 54-53
This week: Bye
The Gladiators ended a nine-game losing streak with a shocking win over Utah thanks to a big night by unknown QB Nick Rolovich, good kick returns and excellent defensive pressure.

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