A look at the best individual performances from Week 11:
• Dallas' two-minute offense: The Desperados once again worked their hurry-up offense to perfection, moving down the field in six plays to notch their third-straight last-second victory, this time topping Chicago when Clint Dolezel hit Will Pettis for a 3-yard TD with 3 seconds remaining.
• Arizona QB Sherdrick Bonner: Bonner became just the second QB in AFL history to pass for more than 40,000 yards in his career. He joins New Orleans' Andy Kelly in the exclusive club.
• San Jose coach Darren Arbet: The SaberCats' coach earned career victory No. 100 in the win over Las Vegas.
• The Kansas City defense: The Brigade picked off four passes in the first half and held Utah to just seven points in the first two quarters.
• The San Jose defense: The SaberCats tied a team record with four interceptions -- highlighted by Marquis Floyd's two picks -- and six forced turnovers.
• The Colorado defense: What is it with defenses this week? The Crush lived up to their name, sacking Nashville's Jeff Smoker a team-record five times. They also had three interceptions and a fumble recovery.
• Chicago WR Rob Mager: The rookie had the best game of his career, catching 12 passes for 147 yards and a TD.
• Kansas City QB Raymond Philyaw: Philyaw was 20-for-27 for 263 yards and a team-record eight TDs.
• New York WR Kevin Swayne: In his first game back from a hamstring injury, Swayne hauled in four TDs in the win over Philly.
• Tampa Bay WR Lawrence Samuels: Samuels, who had 59 yards and a TD in the win over L.A., went over the 10,000 career receiving yards mark.
• Orlando DE Greg White: White had three QB sacks, two hurries and forced a fumble in the Predators' win over New Orleans.
As teams struggle, players and coaches pay the price.
Las Vegas fired coach Danton Barto and his staff after the Gladiators lost their ninth straight game and sit at 1-10 this season. Barto will finish the season, but Las Vegas GM Sam Jankovich will begin the search for a new coach immediately.
"I sat and spoke with Danton at the airport [following the loss] to inform him of my decision," Jankovich told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I then spoke to the staff and players. I think in fairness to Danton and his wife and family, it's best we get this out in the open now so he doesn't hear things about me searching [for a new coach].
"He has assured me he will continue to work hard. It's best we do this now. After all, things can't be any worse than they are, can they?"
Probably not. This futility obviously wasn't expected from the team after it hired Barto last year out of af2, in which he led the Memphis Xplorers to the 2005 title and was named coach of the year.
Now, Las Vegas begins the search for its fourth coach in five years.
"That way, we can get out in front of anyone else looking for a [coach] and really begin narrowing down the number of [potential names] in regards to who we want coaching," Jankovich told the Review-Journal. "We can begin making all the calls we want now and get the process started."
Meanwhile, in Nashville, after back-to-back losses, the Kats waived four players, including AFL veterans WR Cornelius Bonner and DB Monty Montgomery, in an effort to shake the club up.
"There are 10 teams in our conference and six of them are going to make the playoffs and I'll tell you right now, we're going to be one of the six," Kats head coach/director of football operations Pat Sperduto told The (Nashville) City Paper.
The Kats have been going with younger players this season -- with impressive results -- but it's still surprising they parted ways with Bonner and Montgomery. Bonner started every game and had 65 catches for 968 yards and 18 touchdowns. Montgomery, after starting the 2007 season on injured reserve, returned in Week 5 and notched 49 total tackles and one interception.