The inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football kicks off this weekend with games on CBS and then a single game each week during the 10-week season broadcast on CBS Sports Net.
Don’t brush off the new football league. The AAF has a real shot to redefine professional football in the United States. Football luminaries Bill Polian, J.K. McKay, Charles Ebersol, and Hines Ward are a part of the organization.
That makes the Alliance of American Football legit. Check out the latest AAF Championship odds and a preview of the season.
2019 AAF Championship Odds & Season Preview
- Arizona Hotshots +250
- Salt Lake Stallions +400
- San Antonio Commanders +500
- Orlando Apollos +500
- Atlanta Legends +500
- San Diego Fleet +1000
- Memphis Express +1000
- Birmingham Iron +1000
What makes the Arizona Hotshots such a bigger favorite over the other teams?
Arizona’s at +250 while the next closest team is at +400. Why? Rick Neuheisel, the former Washington Huskies and Colorado Buffalos coach has something to do with it. Neuheisel knows football. He was one of the most talked about coaches on the planet at one time before his career became derailed.
Also, quarterback Trevor Knight is only 25-years-old, spent some time on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad, and tore it up at both Texas A&M and Oklahoma. Knight’s not the only player who should help the Hotshots to the championship.
DB Rahim Moore has extensive NFL experience with the Broncos, Texans, Browns and Giants. Offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche played with the Eagles, Jaguars and Giants.
Of all 8 teams, Arizona appears to be the one with players who have the most overall relevant NFL experience.
Stallions, Commanders, Apollos, or Legends? Which team’s the best in the second tier?
Dennis Erickson, the former ASU and Miami-FL head coach, hasn’t been in football for a while. It’s hard to see how he’ll put together a championship team at Salt Lake City. The Stallions probably aren’t any better than the Commanders, Apollos, or Legends.
Atlanta is probably the best of the second tier teams. The Legends boast two impact players on offense, quarterback Aaron Murray and running back Denard Robinson, and two impact players on defense, linebacker Jeff Luc and defensive end J.T. Jones. Robinson has extensive NFL experience and should be the fastest player in the league. He can play running back or quarterback in the Wildcat.
Murray’s a Georgia legend with NFL experience while Jeff Luc not only has NFL experience, he also played for the Toronto Argonauts in 2018. JT Jones had a great college career at Miami-Ohio. He’s only 25 and has tremendous upside.
Which double-digit dog can win the AAF championship?
3 talented quarterbacks show up on Memphis’ roster: former LSU player Zach Mettenberger, former Troy gunslinger Brandon Silvers, and former Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg. All 3 have the talent to start and perform well in the AAF.
Another player who should perform well is former Rams running back Zac Stacy. Stacy’s got some football left in him and played extensively in the NFL. If the Express’s defense can come together, Stacy could lead one of the better offenses in the Alliance of American Football.