WEEK 2 picks off of Sportsline...........
Saturday, Feb. 16
Salt Lake Stallions at Birmingham Iron, 2 p.m. (ET)
Pick: Birmingham -7
If Week 1 is of any indication, the Birmingham Iron have one of the more well-balanced teams in the AAF. They can take the ball away on defense, and they do a great job of playing with balance and owning the time of possession on offense. This week, it's an obvious step up in QB play, but the process still remains the same for the Iron. Look for their offense to connect on early opportunities to put the game away, unlike what happened against Memphis, with their defense continuing to do their part as well.
Arizona Hotshots at Memphis Express, 8 p.m. (ET)
Pick: Memphis +13
The Hotshots definitely lived up to their name, especially on the offensive side of the ball. They face a tougher defense this week in Memphis. The problem for the Express is with the play of their QB Christian Hackenberg. Will we see Zach Mettenberger this week for the Express? Either way, Arizona will score and Memphis' defense will give their offense a chance early to capitalize. Look for a much more conservative offensive approach offensively for the Express, which should make this a tighter contest.
Sunday, Feb. 17
Orlando Apollos at San Antonio Commanders, 4:05 p.m. ET
Pick: Orlando -6
Two of the best teams after week 1 meet up in San Antonio. This is a matchup between explosive, imaginative offense verses an athletic and opportunistic defense. As good as San Antonio played last week against San Diego, there were times where the Fleet could've put the game out of reach. Despite only being together a month, the Apollos look like a very cohesive unit on offense. They excelled there in the rain last week. One could only imagine what types of fireworks they'll be able to put together indoors at the Alamodome.
Atlanta Legends at San Diego Fleet, 8:05 p.m. ET
Pick: Atlanta +9.5
Both teams enter this game looking to get on the winning track. The Fleet already made a QB change and will go with Phillip Nelson. It may not matter in this case if their offensive line can't get it together against the Legends. Atlanta, who gave up 41 to Orlando last week, has a lot of questions to answer defensively, especially from a communication aspect. Offensively, they have to find a way to build some level of consistency. This looks to be a low-scoring, defensive battle.