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, Week 17AAF Week 5: How to watch, what to expectNew,1commentThe midway point of the AAF season is hereESTShareTweetShareShareAAF Week 5: How to watch, what to expectMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsWe are almost halfway done with the regular season for the AAF. This week, the league’s juggernauts will face off as one team hopes to stay undefeated. On the opposite end of the spectrum, two teams who just picked up their first wins will battle it out to gain momentum with the final stretch of the year approaching. Use this post as your thread throughout the weekend for all AAF gamesOrlando Apollos (4-0) at Birmingham Iron (3-1)Date: Saturday, March 9Game time: 2 p.m. ETHow To Watch: TNTThe Apollos are the only remaining undefeated team in the league, and are seeking to stay that way against the Iron. Last week, Orlando’s passing attack prevailed again for 20-11 victory in the snow. Quarterback Garrett Gilbert threw for 244 yards and one score, with 105 of those yards going to stud receiver Charles Johnson.Birmingham was stunned last weekend in 12-11 loss to San Antonio, effectively ending their undefeated hopes. The Iron marched down on one final drive down by nine points, in hopes of keeping their record perfect. Trent Richardson scored from 1 yard out to cap off the drive, followed by a successful 2-point attempt. Per AAF rules, because the Iron were down by one point at this time they were awarded an onside conversion B.J. Goodson Color Rush Jersey
, which is one attempt at converting on a fourth-and-12 play. With 1:41 remaining Iron quarterback Luis Perez flung an interception to end the game. Salt Lake City Stallions (1-3) at San Diego Fleet (2-2)Date: Saturday, March 9Game time: 8 p.m. ETHow To Watch: NFL NetworkSalt Lake continues to struggle, after falling to a dominant Apollo squad. While only registering 11 points, most of their offensive production came from former Charger running back Branden Oliver, who ran for 71 yards on 17 carries. Defensive back Micah Hannemann lead the Stallions in tackles with seven. Coming off a tight loss in which their offense was stymied, the Fleet look to rebound against a weak Stallion team. Memphis Express (1-3) at Atlanta Legends (1-3)Date: Saturday, March 10Game time: 4 p.m. ETHow To Watch: CBS Sports NetworkThe Express finally won their first game, mostly because this time Christian Hackenberg didn’t come anywhere close to stepping into the game. In a close fought 26-23 victory, Zach Mettenberger threw for 174 yards and one score. Linebacker Drew Jackson racked up 13 tackles on the day.Atlanta also picked up their first win of the season, coming from a 14-11 win over the Hotshots. Quarterback Aaron Murray replaced Chris Simms, throwing for 254 yards. Running back Tarean Folston hauled in 66 of those yards on five catches. San Antonio Commanders (2-2) at Arizona Hotshots (2-2)Date: Saturday, March 10Game time: 8 p.m. ETHow To Watch: NFL NetworkIn San Antonio’s upset victory over the Iron, running back Kenneth Farrow dominated the game on the ground. He finished with an AAF single game season record 142 rushing yards on 30 carries. Despite losing to the Legends, Arizona’s Jhurell Pressley rushed for an outstanding 110 yards for a 7.9 yard rushing average. The Patriots are intent on finding some wide receiver help Aldrick Rosas Color Rush Jersey
, but appear to have missed on another target.According to Pat Leonard of the , the Patriots had interest in acquiring wide receiver Sterling Shepard in trade this offseason.The Giants just gave Shepard a four-year, $41 million extension earlier this week, securing him as part of their long-term plan on offense.But the Patriots have reason to be looking high and low for help, with the retirement of Rob Gronkowski and the suspension of Josh Gordon leaving them short on options to catch passes from Tom Brady. They also lost Cordarrelle Patterson to the Bears, and Chris Hogan remains a free agent..They made a run at former Buccaneers free agent slot receiver Adam Humphries, and even circled back after he agreed to a deal with the Titans, just to make sure. And they had previously expressed interest in Odell Beckham Jr., before he was ultimately traded to the Browns.Humphries passed on what was reportedly a better deal to stick with the Titans, and the Giants locked up Shepard before (or instead of) entertaining trade talks.So the Patriots continue to look for help, and they’re not just concentrating on options in the draft.