Okay AAF betting enthusiasts, the 2019 NFL regular season may still be months away from getting started, but if you’re in need of some football betting action, then you’re going to have a quartet of great chances to cash in with potentially winning wagers when the Alliance of American Football stages its four Week 5 games this coming weekend.
AAF Week 5 Betting Odds, Preview & Picks
The AAF was full of the unexpected in Week 4, with three upsets and one undefeated team going down.
Say this for Week 4 of the AAF season: it was full of surprises. That’s mostly because it was a weekend of firsts. It was the first time the two lowliest teams in the Alliance, Atlanta and Memphis, notched their first victories. It was also the first time one of the two teams that entered the weekend undefeated, the Birmingham Iron, felt the bitterness of defeat.
Orlando Appollos (4-0) at Birmingham Iron (3-1)
- When: Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 PM ET
Orlando remained unbeaten by smacking Sal Lake around en route to a commanding 20-11 win that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicates. Quarterback Garrett Gilbert leads the league in passing and wide receiver Charles Johnson leads the league in reception yardage. The Appollos have outscored their opponents by the whopping margin of 118-63.
Birmingham suffered their first loss of the season by getting stunned by San Antonio 12-11 last weekend while committing a bunch of turnovers and never getting untracked offensively. Still though, the Iron have a phenomenal defense that has given up a league-low of just 33 points, although their offense has scored a modest 77 points. This classic offense versus defense matchup looks like a thriller just waiting to happen.
Salt Lake Stallions (1-3) at San Diego Fleet (2-2)
- When: Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 PM ET
Sal Lake got dominated in their 20-11 loss to Orlando last weekend while San Diego finished in the wrong end of a 26-23 loss to Memphis. The Stallions have been outscored 85-65 through four games this season while the Fleet have outscored their opponents by an identical 20 points, 84-64.
The Fleet have quarterback issues after Philip Nelson suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday’s loss to Memphis. San Diego is expected to add another quarterback to their roster this week while head coach Mike Martz decides whether to go with Mike Bercovici, who started the season opener, or Alex Ross, who replaced Nelson on Saturday.
Memphis Express (1-3) at Atlanta Legends (1-3)
- When: Sunday, March 10 at 4:00 PM ET
Memphis got past San Diego 26-23 last weekend to record its first win of the season while Atlanta also got its first win by shutting down Arizona en route to a surprising 14-11 win. The Express defeated San Diego after replacing former starter Christian Hackenberg with former LSU star Zach Mettenberger in the second half in Week 3.
In Atlanta, there’s also been a quarterback change with former Georgia signal-caller Aaron Murray looking like he’s going to be the starter moving forward after replacing the injured Matt Sims in the first quarter and playing some quality football. Legends head coach Kevin Coyle would not commit to a starter for next Sunday’s game against Memphis, but Murray said afterward, “I can really see this offense just exploding from here on out.”
New Atlanta offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, who was an assistant coach in the NFL for 21 seasons, joined the team for practice this week and guided the Legends to an Alliance-high 454 yards.
San Antonio Commanders (2-2) at Arizona Hotshots (2-2)
- When: Sunday, March 10 at 8:00 PM ET
The Commanders are coming off a confidence-boosting 12-11 win over previously unbeaten Birmingham by forcing three turnovers and holding their opponents without a touchdown until the final two minutes. Arizona was on the wrong end of a narrow, 14-11 loss to previously winless Atlanta last weekend.
While these two teams have identical 2-2 records right now, San Antonio looks a lot more competent that Arizona heading into Week 5. Then again, it should be noted that the Commanders have been outscored 85-67 through four games while Arizona is plus-7 in point differential.