After a successful opening weekend, the Alliance of American Football's (AAF) inaugural season continues with two games on Saturday, Feb. 16. With one game under everyone's belt what can we expect to see in Week 2?
The action kicks off with the Birmingham Iron hosting the Salt Lake Stallions on Saturday afternoon. The Iron pitched a shutout out of the Memphis Express last week while the Stallions lost a high-scoring affair against the Arizona Hotshots. The nightcap finds the Hotshots looking to move to 2-0 against the Express. Can Memphis' defense slow down Arizona's offense and likewise can the Express find a way to get on the scoreboard this week?
So if you're wondering, "What football games are on today?" know this: There are two scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16.
2 p.m. ET on TNT — Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.
Why You Should Watch: Birmingham was one of the most impressive teams in Week 1, as the defense was dominant in shutting out the Memphis Express 26-0. Trent Richardson had two rushing touchdowns for the Iron while Luis Perez threw for 252 yards. The defense forced three turnovers and limited Memphis to 3.7 yards per play. Salt Lake found a way to score some points but couldn't keep up with Arizona's offense, as the Stallions fell 38-22. The Stallions struggled to run the ball (3.0 ypc), turned it over three times, and gave up 416 total yards to the Hotshots. One key for this game will be which team runs the ball more effectively. In Week 1, they combined to average just 2.7 yards per carry.
Why You Should Watch: Arizona totaled 416 yards as John Wolford threw for four touchdown passes in the Hotshots' impressive 38-22 win over Salt Lake last week. Wolford will probably get the start over Trevor Knight once again but it's possible Rick Neuheisel will give both some playing time. A quarterback change also could be in the making for Memphis as Christian Hackenberg struggled (10-for-23, INT) in last week's 26-0 loss to Birmingham. Brandon Silvers finished the game, but head coach Mike Singletary also can call on Zach Mettenberger if he wants to. Neither team was that effective running the ball in Week 1, so that will be something to watch as well.