Opening weekend of the inaugural AAF season concludes with two games on Sunday
The opening weekend of the Alliance of American Football's (AAF) inaugural season concludes with two more games on Sunday, Feb. 10. The newest professional football league kicked off with two games in prime time on Saturday and now the other four teams in the league will get their chance on Sunday.
The AAF is an eight-team league co-founded by Pro Football Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian and Charlie Ebersol, son of longtime NBC Sports Chairman Dick. The AAF's mission is “to provide high-quality professional football fueled by a dynamic Alliance between players, fans, and the game.” The AAF has assembled a strong collection of experienced head coaches and a talent base of players that relies heavily on collegiate ties to build the teams' rosters.
The 10-week regular-season schedule runs through the middle of April with the top four teams moving on the postseason. The season will conclude with a title game on April 27 in Las Vegas. Every AAF game will be available to watch thanks to the league's media partners — CBS, Turner Sports, and NFL Network.
So if you're wondering, "What football games are on today?" know this: There are two scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10.
Memphis Express at Birmingham Iron
4 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network — Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.
Why You Should Watch: Historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, will serve as the backdrop for the Iron's AAF debut. Birmingham is led by rookie head coach Tim Lewis, who will have plenty of former stars that played their college ball in the Yellowhammer State at his disposal. Most notably is former Alabama running back Trent Richardson, who helped the Crimson Tide win two national championships before moving on to the NFL. The Express are led by head coach Mike Singletary, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker will be looking to mold Memphis' defense to his liking. Singletary also has some offensive weapons to lean on, including quarterback Christian Hackenberg as well as running back Zac Stacy, who ran for nearly 1,000 yards as a rookie for the St. Louis Rams back in 2013.
Salt Lake Stallions at Arizona Hotshots
8 p.m. ET on NFL Network — Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
Why You Should Watch: Week 1 of the AAF season concludes with the Hotshots hosting the Stallions out west. The Hotshots are led by the head coach-quarterback tandem of Rick Neuheisel and Trevor Knight while the Stallions feature Dennis Erickson and Josh Woodrum. Erickson and Neuheisel bring a ton of coaching experience in both the collegiate and professional levels with them so the head-to-head chess match as they break in their new teams should be entertaining in and of itself. The Hotshots also feature several players who are returning to their Arizona roots and will be looking to make a big first impression, including defensive tackle Will Sutton (Arizona State) and linebacker Scooby Wright (Arizona). For the Stallions, Woodrum will look to move the ball and put points on the scoreboard with help from his offensive weapons, including former NFL running backs Matt Asiata (Vikings) and Branden Oliver (Chargers).