Week 5 of the Alliance of American Football's (AAF) season gets started with two games on Saturday, March 9. The first matchups pits the top two teams against one another while the second faetures a pair of teams looking to rebound from losses last week.
Saturday's opener is the game everyone has been waiting for as undefeated Orlando comes to Birmingham to face the Iron. A surprising loss by Birmingham last week prevents this from being a battle of undefeated teams, but there's still plenty at stake in this game. The nightcap puts the Stallions in San Diego to face the Fleet. This is the first matchup between these Western Conference rivals with both teams looking to bounce back from Week 4 losses.
So if you're wondering, "What football games are on today?" know this: There are two scheduled for Saturday, March 9.
2 p.m. ET on TNT — Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.
Why You Should Watch: What's not to like? It's the top two teams in the league as both the Apollos and Iron not only have the best records, but they also are No. 1 and 2 in both scoring offense and defense. Orlando has outscored teams by 55 points through four games, Birmingham 44. The next team on this list is San Diego (2-2), which is at plus-20. The Iron are coming off of their first loss, falling 12-11 at home to San Antonio last Sunday, as Birmingham committed a season-high three turnovers. Sloppy ball security certainly won't work against the Apollos, who have yet to turn the ball over and are averaging 29.5 points and 385 yards per game. Can the Iron finally solve Orlando's offense and put enough points of their own on the board to pull even in the Eastern Conference standings?
8 p.m. ET on NFL Network — SDCCU Stadium in San Diego
Why You Should Watch: Both the Stallions and Fleet come into this game off of losses. Salt Lake fell 20-11 in the snow at home to Orlando last week while Memphis beat San Diego 26-23 for its first win of the season. The offenses are led by two of the top rushers so far in the Fleet's Ja'Quan Gardner (No. 1 with 287 rushing yards) and the Stallions' Branden Oliver (fifth, 210). Mike Bercovici is back at quarterback for San Diego with Philip Nelson expected to miss 4-6 weeks after breaking his collarbone last Saturday. Nelson replaced Bercovici in the season opener but head coach Mike Martz is going back to his original starter while Alex Ross, who threw a touchdown pass in relief of Nelson last week but also tossed a pair of interceptions, will remain the backup. Bercovici will get his chance against a Salt Lake defense that has given up the second-most passing yards (877) in the league and has just one interception in the first four games. This is the first of two matchups between these Western Conference rivals with the second set for Week 8.