Week 3 of the Alliance of American Football's (AAF) inaugural season features two games on Saturday, Feb. 23. The AAF has been in the news recently, but for the wrong reason, as the young league's finances have already become an issue. But following the announcement of a new investor the hope is that the focus will return to the action on the field.
Saturday's games feature a pair of undefeated teams going up against teams still searching for their first win. Week 3 also reprensts the debut of Bleacher Report Live (B/R Live) as one of the AAF's broadcast partners. B/R Live is a sports streaming service that's part of the Turner Sports Network. Its first AAF game will be Arizona at Salt Lake on Saturday afternoon. The nightcap has Orlando hosting Memphis, which will be broadcast on NFL Network.
So if you're wondering, "What football games are on today?" know this: There are two scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23.
3 p.m. ET on B/R Live — Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City
Why You Should Watch: Arizona looks to stay undefeated with a second victory over Salt Lake. In Week 1, the Hotshots overwhelmed the Stallions 38-22 at home behind four touchdown passes from John Wolford. Then last week, Arizona rallied from a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Memphis 20-18 on the road. Salt Lake led Birmingham 9-0 on the road late in the third quarter before the Iron rallied thanks in part to fumble recovery in the end zone on a muffed punt. The Stallions have struggled on offense in the early going as head coach Dennis Erickson has had to use three different quarterbacks due to a combination of injury and ineffectiveness. Starter Josh Woodrum is dealing with a hamstring injury, while Austin Allen got the Week 2 nod over Matt Linehan. Whoever gets the nod under center can rely on running backs Joel Bouagnon and Branden Oliver to keep the chains moving. The two are among the top eight rushers in the league with 109 and 99 rushing yards, respectively.
8 p.m. ET on NFL Network — Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Why You Should Watch: Memphis will try to get in the win column against Orlando, but the Express have a tough task ahead of them. The Apollos are not only undefeated, they have looked impressive in winning their first two games, including last week's rally down 12 points in the third quarter on the road against San Antonio. Meanwhile, Mike Singletary's Memphis team was in position last week to get a W but saw an 18-6 fourth-quarter lead disappear as visiting Arizona rallied for the 20-18, come-from-behind victory. The good news for the Express is that running back Zac Stacy has been getting the job done. He had 101 rushing yards last week and is currently tied for the league lead with 159 while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Orlando's offense is led by quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who is tops in the AAF in passing yards (640), completion rate (64.2 percent) and has yet to throw an interception (53 attempts).