Heroes FC (1-2) 6 at FURY (3-0) 86
GAME STORY: The most impressive start to the AFLL season belongs to the Fury who tore apart another opponent on both sides of the football. Fury’s margin of victory has been 47, 52 and 80 to start the campaign at 3-0. Fury held Heroes FC QB Steve Young to 171 yards passing, sacked him eight times and forced Young into throwing two interceptions. Heroes FC was held to -16 rushing yards in another dazzling performance from the Fury defence. TE Antonio Gates was one of three Fury players to go over 200 yards receiving with 272 to go with four touchdowns. WR Marvin Harrison (260) and WR Torry Holt (230) also went over the 200-yard mark.
GAME BALLS: (O) – QB Peyton Manning keeps adding to his collection of game balls with a 1005-yard performance, nine touchdowns and two interceptions.
(D) – DB Ronnie Lott took his turn to star on the defensive side of the Fury, he posted 17 freaking tackles, a sack, two interceptions and three knockdowns.
Time Bandits (1-2) 62 at IMMORTALS (1-2) 73
GAME STORY: The game of the year so far. The Immortals grabbed their first win of the season in spectacular fashion sending their fans home happy with a 29-point fourth quarter to send the Time Bandits packing. QB Fran Tarkenton may have thrown for 660 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw four picks. WR Drew Pearson scored twice on four receptions and had 171 yards. The Time Bandits got 10 tackles from DB Champ Bailey and DB Rodney Harrison. WR Steve Smith and WR Terrell Owens did most of the work for the Immortals as Smith almost hit 300 receiving yards and scored twice and Owens had three touchdowns and 154 yards receiving on just five receptions.
GAME BALLS: (O) – QB Brett Favre takes a ton of chances but doesn’t care about the consequences, he gets the game ball even with four interceptions. Favre had seven touchdown passes and 797 yards passing.
(D) – DB Mel Renfro drives home with his first game ball after his 15 tackle, one interception and five knockdowns.
FANCENTRIC FRENZY (1-2) 53 at Diamonds (1-2) 6
GAME STORY: FanCentric Frenzy post their first win of the year and it come on the road at the expense of Diamonds. QB Randall Cunningham continues to be the human turnover machine throwing three more interceptions to put him up to 11 on the season, Cunningham did throw for 663 yards and a few touchdowns as well. RB Marcus Allen scored twice, once on the ground and the other through the air as he had 212 combined yards on the day. Diamonds QB Roger Staubach was sacked 13 times and only had 127 yards passing, zero TDs or INTs. RB Brian Westbrook rushed the ball 26 times and gained ZERO yards.
GAME BALLS: (O) – TE Jackie Smith caught an incredible 29 passes for 314 yards and a couple of touchdowns. Cunningham better take Smith out for dinner for the rest of the week for bailing him out.
(D) – The Minister of Defence came to play. DL Reggie White had 11 sacks on top of 11 tackles and forced a couple of fumbles for good measure.
THROWBACKS (3-0) 28 at Valhalla (0-3) 23
GAME STORY: The Throwbacks are making a habit of winning close football games and did it again in Week 3. K Mark Moseley kicked seven field goals for the Throwbacks and also got a great effort from WR Harold Carmichael with his 14 receptions, 132 yards and one touchdowns. Valhalla RB Jim Brown was a busy man with 38 carries for 86 yards and nine receptions for 85 more yards and a touchdown. The legendary Brown did fumble three times and that was a problem for Valhalla. QB Michael Vick had a modest 251 yards, and three touchdown passes.
GAME BALLS: (O) – Not sure who was handing out awards for this one, but QB Terry Bradshaw impressed the media enough with his 439 passing yards and a touchdown, Bradshaw threw THREE picks.
(D) – DB Lester Hayes was the man for Throwbacks with his 10 tackles, an interception and two knockdowns.
Birds of Prey (0-3) 21 at EOD DEMO GODS (2-1) 46
GAME STORY: From start to finish EOD Demo Gods owned this football game jumping out to a 29-7 halftime lead. Birds of Prey QB John Elway had an up and down day with 316 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Elway’s favourite target was WR Dante Hall who caught 13 balls for 100 yards and two touchdowns. The 2022 campaign seems to be the year of TE and Mark Bavaro ended up with 202 yards, WR Sterling Sharpe scored twice on three receptions.
GAME BALLS: (O) – Demo God QB Warren Moon was just throwing bombs all day of 46, 85, 51 and 28 yards which got him to 604 yards and five touchdowns. Moon did throw two interceptions and fumbled once.
(D) – Demo God DB Ed Reed had eight tackles, one interception and one knockdown.
Originals (1-2) 9 at GOATS (3-0) 85
GAME STORY: The league’s most prolific offence went to work again but had some help from their defence as GOATS moved to 3-0. GOATS offence leans on their TEs a lot as four different tight ends caught passes with TE Ozzie Newsome (14-177-1), TE Jason Witten (15-163-3), TE Rodney Holman (2-52) and TE John Mackey (2-24-1). Originals QB Drew Brees did not find the end zone against the GOATS, he had 171 passing yards and one interception. They tried and tried again to run the ball with RB Earl Campbell rushing 42 times, but he only recorded 41 rushing yards.
GAME BALLS: (O) – QB Otto Graham was a little less dominant this week with 602 passing yards and six touchdowns and he actually made a couple mistakes throwing into double coverage twice that resulted in two interceptions. He now leads Peyton Manning by only 110 yards and was passed by the Fury QB in passing touchdowns 24-22.
(D) – The AFLL sure has a lot “top this” performances already as LB Lawrence Taylor moved to the top of the sacks list with 18 of them and two forced fumbles for GOATS.
Hunters (1-2) 26 at ANVILS (3-0) 31
GAME STORY: The Anvils took their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter and almost let a 26-10 lead after three quarters slip away. But in the end QB Joe Montana outdueled QB Dan Marino, just like he did in Super Bowl XIX in 1985. WR Andre Johnson did his best to help out Marino with 12 catches for 188 yards and that was a big chunk of Marino’s 285 passing yards. WR Calvin Johnson and TE Mike Ditka starred for the Anvils combining for 23 receptions, 412 yards and two touchdowns.
GAME BALLS: (O) – Montana sits fifth in league passing with 1913 yards. He gets another game ball with 677 yards and a couple of touchdowns.
(D) – LB Dave Wilcox paced a solid performance from the Anvil “D” with his seven tackles and one knockdown.
Elite (1-2) 17 at BEOWULF (2-1) 79
GAME STORY: The Monday night game was over and over quickly with Beowulf improving to 2-1. Elite QB Johnny Unitas was awful throwing six interceptions plus he fumbled twice, and Beowulf held AFLL rushing leader RB Eric Dickerson to six yards on 23 carries. Terrible weather didn’t help either team as it was a turnover fest, QB Bart Starr had four interceptions and couldn’t hold onto the ball either as he fumbled three times. RB OJ Simpson scored three touchdowns on 10 carries for 100 yards, somehow, he didn’t get the game ball. RB Eric Metcalf continues to play well with 72 rushing yards and 65 receiving yards for Beowulf.
GAME BALLS: (O) – Honestly, I don’t know what the game ball people were drinking. Starr and his turnovers were completely overlooked because of 794 passing yards and seven touchdowns.
(D) – DB Cliff Harris was a no brainer thanks to 19 tackles, three interceptions and four knockdowns.