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24th August 2019

AAF: Hotshots @ Stallions Preview

The Arizona Hotshots and Salt Lake Stallions will once again be battling it out in the reverse fixture from week 1 – Another Alliance of American Football first. Two weeks ago, during the inaugural weekend prime time game, the Hotshots put the home advantage to good use with a 38-22 win.

The Stallions have by far had the hardest start in the AAF, currently 0-2 after losing to Arizona and Birmingham in the first two weeks of the season. In both games, the Stallions looked well prepared and played well only to be undone by fantastic opposition.

Dennis Erickson is hoping he can get the Stallions their first win of the season, another loss will surely cause some concern among the fan base.

Ultimately this game will come down to quarterback play. John Wolford showed last week exactly how important he is to the Arizona Hotshots. After starting poorly Arizona looked destined for a loss but as the game wore on Wolford snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in a 20-18 battle against the Memphis Express.

In the build-up to the league launch following the Super Bowl earlier in February, many expected Trevor Knight to be named the starter for the Hotshots. Instead they opted for Wolford and despite a slight decine in performance they’ve decided to stick with him once again heading into week 3.

“As is always the case, there’s always a lot of opinions about quarterbacks,” Neuheisel told said in his post-match press conference from last week. “And there were a couple guys who came to me and said, ‘Hey, maybe we let him sit and put Trevor in.’ Because Trevor is obviously very capable. And we’ve still really (high) aspirations for Trevor and (third-stringer) Jack Hennigan as well. 

“But there was nothing in his demeanor that showed any panic. There was nothing in his demeanor that showed any self pity. Or, lack of confidence. And I said, ‘I’m riding with this guy.’ “

Salt Lake, on the other hand, have had some issues under centre. Throughout the first two weeks of the season, they’ve had 3 different quarterbacks see the field. As a collective Austin Allen, Matt Linehan and Josh Woodrum have gone 23-67 attempts. Allen provides the strongest record of the three with 15 completions from 31 attempts leading to 114 yards.

As both teams look to do whatever it takes to win, Arizona has been making moves on the waiver wire adding former Baylor University guard Blake Muir and former CFL Rookie MVP, defensive tackle Dylan Wynn.

Making way for Wynn and Muir are Running back Larry Rose III who picked up 16 yards from 6 attempts in their week 1 encouter with Salt Lake.

Former New England Patriot’s tight end, Bryce Williams has also been cut from the team and has failed to take to the field for a single snap in with the Hotshots.

Score Prediction:

Arizona Hotshots 22 – 19 Salt Lake Stallions

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