8. Corpus Christi Rage
Just when the Rage looked like they could possibly upset the Steelhawks (they scored first), Lehigh Valley went on a 25-0 run and broke the game wide open. It’s been a long season for the Rage and it doesn’t look like anything is going to change.
7. Dayton/Atlanta Wolfpack
Whatever you want to call the travel team, they have not played the best football this season. Now, however, they are under new ownership. They also played much better football yesterday against the Firebirds, despite coming out with the loss. Perhaps things are going to turn around for this team now that they’re under new ownership. Only time will tell.
6. Georgia Firebirds
On the other hand, one can think that the Firebirds allowed the Wolfpack to play the way they did and kept it close because their defense isn’t that good. Percy Turner has played very well at quarterback for them. He’s thrown 21 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
If Georgia could improve their defense, they could compete with the better teams in the league.
5. Monterrey Steel
Everyone thought the Steel were this big, bad team that could down the Sharks for their first loss. They have shown, however, they are the exact opppsite. They have only played the bottom teams in the league such as Corpus Christi and the Wolfpack. When it came to playing the Sharks, they were simply no match.
Their next game is against the Columbus Lions. If they can beat then in Columbus, they’ll show maybe they are a contender.
4. High Country Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are a great team for one that’s playing their first ever season. The duo of quarterback Stephen Panasuk and wide receiver Malachi Jones proves to be successful for the team. They also have a great running back in Undra Hendrix.
The one problem they have is turnovers. Panasuk leads the league with 10 interceptions thrown. He’s also fumbled the ball and lost it twice. As a team, the Grizzlies have lost three of the four fumbles they’ve committed this season.
If High Country can learn better ball control, they’ll have a better chance at scoring more and possibly finding a way to win.
3. Columbus Lions
The Lions are playing much better football than they did at the beginning of the season. Benching Mason Espinosa for Darren Daniel proved crucial. Daniel now leads the league with 28 touchdown passes.
Of course, like every other team, the only team they can’t seem to get to is Jacksonville. Columbus almost had a win against the Steelhawks, but they gave up a touchdown with two second lefts and that was the end of that.
2. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks
Lehigh Valley is an offensive powerhouse. Quarterback Warren Smith Jr is playing like an MVP. He also help with wide receivers Darius Prince, Warren Oliver and Brandon Renford.
Defensive star Eddie Davis III has also been a big part to this team’s success. He is second in the league with seven interceptions.
1. Jacksonville Sharks
Even with Tommy Grady out for the season, the Sharks are looking like the favorite to win the first ever NAL title. They have a strong defense led by Marvin Ross who now leads the league with nine interceptions.
Hopefully, the Sharks can stay undefeated with their backup quarterback.