Commanders vs Stallions Week 7 Preview
Finally after a long four weeks away from the dome, the San Antonio Commanders finally make their return back home in a showdown with the Salt Lake Stallions.
A month ago when this road trip began, we didn’t know much about what to expect from the Commanders. They got off to a horrendous start getting blown out by the San Diego Fleet, 31-11. Fast forward a month later, and the Commanders are now number one in the Western Conference.
It’s not only the fans either who are excited to be back in town.
— Derron Smith (@D_SmithFS) March 22, 2019
Although the Commanders are coming in hot on a three-game winning streak, the Stallions are playing for their playoff hopes. The Commanders need about two-to-three more victories to feel comfortable about their chances, but for the Stallions, one or two more losses will derail their season.
For the fans who have not given up on the AAF, it’s truly been a good season. With only four weeks remaining in the regular season every team, except the Memphis Express have something to play for.
The Commanders are the more balanced team here, but we’ve seen some crazy things in football, so this huge match up on Saturday night should be a fun one for all the people tuning in.
Salt Lake has the best run defense in the entire AAF as of now. They put a beat down on Memphis last week, but they’ve done a really good job of making opposing quarterbacks challenge them in the open field.
The Stallions have the best run defense in the AAF. They have only given up 77.5 rush yards per game.
— Salt Lake Stallions Fans (@stallions_fans) March 20, 2019
With just under 80-yards allowed for teams facing the Stallions, Kenneth Farrow could be in for a long day. Defensive beast, Karter Schult will look to be another huge factor for his team.
In Week six, Schult earned defensive player of the week nominees because he went out and had five tackles, and two sacks. The Commanders offensive line will have their hands full protesting Woodside against this defense.
Quarterback Josh Woodrum has been on a roll these past two weeks throwing for 623 yards. You can expect Woodrum to continue his streak with the help of his favorite target, tight end Nick Truesdell who has caught just about every pass thrown his way.
The defense will be busy all night trying to contain running back Joel Bouagnon. Bouagnon leads the Stallions in rushing yards with 280 yards on 77 attempts.
The Commanders are allowing around 87-yards per game to rushing attacks, but they do lead the league in interceptions, with 12. Kenneth Farrow has been quiet the past few weeks since his big night against the Iron, but this could a great opportunity for Farrow since Woodside is going to want to protect the ball as much as he could.
Greg Ward Jr. is another player to keep an eye on. As productive as he’s been, Ward still has no touchdowns already six weeks into the season, but he does have 153-yards on 16 receptions.
With everybody being hyped to return back home, don’t be surprised if Ward goes out and finds himself in the end zone for the first time this season.
At 2-4 the Stallions need this win to stay in playoff contention in the west. The Commanders have been one of the hotter teams lately with a three-game winning streak, and with the dome rocking on Saturday night, the Commanders defense should be able to force the Stallions into making some crucial mistakes.
Commanders 30, Stallions 19
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