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The Alliance 2 XFL Show – Episode 8 03-29-19

The A-Train goes solo on this edition of “The Alliance 2 XFL Show,” sponsored by VK Credit Repair and Preferred Realty Investment Company. On this episode, the A-Train covers the latest in the Alliance which includes: Week 7 recap, Brandon Silvers and Johnny Manziel, Eminem and Charlie Ebersol, and if anyone knows what Alliance majority owner Tom Dundon is really doing. Also the latest in the XFL: The newest team presidents and Vince McMahon. Along with A-Train’s Week 8 predictions in the Alliance.

The Alliance 2 XFL Show – Episode 8 (The A-Train goes solo)

Not to forget who this week’s Alliance 2 XFL Game of the Week. Big thanks to Highlight Heaven for this week’s highlight.



by @TheATrainShow

What was once the “Road to Vegas,” has now become the “Road to Dallas.” Over the past few days, the Alliance announced that their championship game would be played in Dallas, Texas (actually Frisco) at the Ford Center at the Star aka the Dallas Cowboys practice facility. Those that have been covering and following the league found the move…interesting, maybe a little peculiar. It leans more to the theory that the NFL is working more with the Alliance. In addition to the pictures floating around the internet that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wore an Alliance hat to the NFL Combine. So he’s clearly showing support for the league. That’s a plus. This move, IMO, is the best move considering the attendance figures for the league have been relatively low, yet continue to see some progress, especially in San Antonio, who saw a league record for attendance back in Week 7.

As of now, the Eastern Conference looks pretty set as the Orlando Apollos locked up the first playoff berth after a 36-6 win against the Atlanta Legends. For the Apollos, it was a true bounce-back win after being defeated by the Arizona Hotshots at home in Week 6. The Birmingham Iron currently hold the #2 spot in the East even after a 31-25 loss to the Memphis Express. Both the Legends and Express have identical records at 2-5 which means they are still in it, but a longshot for that #2 spot. Both teams continue to have issues at the QB position, especially the Express.

Johnny Manziel, Memphis Express QB

They find themselves with a QB they cannot trust in Christian Hackenberg, a QB currently injured in Zach Mettenberger, and a QB that’s just trying to get some clock in, which compelled them to acquire the rights to Johnny Manziel, who formerly was released (and banned) from the CFL. For Silvers, he led his team to the emotional win against the Iron, while Manziel got an opportunity to get in some work. Manziel should continue to see limited action for the rest of the season while Silvers remains the starter.

Over in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Commanders lead the pack at 5-2 after narrowly defeating the Salt Lake Stallions, 19-15, after the Stallions piled up 6 sacks. The Hotshots defeated the San Diego Fleet 32-15, and have the #2 spot after having won 2 straight, while prior had dropped 3 straight. The Fleet and Stallions are still in the hunt as well for at least the #2 spot at 3-4 and 2-5 respectively.

For three teams in the East and all four teams in the West, there are still great chances for any one of the teams to make the inaugural playoffs. Great action still happening in the Alliance, and if you’re not watching, you’re truly missing out.

The league has gained some major buzz through the Manziel signing and even rapper Eminem showing his support:

Which prompted this response from Alliance co-founder Charlie Ebersol:


Memphis’ QB Brandon Silvers leads this week’s Standout Stars after an emotional OT win against the Iron. Arizona QB John Wolford only missed 4 attempts and had 3 total TDs in the win against the Fleet. Orlando’s De’Veon Smith leads the standout RBs after a 3-TD performance against the Legends. Trent Richardson just scores touchdowns, after nabbing his 10th rushing TD for the season leading the league. The Fleet’s Nelson Spruce led the WRs with 12 receptions and 146 yards in the loss against the Hotshots. Salt Lake’s defense had 6 sacks in the 19-15 loss against the Commanders. 


Brandon Silvers, Memphis: 24/35 – 266 yards, 2 TDs and two 2 PTs

Luis Perez, Birmingham: 16/35 – 235 yards, 2 TDs

John Wolford, Arizona: 15/19 – 212 yards, 2 TDs and 1 rushing TD

Mike Bercovici, San Diego: 22/43 – 310 yards, 1 TD

Josh Woodrum, Salt Lake: 22/35 – 229 yards, 1 TD

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 19/23 – 217 yards, 1 TD


De’Veon Smith, Orlando: 3 rushing TDs and one 2 PT

Trent Richardson, Birmingham: 81 all-purpose yards, 1 TD and two 2 PT

Arizona: 189 rushing yards led by Jhurell Pressley with 64


Nelson Spruce, San Diego: 12 receptions/146 yards

Reece Horn, Memphis: 7 receptions/113 yards and 1 TD

Nick Truesdell, Salt Lake: 4 receptions/74 yards

Amba Etta-Tawo, Birmingham: 3 receptions/71 yards

Evan Rodriguez, San Antonio: 3 receptions/71 yards

De’Mornay Pierson-El: Salt Lake: 5 receptions/68 yards

Rannell Hall, Orlando: 2 receptions/60 yards

Malachi Jones, Atlanta: 6 receptions/53 yards, 1 TD

Daniel Williams, Memphis: GW TD in OT and one 2 PT


Salt Lake Defense: 6 sacks

Shaquille Richardson, Arizona: 8 tackles and 1 INT

Steven Johnson, Arizona: 7 tackles and 1 INT

Beniquez Brown, Birmingham: 7 tackles

De’Marquis Gates, Memphis: 7 tackles

Louis Young, Atlanta: 7 tackles

Will Hill III, Orlando: 6 tackles and 1 sack

A.J. Tarpley, San Diego: 6 tackles

Terence Garvin, Orlando: 5 tackles and 1 sack


Taylor Bertolet, Salt Lake: 3 FGs

Nick Folk, Arizona: 2 FGs

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The Commanders returned home after a four-game road trip and promptly broke the single-game attendance record! The home crowd was treated to a Commander win. Atlanta set a single-game attendance mark for the team, but they fell to the Apollos for a second time. A solid crowd in Memphis saw Johnny Football make his debut, but Brandon Silvers was the hero for the home squad leading them to the league’s first OT game victory. The Hotshots continued their winning ways in a key division game against the Fleet.

San Antonio: 30,545 (AAF League record!)

Memphis: 13,758

Atlanta: 11,416 (team record)

Arizona: 9,760

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I took it on the chin last week going a dismal 1-3 to drop my overall record under the 500 mark at 11-13. Let’s bounce back this week!

Orlando @ Atlanta +8.5: Orlando will look to bounce back after suffering their first loss last week, while the Legends will look to bounce back after getting pasted by the Commanders at home. I think the Apollos will be hitting on all cylinders this week as they take care of a divisional opponent that they handle easily in Week 1.

Salt Lake @ San Antonio – 5: The Commanders return home hot after a four-week road trip to face the Stallions who looked sharp in their Week 6 victory over Memphis. Despite the Stallions looking better with a solid defense, I like the Commanders to cover in their first game in front of the home crowd in over a month.

San Diego @ Arizona -3.5: Arizona returns home after handing Orlando their first defeat of the season. San Diego has yet to win on the road and I think this trend continues as the Hotshots cover behind a well balanced offensive attack.

Birmingham @ Memphis +2.5: This line appears to be light with the revived Iron offense and tough D. Brandon Silvers will get the start, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Johnny Football make an appearance. My gut says the Iron, but I see something strange happening in this one as the Express cover.


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Jhurrell Pressley, Arizona Hotshots RB

Here are your AAF league leaders after Week 7:

Passing Yards:

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 1,842 yards

John Wolford, Arizona: 1,400 yards

Luis Perez, Birmingham: 1,395 yards

Passing TDs:

John Wolford, Arizona: 13

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 11

Rushing Yards:

Jhurell Pressley, Arizona: 407 yards

D’Ernest Johnson, Orlando: 348 yards

Kenneth Farrow II, San Antonio: 344 yards

Rushing TDs:

Trent Richardson, Birmingham: 10

De’Veon Smith, Orlando: 5

Joel Bouagnon, Salt Lake: 5

Receiving Yards:

Charles Johnson, Orlando: 552 yards

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 505 yards

Dontez Ford, San Diego: 435 yards

Reece Horn, Memphis: 429 yards

Receiving TDs:

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 6

Charles Johnson, Orlando: 4

Mekele McKay, San Antonio: 4


Charles Johnson, Orlando: 37

De’Mornay Pierson-El, Salt Lake: 33

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 32


De’Marquis Gates, Memphis: 46

Beniquez Brown, Birmingham: 43

Erick Dargan, Arizona: 42


Karter Schult, Salt Lake: 7

Jayrone Elliott, San Antonio: 6.5

Damontre Moore, San Diego: 6


De’Vante Bausby, San Antonio: 4

Kameron Kelly, San Diego: 4

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The top of the rankings have a similar feel to last week as the Apollos lead the way followed by the Commanders who continue to rack up wins.

AAF Week 7 Power Rankings:

  1. Orlando Apollos 6-1
  2. San Antonio Commanders 5-2
  3. Arizona Hotshots 4-3
  4. Birmingham Iron 4-3
  5. San Diego Fleet 3-4
  6. Salt Lake Stallions 2-5
  7. Memphis Express 2-5
  8. Atlanta Legends 2-5
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