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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Georgia takes over the top spot

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AFL Power Rankings
(Heading into Week 9)
1. (3) Georgia (7-1)
Last week: Beat Dallas 78-63
This week: at New Orleans
Force QB Chris Greisen threw 10 TD passes to outgun QB Clint Dolezel and the previously undefeated Desperados in a great offensive show.
2. (2) Chicago (6-1)
Last week: Beat Grand Rapids 77-54
This week: vs. Philadelphia
Coming off a bye week, the Rush seemed lethargic early, but 34 consecutive points in the second half buried the overmatched Rampage.
3. (1) Dallas (7-1)
Last week: Lost to Georgia 78-63
This week: vs. Nashville
The magic finally ended for the Desperados in Georgia as Force QB Greisen picked apart their secondary for 10 TD passes in a great offensive shootout.
4. (12) Columbus (4-3)
Last week: Beat Philadelphia 44-21
This week: at Tampa Bay
Philadelphia could not stop the offense of QB Matt Nagy and WR Damien Groce, but the real story was the Destroyers' ability to make defensive stops. Columbus is starting to resemble an elite team.
5. (5) Utah (5-3)
Last week: Lost to Arizona 83-69
This week: at San Jose
The Blaze defense had no answer for a hot Rattlers' offense. Even though Utah's offense was productive, it wasn't enough as the Blaze defense allowed 83 points.
6. (6) Orlando (4-3)
Last week: Beat New York 52-47
This week: at Las Vegas
QB Shane Stafford played an efficient game. The Predators scored on all but one of their possessions as they controlled the game and beat outmatched New York.
7. (4) Philadelphia (4-3)
Last week: Lost to Columbus 44-21
This week: at Chicago
New QB Clint Stoerner couldn't get anything going, partly due to a lack of cohesiveness and partly due to a Columbus defense that applied pressure and played a lot of press coverages.
8. (10) San Jose (4-3)
Last week: Beat Los Angeles 73-49
This week: vs. Utah
The SaberCats are tough to beat at home and QB Mark Grieb was close to perfect (331 yards, eight TDs). San Jose scored three unanswered touchdowns late to preserve the win.
9. (8) Colorado (5-3)
Last week: Beat Las Vegas 63-53
This week: at Kansas City
DB Rashad Floyd had two big interception returns for touchdowns in a huge third quarter, and the passing duo of QB John Dutton and WR Damian Harrell finally got on track.
10. (9) Kansas City (4-3)
Last week: Lost to Nashville 49-40
This week: vs. Colorado
A solid night by Brigade QB Raymond Philyaw wasn't enough to overcome a huge rushing display by Nashville (six TDs on the ground) in an unusually conservative AFL game.
11. (13) Nashville (4-4)
Last week: Beat Kansas City 49-40
This week: at Dallas
The Kats employed a physical ground game and produced a record six rushing TDs by FB Dan Alexander. Nashville's ball control simply didn't let the Brigade have the ball enough.
12. (7) New Orleans (4-4)
Last week: Lost to Austin 45-38 OT
This week: vs. Georgia
QB Andy Kelly returned from an injury, but the VooDoo offense could not convert key plays when it needed them in a tough overtime loss.
13. (11) Los Angeles (3-4)
Last week: Lost to San Jose 73-49
This week: vs. Grand Rapids
The Avengers' defense could not slow down SaberCats QB Grieb, and L.A. QB Sonny Cumbie threw three key interceptions late to thwart any chance of a rally.
14. (16) Arizona (2-6)
Last week: Beat Utah 83-69
This week: at New York
The Rattlers put together four quarters of near-perfect offense, featured strong special teams and the return of WR Randy Gatewood carried them to a huge win.
15. (14) Austin (3-5)
Last week: Beat New Orleans 45-38 OT
This week: Bye
It took overtime, but the Wranglers used a good night by QB Adrian McPherson and some key defensive stops for a big home win.
16. (15) Grand Rapids (2-5)
Last week: Lost to Chicago 75-54
This week: at Los Angeles
Grand Rapids played hard early, but when Chicago decided in the second half it wanted to play, this game was over for the undermanned Rampage.
17. (19) Tampa Bay (1-6)
Last week: Bye
This week: vs. Columbus
The Storm are coming off a much-needed bye week and has a winnable home game versus Columbus. But can they solve their QB problems?
18. (17). New York (1-6)
Last week: Lost to Orlando 52-47
This week: vs. Arizona
The passing combination of QB Rohan Davey to WR Mike Horacek was effective, but New York couldn't make defensive stops when it needed them most.
19. (18) Las Vegas (1-7)
Last week: Lost to Colorado 63-53
This week: vs. Orlando
The Gladiators allowed Colorado to score 26 unanswered points in the third quarter, and even though they played hard, they just lack enough playmakers.

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