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Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Upsets manage to shake up the rankings a little

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AFL Power Rankings
(Heading into Week 14)
1. (1) Dallas (11-1)
Last week: Beat Columbus 56-47
This week: at Philadelphia
A complete offensive effort by QB Clint Dolezel, WR Will Pettis, and the power running game was enough to give the Desperados the Eastern Division title and a first-round bye.
2. (2) Georgia (10-2)
Last week: Beat Tampa Bay 52-38
This week: vs. Columbus
The Force got a solid game from QB Chris Greisen, a great night by WR Chris Jackson, and a terrific defensive effort that produced four interceptions.
3. (4) Chicago (9-3)
Last week: Beat Arizona 53-47
This week: at Los Angeles
The Rush put together a 24-0 run midway through the game and held on to beat the Rattlers to nail down a playoff spot for the seventh consecutive season.
4. (3) San Jose (9-3)
Last week: Beat Nashville 48-34
This week: vs. Orlando
The veteran SaberCats are starting to look like a complete team, especially on defense, and they used a 21-0 run in the third quarter to pull from the Kats.
5. (5) Colorado (8-5)
Last week: Lost to Grand Rapids 58-56
This week: at Utah
The Crush got a decent night from QB John Dutton and a terrific game by WR Damian Harrell, but their defense and special teams could not make key stops in an upset loss to Grand Rapids.
6. (6) Orlando (7-5)
Last week: Lost to Utah 65-62
This week: at San Jose
The Predators' tough-luck home loss turned on a blocked extra point that Utah returned for a two-point score in the final two minutes.
7. (8) Philadelphia (6-6)
Last week: Beat Austin 76-66
This week: vs. Dallas
With QB Tony Graziani back from a shoulder injury and throwing seven TDs in the win over Austin, the Soul have won two straight and are rolling heading into the final weeks of the season.
8. (9) Kansas City (7-5)
Last week: Beat Los Angeles 62-56
This week: at Grand Rapids
QB Raymond Philyaw continues to be a model of consistency. He and underrated WR/KR Charles Frederick combined for a huge first half that Los Angeles could not overcome.
9. (13) Utah (6-7)
Last week: Beat Orlando 65-62
This week: vs. Colorado
The Blaze got a huge game from WR Siaha Burley and snapped a five-game losing streak. The win over Orlando was Utah's most complete game in a month.
10. (7) Los Angeles (6-6)
Last week: Lost to Kansas City 62-56
This week: vs. Chicago
A lethargic first half in which they were shut out in the second quarter and made no defensive stops led to a 34-14 deficit that the Avengers could not overcome.
11. (10) Columbus (6-6)
Last week: Lost to Dallas 56-47
This week: at Georgia
The Destroyers could not make enough defensive stops versus the potent Dallas offense. Plus, throwing a pair of interceptions didn't help Columbus much either.
12. (12) New York (5-7)
Last week: Beat New Orleans 69-63
This week: vs. Austin
The Dragons played great on offense, led by QB Aaron Garcia's nine TD passes, but it was their defense and a great goalline stand in the last minute that preserved a big win.
13. (11) Tampa Bay (5-7)
Last week: Lost to Georgia 52-38
This week: at New Orleans
The honeymoon for Storm QB Brett Dietz is officially over as the Georgia defense intercepted him four times. On defense, the Storm secondary simply had no answer for WR Chris Jackson.
14. (16) Grand Rapids (4-8)
Last week: Beat Colorado 58-56
This week: vs. Kansas City
An explosive return game and a balanced offensive attack led by QB Chad Salisbury, WR Cornelius Bonner, and WR/KR Timon Marshall led to the upset win over the Crush.
15. (14) Nashville (5-8)
Last week: Lost to San Jose 48-34
This week: Bye
The young Kats got cold in the second half and could not get anything going offensively against the tough San Jose defense in a tough home loss.
16. (15) New Orleans (4-8)
Last week: Lost to New York 69-63
This week: vs. Tampa Bay
Backup QB Steve Bellisari played great, replacing injured Andy Kelly, but the VooDoo tried to milk the clock in last minute before scoring and it backfired in a bitter home loss.
17. (17) Arizona (3-10)
Last week: Lost to Chicago 53-47
This week: at Las Vegas
The Rattlers tried to come back in the second half, but they spotted the Rush too big of an early lead and Arizona just couldn't get enough offensive possessions.
18. (18). Austin (3-9)
Last week: Lost to Philadelphia 76-66
This week: at New York
Young QB Lang Campbell played a solid game, but the Wrangler defense could not slow down Tony Graziani and the revived Soul offense.
19. (19) Las Vegas (2-10)
Last week: Bye
This week: vs. Arizona
The Gladiators got a much-needed bye week and even though they lack quality personnel, at least they still are trying to compete.

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