AFL standouts through Week 3
Meyer throws for 330 yards, 9 touchdowns in Week 3 action
Erik Meyer of the Spokane Shock had a stellar performance in Week 3 while leading his team to a 66-43 victory over the previously undefeated Iowa Barnstormers. Meyer was 24-of-34 for 330 yards and tossed nine touchdowns and continues to lead the Arena Football League in ALL passing categories.
The Spokane signal caller has a completion percentage of 74.5 (82/110) with 928 yards and 24 touchdowns without any interceptions after the first three games. His QB Rating is138,9 and he has Spokane second in the AFL in scoring offense (69.7 PPG) to the Arizona Rattlers (72.0 PPG)- this week’s opponent.
Bernard Morris of the Jacksonville Sharks also had an effort that deserves recognition. He led his team to a 66-49 win over the Cleveland Gladiators on the strength of a 23-for-35 night passing that accounted for 282 yards. Morris tossed seven TD's without an INT as the Sharks improved to 3-0 on the young season..
Tampa Bay Storm receiver Joe Hills had a monster day in the Storm's 77-65 victory over the Utah Blaze. Hills totaled 16 receptions while racking up 259 receiving yards and five touchdowns in turning in the top performance by a receiver in Week 3.
On the defensive side of the ball there were four efforts that stood out. Cameron McGlenn of the Shock had eight tackles and an assist, Micheaux Robinson of the Sharks and Dominic Jones of the Orlando Predators each totaled eight tackles, while David Hyland tallied nine tackles and an assist for the Blaze.
Robinson also contributed three pass deflections.
After three weeks of play Meyer continues to lead every passing category while Morris is now second in QB Rating (133.1) with a 70.9 completion percentage, 799 yards, 18 TD's and no INT's. Adrian McPherson (Storm) is third with a QB Rating of 127.7 (63.7 COMP %, 874 yards, 15 TD's and no INTs) and leads in rushing scores with 10. Nick Davila (Rattlers) leads all quarterback in touchdown tosses with 20 and has a 126.9 QB Rating, good for fourth in the AFL.
Hills leads in receptions with 30 and yards with 467 yards and is tied for the lead in touchdowns with Adron Tennell (Shock) with 10.
Shark teammates Jerry Turner (4.0) and Rashaad Duncan (3.0) are one-two in sacks. Jacksonville has a team total of 12 sacks, double the next closest team. Clevan Thomas (San Jose SabreCats) has four interceptions and continues to lead that category.
The Game of the Week for Week 4 is the Arizona Rattlers on the road to take on the Spokane Shock.
Both the Rattlers and Shock are 3-0 heading into the contest and share the lead in the National Conference Western Division. The teams are the top two scoring offenses in the league with Arizona averaging 72.0 per game and Spokane at 69.7.
Both clubs have solid defenses as well. The Rattlers are fifth in the AFL, allowing 49.3 points per game while the Shock are sixth at 48.3.
Arizona has been better at creating turnovers (+10), but Spokane is on the plus side s well (+4).
I believe the difference in this one is going to be the home field advantage. Spokane has compiled a 3-0 mark while playing all three games on the road. This will be the home opener for the Shock and while the Rattlers are likely to win the turnover margin battle, the home field advantage should balance that out.
Look for a high scoring game that ends with Spokane on top by 6 to improve to 4-0 and take sole possession of the Western Division.