Week 5 recap: Meyer continues to shine as Shock go to 4-0
The Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League continue to benefit from the outstanding season quarterback Erik Meyer is putting together. The La Mirada, California native had another big day in Week 5, leading the Shock (4-0) to a 66-49 victory over the visiting Arizona Rattlers (3-1) in a battle for first place in the West Division of the National Conference.
Meyer now has 32 touchdown passes this season, one less than his combined total in his previous three AFL seasons, without an interception. His QB Rating is now 135.87 and he has 1,279 passing yards with a 71.2 completion percentage. Meyer leads all passing categories except completion percentage. The Eastern Washington product trails Bernard Morris (71.6%) in that category by .04 percent.
Morris is the second highest rated QB (133.6) and has tossed 20 TD passes without an interception while leading the Jacksonville Sharks to a 4-0 mark. The Sharks are the only other unbeaten team going into Week 6 play.
Nick Davila of the Rattlers has to be mentioned among the elite quarterbacks in the league to this point in the season. Davile has thrown for 1,161 yards with 25 touchdowns and a 124.3 rating. He has been picked off three times.
Joe Hills (34R, 509 yards, 12 TD) of the Tampa Bay Storm, Adron Tennell (37R, 440 yards, 14 TD) of the Shock, Reggie Gray (31R, 378 yards, 10 TD) of the Chicago Rush and Jeff Hughley (30R, 343 yards, 8 TD) of Jacksonville all have 30 or more receptions while the Storm’s Greg Ellingson (29R, 375 yards, 3 TD) and Chicago’s Rodney Wright Jr. (29R, 351 yards, 6 TD) are a catch shy of 30.
Adrian McPherson, quarterback for the Storm, receives an honorable mention. While he is the sixth rated QB, he is the leading rusher in the league (176 yards) with nearly double his closet competitor’s total of 96. The 29-year old has scored 12 rushing touchdowns and thrown for another 17 to account for 29 scores. McPherson last played in the AFL in 2008 as a member of the Grand Rapids Rampage.
Week 6 Game of the Week
Spokane goes on the road to face the San Jose Talons (2-1) this week for what should be a competitive game, but the Shock look to be the better team and are hitting on all cylinders now and will emerge with a two touchdown win to go to 5-0.
My choice for Week 6 Game of the Week is the Sharks at home against the Iowa Barnstormers (2-2). To the casual fan this might seem like a no-brainer. The Sharks are undefeated and have a monster defense that is only allowing 42.2 points per game, while their offense is racking up 67 PPG.
What makes this a challenge for Jacksonville is that the Barnstormers are highly motivated to snap a two-game losing streak that follows on the heels of a 2-0 start to the season. Look for the game to stay close into the final minutes before Iowa pulls off a big road win by less than a touchdown.