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Birmingham Iron Now At 4-1 Odds to Win AAF Championship After 26-0 Win in Week 1

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Birmingham Iron quarterback Luis Perez completed 19-of-33 passes for 252 yards in their Week 1 victory over the Memphis Express. Photo from @aafiron (Twitter)
  • The AAF debuted this past weekend to strong ratings across America.
  • Birmingham’s odds to win the AAF Championship have been shortened to +400 after a 26-0 victory.
  • Are the Iron’s Championship odds worth a wager?

Early reviews for the Alliance of American Football’s opening weekend are in, and surprise, surprise football is still King in America.

The league generated plenty of buzz on social media, proving once again how much people like watching and betting on football.

With that in mind, MyBookie has released its updated odds to win the Inaugural AAF championship, and while the Arizona Hotshots remain the favorite, the Birmingham Iron made the biggest move.

Odds to Win AAF Championship

Team Odds to Win Alliance of American Football Championship at MyBookie
Arizona Hotshots +250
Birmingham Iron +400
Salt Lake Stallions +400
San Antonio Commanders +500
Orlando Apollos +500
Atlanta Legends +1200
San Diego Fleet +1200
Memphis Express +1200

*Odds taken 2/12

Prior to Week 1, the Iron were tied for the longest odds to win the title, but an impressive shutout victory over the Express prompted online sports betting sites to quickly shorten their price.

Dominant Defense

Birmingham overwhelmed Memphis in their debut, holding the Express and former second-round pick Christian Hackenberg to under 100 yards passing.

The Iron squad, comprised of a heavy mix of former Alabama and Auburn players, allowed just two third down conversions and a league low 202 yards of total offense, while forcing three turnovers.

The sample size is small, but in a league where rules are designed to promote offense, having a dominant defense, with good corners, can help separate the contenders from the pretenders.

Underrated Offense

The defense may have gotten all the publicity, but the offense impressed as well.

Former Division II stud Luis Perez, who spent training camp with Sean McVay and the LA Rams, completed 19 of 33 passes, and Trent Richardson proved he still has a nose for the endzone.

Quinton Patton averaged 26.8 yards per reception and became the first player in AAF history to record a 100-yard receiving game, while Ladarius Perkins led all Week 1 players with six catches.

Don’t Strike While the Iron is Hot

While Birmingham was one of the most impressive teams in Week 1, betting them now feels like chasing. It’s a lousy price compared to what was available last week and it would be more advantageous to target a team the books haven’t properly adjusted for.

The Orlando Apollos price hasn’t budge, despite pummeling the Atlanta Legends by 34 points. It’s possible the Legends are terrible, but the Apollos offense looked unstoppable in Week 1 and their defense forced three interceptions.

Their +500 odds won’t last long, especially if they take care of business in Week 2 against Salt Lake.

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Chris began his career at Hockey Night in Canada over 15 years ago. He has since worked at TSN for over 12 years as a writer, line-producer, field-producer, newsroom supervisor for Sportscentre, and presently as a promotions producer.