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Orlando Apollos Now Listed as Favorites to Win AAF Championship After Week 3

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in AAF

Feb 28, 2019 · 9:56 AM PST

Orlando Apollos celebrate a touchdown
The Orlando Apollos are 3-0 and the new favorites to win the AAF Championship. (Photo by Joe Petro/Icon Sportswire)
  • Orlando Apollos are off to a 3-0 start in the newly-formed AAF
  • Apollos are coached by Steve Spurrier, who led Florida to an NCAA national championship
  • Orlando are the current favorites to win the AAF title

Like the moonshots their namesakes used to make, the Orlando Apollos have soared to the top.

As the new Alliance of American Football nears completion of its first month of competition, the Apollos are 3-0 and looking very much like the team to beat.

The online sports betting sites have established the Apollos as their favorites to win the inaugural AAF championship.

2019 AAF Championship Odds

Team Odds
Orlando Apollos +200
Arizona Hotshots +240
Birmingham Iron +275
San Diego Fleet +650
Salt Lake Stallions +1200
San Antonio Commanders +1400
Memphis Express +5000
Atlanta Legends +6600

*Odds taken on 02/27/19

The Arizona Hotshots had held forth as the chalk in the AAF since the season began. But the Hotshots fell 23-15 to the Salt Lake Stallions last week to taste defeat for the first time this season.

While the loss didn’t result in too much of a hit to Arizona’s AAF Championship odds, it did see Orlando overtake them as the favorite across all our top sportsbooks.

Apollos 3-0

Week 3 saw the closest game of the season for the Apollos, who dug deep at home to get past the Memphis Express 21-17.

Previously at home, the Apollos crushed the Atlanta Legend 40-6 and when they took their show on the road in Week 2, they outscored the San Antonio Commanders 37-29 in a stadium many AAF watchers feel is the toughest venue for an away team to play.

Everyone, it seems, is jumping on the Orlando bandwagon.

Spurrier Spurs Them On

Generally the theory in football is that defenses are ahead of offenses at the start of the season, but the Apollos are going against the grain in this train of thought.

A big reason why is head coach Steve Spurrier. He’s always carried a reputation as an offensive guru and one of Spurrier’s key assets is that he isn’t afraid to think outside the box and try to throw different wrinkles at the opposition in terms of trick plays.

You could say that Spurrier has them cruising right along and you wouldn’t be wrong.

Gilbert’s Got It

In football, it all starts under center and in Garrett Gilbert, the Apollos suit up the best quarterback in the AAF.

It’s not just about stats for Gilbert, although those are impressive – 48-of-81 for 827 yards passing with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

But Gilbert, an NFL-er with the Carolina Panthers, has also caught a touchdown pass this season and against Memphis, when the Express put a governor on Orlando’s stellar passing game, Gilbert showed he’s just as adept at pulling it down and running, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

Even Orlando’s Dog Days Are Impressive

During last week’s win, a dog set a world record during the halftime show with an 83-yard frisbee reception.

Yes, it seems wise to also anticipate that the Apollos will go long. And did we mention that the first AAF championship game is slated for Orlando?

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