Two weeks are in the books for the Alliance of American Football (AAF) & although the results have been encouraging both on and off the field —the new new startup football league needed an influx of $250 million dollars from Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) owner Tom Dundon to save the league’s existence.
The AAF despite posting solid TV ratings—just weeks old encountered the biggest problem new startup’s always face—money shortage & the risk of not being able to pay its employees. Dundon himself has gone on the record to state that the AAF is now “viable for years and years to come.”
From a betting perspective, the books here in Vegas continue to be pleasantly surprised by the handle from both the sharps & public bettors starving to feed their football addiction.
The home teams continue to see significant support at the betting counters here in Vegas. However, after all four home teams went 4-0 ATS & SU and covered all numbers at any point of the betting lines in Week One–in Week Two they went 2-2 ATS & 2-2 SU. In terms of the totals, even though the AAF have set up rules to induce scoring (no extra points ONLY going for a two-point conversion after every touchdown) the books cant seem to set them low enough as for the second straight week the four games went 3-1 to the ‘Under’. The books do seem to have a feel on who should ‘win’ the games though as all favorites are 8-0 SU on the moneyline & 6-2 ATS.
The MGM Resorts here in Vegas has posted updated AAF futures odds with the Orlando Apollos now the favorites according to the boys in the desert:
- Orlando Apollos: Steve Spurrier’s boys now find themselves the favorites to win it all after beating San Antonio in WK 2 & lead the AAF with 38.5 PPG.
- Arizona Hotshots: The Hotshots’ needed a come-from-behind 20-18 win over Memphis but Rick Neuheisel’s squad looks on a collision course with Orlando in Vegas.
- San Antonio Commanders: Former Dallas Cowboys & current SA GM Daryl ‘Moose’ Johnston’s boys lost to Orlando on a 4th quarter pick-six.
- Birmingham Iron: The Iron defense has given up a league low 9 points so far & escaped with a 12-9 win over Salt Lake after trailing 9-0 at halftime.
- Salt Lake Stallions: Dennis Erickson has a strong backfield but remain win less because of weak QB play.
- San Diego Fleet: Mike Martz guided the Fleet to their first win in the rain over Atlanta & now stand at 8/1.
- Atlanta Legends: Matt Simms threw an INT for the second straight week & the defense has given up a league worst 64 points thru two weeks & now sit at 30/1.
- Memphis Express: Mike Singletary found a way to hang with Arizona but couldn’t seal the deal & now stand at 60/1 & look to be the worst offensive team in the league.
Week 3 Betting Lines:
Saturday Feb 23, 2019
Arizona Hotshots (-3) @ Salt Lake Stallions (46)
Memphis Express (+13.5) @ Orlando Apollos (45.5)
Sunday Feb 24, 2019
Birmingham Iron (-6) @ Atlanta Legends (40)
San Antonio Commanders (+2) @ San Diego Fleet (43.5)
The books continue to make huge adjustments with the totals as we now see the ‘highest’ total on the board at 46 involving Arizona for the third straight week. In week one the ‘lowest’ posted total of the four games on the board was 57.5 showing a drastic correction by the odds-makers in AAF betting. In terms of the sides, we see our second double digit favorite in the AAF as the best Vegas power ranked team team–Orlando is -13.5 road favorites versus the worst power ranked team in the Memphis Express. The Express were 11.5 underdogs last week versus Arizona & covered but fell straight up (20-18) after being up 12-0 at halftime.