Yes, you read that correctly. We’ve jumped from Week 14 to Week 16 due to the fact all 12 teams had a Bye Week. Why were they all on a Bye week? The league decided to take the 4th of July holiday weekend off, so staff members in the AFL were able to spend time with their families and enjoy the holiday.
Here’s a quick recap of what happened two weeks ago:
Tampa Bay Storm 42, Philadelphia Soul 64
San Jose SaberCats 62, Spokane Shock 27
New Orleans VooDoo 43, Orlando Predators 56
Cleveland Gladiators 41, Jacksonville Sharks 74
Arizona Rattlers 49, Los Angeles KISS 43
Portland Thunder 46, Las Vegas Outlaws 48
And here’s the award winners from Week 14.
Week 14 AFL MVP: WR Larry Brackins, Orlando Predators
This week’s MVP caught only 5 passes for 35 yards, but the catches he made were key in Orlando’s 56-43 victory over the New Orleans VooDoo. Every reception Brackins made was for a touchdown. Yes, he scored five total touchdowns against the VooDoo defense. In the last four games, Brackins has scored a TD in each game, and has scored multiple in six of the 13 games this year.
SaberCats DB Ken Fontenette and Sharks DB Chris Smith were also nominated for Week 14 MVP.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week: QB Tommy Grady, Jacksonville Sharks
The 2012 AFL MVP lived up to his reputation as the Jacksonville Sharks demolished the American Conference champion Cleveland Gladiators 74-41. Grady was just about perfect, going 23 of 26 for 284 yards, 7 TD and 0 INT. Grady also eclipsed 26,000 career passing yards and moved into 8th in AFL history with 583 career passing touchdowns. The Sharks struggled early in the season, but Grady and the Sharks look like they’re prepping for a run, despite their record.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Week: DE Bryan Robinson, Philadelphia Soul
In a league where scoring is frequent, it’s always fun to see a defensive player score a touchdown, let alone two. Robinson was involved in a safety and a fumble recovery that he returned 34 yards for a touchdown in Philadelphia’s 64-42 victory over the fading Tampa Bay Storm. Robinson also recorded a sack and two tackles.
For the complete list of winners, check out the official AFL Website.
Now for the updated league leading statistics:
Passing Yardage: 3,988; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Passing Touchdowns: 94; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Interceptions Thrown: 19; Jason Boltus, Tampa Bay
Completion Percentage: 76.0%; Randy Hippeard, Orlando
QB Rating: 138.7; Randy Hippeard, Orlando
Rushing Attempts: 113; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Yards: 444; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Touchdowns: 25; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Receptions: 124 (tied); Marco Thomas, Philadelphia & Reggie Gray, San Jose
Receiving Yards: 1,578; Tiger Jones, Jacksonville
Receiving Touchdowns: 34 (tied); Marco Thomas, Philadelphia & Donovan Morgan, Los Angeles
Returns: 71; Duane Brooks, Portland
Yards: 1,584; Duane Brooks, Portland
Touchdowns: 6 (tied); Duane Brooks, Portland & A.J. Cruz, Arizona
Sacks: 13.0; Joe Sykes, Jacksonville
Interceptions: 12; Jeremy Kellem, Arizona
Return Yards: 105; Joe Phinisee, Cleveland
Pick-Six Touchdowns: 3; Joe Phinisee, Cleveland
That’ll do it for this week. Check back with us to find out Week 16’s results and a look at Week 17.
Week 16 Schedule:
Friday, July 10th:
New Orleans VooDoo (2-11; 0-5 Away) at San Jose SaberCats (13-1; 5-1 Home)
SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
10:30 PM (EST), 7:30 PM (PST) on ESPN2
Saturday, July 11th:
Cleveland Gladiators (7-7; 5-3 Away) at Philadelphia Soul (12-2; 7-0 Home)
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1:00 PM (EST), 10:00 AM (PST) on CBS Sports Network
Orlando Predators (8-6; 3-4 Away) at Tampa Bay Storm (6-7; 4-3 Home)
Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
7:30 PM (EST), 4:30 PM (PST)
Las Vegas Outlaws (5-8; 2-4 Away) at Arizona Rattlers (11-2; 6-1 Home)
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
9:00 PM (EST), 6:00 PM (PST)
Jacksonville Sharks (7-6; 3-4 Away) at Portland Thunder (3-10; 3-4 Home)
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
10:00 PM (EST), 7:00 PM (PST)
Sunday, July 12th:
Spokane Shock (4-9; 2-4 Away) at Los Angeles KISS (2-11; 1-5 Home)
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
6:00 PM (EST), 3:00 PM (PST)