Week 1 for the 2019 Alliance of American Football season isn’t over yet. Even though an average of nearly 3 million viewers tuned in to watch the first two games on Saturday night, there are two more games today to keep the party going.
First up on CBS Sports Network is the Memphis Express at Birmingham Iron at 4 p.m. ET. That is followed by the Salt Lake City Stallions at Arizona Hotshots at 8 p.m. on NFL Network. Some of the names on tap for today include Iron running back Trent Richardson, Express quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Hotshots coach Rick Neuheisel. While the first round of AAF games were all kinds of fun, we have yet to see an overtime period. Will we get one on Sunday?
Stay tuned with CBS Sports all through the afternoon and evening as we will be updating this post with the latest and greatest highlights, scores and storylines as they develop.
Scores (updated after each quarter)
Birmingham Iron 26, Memphis Express 0
Salt Lake City Stallions at Arizona Hotshots
Orlando Apollos 40, Atlanta Legends 6
San Antonio Commanders 15, San Diego Fleet 6
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Trent Richardson overcomes slow start with two TDs
This was supposed to be Richardson’s comeback, but the former Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts running back got off to a slow start with eight carries for 17 yards through the first half. His third quarter wasn’t looking any better with a lost fumble on one of his better runs of the day. However, Richardson finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter to put the Iron up 15-0 and scored the ensuing two-point conversion. He also had a late-game touchdown, his second of the day, to finish with 56 yards in a 26-0 victory.
It’s been an overall tough day for Richardson as he tries to make his way back to the NFL — his yards per carry was still under 3.0 — but at least it ended better than it started.
Iron shut down Express with strong defensive effort
Similar to Saturday night’s defensive struggle between San Antonio and San Diego, Memphis-Birmingham was a rock fight for about three quarters The Iron lead 9-0, but were absolutely stout on defense. One of the best plays of the day came on a tip-drill interception of Express quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who has struggled to find any consistency in his career following his breakout freshman season at Penn State.
Today’s uni combo for Memphis-Birmingham: Icy White vs. Black
The AAF has some flashy uniforms, but there’s a more classic look going on for Memphis and Birmingham. The Express will play in their Icy White uniforms while the Iron will, not surprisingly, sport their sharp black unis. It may not be the loudest look, but there’s something to be said for the more subtle look that will be on display at Legion Field on Sunday.