San Antonio Commanders Travel to Atlanta Legends on Sunday, March 17
San Antonio Commanders (3-2)
Atlanta Legends (2-3)
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 3 p.m. CT
Atlanta, Ga. - Georgia State Stadium
Television: CBS Sports Network
SETTING THE SCENE
- The San Antonio Commanders conclude their four-game road trip when they head to Atlanta in week six of the inaugural Alliance of American Football season to take on the Atlanta Legends. The game will be played on Sunday at 3 p.m. CT and broadcast on CBS Sports Network. Ben Hold (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analyst) and John Schriffen (reporter) will be on the call.
- This is the first-ever matchup between the two teams.
- San Antonio is fresh off a 29-25 win over the Arizona Hotshots last week. The Commanders are currently on a two-game winning streak. Atlanta has also won two consecutive games as it knocked off Memphis in week five.
FIVE KEY STORYLINES
- HEAD COACHES: San Antonio's Mike Riley and Atlanta's Kevin Coyle have shared the field twice as assistant coaches, but never as head coaches. In 2001, when Riley was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers, he beat the Cincinnati Bengals 28-14 - Coyle was the cornerbacks coach of that Bengals' team. The following year, Coyle got the best of Riley when Riley was the assistant head coach of the New Orleans Saints.
- WHICH STREAK LIVES?: Heading into the second half of the season both San Antonio and Atlanta will put two-game win streaks on the line Sunday. The Commanders knocked off Birmingham and Arizona over the last two weeks, while Atlanta picked up wins against Arizona and Memphis.
- MURRAY THE UNKNOWN: Legends' quarterback Aaron Murray will face a tough test on Sunday afternoon. But the former Georgia Bulldog can also create problems for the Commanders, due to lack of film. Murray didn't see action this season until week four, when he took over for Matt Simms. In nearly two full games, Murray has completed 61 percent of his passes for 598 yards, one TD and one interception. Murray vs. the Commanders' secondary will be an important matchup to watch in Atlanta.
- NO FLY ZONE: Tasked with stopping Murray will be the San Antonio secondary. After intercepting Arizona's John Wolford three times in week five, the Commanders' defensive back group shot to the top of the Alliance with nine total interceptions. De'Vante Bausby is tied for the Alliance-high with three interceptions and three other Commanders are tied for fifth with two picks.
- GROUND AND POUND: Running back Kenneth Farrow II is the Alliance-leader in rushing yards (305) and will look to have success against Atlanta's run defense that gives up 119.2 yards per game on the ground. But where Farrow II might be able to excel even more is in the red zone where the Legends have surrendered seven rushing TDs this season.
WOODSIDE NAMED ALLIANCE WEEK FIVE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF WEEK
- Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside was named the Alliance of American Football week five offensive player of the week on March 12.
- Woodside completed 21 of 27 passes (77.8 percent) for 290 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for a 120.7 passer rating while leading the Commanders to a 29-25 week five victory. Woodside's hot first half got the Commanders off to a fast start, completing 12 of his first 13 pass attempts (92.3 percent) for 192 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
- San Antonio's Alliance-leading 17 sacks are two more than any other team.
- The Commanders have two players that rank in the top 10 in sacks in the Alliance. Jayrone Elliot ranks second with 4.5 sacks after he sacked Arizona's John Wolford twice in week five. Shaan Washington has tallied three sacks on the year, good for eighth best in the Alliance. Winston Craig, Arthur Miley and Tyrone Holmes also rank in the top 25 in sacks.
- San Antonio set an Alliance-record in week one when they sacked San Diego's Mike Bercovici six times in the win.
- The Commanders don't just get after the quarterback though. After tallying nine tackles for loss in the first four weeks of the season, the Commanders dialed up seven TFL against Arizona.
- San Antonio has six players each with two TFL.
ELLIOT IS EVERYWHERE
- Linebacker Jayrone Elliott played his best game of the season in week five. The former Green Bay Packer and University of Toledo product had three total tackles, two sacks, two TFLs, forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery.
- Elliott now has 4.5 sacks, 13 total tackles, seven QB hits and three forced fumbles on the season.
- In Arizona, fans were treated to three explosive plays from the Commanders offense. Logan Woodside found Mekale McKay for a 54-yard TD and then later found Alonzo Moore for a 57-yard completion. A few drives later Woodside found Kenneth Farrow II on a screen play that went for 43 yards.
- Of San Antonio's 10 longest plays of the season, three came against Arizona...
1. L. Woodside pass deep middle to A. Moore to ARI 13 for 57 yards - vs. AZ
2. L. Woodside pass deep middle to M. McKay for 54 yards, TOUCHDOWN - vs. AZ
3. L. Woodside pass deep middle to M. McKay for 47 yards, TOUCHDOWN - vs. SD
4. L. Woodside pass deep left to A. Moore to SD 3 for 46 yards - vs. SD
5. L. Woodside pass short left to K. Farrow, II to ARI 30 for 43 yards - vs. AZ
6. L. Woodside pass deep right to G. Ward, Jr. pushed ob at SD 23 for 37 yards - vs. SD
7. T. Williams right end to SD 36 for 30 yards - vs. SD
8. L. Woodside pass deep right to D. Ayers to ORL 40 for 29 yards - vs. ORL
9. L. Woodside pass deep left to M. McKay to ORL 46 for 29 yards - vs. ORL
10. L. Woodside pass deep middle to A. Moore to ORL 20 for 26 yards - vs. ORL
THE MOST BALANCED OF ATTACKS
- Head coach Mike Riley has said since day one that he wanted to deploy a balanced offensive scheme that will keep the defenses guessing. Through five weeks he has done just that with his play calling.
- Of the Commanders' 325 offensive plays this season, 166 have been a run and 159 a pass.
WEEK SIX ROSTER MOVES: DEBOER AND HOWARD ADDED TO ACTIVE ROSTER
- The San Antonio Commanders made a total four roster moves on March 11 and 12. General manager Daryl Johnston elected to add offensive lineman Dillon DeBoer and defensive lineman Ra'Zahn Howard to the active roster.
- Both DeBoer (Florida Atlantic) and Howard (Purdue) spent time with the Commanders during training camp in January.
- The Commanders also waived offensive lineman Mo Porter and defensive lineman Stefan Charles from the active roster.
RUNNING BY COMMITTEE
- San Antonio's rushing attack is the strength of the Commanders offense. Through five weeks of the season the Commanders have ran for 686 yards, good for second in the Alliance. But what makes the Commanders' rushing attack so difficult to stop is its versatility and how fresh the running backs are kept.
- Through five weeks, the ball has been carried by eight different players a total of 168 times.
- Seventy-eight of those carries have gone to former Houston standout Kenneth Farrow II. Farrow II's three TDs are tied for third most in the Alliance. In week four against Birmingham, Farrow set an Alliance-record when he ran for 142 yards on 30 carries.
- Rotating in at running back for the Commanders are Trey Williams, David Cobb and Aaron Green, who have combined for 56 carries through five weeks.
WINNING THIRD DOWN
- The Commanders continue to be one of the most efficient third down teams in the Alliance on offense.
- The Commanders' offense has converted 34 of its 76 attempts on third down, good for an Alliance-best 44.7 percent.
- San Antonio will be put to the test defensively against Atlanta on third down. The Legends convert on 41.4 percent of conversions, second only to the Commanders. On the other side of the ball, Atlanta has been outstanding during its winning streak, holding opponents to 5 of 20 (25 percent) on third down.
BIG PLAY MCKAY
- Wide receiver Mekale McKay starred under the lights in week one. The former Cincinnati Bearcat and Dallas Cowboy demonstrated his ability to make plays on the first play of the game when he was on the receiving end of a 22-yard pass from Logan Woodside. McKay finished with a team-high 80 yards on five receptions in the victory. He was targeted by Woodside 12 times throughout the night.
- McKay continued to impress in week two when he hauled in 36 yards on just two catches. He was targeted nine times. Against San Diego, McKay got off to a hot start when he caught a 47-yard TD pass from Woodside on the second play of the game. He finished with four catches for 91 yards in the loss.
- Woodside's favorite target was reliable in Arizona, catching all five of his targets for a team high 91 yards and a score.
- McKay's 317 yards rank third in the Alliance and his 17.6 yards per catch are tied for third in the Alliance among receivers with 10+ catches.
- The Commanders return to the friendly confines of the Alamodome on Saturday, March 23 as hosts to the Salt Lake Stallions. The game, which is set for a 7 p.m. CT first snap, will air live on NFL Network and the Alliance app.
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