The Alliance of American Football debuted on Saturday night, with a pair of games broadcast on CBS.
The challenge for the AAF will be to keep the good times rolling. "We look at the NFL as, we're going to support your existence, let them play in your league, put content on your network". "Our Saturday night games are created to last about 2.5 hours so you can come tailgate, watch some great football, and still have time to hit the party scene in Downtown afterward". There will also be no kicked extra point, each team will be required to attempt a two-point conversion after a touchdown.
After a bit of a slow start from Orlando, which led to Atlanta scoring the first points in league history on a 38-yard field goal from kicker Younhoe Koo and taking a 3-0 lead, Orlando was eventually able to get in rhythm offensively.
Here are some of the first's we saw last night at Spectrum Stadium - Marshall's 26-yard touchdown pass from Gilbert early in the second quarter was the league's first-ever TD.
Orlando special? Orlando special! Wide receiver Charles Johnson is another player to watch as he finished with four receptions for 60 yards before leaving the game with a leg injury. Marshall had three catches for 51 yards, one touchdown and a touchdown pass. The right tackle and left tackles seemed to be trying to hold on for dear life at times, leading to Atlanta having to chip the Orlando edge rushers with a tight end or running back. Be sure to go to there site and support them.
The league will feature eight teams, and the games will be featured on CBS and NFL Network. Here's how you can watch Sunday's game. Some players like Trent Richardson make the game interesting as well, as they look to get back into the NFL.
Overall, it was kind of fun, with Sunday promising the debut of former San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary as the coach of the Memphis Express in a 4 p.m. The Saturday overnight ratings for CBS's San Antonio Commanders vs. San Diego Fleet AAF matchup were greater than ABC's NBA Primetime matchup featuring the Rockets and Thunder. That game will be played on February 17 at 4PM EST. There are a plethora of camera angles in the broadcast, frequent instant relays, coherent commentary, and an overall all feel of an National Football League game.