Jun 27th 16:00, by Tim Hanswillemenke

Week 4 Power Ranking – Ravens make big jump, Thunder plummet 

Let’s see where I rank the all teams before Week 5 kicks off!

Jun 27th 16:00, by Tim Hanswillemenke

Week 4 Power Ranking – Ravens make big jump, Thunder plummet 

Let’s see where I rank the all teams before Week 5 kicks off!

 

Previous: 1

Record: 4-0

After beating the Cologne Centurions 42 – 0, Rhein Fire stays at number one.. Their team is just too good to move it out of this spot, despite the Vikings getting closer and closer to taking it from them!  

Previous: 2

Record: 3-0

The Vikings are getting close to taking the top spot, but for now they stay at two. With another convincing performance against the Kings this past weekend, the Vikings show that they have what it takes to repeat their success from last season.

Previous: 4

Record: 3-0

If you beat a top three team, you deserve to be in the top three. The Stuttgart Surge knocked the Raiders off their spot in this ranking with their 6 – 3 win in the lowest scoring game in European League of Football history! Despite losing a number of players to injuries, the Surge kept fighting and got away with the win. As head coach Jordan Neuman said after their win, it is a new era of football in Stuttgart!

Previous: 3

Record: 3-1

The Raiders drop out of the top three after the close loss to the Stuttgart Surge. They have also lost former NFL running back Sandro Platzgummer due to a torn meniscus and ACL. They have other talented players on the roster like Bonatti, but losing a former NFL skill player that counts as a homegrown would hurt any team in this league.

Previous: 9

Record: 2-1

The Frankfurt surprisingly came out hot of their bye week despite losing quarterback Jakeb Sullivan to the injured reserve list. Their defense looked ready to play and their offense showed versatility with new quarterback Steve Cluley. If the new quarterback can keep his productivity up until Sullivan is ready to step in again, playing the 2021 champion will not be a walk in the park.

Previous: 6

Record: 3-1

The Panthers stay at six after Tony “Turbo” Tate scored four receiving touchdowns in one game again. I know that they played against the Enthroners, but I believe that their running game and aggressive defense will win them more games this year compared to last season. Tate looks flashy in every game, but do not sleep on how much the Panthers are able to do in the trenches. Their running game is a big advantage for the Panthers so far this season. 

Previous: 11

Record: 2-2

I truly believe that the Sea Devils are a playoff contender if they keep playing like they did against the Thunder. They managed to give their best offensive player in Malik Stanley the targets he needs to make plays, they sprinkled in some nice run plays and again used the dual-threat ability of their quarterback Preston Haire to move the ball. Defensively, the Sea Devils looked much more prepared than in previous weeks and ready to eat. What surprises me most about their win over the Thunder was the switch of mentality and their winning mindset that was visible throughout most the game.

Previous: 10

Record: 2-1

The Munich Ravens have found their secret weapon. Irish running back Tomiwa Oyewo is one of his kind. With three total touchdowns and over 200 total yards, the talented player helped the Ravens to their first positive record in franchise history. After their loss against the Raiders in Week 1, the Ravens have now won back-to-back games and look well-coached and ready to compete!

Previous: 5

Record: 2-2

The Berlin Thunder were not what they usually are on Sunday. They were forced to play with their backup quarterback Paul Stubbe for most of the game. But it’s not even that. In my opinion, they have lost against the Sea Devils because of the wrong mindset and questionable calls on defense. Leaving Malik Stanley, one of the best 50/50 ball receivers in this league, alone against a homegrown cornerback on the outside on two of his four touchdowns was a crucial mistake. If the Thunder manage to stay hot for all four quarters, they are a tough team to beat. But so far, they slept through some quarters of each game they played in.

Previous: 7

Record: 2-2

Was I right about the Barcelona Dragons all along? Don’t get me wrong, I highly underestimated quarterback Conor Miller and the Dragons receiving group led by Josh Johnston and Theo Landström. But their defense just cannot stop the run. In their first loss against the Tirol Raiders, they gave up 158 total rushing yards while only moving the ball for 35 yards on the ground on offense. Same goes for their last game against the Munich Ravens. They surrendered 209 total rushing yards against the Ravens and only put up 12 rushing yards themselves. They have to find a solution for that imbalance or otherwise, they will have a long season ahead.

Previous: 8

Record: 1-3

The Musketeers keep on falling in my ranking. At his point, you have to start questioning the leadership within the team because there is so much talent but so little production on both sides of the ball. I ranked the Musketeers at six coming into the season. Since then, they have dropped five spots all the way to eleven prior to Week 5 of the 2023 season.

Previous: 12

Record: 1-2

The Milano Seamen hold in their first win since joining the European League of Football. But it came against a team that is ranked at 15 on my ranking and also played without their American quarterback for most of the game due to Jordan Barlow getting ejected. However, the Seamen keep on improving and I like where they are at now. But if you look ahead to Week 5, they have a tough matchup against the Raiders looming.

Previous: 13

Record: 1-3

The Cologne Centurions suffered a beating from their neighbor at the Rhein. Losing with a final score of 42 – 0 is not fun in any circumstances. But I still believe that this 1-3 team is better than the last four teams on my ranking simply because of their talented but young defense.

Previous: 14

Record: 2-2

The Leipzig Kings travelled to the Vikings and were “wienerschnitzled”, as the English broadcaster commented during the game. This term fits that game as the Kings gave up 489 total yards while only putting up 158 total yards on their own. There was simply no escaping from one of the hottest teams in this league.

Previous: 15

Record: 0-4

The Guards are still looking for their first win of the season. But playing without your starting quarterback for a large portion of the game doesn’t help your cause either. But the Guards have another problem on their team, and it is the quality and depth of their homegrown players.

Previous: 16

Record: 0-3

Just like the Guards, the Lions also find themselves close to the bottom of this ranking because of their lacking quality from their homegrown players. It is tough to be join the most completive American football league in Europe and expect to be one of the best teams. Just like the other new teams, the Lions will need time to adjust.

Previous: 17

Record: 0-4

The Enthroners played their Week 4 matchup without an American quarterback as they have released former Division I signal-caller Jerod Evans. For now, this team has to stay at the bottom of this ranking although they make improvements from week to week.

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