The ELF Rundown: Blowouts Define Week Three Action

The ELF Rundown: Blowouts Define Week Three Action

This weekend in the ELF, the action continued across Europe. There were some incredibly exciting matchups along the way, alongside a few blowouts that shook up the Power Rankings.

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen some teams move on from various players who were starting to begin the year, and so far, those roster changes have paid off.

Let’s take a look at what went down in an action-packed week three in the European League of Football.

Rhein Fire vs. Madrid Bravos

The opening matchup of the weekend was a defensive affair between two of the best teams in the ELF. The Rhein Fire suffered their first loss of the year – and, their first loss in quite a while dating back to a season ago. The Madrid Bravos are here to prove that they’re legitimate contenders in their first year as a franchise.

While the Fire went down, they were missing some key players, including WR Kelvin McKnight Jr., who’s been excellent to start the year. He was clearly missed, going just 3/9 on third downs in this game. Madrid’s defense was excellent, picking off Jadrian Clark twice, while holding Rhein to just 10 total points.

A tough pill to swallow for Madrid is the injury to Chris Helbig. Their starting QB was removed from the game with an injury, and has since been placed on injured reserve. The Bravos will need another signal caller to step up moving forward this season.

Ultimately, it was the Bravos’ hot start that put them in control of this game, never relenting. Their 15-0 lead was too much for the Fire to overcome. RB D’Wayne Obi had himself a day, with 24 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Madrid improved to 2-0 with their 22-10 win, while Rhein dropped to 2-1.

Barcelona Dragons vs. Tirol Raiders

The Tirol Raiders made a big change this week: releasing starting QB D’Angelo Fulford, and putting Kason Martin into the fire. He proved to be the spark this team needed, as the Raiders put up a whopping 63 points on the road, fueled by Martin’s 364 yards and five passing touchdowns.

This game could not have been any more lopsided than it was. Barcelona had just 7 first downs, while Tirol racked up 27 of their own. Levi Lewis did what he could for the Dragons, but brutal O-Line play resulted in very little offensive success.

The Raiders played one of their most complete games in franchise history, with 667 total yards of offense. Tobais Bonnati ripped off 144 yards and a score on the ground, as Tirol completely overwhelmed Barcelona from start to finish.

Tirol now improves to 2-1 on the season, while the Dragons’ losing streak extends to two – something needs to change in Barcelona, as they’re wasting the potential of Lewis in this scene.

Milano Seamen vs. Helvetic Mercenaries

When two winless teams play, someone is bound to win. This game looked more like two organizations that were trying to lose, with Milano just barely pulling it out in the end.

It’s not every day that you see a quarterback go 4/15 with just 17 yards and win a football game, but that’s exactly what Zach Bronkhorst did. The Seamen had just five first downs, but the Mercenaries weren’t any better, with five of their own. The third down efficiency was quite poor between both teams as well.

Ultimately, while Milano came away with the victory, neither one of these teams look like they’ll be all that competitive this year. Neither display the depth, talent, or execution that other franchises do in the ELF.

Paris Musketeers vs. Frankfurt Galaxy

The Frankfurt Galaxy have hung tough with two really good teams, but just came up short in both affairs. This time around, it was the Paris Musketeers who took the Galaxy down, 25-22 at home in what was a down to the wire matchup.

Frankfurt has to blame their lack of execution for this one. A few missed field goals, and three interceptions are what buried this team late as they tried to mount a comeback against the mighty Musketeers.

Paris is a legitimately excellent football team. They’re now 2-0 to start the year, and showed some resiliency this weekend. Despite early turnovers and foolish mistakes, they clawed their way back into it, and ultimately took the lead and didn’t let go. Zach Edwards wasn’t incredibly efficient, but his 240 yards and 2 TD’s pushed Paris to victory.

Here’s a fun note: former Philadelphia Stars LB Jordan Genmark-Heath scored a touchdown in this game.

Berlin Thunder vs. Fehervar Enthroners

The ELF had some blowouts this week: and this game was one of them. The Berlin Thunder imposed their will on the Fehervar Enthroners, cruising to a 43-3 victory at home. Berlin put up 425 yards of offense in this game, while Fehervar stumbled to just 189 of their own.

Jakeb Sullivan had an excellent day throwing the football. He completed 22 of his 31 pass attempts, for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Berlin had more than double the amount of first downs compared to the Enthroners, which makes sense looking at the final score.

The Enthroners are a team that are still trying to find their identity. They’ve lacked any sort of offensive direction all year, and are clearly not ready to make any sort of playoff run. Meanwhile, Berlin is looking to prove that they can compete with the best teams in the league, such as Paris or Stuttgart.

Wroclaw Panthers vs. Vienna Vikings

Even without their starting quarterback in Ben Holmes, the Vienna Vikings find ways to win. QB Alexander Reischl stepped in and took up the challenge, leading the Vikings to a road win over the Wroclaw Panthers, 16-13.

Reischl didn’t have a dazzling game by any means, but did enough to get the job done with 156 yards and a touchdown. Vienna was just 2/10 in third down situations, but their defense held up their end of the bargain, holding Wroclaw to 4/13 on third downs.

Starting QB Steven Duncan – who was the player of the week back in week one – had a rough game. He threw for just 112 yards and was picked off twice, while also losing a fumble in the end zone in the fourth quarter, leading to Vienna taking a late lead. He held onto the football too long again on their final drive, resulting in a safety. Interestingly enough, Duncan has been released already, but was snagged by the Madrid Bravos since their starting QB went down.

While the Vikings aren’t a flashy team, they’re a solid unit who knows how to win. With a 3-0 record to start the season, Vienna is hoping to place themselves in the conversation with the top groups in the ELF.

Munich Ravens vs. Prague Lions

The Munich Ravens have looked like a much stronger team, since losing in week one to the Surge. They obliterated the Prague Lions at home 51-7, as Prague was all out of sorts from the first snaps of the game.

The Lions posted just 129 yards of total offense, sputtering their way to a measly 8 first downs (3/12 on third downs) during the affair. QB Kare Lyles had very little time in the pocket to make decisions, throwing for just 83 yards.

Chad Jeffries had himself a day for Munich. He completed 19 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns, as the Ravens dropped a 50 bomb on the Lions’ head. They were relentless in the first half: outsourcing Prague 39-0.

Next week will feature an intriguing matchup, as Tirol and Munich face off after two dominant victories in their own regard.

Final Thoughts

The European League of Football continues to provide their continent with an entertaining and quality product of American Football. It’s not always perfect, but the growth and talent from year to year continues to improve.

As we saw last week, the Western Conference still looks like the strongest division in the ELF – but, the Central and Eastern conferences are looking pretty tight as well. It’s bizarre that Frankfurt is a winless team to begin the year; in any other division, they would likely be a contender to win it.

If you missed our ELF Recap from week two, you can check that out here.

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