The ELF Rundown: Drama Ensues In Week Seven

The ELF Rundown: Drama Ensues In Week Seven

With seven weeks down in the ELF 2024 season, the league continues to provide their fans with plenty of entertainment. Something that has become increasingly evident, though, is the lack of parity within certain conferences. Blowouts are becoming a more consistent storyline in the ELF – which came to a head this week in a specific matchup.

Let’s take a look at what all went down this weekend, as there were some rather unique circumstances to open up week seven action.

Tirol Raiders vs. Vienna Vikings

Week seven kicked off with two of the ELF’s stronger teams in Tirol and Vienna. The Vikings have never lost to the Raiders in ELF history, and that did not change as Vienna got the 27-19 win on the road.

For Tirol, their bread and butter is the run game with Tobias Bonatti. He posted over 100 rushing yards again, and scored a touchdown for Tirol to keep them in the game. Unfortunately, it was N’Kosi Perry who put this team in a hole, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble as well. He’s been relatively inconsistent since joining Tirol, which is a situation to monitor given the team’s quick release of D’Angelo Fulford weeks ago.

Interestingly enough, Tirol was much better on third downs in this game (10-17), while Vienna was just 2-10. However, settling for four field goals is what prevented the Raiders from getting over the hump.

Vienna’s defense is really what won them this ball game. Benjamin Straight led the team with two interceptions, as the Vikings stifled the Raiders in the second half to improve to 7-0 on the season.

Barcelona Dragons vs. Munich Ravens

It was an absolute disaster in Barcelona this week, which all led to one of the worst performances we’ve ever seen in professional football. Their Coach, David Shelton, parted ways with the organization ahead of this weekend’s matchup.

Between that chaos, and the lack of players available for Barcelona, things went south very quickly. For the first time in ELF history, a team had to forfeit at halftime because of how poor things were going. The Munich Ravens dropped 54 points in the first half alone, with the Dragons being completely helpless and incapable of doing anything.

Barcelona had just 18 yards and two first downs in the first half, while the Ravens had 405 yards as Chad Jeffries tossed six touchdowns. This game felt like watching a D1 college team taking on a small high school. It was that bad.

Helvetic Mercenaries vs. Milano Seamen

After an 0-5 start to the ELF season, the Helvetic Mercenaries finally pulled off their first win. It wasn’t a pretty victory, by any means, but it was one that showed some true resiliency from this group against a Milano team that was surging.

While Carlton Aiken Jr. completed just 33% of his passes in this 16-10 win, it was his legs that allowed Helvetic to hang around. He rushed for 115 yards and a score – and did drop a dime on the go ahead touchdown which put things away in the 4th.

Milano shot themselves in the foot with 16 penalties in this game – a ridiculously high number that is never acceptable in pro football of any form. Zach Bronkhorst looked decent and made a couple of plays with his legs, but couldn’t find a rhythm down the stretch which ultimately led to the loss. It’s also worth noting that the Seamen allowed five sacks, as Helvetic’s defensive line made their presence known.

Madrid Bravos vs. Frankfurt Galaxy

After being humbled by the Rhein Fire in their previous game, the Madrid Bravos came out with a different level of intensity against the Frankfurt Galaxy. The Bravos cruised past Frankfurt at home, blowing them away 46-15 in a matchup that wasn’t close at all throughout.

QB Steven Duncan played well for Madrid, with 292 passing yards and a touchdown. Pair that with contributions in the ground game, and it’s clear to see why the Bravos put up so many points. Additionally, their defense was outstanding, with three interceptions including a late pick six to put the game on ice.

The Galaxy have struggled to find much of an identity this season. They were 1-5 on fourth down attempts in this game, and neither quarterback could get into a groove against a fierce Madrid defense. With a 2-3 record in 2024, Frankfurt is at serious risk of missing the postseason, especially given the tight competition in the Western Conference.

Fehervar Enthroners vs. Berlin Thunder

In what might have been the most lopsided affair – aside from Barcelona and Munich – the Berlin Thunder trampled the Fehervar Enthroners on the road. Ferhervar has struggled to be competitive all year, and this was on full display as they lost 47-0 to drop to 0-6.

The stats say it all. Berlin had 26 first downs, to the Enthroners’ four. The Thunder converted six of their 10 third down attempts, while Fehervar was just 3-12. While Berlin racked up 410 yards of offense, the Enthroners had just 66. Jack Mangel finished the day with a putrid 15 passing yards on 19 attempts.

If Berlin wants to prove that they can compete with the better teams in the ELF, they’ll need more performances like this one.

Paris Musketeers vs. Hamburg Sea Devils

The Paris Musketeers continue to roll through opponents in the ELF. They took care of business at home against Hamburg, coming away with a 41-18 victory to improve to 4-1.

Paris has so many weapons for Zach Edwards to utilize, that it allows for him to see tremendous success week in and week out. He threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns in this game, while rushing for another two. Edwards is the first QB in ELF history to throw for over 10,000 yards and 100 touchdowns.

Austin Mitchell continues to shine as one of the ELF’s most dynamic playmakers. He’s electric as a WR – and also provided the team with a big spark in the third quarter with a huge kickoff return.

Hamburg is wasting no time in making changes after a rough 2-3 start. QB Javarian Smith was just released, after he completed less than 50% of his passes and tossed an interception this weekend. The Sea Devils were more competitive than this final score suggests, but were simply outmanned and outcoached in what turned into a blowout in the second half.

Wroclaw Panthers vs. Prague Lions

The Wroclaw Panthers hosted the Prague Lions this weekend, in what ended up being a rather uninspired affair. Neither offense could find much life, as the Panthers ended up with their third win of the year – taking down Prague 14-3 at home.

What defined this matchup was Wroclaw’s ability to dominate in the trenches. Prague had absolutely zero answers for A.J. Wentland and this pass rush – as the Panther sacked David Perkins a whopping 11 times in this football game. The Lions had only 8 first downs in the loss, and 132 total yards. Wroclaw wasn’t much better, with just 170 total yards of their own.

The Panthers did make a move prior to this game, re-signing QB Matthew Riccardi-Vitale who was their signal caller a year ago. He didn’t play incredibly well in his 2024 debut, but with some time to re-adjust, should be someone who puts this team in a position to see more success.

Rhein Fire vs. Cologne Centurions

The trend in the ELF this week certainly revolved around blowouts. It was a dominant performance from the Rhein Fire in week seven, as they severely handled the Cologne Centurions at home, 62-9.

For Rhein, their ability to see so much production from many different playmakers is what sets them apart. They had two running backs go for over 100 yards in this game, with WR Kelvin McKnight also tallying 106 rushing yards. McKnight, the former Seattle Sea Dragon, had a big day with 139 total yards and a touchdown.

Cologne is a team that features quite a bit of talent, but the execution is lacking. They had a respectable 324 yards of offense, but went just 3-13 on third downs as they posted just nine points. Their defense had a horrendous day, allowing 608 yards and 62 points to Rhein. Not to mention, the Centurions lost four fumbles in this game.

With a 6-1 record sitting atop the Western Conference, the Rhein Fire are once again looking like the team to beat in the ELF.

Final Thoughts

As we’ve reached the halfway point of the ELF season, the trends we saw early on have remained mostly true. Rhein, Stuttgart, and Vienna are the three top teams in the league. Paris, Madrid, Berlin, and Tirol are all competitive, but still feel like they need something extra to get over the hump and into the top tier.

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

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