The ELF Rundown: Week Two Sees Five Undefeated Teams

The ELF Rundown: Week Two Sees Five Undefeated Teams

Just like that, we are two weeks into the ELF season. It was another entertaining weekend of football, with certain teams establishing their dominance in their respective conferences.

With five teams now undefeated, the race is on for who will remain undefeated for the longest span. Let’s take a look at what went down in the ELF this week.

Wroclaw Panthers vs. Stuttgart Surge

To open up the week, the Panthers and Surge went at it in what was a game full of momentum swings. Wroclaw had a 20-7 lead in the first half, but a 16-0 third quarter for Stuttgart put them in front – and they didn’t relent in the fourth. This was a heavyweight battle between two Championship contenders, and it was one of the more entertaining matchups of the weekend.

The Stuttgart Surge played a tremendous second half, led by their quarterback Reilly Hennessey. He had over 500 total yards of offense, throwing for an unbelievable 473 yards and three touchdowns. WR Yannick Mayr had eight catches for 199 yards and two touchdowns, as Stuttgart had a whopping 637 total yards.

Wroclaw has some things to sort through. Offensively, they’re playing well, with American import QB Steven Duncan putting up solid numbers yet again. However, their lack of defensive success is concerning, as Stuttgart averaged eight yards per play without their top WR in Darrell Stewart Jr. – something that has to be addressed in week three and beyond

The Surge improved to 2-0 with a 44-34 victory on the road.

Madrid Bravos vs. Barcelona Dragons

The Madrid Bravos are already looking like a dangerous team in the ELF. In their first ever game as a franchise, they took care of business at home with a commanding 42-12 win over Barcelona.

Chris Helbig made his debut as the QB for Madrid, and lit up the stat sheets. The Bravos had 475 yards of offense, with 343 of those coming from Chris – including four touchdowns. Barcelona’s defense had absolutely zero answers for the balanced offensive attack from Madrid.

The Dragons do have talent, but look like a team that doesn’t have an identity quite yet. In this heated matchup, they were outmanned, outcoached, and clearly outperformed. Madrid was 7/10 in third down situations, while Barcelona was just 4/13.

Vienna Vikings vs. Tirol Raiders

The Vienna Vikings are rolling to begin this ELF season. They’re now 2-0, having dominated opponents for two straight weeks. The Tirol Raiders really struggled to finish drives, and couldn’t get out of their own way offensively. Drops and miscues led to a poor 1/12 efficiency in third down situations.

Vienna surprisingly had a tough time scoring for large chunks of this game, but they dominated the time of possession, holding the football for over 41 minutes in this affair. Ben Holmes was an efficient 21/32 with 172 yards and three touchdowns, doing what needed to be done in order to secure a victory.

D’Angelo Fulford has to find a way to be a bit more consistent from week to week. After a solid showing in his ELF debut, D’Angelo just completed nine passes for 95 yards as Tirol put up only six points. Granted, not all of that was Fulford’s fault – but, the Raiders need more production out of their QB to be competitive with the better teams in this league.

The Vienna Vikings came away with a 27-6 win in their first home game of the year.

Milano Seamen vs. Munich Ravens

Week two of the ELF saw two teams go at it who were hoping to get on the right track. The Munich Ravens ended up being the franchise to do so, steamrolling the Seamen, 47-7.

The Milano Seamen are a disaster at the moment. They have just seven offensive points through two games, and already fired their Offensive Coordinator. The production has been nonexistent, with the team putting up just 156 total yards in this loss.

While the Munich Ravens looked like a much better team this week, they were playing the worst team in the ELF. Munich’s offense was fluid throughout, posting 47 points alongside 340 total yards. Chad Jeffries looked great at the quarterback position, tossing four touchdowns. For Munich, the focus now shifts to being competitive against the contenders in this league.

Berlin Thunder vs. Prague Lions

The Berlin Thunder came away with a dominant 48-17 victory over the Prague Lions, but things aren’t picture perfect in Berlin. They picked up their first win of the season, but still show areas of weakness that need to improve.

For example, QB Jakeb Sullivan had a remarkable performance with 417 yards and three touchdowns – but, also tossed two interceptions as well. The Thunder struggled in third down scenarios, going 3/14 this weekend. Albeit those issues, they still posted 489 yards of offense, and won by 31 points. This team has a lot of potential, but will need to clean certain things up if they want to compete for a Championship.

The Prague Lions are 0-2 to start this ELF season, and have not been able to put any of the pieces together quite yet. Kare Lyles completed just 11 of his 24 pass attempts against Berlin, as Prague stumbled – converting just four of their 12 third down tries. Kare was sacked six times. For the Lions to be competitive, something needs to change quickly for this organization.

Hamburg Sea Devils vs. Paris Musketeers

How about those Paris Musketeers? This franchise burst out of the gate in their season debut this weekend, dropping 41 points on the Hamburg Sea Devils while on the road. It was a dominant performance, to say the least, and Paris is a team with a very, very deep roster.

Their QB Zach Edwards was on fire, throwing for 269 yards and four touchdowns – while also running for 67 yards and two more scores on the ground. WR Austin Mitchell is unguardable, with four receiving touchdowns and 152 yards. One interesting storyline for Paris: former Philadelphia Stars LB Jordan Genmark-Heath is taking snaps at both linebacker and running back.

Hamburg did not have the same level of swagger that they did a week ago. Paris is clearly a tougher competitor than Prague, and this was on display as the Sea Devils posted just 213 yards of offense, less than half of what Paris produced. They averaged less than four yards per play, and were just 4/11 in third down situations.

The Paris Musketeers, led by Zach Edwards & Co., came away with a 41-14 win on the road.

Cologne Centurions vs. Fehervar Enthroners

While the Cologne Centurions lost by 30 points a week ago against the defending champs, the game was closer than the scoreboard said. Those who watched saw a Cologne team that certainly has potential to make things happen in the ELF this year.

The Centurions came out in this game looking like a much more composed football team. Outside of some offensive issues in the first half, Isaiah Weed played a solid game, throwing for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Cologne was an impressive 9/14 on third downs, and RB Gerald Ameln added 92 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Fehervar is now 0-2 on the year, and have yet to figure out who they really are. The Enthroners have lost both their games by a combined 50 points, and truthfully haven’t been competitive in either affair. It’s tough to game plan when you’re down by 15-20 points throughout most of the game. This organization will have to find a way to score earlier and more efficiently moving forward.

The Cologne Centurions picked up their first win of the ELF season, 35-10 over Fehervar.

Frankfurt Galaxy vs. Rhein Fire

The Rhein Fire are looking to defend their title, and so far are off to a great start. They’re 2-0 on the season, and pulled away in the second half against the Frankfurt Galaxy to stay undefeated.

QB Jadrian Clark hasn’t been perfect, but he’s looked solid in action for the Fire this year. He threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns – but the strength of the offense this past weekend was their star running back, Glen Toonga. Glen had 141 rushing yards and two scores, dazzling in front of a raucous crowd in Frankfurt.

The Galaxy look like a team with the ability to contend, if they can put the pieces together. They had 15 first downs in their first action of the season (Rhein with 20), and actually were better in third down situations (7/13). QB Luke Zahradka helped this team pull off some trickery in the first half which worked – but an interception in the fourth quarter prevented Frankfurt from taking the lead.

To wrap up week two in the ELF, the Rhein Fire came away with a 31-20 victory, improving to 2-0.

Final Thoughts

So far, the European League of Football has been very competitive. The Western Conference, in particular, is going to be fierce all year long. It’s tough to predict who will ultimately come out of the pack in that division.

In addition, the league has attracted some impressive crowds in certain markets. Over three teams saw an audience of over 10,000 in attendance:

These are some tremendous numbers, and it’s great to see the game of American Football continuing to grow overseas.

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

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