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AAF Week 4 Review: Zach Mettenberger leads Memphis Express to first win of the season

We take a look back a the fourth week of action from the Alliance of American Football and check in with some former members of the Black and Gold.

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The Memphis Express and Atlanta Legends both recorded their first wins of the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football in Week 4, while the Orlando Apollos are the only team still undefeated after the Birmingham Iron suffered their first loss of the year in a home matchup against the San Antonio Commanders.

And in another first from Week 4, the AAF saw its first ever safety. The result of an awful decision by the running back involved.

Week 4 results:

Orlando Apollos 20 @ Salt Lake City Stallions 11

San Diego Fleet 23 @ Memphis Express 26

San Antonio Commanders 12 @ Birmingham Iron 11

Atlanta Legends 14 @ Arizona Hotshots 11

Zach Mettenberger started his first game for the Express and the former Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback helped lead them to a win over the Fleet by completing 18 of 25 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown. Most importantly, he avoid throwing any interceptions, the recurring issue that had led to Christian Hackenberg being benched at halftime in Week 3. Notably for Mettenberger, it was his first win in any football game that he had started since leaving LSU in 2014.

Although the Iron would fall to the Commanders for their first defeat of the year, it was not for lack of effort from the former Pittsburgh defensive players on their roster. Birmingham running back Trent Richardson was held to just 15 yards from eight attempts and quarterback Luis Perez would throw two interceptions in a game the Iron would lose by just one point.

In something of a quiet week for former members of the Black and Gold, Demarcus Ayers and L’Damian Washington were among the receptions leaders for their respective teams, but neither recorded more than 35-yard receiving. And while Terrell Watson led the Fleet in yards rushing and carries on the day, he would finish with just 43-yards from 10 attempts and score a two-point conversion.

Highlights:

Atlanta Legends 14 @ Arizona Hotshots 11

San Antonio Commanders 12 @ Birmingham Iron 11

Orlando Apollos 20 @ Salt Lake City Stallions 11

San Diego Fleet 23 @ Memphis Express 26