Christian Hackenberg Struggles In AAF Debut

Christian Hackenberg Struggles In AAF Debut

Featuring experimental rule changes and unique traits, the AAF apparently drew its fair share of viewers in its opening week.

The big question facing the AAF, of course, is whether fans were curious to tune in as a one-time thing and will now tune the league out, or whether it can grow that fan base.

The AAF's debut went head-to-head with a primetime matchup between the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Russell Westbrook, and the Houston Rockets, led by James Harden. Ross had five receptions for 103 yards in the game.

Hill started and had seven tackles as a starter for the Orlando Apollos.

After both teams struggled to get going offensively early, Arizona used a 95-yard touchdown drive to get on the board and go ahead 8-0 with a two-point conversion, which are mandatory in the Alliance. Silvers threw an interception on his first drive. Despite major concerns about his National Football League future coming out of Penn State, Hackenberg was taken in the second round by the New York Jets.

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Week One of the first season of the Alliance of American Football concluded Sunday evening with the John Wolford-led Arizona Hotshots heating up and taking down the Salt Lake Stallions, 38-22, live on the NFL Network from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

By halftime, Hackenberg was 3-of-11 for 20 yards with an interception.

AAF Week 2 kicks off next Saturday, February 16th.

The new league, founded by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian, debuted this weekend on CBS, the NFL Network and elsewhere.

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