Dallas Vigilantes

Years of Existence: 2010-
Venue: American Airlines Center (Dallas, TX)
2010 -
2011 - Playoff appearance
Lifetime Record: 14-21
Home: 7-10
Away: 7-11
Playoffs: 0-1
Average Attendance: 7,185

Before the 2010 AFL season began, the Dallas Vigilantes, behind the arm of Shane Stafford, were the hands down favorites to win the Arena Bowl. However, after throwing for five touchdowns, Stafford went down with a season-ending knee injury. It was the end of the Vigilantes season, effectively. The four point loss in Tulsa was the beginning of a spiral into a 3-13 regular season. Collin Drafts took over at quarterback, throwing for 60 scores and 15 picks. Larry Brackins scored 20 times, while Derek Lee and Kenny Henderson caught 24 and 23 respectively. A high note for the Vigilantes was a 65-52 victory in Chicago and winning two of the last three games of the year. The Vigilantes of 2011 were led by Dan Raudabaugh. Raudabaugh threw for 4,741 yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Anthony Jones was the league's leading receiver, catching 171 balls for 2,232 yards and 42 touchdowns. DeAndrew Rubin and Matt Fields both cracked the 1,000 yard mark and combined for 44 scores. Derrick Ross led the league in rushing, amassing 622 yards and 39 touchdowns. The offense converted on 26 of 36 fourth downs. The defense racked up 30 sacks on opposing quarterbacks. Despite scoring 59 points per game, the team allowed 56, which made for an up and down year. The Vigilantes got off to a 6-2 start, losing on a last second passing score to Georgia, while defeating some of the league's poorer teams. The rest of the way, Dallas went 5-5, losing all but one game against a playoff bound opponent. A failed extra point kick with ten seconds left against Pittsburgh gave the power a 76-75 win in a 69 point fourth quarter. The team's best win was a 75-70 defeat of the Jacksonville Sharks. Ultimately, the Vigilantes went 1-5 against playoff bound teams. Dallas qualified for the playoffs and faced Chicago for the third time on the season. Dallas built a 51-41 lead with about nine minutes to go i nthe game, but Chicago outscored Dallas 20-7 in the fourth quarter for a 54-51 victory.