Version two of the XFL returns to living rooms and live crowds for Week 2 this weekend with a quartet of interesting showdowns that within the standings should always be highlighted by the undefeated battles between the New York Guardians and D.C. Defenders at the side of the St. Louis Battlehawks coping with the Houston Roughnecks.
Nonetheless, whereas these unbeaten face-offs bookend the weekend slate, the marquee matchup may per chance well neatly be the debut of quarterback Landry Jones as he leads the Dallas Renegades towards the host Los Angeles Wildcats on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.
“I no doubt feel treasure it be been no doubt lengthy,” Jones said, by XFL.com. “Here’s my first time in actuality missing time and dealing to glean serve accessible. I’m furious.”
As teams continue to search out their footing, defense is seemingly to tranquil be prevalent, but count on the offenses to toughen and ogle greater of their execution on offense.
Of the quartet of games, two pit undefeated teams and the opposite two pit 0-1 squads, meaning the standings will behold some evening out whereas others launch to separate because the favorites difficult forward.
Here’s a recreation-by-recreation ogle at Week 2 of upcoming XFL action:
N.Y. Guardians (1-0) at D.C. Defenders (1-0), Saturday, 2 p.m. ET, ABC
Kicking off the second week of XFL pleasure is an XFL East first-put matchup between a bunch Defenders body of workers that’s Cardale Jones-led offense had one in every of the extra spectacular opening-weekend outings but is coping with a Defenders defense that allowed a league-low three aspects to delivery the season.
Jones had two touchdown passes and 235 yards thru the air as D.C. overcame a 13-9 second-quarter deficit to pull out a 31-19 Week 1 bewitch over Seattle. While Jones and the passing recreation bought going, the rushing assault mustered staunch 68 yards in 27 carries. It came to be for the length of a a chunk odd recreation towards the Dragons by which D.C. won by 12 aspects, but became in actuality outgained in total yards, 310-295. The Defenders also had extra turnovers and fewer first downs.
D.C. will square up with a New York body of workers that offered up a an analogous performance towards the Vipers in a 23-3 bewitch.
The Guardians were outgained, 394-226, lost the turnover fight (2-1) and had fewer first downs, but won handily. Guardians quarterback Matt McGloin became the offensive catalyst with two total touchdowns — one on the bottom and one thru the air to pass with 182 yards. Protection led the methodology for New York and iced the bewitch with Jamar Summers’ fourth-quarter fumble return for six. Nonetheless, highlights dotted the stat sheet for the Guardians with defensive discontinue Bunmi Rotini and linebacker Ben Heeney every tallying a league-excessive 9 tackles, whereas security Wesley Sutton had a league-excessive two sacks.
Whoever wins this one stays atop the XFL East.
T.B. Vipers (0-1) at Seattle Dragons (0-1), Saturday, 5 p.m. ET, FOX
Both teams are vying for their first victories, whereas the Vipers are vying for their first touchdown.
Despite 394 yards of offense, the Vipers couldn’t salvage the discontinue zone in a 23-3 season-opening loss. Most certainly essentially the most troubling stats for the Tampa Bay offense were the five sacks they allowed and the four trips to the purple zone that equated to no aspects. A exchange will come at quarterback as starter Aaron Murray is out with a foot hurt and Taylor Cornelius or Quinton Vegetation will glean the nod. Coach Marc Trestman advised XFL.com it’d be a recreation-time resolution.
Led by De’Veon Smith (16 carries for seventy 9 yards), the Tampa Bay rushing assault devoured up 150 yards at five yards a tote, so ogle for the bottom recreation to play a large characteristic within the Vipers’ offensive fate for a pair of reasons.
The Dragons’ offense became swiftly in a 31-19 defeat to the Defenders, even though it became highlighted by receiver Austin Proehl’s two-touchdown debut by which he had five catches for 88 yards. Brandon Silvers threw for 3 rankings and 217 yards, but had two picks and completed staunch fifty three p.c of his throws.
Both teams salvage offensive questions that a indispensable bewitch will most no doubt back retort. Nevertheless defend an query out for Dragons linebacker Steven Johnson, who had eight tackles, in conjunction with two for a loss, within the opener.
Dallas Renegades (0-1) at L.A. Wildcats (0-1), Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, ABC
A trio of Austin MacGinnis subject objectives were the total offense Dallas may per chance well muster in its season-opening 15-9 defeat to St. Louis. Hence, this is a ideal atmosphere for Landry Jones, who spent five seasons with the Steelers, to salvage his debut beneath center for Bob Hunch’s Renegades.
Per the XFL site, Stoops announced Jones would glean the starting nod on Thursday and he’ll ogle to ignited the dormant Renegades offense that became held to 267 total yards.
The Wildcats struggled, as neatly, after building a 17-12, lead towards the Roughnecks sooner than falling underneath an avalanche of 25 straight aspects to discontinue the loss. Wildcats QB Chad Kanoff had his moments as his two total touchdowns stood as L.A.’s offensive output.
The defeat triggered a marvelous amount of serious exchange for head coach Winston Moss’ Wildcats. After Saturday’s loss, Moss and the Wildcats fired defensive coordinator and longtime extinct NFL linebacker Pepper Johnson on Monday. The adjustments weren’t yet done because the Wildcats traded defensive lineman Anthony Johnson to the Defenders on Valentine’s Day Friday for defensive serve Bradley Sylve.
Following losses to delivery the season, that speedy the Wildcats and Renegades will ogle mighty different come kickoff on Sunday.
St. Louis BattleHawks (1-0) at Houston Roughnecks (1-0), Sunday, 6 p.m. ET, FS1
The ideal may per chance well be saved for closing because the XFL East BattleHawks salvage on the XFL West’s Roughnecks.
Led by an finest displaying from P.J. Walker, the Roughnecks ran roughshod over the Wildcats for a 37-17 bewitch to delivery the season. Walker had four touchdowns and 272 yards passing in what became arguably the finest offensive displaying of the XFL’s debut weekend.
Walker threw touchdowns to four receivers and eight Roughnecks caught passes. Defensively, linebacker LaTroy Lewis had himself a recreation, tallying two sacks, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit, one pass defended and one compelled fumble.
St. Louis couldn’t salvage had the sexiest closing score, but may per chance well neatly salvage offered essentially the most balanced displaying in Week 1.
Led by the defensive trio of cornerback Darius Hillary (9 tackles), linebacker Terence Garvin (eight tackles) and security Dexter McCoil (eight tackles), the BattleHawks held the Wildcats out of the discontinue zone.
Offensively, St. Louis confirmed promise thru the air and on the bottom. Quarterback Jordan Ta’amu had 209 yards and a score thru the air whereas ending an efficient 74 p.c of his passes. On the bottom, the BattleHawks churned out 191 rushing yards, led by league-excessive rusher Matt Jones’ 85 yards in 21 carries whereas Ta’amu became a dual threat no longer a long way within the serve of with 77 yards on 9 carries.
This in total is a stress-free one to discontinue the weekend with the winner emerging no longer staunch in first put in its division but moreover as an early title contender.