A week of XFL action has finally passed, so now we kind of have a basis for how the teams can perform and thus can start judging them. Thus here are the team power rankings going into week 2.
8. Tampa Bay Vipers (0-1)
To make it short, the Vipers did not get the start to the season that they wanted. They were one of two teams that didn’t find the endzone. However, unlike the Renegades, their offense was on the field for a touchdown… a fumble return touchdown for New York. Aaron Murray threw two interception and had a 47% completion percentage. Their defense was also the only team to not record a sack.
They can take away some positives though, Daniel Williams caught 6-of-9 passes for 123 yards and they had one of the best rushing attacks going, totaling 145 yards across three running backs. So, there offense was able to accumulate yards, they just need to learn how to punch the ball in the endzone.
7. Seattle Dragons (0-1)
The Dragons were tied with the Defenders late in the 3rd quarter of their game. However, they let it get away from them and their defense was the only one other than the Vipers to not get a turnover. Brandon Silvers also threw two interceptions to balance out his 217 yards and 3 touchdowns passing.
The biggest positive from week 1 for the Dragons is Austin Proehl who lead the team with 88 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. Kenneth Farrow was also a more promising running back as he averaged 5.9 yards per carry.
6. Los Angeles Wildcats (0-1)
The Wildcats are another team that kept it close as they were only behind by one score heading into the 4th quarter (yes, a 9 point lead is a one possession game in the XFL). Chad Kanoff was able to show flashes of what this offense could be and accounted for 2 touchdowns while putting up decent stats. However, the biggest positive going into next week for the Wildcats is probably that someone else will be in Kanoff’s place.
Josh Johnson is expected to make his first start in Week 2 after sitting out the first week with a thigh injury. Johnson has the most NFL experience out of all the quarterbacks in the XFL.
5. Dallas Renegades (0-1)
The Renegades played in the closest game of the week, only losing by 6. Though they were the only home team to lose this weekend, they have an excuse similar to the Wildcats in that their expected starter, Landry Jones, was out with an injury. Jones was also expected to be the face-of-the-franchise for Dallas and possibly face-of-the-XFL, so he should give the Renegades a big boost as he will be starting week 2.
Either way, they’re offense was solid, but couldn’t score a touchdown despite ending 3 separate drives inside their opponent’s 25 yard-line.
4. New York Guardians (1-0)
New York won their first game of the season, despite Matt McGloin being the only quarterback to throw for under 200 yards. McGloin was still able to throw and run for a touchdown, but the defense really stepped up to the occasion. They totaled 5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovered for a touchdown. The way the defense also worked as a complete unit bodes well for the future.
The offense though will need to provide better support heading into week 2, whether it be McGloin through the air or running back Darius Victor on the ground.
3. St. Louis Battlehawks (1-0)
St. Louis was the first team to win on the road this season and they did so with a two-way offense. Jordan Ta’amu completed 74% of his passes for 209 yards and a touchdown. Ta’amu also totaled 77 rushing yards giving the Battlehawks 2 of the top 3 rushers of week 1 as RB Matt Jones ran for 85 yards. Keith Ford also provided to the run game with a touchdown and averaged 6.5 yards per carry. The defense also had a strong showing recording 4 sacks.
They’ll be staying Texas next week as will be playing in prime-time once again in a game of the week matchup against Houston.
2. DC Defenders (1-0)
The Defenders lived up to their name as they had 2 touchdowns come off of an interception return and blocked punt recovered in the endzone. Their offense wasn’t too shabby as well with Cardale Jones threw for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns, receiving “MVP!” chants in the process. The receiving corps also proved to be well-balanced as Eli Rogers led the team in receptions and yards, but Rashad Ross and TE Khari Lee accounted for the touchdowns.
The run game left more to be desired, but rushing as a whole was low and with a passing attack like this should open up more room to run for the RBs going forward.
1. Houston Roughnecks (1-0)
Quarterback Phillip “PJ” Walker and the Houston Roughnecks earn the no.1 spot in power rankings this week. Walker showed out as the best quarterback this week totaling 2 shy of 300 total yards and throwing for 4 touchdowns. The defense also did spectacular as well, totaling 3 turnovers and 5 sacks. Running back James Butler also contributed to the cause with 50 total yards and 2 touchdowns
This team scored the most points on the week and with how explosive Walker was, the Roughnecks will be a forced to be reckoned with in week 2 and throughout the rest of the season.
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