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XFL Power Rankings: Week 3

8. Tampa Bay Vipers (0-2)

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It is hard to place the only team yet to score an offensive touchdown anywhere, but last. Though they had troubles once again at the quarterback position, the Vipers were able to play a much closer game than they did last week thanks to another strong performance rushing by Jacques Patrick and De’Veon Smith and although the offense has yet to find the endzone the defense has as Tarvarus McFadden was able to get a pick-six last week and those to aspects should give them hope going forward.

However, with their next two matchups being against the Houston Roughnecks and DC Defenders, they may find themselves winless through four.

7. Los Angeles Wildcats (0-2)

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Despite the rufflings going on behind the scenes in the Wildcats organization, the team was still able to put up a good fight on the field with their now-healthy starting quarterback and a Nelson Spruce, who now leads the league in receiving yards. They even were able to have the lead for a while in the 4th quarter. Despite that they played a very sloppy game, fumbling the ball and losing it twice inside the opponent’s 10-yard line along with missing a field goal.

So, credit for keeping it close despite the turnovers, but they won’t be able to keep it as close as they did if they play like that with the Defenders coming to town this week.

6. New York Guardians (1-1)

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The Guardians were brought back to reality as they were victims of the first shutout in the XFL brought to them by 137 total yards of offense and 3 turnovers. The defense struggled stopping their opponents from getting down the field and it was just an overall bad game for New York.

They are at a crossroads now with their starting quarterback Matt McGloin playing poorly and not getting along with the coaching staff. So, they may look to give backup, Marquise Williams, his first start in any professional football league in their next game against St. Louis.

5. Seattle Dragons (1-1)

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The Dragons did not move the ball as much this week as they did in week 1 as they only totaled 199 yards, in fact about 55% of their yards were gained on their 2 touchdown scoring drives. The defense though did show up more this week as they were able to get a tackle in the backfield 15 times in the first win of their franchise.

Their first win came down to the final seconds against the current worst team in the league where they forced the run, giving 3 runningbacks at least 10 carries each. So it may have worked this week, but going forward the passing game will need to take precedence as they have receivers, Keenan Reynolds and Austin Proehl, who have shown big playmaking ability.

4. Dallas Renegades (1-1)

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It may have taken 7 quarters, but the Renegades finally played how the league probably expected them to in the 4th quarter last week where Landry Jones and Cameron Artis-Payne lead the Renegades to a touchdown on each of their last 3 drives of the game. Austin MacGinnis even stayed a perfect on field goals, now up to 5-for-5 on the season.

The defense is the only area for improvement right now for the Renegades. They have been one of the weaker defenses in the league and are currently the only unit to not have an interception through thus far. They’ve done well in keeping teams out of the endzone, but that’s partially due to their opponents’ mistakes.

3. St. Louis Battlehawks (1-1)

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Another strong showing from the Battlehawks despite a loss keeps them at their spot in the rankings. Their passing game was featured more in week 2 which gave them mixed results as they had a great time moving the ball and gaining 26 first downs throughout the game, however, Jordan Ta’amu also threw 2 costly interceptions that set up their opponents inside the Battlehawks 10-yard line twice, both leading to touchdowns.

Other than that they mostly dominated the game and their defense did well, for the most part, limiting the Roughnecks as best they could. They just need to continue to try to limit the turnovers as they cost them this week and a fumble almost cost them their week 1 game against Dallas.

2. Houston Roughnecks (2-0)

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Coming off of an impressive win against the St. Louis Battlehawks as PJ Walker continued to make his case for league MVP, now leading the league with 7 touchdown passes and making plays that can only be matched by DC’s Jones. The defense also had major contributions this week as the pass rush caused a lot of pressure in the pocket leading to 3 sacks and 2 interceptions for them.

They may have lost their spot at the top, but it wasn’t for anything that they did.

1. DC Defenders (2-0)

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Another dominant performance by the Defenders in every facet of the game. The defense scored another touchdown along with 3 turnovers total, while Cardale Jones had another strong game at quarterback. The rushing game even started up this week as Jhurrell Pressley and Donnel Pumphrey became a bigger part of the game plan.

Right now, the Defenders have shown that they are the best overall team as their kicker, Ty Rausa, was able to add 3 more field goals to his total. They work really well together and will be really hard to stop this season, it may be hard to displace them from their spot in the power rankings if they continue to play as they have.

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