Well, it did not take long for the inevitable to happen. P.J. Walker, an XFL future Hall-of-Famer no doubt, has been signed by the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. The XFL’s MVP led the league Champion Houston Roughnecks to a perfect 5-0 start before the inaugural season was cut short by the COVID-19 virus. That didn’t stop the Panthers’ front office from signing the 25-year-old to pair him up with his former Temple coach in Matt Rhule.
This was news we got Thursday afternoon as I hesitantly held on to my power rankings article, because I thought that if I released it, I would jinx it and they wouldn’t play week 6, but that didn’t matter as they followed suit with the other professional sports leagues. The seasons over and I could barely get a handle on what the league had to offer.
After five weeks in the XFL, the Houston Roughnecks are unmarked in the loss column. Lifelong fans have yet to feel the unwelcome sting of defeat as their squad continues to emerge unscathed week after week. Saturday’s game may not have been pretty, but the result has the league’s best team moving to week 6 unblemished.
The D.C Defenders started the XFL season as one of the hottest teams in the entire league. They played in the first game of the 2020 XFL season, taking on the Seattle Dragons. The Defenders were the first team to score in the XFL by making a field goal and then scored the first ever special teams touchdown by blocking a punt. The Defenders had a big second half an ended up winning the game 31 to 19.
Josh Johnson and the Wildcats appeared to have all eyes in the football world on them after their drubbing of the Defenders. Unfortunately, that attention may have caused some stage fright as they lost to a lackluster Guardians offense. The offense was able to push the ball downfield, but came up short when they needed points the most. They had 4 drives in the second half that made it into their opponent’s territory and got only a single touchdown out of them.
Coming up on Sunday the St. Louis Battle Hawks will travel due east to the nations’ capital and face off against the Defenders in a contest for the division lead. I discussed the Battle Hawks’ successes and downfalls in the recap, however the Defenders’ Week 4 game against the Tampa Bay Vipers. Cardale Jones and Co. got shutout 25-0 after a QB switch on Tampa’s part, who put up 266 yards on the ground and only gave up 107 yards of total offense to the Defenders.
Dynasty running backs! In today’s episode Mike, Pride and Q recap week 4 of the XFL season and discuss all the final scores as well as the big storylines from each game. We discuss the ramifications of Landry Jones re-aggravating his knee injury and discuss what is going wrong with the D.C. Defenders. We then get into the news and notes segment and discuss Jameis Winston out of Tampa Bay, Philip Rivers to the Colts, and Tom Brady to the Raiders. After that, we get back into our 2020 dynasty rankings and go over our running back 2’s and some big-name players!
This past Leap Day, Saturday February 29th, the St. Louis Battle Hawks continued there high octane offensive outputs with a 23-16 victory over the visiting Seattle Dragons. The Dragons cut it close, turning a 14-point hole in a 4 point deficit with a quarterback switch and red-zone TD from B.J Daniels to tight end Evan Rodriquez. Despite Daniels’ 100 yards and touchdown Battle Hawks’ kicker Taylor Russolino notched a late game 58-yard field goal to seal the deal.
Once upon a time, the Tampa Bay Vipers were the preseason favorites to be the kingpin of the XFL for the 2020 season. Instead, it has been nothing but a giant disaster. Head coach Marc Trestman has completely lost his team, and it is now leading to players leaving. RB/QB Quinton Flowers, who some viewed as a Taysom Hill like player XFL edition, has left the team, per reports. Flowers was the all time leader in many NCAAF statistical categories at his alum USF, which led him to bouncing around NFL practice squads and becoming the 5th round pick for the Vipers in the 2020 XFL draft. Many Vipers fans were happy to have Flowers in Tampa, but the feeling was not mutual. Many people are pointing the finger to head coach Marc Trestman. Flowers had 78 yards on the ground while compiling 106 through the air with 1 total touchdown. He did have one interception.
Week 3 has wrapped up and has reminded us that the XFL is still a new league, which means its teams are still figuring things out and getting better. So, those gaps in talent that we saw in week 1 not as large as we thought they were.
Running Backs! In today’s episode, big man Mike is back to discuss the 4th week of the XFL and the gang gives their predictions on this weekend’s games. We then jump into our dynasty rankings discussing which running backs we would want on our team if we are participating in dynasty start-up drafts. We talk some big names and drafting the wrong player could be the difference between winning a fantasy football championship and losing one.
A deadly duo on offense separates Houston from the remainder of the league. Roughnecks head coach June Jones has his squad running like a well-oiled machine. The gears were set … Continue Reading The Houston Roughnecks are the XFL’s Best and It’s Not Close
Dynasty Rankings! On today’s episode Pride and Q react to the third week of the XFL, in what was an exciting week of great football. They discuss the biggest story lines and discuss where more teams could be in 2021 and beyond. They then jump into their 2020 fantasy football dynasty rankings starting with the quarterbacks. They discuss which QB’s they have at the top and why and when they would be comfortable drafting them. They then talk about the middle and late round QB’s and give advice on overall QB drafting strategy for dynasty start up leagues!
Week 3 in the XFL is fast approaching, and whilst there wasn’t as much hype behind Week 2 as it’s debut run, it’s still fun football and the rest of the season should be just as fun to watch. This Sunday, February 23rd, the St. Louis Battle Hawks are squaring off against the New York Guardians in East Rutherford, let’s take a deep dive into it!
Phillips went absolutely berserk in a closely contested shootout with the St. Louis Battlehawks in week 2. The Roughnecks receiver put on a clinic going 8 for 63 with 3 trips beyond the goal line to help push his team to 2-0. That was also good enough for 32.3 fantasy points and the number 1 spot on DrafKings. The three touchdown performance enabled Houston to produce a second consecutive XFL Star of the Week, the first being dual-threat quarterback PJ Walker. The weekly honor is decided of course by the fans, in a Twitter poll put out by XFL Football Operations.
Remember when Tim Tebow defeated the Steelers in the playoffs? What fun times that was. Tim Tebow is someone that would such a fun an exciting player in the XFL and would surly spice the league up and add more excitement for fans.