The XFL has officially completed week one and fans are excited for the product on the field. Here is how the teams stack up after the opening weekend:
1. Houston Roughnecks (1-0)
Picking up right where they left off, the Houston Roughnecks looked dominant in week one. Houston racked up the most points (33) of the weekend and looked in control for the majority of the game. The Roughnecks also shined on defense, forcing four turnovers. The only real question mark for Houston were the two interceptions thrown by Brandon Silvers. Silvers also threw for two touchdowns as well and overall looked poised in the pocket, especially for game one.
Up Next: Home vs. Arlington (2/26)
2. DC Defenders (1-0)
The DC Defenders looked impressive when it counted, coming from behind topple Seattle over the weekend. Staying true to their name, defense saved the game for DC. The Defenders forced three second half turnovers to stymie a very good Seattle team. Offensively, DC did just enough to get the job done. Starting quarterback Jordan Ta’amu struggled with his accuracy, going only 8-for-19 with eighty-six yards. As a team, the Defenders only gained 177 yards of total offense, which will be the team’s big question mark this weekend.
Up Next: Away vs. Las Vegas (2/25)
3. Arlington Renegades (1-0)
Arlington started the pick-six movement of the opening weekend, returning not one, but two interceptions for touchdowns on Saturday. In fact, had the Renegades not made those key defensive plays, the game would not have gone in their favor, as the offense did not score a touchdown in the game. Similar to the Defenders, if Arlington continues to struggle offensively, expect the Renegades to plummet in the rankings and in the standings.
Up Next: Away vs, Houston (2/26)
4. Seattle Dragons (0-1)
Seattle did nearly everything right on Sunday, until the second half. The Sea Dragons outgained the Defenders in every statistical category, including total yards (331), first downs (20) and total plays (75). Unfortunately, Seattle also had more turnovers than DC, none more costly than a fumble inside the five yard line with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter. If quarterback Ben DiNucci can limit turnovers, the Sea Dragons will be a force in the XFL North.
Up Next: Home vs. St. Louis (2/23)
5. St. Louis Battlehawks (1-0)
St. Louis was able to edge out San Antonio in a nail biter on Sunday. Battlehawks quarterback AJ McCarron had a solid day, going 18-for-26 with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. McCarron delivered in the clutch as St. Louis converted a 4th and 15 attempt and then took the lead for good on a successful three point attempt. St. Louis did not turn the ball over and the Battlehawks utilized a “bend but don’t break” defense to hold the Brahmas to only 15 points. If the Battlehawks continue to not turn the ball over, St. Louis is a contender.
Up Next: Away vs. Seattle (2/23)
6. San Antonio Brahmas (0-1)
The Brahmas led in all the statistical categories on Sunday except on the scoreboard. San Antonio rushed for over 100 yards (133) and were the only team to do so over the opening weekend. A missed field goal and a pair of turnovers negatively impacted the Brahmas. Cleaner play on special teams and a turnover free game will be the goal for San Antonio this weekend.
Up Next: Away vs. Orlando (2/26)
7. Las Vegas Vipers (0-1)
Turnovers and a lack of a rushing attack plagued Las Vegas over the weekend. The Vipers looked strong out of the gate, but could not sustain momentum after giving up two pick-sixes to Arlington. Adding to the offensive woes, Las Vegas rushed for only 25 yards on Saturday. That is definitely a cause of concern going forward, as is the consistency of quarterback Luis Perez. Perez passed for nearly 250 yards and had three touchdowns, but the two interceptions were the deciding factor in the game.
Up Next: Home vs. DC (2/25)
8. Orlando Guardians (0-1)
Turnovers land Orlando at the bottom of the rankings this week. The Guardians turned the ball over four times, and turned the ball over on downs twice. Orlando also missed a field goal. To top it off, there may be a quarterback controversy brewing for the Guardians, as starter Paxton Lynch was benched in favor of Quinten Dormady. Neither quarterback fared very well, however. On a brighter note, the Guardians did get two interceptions on defense. Perhaps Orlando will try to ride that defensive momentum to victory this weekend.
Up Next: Home vs. San Antonio (2/26)