XFL Week 2 Recap: Contenders Begin to Emerge

The XFL’s second week is complete and the field is showing signs of separation. Here is a look back at the weekend.

XFL North Standings

Defenders 18, Vipers 6

In Vegas, the Defenders weathered the torrential rain and poor field conditions to take down the Vipers. After a rough first half that left DC trailing 6-0, the Defenders utilized the running game to put up eighteen second half points to advance to 2-0 on the season. Three different DC players rushed for more than fifty yards, and as a team, DC ran for a total of 229 yards. Quarterback D’Eriq King scored another rushing touchdown this week as well. King entered the game in the second half and provided a huge spark for the Defenders.

Vegas got off to a quick start, forcing an early fumble that lead to the team’s only touchdown of the game. The Vipers struggled to get anything going offensively after that, however. Vegas QB Brett Hundley entered the game after starter Luis Perez was benched. Hundley went 11-for-18 for only 98 yards and committed a costly fumble in the 4th quarter. Vegas also missed two field goal attempts.

Up Next

DC: Home vs. St. Louis (March 5th, 1pm ET)

Vegas: Home vs. Seattle (March 4th, 7pm ET)

Battlehawks 20, Sea Dragons 18

St. Louis remained undefeated on the season after a thrilling last second victory on Saturday night. The Battlehawks forced three Seattle turnovers to vanquish the Sea Dragons. Quarterback AJ McCarron had another solid night, going 22-for-36 for 184 yards and a touchdown. McCarron also added 41 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Seattle was once again bitten by the turnover bug, giving up the ball three times. This makes six turnovers so far for the Sea Dragons, in only two games. To put it in perspective, Seattle has been outscored by only six points on the season. With better ball security, the Sea Dragons would likely be 2-0.

Up Next:

St. Louis: Away vs Defenders (March 5th, 1pm ET)

Seattle: Away vs. Vegas (March 4th, 7pm ET)

XFL South Standings

Brahmas 30, Guardians 12

The San Antonio Brahmas recorded the first win in franchise history on Sunday, dominating the Orlando Guardians from start to finish. Quarterback Jack Coan shined, going 16-for-24 for 165 yards and three touchdowns. The Brahmas also chewed up the clock, possessing the ball for nearly 45 minutes of the game. On special teams, San Antonio blocked a punt, which was the first of the season in the XFL.

Orlando is a team in need of a do-over on the season. The Guardians struggled offensively for the second straight week, scoring only 12 points. The sideline mics picked up quite a bit of team infighting as well. On a positive note, the Guardians rushed for 100 yards in the game.

Up Next:

San Antonio: Away vs. Roughnecks (March 5th, 4pm ET)

Orlando: Away vs Arlington (March 5th, 4pm ET)

Roughnecks 23, Renegades 14

In what could possibly be a playoff matchup, the Houston Roughnecks defeated the Arlington Renegades 23 to 14 in the final match of week 2. Houston got standout performances from the defense, as the Roughnecks turned over the Renegades three times and also recorded five sacks. Offensively, Houston got a serviceable day from quarterback Brandon Silvers. Silvers went 14-for-28 for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Of equal importance, Silvers had zero turnovers.

Arlington got off to a bad start, being intercepted on the first offensive play of the game. After falling behind 11-0, the Renegades rallied back to take a 14-11 lead at the half. Special teams played a key role in the Renegade success, as Arlington forced two turnovers on punt returns.

Nick Holley scores the first TD of the game for Houston

Up Next:

Houston: Home vs. Brahmas (March 5th, 4pm ET)

Arlington: Home vs. Orlando (March 5th, 8pm ET)


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