Week 5 Power Rankings

Week four is in the books and the strong keep getting stronger. Here is a look at the new power rankings:

1. Houston Roughnecks (4-0)

Houston absolutely dominated Orlando in all aspects of the game last weekend, and the Roughnecks look stronger than ever. Houston put up 44 points, which is the new season-high total for the XFL this year. The Roughnecks remain number one in both scoring offense (30.5 ppg) and scoring defense (13.75 ppg). The next few games will be a real test for Houston, as the Roughnecks face the best three teams in the XFL North in consecutive weeks.

Up Next: Away vs. Seattle (Thursday, March 16, 10:30 pm ET)

2. DC Defenders (4-0)

A case could be made for DC being in the number 1 spot on this list, having played what has proven so far to be superior competition. The Defenders rank second in points per game (26.5) and second in points allowed (17.5). DC also leads the XFL in rushing, averaging 155.5 yards per game. A big road test looms this weekend for the Defenders.

Up Next: Away vs. St. Louis (Saturday, March, 18, 7:00 pm ET)

3. St. Louis Battlehawks (3-1)

St. Louis bounced back in week 4 with a big win over Arlington, 24-11. The over 38,000 fans in attendance were impressive, and will make St. Louis a very difficult place to play this season. With four of the six remaining games at home, the Battlehawks are poised to make the playoffs. Leading the way is quarterback AJ McCarron, who is second in passing yards (850) and second in completion percentage (65.6%). Defensively, St. Louis leads the league in takeaways with twelve.

Up Next: Home vs. DC (Saturday, March, 18, 7:00 pm ET)

4. Seattle Dragons (2-2)

Seattle has the most prolific offense in the XFL, averaging more than 370 yards of offense per game. The Sea Dragons rank first in passing yards (1114) and second in rushing yards (378). Quarterback Ben DiNucci is looking like a league MVP candidate. DiNucci is completing 68.9% of his passes. The only question mark for the Sea Dragons is ball security. Seattle has turned the ball over in critical moments all season. The Sea Dragons have the dubious honor of leading the league in interceptions and fumbles as well.

Up Next: Home vs. Houston (Thursday, March 16, 10:30 pm ET)

5. Arlington Renegades (2-2)

Arlington is the top of the bottom four teams in the XFL that have one similarity: incompleteness. Arlington is very solid on defense, but has struggled offensively. Arlington ranks last in passing yards and rushing yards. With upcoming games against three XFL North opponents, Arlington needs to find some offensive answers fast. Bizarrely, Arlington has back to back games against San Antonio, which likely will decide second place in the XFL South.

Up Next: Away vs. San Antonio (Sunday, March 19, 9:00 pm ET)

6. San Antonio Brahmas (1-3)

Similar to Arlington, San Antonio is better defensively than offensively. The Brahmas rank in the bottom three in passing and rushing yards. San Antonio has a tough schedule ahead, so the Brahmas need to figure things out quickly.

Up Next: Home vs. Arlington (Sunday, March 19, 9:00 pm ET)

7. Vegas Vipers (0-4)

Vegas is a team that struggles to finish. The Vipers have had the lead in the fourth quarter in at least two of the four games so far. Vegas ranks third in passing yards, but cannot consistently turn those yards into points. Vegas faces a winless Orlando team this week, so win number one may be on the way.

Up Next: Home vs. Orlando (Saturday, March 18, 10:00 pm ET)

8. Orlando Guardians (0-4)

Orlando gives up the most points (29.25) per game and scores the least (12.25) points per game. The Guardians rank 5th in passing yards and 5th in rushing yards. Turnovers, missed field goals, and turnovers on downs have doomed the Guardians in most games. Orlando heads to Vegas this weekend, and that means there will be one less winless team in the XFL.

Up Next: Away vs. Vegas (Saturday, March 18, 10 pm ET)

David Taylor can be found on Twitter @DavidTaylorXFL and on Instagram @XFL_football_photos


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