Week 6 is here! With Houston losing for the first time last weekend, there is a new number one this week. Read more below.
1. DC Defenders (5-0)
The defenders went into a hostile environment las week and emerged with a dominant victory over the battle hawks. Running back Abram Smith had a monster day, rushing for 218 yards and 3 touchdowns. DC makes the fewest mistakes during a game, and plays stellar defense. The Defenders get a huge test against Houston on Monday night to close out week 6. With five games to play and a two game lead, DC is in prime position for the number one seed in the North Division for the playoffs.
Up Next: Home vs Houston (3/27, 7pm)
2. Seattle Sea Dragons (3-2)
The Sea Dragons make the biggest jump in this week’s poll. Seattle defeated the Roughnecks, shaking up the entire XFL. Despite three interceptions by Ben DiNucci, the Sea Dragons only gave up 14 points to a Houston team that was averaging over 30 a game. Seattle has only given up 20 points over the last two weekends. The defensive improvement comes at the perfect time for Seattle, as the Sea Dragons are back in the thick of the playoff race in the North.
Up Next: Away vs Orlando (3/25, 1pm)
3. Houston Roughnecks (4-1)
Houston drops two places after losing to Seattle for a couple of reasons. One, the high powered offense was held to only 14 points by a Seattle team that had been surrendering 20 points per game to comparable opponents. Two, the loss begs the question: Are the Roughnecks good, or were the opponents so far just bad? That question will get answered Monday night when Houston takes on the undefeated Defenders.
Up Next: Away vs DC (3/27, 7pm)
4. St. Louis BattleHawks (3-2)
St. Louis is 3-2 by the slimmest of margins, outscoring opponents by a mere 4 points on the season. The XFL North is clearly the strongest division in the XFL and St. Louis is still very much in control of its own destiny over the next five games, most of which are at home.
Up Next: Away vs Vegas (3/25, 7pm)
5. Arlington Renegades (3-2)
How in the world does Arlington have a winning record? The Renegades have a -17 point differential on the season. Arlington has benefitted from playing the bottom half of the league for most of the season and that will continue to be the case this weekend as the Renegades battle the Brahmas for the second consecutive week.
Up Next: Home vs San Antonio (3/36, 3pm)
6. Vegas Vipers (1-4)
Vegas finally finished a game and brought home the first victory of the season last weekend. The Vipers play in the toughest division so wins have been difficult to come by. Vegas has the opportunity to play spoiler down the stretch, as the playoffs are likely out of reach.
Up Next: Home vs. St. Louis (3/35, 7pm)
7. San Antonio Brahmas (1-4)
San Antonio lost a close one to Arlington last weekend, 12-10. Quarterback Reid Sinnet was also lost for the season during the game. San Antonio added quarterback Kurt Benkert to the roster this week, but Benkert will likely not be fully ready for this weekend. The offensive woes will likely continue this weekend for the Brahmas.
Up Next: Away vs Arlington (3/26, 3pm)
8. Orlando Guardians (0-5)
Orlando lost a very close game to Vegas last weekend, 35-32. It was the highest single-game scoring total for the Guardians this season, which is encouraging news for Orlando fans. The Guardians also play in the XFL south, which is the weaker of the two divisions. But this weekend Orlando faces a red-hot Seattle team, so win number one may still be out of reach.
Up Next: Home vs Seattle (3/25, 1pm)