The fourth week of XFL football has come and gone. We have seen some of our best offensive outbursts in this week’s schedule, with a team scoring over 30 points and another over 40. With records being broken and scoring being so prominent, examining the games is necessary in order to see who provided the most help.
Roughnecks Wipe out Guardians, 44-16
In the biggest blowout so far this year, the Houston Roughnecks blew the Orlando Guardians out of the water. Houston’s offense was incredibly efficient, one of the best offensive performances we have seen in professional football this year.
Another historical performance by Brandon Silvers at quarterback, throwing for 239 yards and 3 touchdowns on 80% efficiency for the Roughnecks. However, although Silvers was the only quarterback to throw a touchdown for Houston, he was not the only touchdown passer on the day. We saw the first double forward pass touchdown of the season, with a dump down to Jontre Kirklin ending in a 49 yard touchdown to Deontay Burnett. Dejoun Lee was also incredible on the ground, rushing in for 2 touchdowns. The offense had 6 total touchdowns, the best of any team this season.
The Guardians woes were plentiful, but one place they succeeded was in the passing department. Paxton Lynch is proving to be a diamond in the rough that is Orlando. His 267 yards and 2 touchdowns were an impressive mark, scoring the only points that the Guardians produced. However, he had a terrible backwards pass that cost them a possession. The Guardians need to make better decisions and stack up on defense.
Sea Dragons Smoke Brahmas, 15-6
The Sea Dragons won in dominating fashion, but not in the same way as the Roughnecks. They won a battle strictly on defense while the offense provided just enough to win. They held the Brahmas to zero touchdowns on the day, only living off of two field goals.
The Brahmas had just over 200 yards of total offense, luckily with zero turnovers. Jack Coan made due with what he had, throwing for 189 yards. The rushing game was abysmal, going for 21 yards on 11 carries.
The Sea Dragons offense was okay, led by Ben DiNucci’s 264 passing yards and a touchdown. Although he did have an interception, the run game made up for the loss. Morgan Ellison rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown, rounding out a 340 yard game from the offense in total.
However, the best player of the game was on the Seattle defense. Linebacker Tuzar Skipper made waves on the defensive end, with 4 total tackles, 2 sacks and a forced fumble. He was all over the field, disruption plays and causing confusion.
Battlehawks Run Over Renegades, 24-11
The Battlehawks not only won this game outright, but they made history with the attendance record for the XFL. They filled out the dome to 38,000 people, selling out of all tickets. It was a historic night for the XFL and St. Louis football fans respectively.
We believed that Drew Plitt was the issue for the Renegades offense, but it may be the sche,e entirely. Sloter had a very below average game, throwing for just over 200 yards, no touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. He also lost a fumble, totaling 4 turnovers on the day.
The only touchdown scored was a rush by De’Veon Smith, who had 24 rushing yards throughout the game. The defense may have picked up an interception, but there were no sacks to accommodate the offensive downhill spiral.
The Battlehawks, on the other hand, had no issues whatsoever. AJ McCarron came out and proved how consistent he is, throwing for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns on 74% efficiency. He did throw an interception, but made up for it throughout the match.
The real stars of the show were Brian Hill and Darrius Shepherd. Hill rushed the ball 18 times for 81 yards and a touchdown, while Shepherd caught 8 passes for 91 yards and a score. The offense meshed very well, with a great balance of downhill running and another impressive passing performance.
Defenders Tie Up Vipers, 32-18
The Defenders once again take down all opposition, with the Vipers being their most recent victim. The quarterback room was weaker for Vegas, with Hundley having a lingering thigh injury. The second offensive drive was his last, where he came out of the game. Luis Perez came in and played exceptionally at times, but it was not enough to rally back.
The Vipers run game was nonexistent, despite both of their top rushers having incredible yards per carry. The receiving game was great, with 7 players having more than 20 yards and 4 with over 40.
When it comes to the Defenders, Jordan Ta’amu makes his case for MVP once again. Although his passing numbers are quite average, his utilization in this offense and his all-purpose yards make for one of the best all-around players in the XFL. He went 14/19 for 177 yards in the air while also rushing 9 times for 89 yards.
Backup quarterback and swiss army knife D’Eriq King played very well, scoring 3 of the team’s touchdowns. He attempted and completed two passes for the Defenders, one of which being a 32 yard touchdown to Jequez Ezzard. The other 2 touchdowns from the game also came at the hands of King, who rushed for 8 yards and the two scores.