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XFL power rankings: DC Defenders, Houston Roughnecks fighting for top spot entering Week 3 1

The XFL barreled by means of Week 2, and the power construction on the top of the league remained the identical.  

D.C. and Houston proceed to be powered by stellar quarterback play, and so they stay the one undefeated groups within the league. Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones and Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker have led their respective groups to 2-Zero begins, and so they seemed simply nearly as good within the season’s second week. 

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More excellent news for these groups? They each play 0-2 opponents subsequent weekend. 

Here is a more in-depth have a look at SN’s XFL power rankings heading into Week 3: 

XFL power rankings for Week 3 

1. D.C. Defenders (2-0) 

The Defenders constructed on a robust Week 1 efficiency with a 27-Zero blowout victory in opposition to the New York Guardians. D.C. clicked in all phases — and even accomplished the league’s first double ahead cross within the course of. Cardale Jones handed for 276 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Donnel Pumphrey averaged 4.3 yards per carry, and Jameer Thurman scored the workforce’s second defensive TD in as many weeks.  

2. Houston Roughnecks (2-0)  

The Roughnecks gained a back-and-forth battle with St. Louis 28-24, and the P.J. Walker present continued. He threw three TD passes — all to Cam Phillips — and the final one created a 10-point hole the BattleHawks weren’t in a position to shut. Walker continues to be a prolific passer by means of two weeks, and the operating recreation averaged 4.6 yards per keep on simply 17 makes an attempt Sunday. 

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3. St. Louis BattleHawks (1-1)  

A controversial non-call on an interception harm St. Louis in its loss to Houston, however the BattleHawks proved they are going to be in any recreation with Jordan Ta’amu at quarterback. He completed with 284 passing yards, three TDs and two interceptions, and the BatteHawks outgained the Roughnecks 390-238. Those two pricey turnovers had been the distinction in an in depth recreation, however St. Louis proved it could play with the league’s greatest groups. 

4. Dallas Renegades (1-1)  

Landry Jones made his XFL debut, and it was up and down. He handed for 305 yards, a TD and two interceptions in a 25-18 victory over Los Angeles. The operating recreation helped, with Cameron Artis-Payne speeding for 99 yards and a pair of TDs. Payne averaged 7.1 yards per carry and scored the scored the sport’s last landing with 1:14 remaining within the fourth quarter. Tight finish Donald Parham had 5 catches for 76 yards and a TD on 11 targets. He figures to be an enormous a part of the offense shifting ahead.  

5. Seattle Dragons (1-1)  

The Dragons have evened their document — and so they have scored 5 TDs and allowed 5 TDs by means of two video games. They rallied from a 9-Zero deficit to beat Tampa Bay 17-9. Former Navy star Keenan Reynolds is rising as one of many extra explosive gamers within the league. He caught a 68-yard TD from Brandon Silvers and added a two-point conversion within the victory. The Dragons had been nonetheless simply 2 of 10 on third down, a pattern that might preserve them in the course of the league if it doesn’t enhance.  

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6. New York Guardians (1-1)  

The Guardians managed simply 5 first downs within the shutout loss to D.C. Matt McGloin threw two interceptions earlier than being benched in favor of Marquise Williams, however the quarterbacks mixed for simply 95 passing yards. Bunmi Rotimi continues to be a shiny spot for the protection, however there are enhancements to be made heading right into a Week 3 matchup with St. Louis.  

7. Los Angeles Wildcats (0-2)  

Los Angeles dropped to 0-2 after the loss to Dallas. Josh Johnson handed for 196 yards and a pair of TDs, and Nelson Spruce continues to be one of many league’s greatest receivers. He had six catches for 89 yards and a pair of TDs. The Wildcats had been once more environment friendly on third down (7 for 13) and did not flip the ball over, however a workforce cannot win a recreation with 251 yards of complete offense.  

8. Tampa Bay Vipers (0-2)  

The Vipers blew a 9-Zero lead of their loss to Seattle, and the quarterback carousel continued. Quinton Flowers and Taylor Cornelius each noticed time instead of the injured Aaron Murray, and so they mixed to go 19 of 34 for 172 yards and three interceptions. Former Florida State operating again Jacques Patrick had 73 yards speeding, and Marcelis Branch led the protection with 12 complete tackles.


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