The New York Guardians dropped to 1-1 after putting on the worst performance we’ve seen from any XFL team this year in a 27-0 loss to the DC Defenders in Week 2. Now they’ll look to bounce back against the 1-1 St. Louis BattleHawks, who barely lost to the Houston Roughnecks in their last outing. Only one side can come out of this one with a winning record.
This matchup will be played Sunday at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The game will kickoff at 3:00 p.m. ET and be broadcast on ESPN. It will also be live streamed on the ESPN Sports App.
Guardians quarterback Matt McGloin was the talk of the town after his horrendous Week 2 showing. He was 8-of-14 for 44 yards with no scores and two interceptions. He also lost a fumble during the Guardians shutout loss in DC. The offense couldn’t get anything going and he was heard criticizing New York’s entire offensive system during the loss, calling for a complete reboot. He was decent in Week 1, where he totaled 182 passing yards with one touchdown pass and a rushing score, but he needs to prove he can cut it by bouncing back in a big way.
Jordan Ta’amu has been ridiculously accurate for the BattleHawks having completed 78.1% of his passes on the year. He’s also run for 109 yards and a score. The 22-year old developed chemistry with slot receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El and powered his team to to within four points of the Houston Roughnecks in Week 2. Although St. Louis fell short 28-24 in that contest, he notched a career high 284 yards through the air. His athleticism makes him a nightmare for any team to plan against.
St. Louis is a 10-point favorite for this game at DraftKings Sportsbook. The over/under for total points is 40, which is pretty low for XFL standards. Both teams are wild cards offensively when it comes to putting points on the board.
New York Guardians at St. Louis BattleHawks
Game time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: (ESPN Sports App)
Date: Sunday, February 23rd
Announcers: Tom Hart, Joey Galloway, Pat McAfee
Location: The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, MO
Odds: BattleHawks -10