We’re three weeks into the 2020 XFL and we’re figuring out who are the teams to beat. It’s about a quarter of the way through the regular season, and teams are looking to solidify themselves in their respective divisions. We’ve got a look at who the frontrunners are on each side of the league so far.
The Houston Roughnecks kicked off the weekend on Saturday with a 34-27 victory over the winless Tampa Bay Vipers. Houston improved to 3-0 and cemented itself as the most formidable offensive team in the league. Its one-two punch of quarterback P.J. Walker and wide receiver Cam Phillips can’t be stopped. But the Roughnecks’ defense was exposed by a Tampa Bay team that utilized two backup quarterbacks.
Saturday’s second game between the Dallas Renegades and Seattle Renegades showcased the improvement of Landry Jones. The former Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback remained undefeated in XFL play and connected on touchdown passes number two and three to tight end Donald Parham on the year. Seattle continued to struggle finding a go-to guy in it’s 24-12 loss.
The New York Guardians looked terrible for a second straight week and fell to the St. Louis BattleHawks 29-9 in Week 3. Matt McGloin had to be benched and two other quarterbacks were given a chance to show what they could do. Although the Guardians have one win under their belt, they might be the worst team in the league right now. St. Louis, on the other hand, has emerged as a serious threat to win the Eastern Division after the DC Defenders bombed in Week 3.
The Defenders were favored to top the Los Angeles Wildcats in the final game of the weekend but were blown out 39-9. Cardale Jones played what very well could’ve been the worst game of his life. He went 13-of-26 for 103 yards and four interceptions and finished with a 20.7 quarterback rating. Josh Johnson picked DC apart and tallied 278 passing yards and three scores through the air. He could help Los Angeles turn its season around if he remains healthy.
Here’s how the standings look like so far in the XFL East and XFL West. The tiebreaker is touchdown differential, which gives St. Louis (+4) the edge over DC (-1) in the East division.
- St. Louis BattleHawks (2-1)
- DC Defenders (2-1)
- New York Guardians (1-2)
- Tampa Bay Vipers (0-3)
- Houston Roughnecks (3-0)
- Dallas Renegades (2-1)
- Los Angeles Wildcats (1-2)
- Seattle Dragons (1-2)