XFL Week 2 Review
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, February 16, 2020
TORONTO – The second week of the XFL season saw more great action. Some teams continued their hot start to the season, while others continued to falter early on. Tampa Bay, Seattle, New York, and DC all played on Saturday while Dallas, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Houston rounded out the action on Sunday.
Tampa Bay Vipers vs. Seattle Dragons
The Dragons were able to capitalize on their chances in a hectic second half, coming out on top against the Vipers 17-9. Seattle’s first home game in XFL history also saw a new XFL record with 29,172 in attendance.
After no scoring in the first quarter, Tampa Bay got out to a 9-0 lead after a field goal in the second quarter and a touchdown in the third quarter. Just 52 seconds after the touchdown, Seattle responded. The Dragons got on the board with a 68-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Silvers, and they scored 17 straight points to take the victory.
New York Guardians vs. DC Defenders
DC dominated New York in Washington, racking up 384 total yards compared to just 137 for the Guardians in a 27-0 Defenders win. New York struggled to do anything offensively, as well as converting on 3rd down. The Guardians had just a nine-percent efficiency rating on 3rd down contrasted by 50 percent for the Defenders.
Guardians quarterback Matt McGloin didn’t hold back in his halftime interview. “We need to change the whole entire gameplan,” he told ESPN’s Dianna Rusinni. McGloin threw a pick-six on his team’s next drive and was benched in the second half after throwing for just 44 passing yards and 2 interceptions.
Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones was 23 for 37 with 276 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Dallas Renegades vs. Los Angeles Wildcats
This game was tied 3-3 at halftime before both teams erupted in the second half. Dallas edged Los Angeles with a 25-18 win improving their record to 1-1. L.A. is now 0-2.
Renegades quarterback Landry Jones threw for 305 yards with a touchdown. His teammate, running back Cameron Artis-Payne, ran for 99 yards with 131 yards from scrimmage as well as two key second-half touchdowns.
Dallas had 444 total yards compared to 251 for L.A., although the Renegades did have three turnovers in the contest. "When you lose the turnover battle 3-0 and still win, you’re doing something right defensively," Dallas head coach Bob Stoops told reporters after the game.
St. Louis BattleHawks vs. Houston Roughnecks
In the closest game of week two, it was a quarterback duel. It was Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker who was more efficient on Sunday, leading his team to a 28-24 victory.
Walker threw for 170 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the first half to give his team a 21-6 lead after two quarters. BattleHawks quarterback Jordan Ta’amu almost completed the comeback, as he threw two of his three scores in the second half. However, a fourth-quarter interception proved to be costly for the quarterback.
Ta’amu threw for 284 yards with three touchdowns along with 32 rushing yards and one rushing score. St. Louis is 1-1 to begin the season, while Houston is 2-0.