XFL Week 3 Review
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, February 23, 2020
TORONTO – It was another exciting week in the XFL season with some very close contests, as well as others that weren’t as close. Houston, Tampa Bay, Dallas, and Seattle played on Saturday, while New York, St. Louis, DC, and L.A. rounded out the week three schedule on Sunday.
Houston Roughnecks vs. Tampa Bay Vipers
The first home game of the season for the Vipers saw more offence from their quarterbacks, but it wasn’t enough in a 34-27 loss to the Roughnecks. Houston quarterback P.J. Walker continued his strong play from week two, throwing for 306 yards and three touchdowns.
It was also another solid game from Houston wide receiver Cam Phillips, as he scored three touchdowns for the second straight week along with 194 receiving yards.
After a Vipers field goal gave them a 27-26 lead in the fourth quarter, Walker found Phillips for one of his three scores. After a 2-point conversion, Houston led 34-27.
Vipers quarterback Taylor Cornelius threw for a touchdown and 193 yards but had a costly interception in the final minute that sealed the Roughnecks victory.
Dallas Renegades vs. Seattle Dragons
Seattle led 12-6 at halftime, but that was the last time they led in the contest. Dallas scored 18 unanswered points on their way to a 24-12 win. Renegades quarterback Landry Jones was 30-for-41 with 274 passing yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Renegades tight end Donald Parham had two receiving scores, but it was Dallas’ run game that led them to the win. Running back Cameron Artis-Payne had 80 rushing yards along with 30 receiving yards in the victory.
Seattle quarterback Brandon Silvers looked good to start the game, as he was efficient while throwing two first-half touchdowns. But Silvers had trouble with the Renegades defence in the second half and couldn’t find a way to score.
New York Guardians vs. St. Louis BattleHawks
This game was almost all St. Louis, as the BattleHawks controlled the play on their way to a 29-9 win. Most of the scoring was done in the second quarter, with St. Louis holding a 6-0 lead after the opening quarter.
After New York got on the board with a field goal, St. Louis made history on the ensuing kickoff. They scored the first kick return touchdown in XFL history, and it also included a lateral to make it 12-3. They added 11 more points in the quarter to take a commanding 23-3 lead into the half.
Luis Perez threw the lone touchdown for the Guardians, who are now 1-2 while the BattleHawks are 2-1.
DC Defenders vs. Los Angeles Wildcats
DC’s hot start to the season came crashing down as Los Angeles scored 27 unanswered points to begin the game and cruised to a 39-9 win.
Wildcats quarterback Josh Johnson was 18-for-25 with 278 passing yards along with three touchdowns. His counterpart, DC quarterback Cardale Jones, didn’t have as much success. He completed 13 of 26 passes for 103 yards but threw four interceptions in the loss. Perhaps the biggest difference in this game were the turnovers. DC had five in the contest, while Los Angeles didn’t allow any. L.A. is now 1-2, while DC is 2-1 after the loss.