XFL week one has come to an end and it did not disappoint one bit. The high-flying action, former National Football League players and new rules that had many including commentators on edge game after game.
Week one started their inaugural return on Saturday with the DC Defenders versus the Seattle Dragons. The Defenders came out strong, quarterback Cardale Jones stole the show going 16 for 26, 283 passing yards, and two touchdowns to lead them to a 31-19 win behind a crowd of over 16,000 in attendance. On the Dragons Austin Proehl was the Main offense for the Dragons having five receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Brandon Silvers. DC looked dominant from the start and kept the foot on the gas throughout the game.
Second game of the afternoon for the XFL was the Los Angeles Wildcats versus the Houston Roughnecks. Los Angeles had an odd start as their starter Josh Johnson got hurt in training camp and having the Wildcat’s coaches looking for a replacement. The backup quarterback Chad Kanoff only had 5 days to practice and it showed as Roughnecks quarterback PJ Walker stole a 14-point lead at half to win 37-17. Walker going 23 for 39, 265 yards and league leading four touchdowns solidified the second half as the Wildcats looked sloppy and costly loss of possession dictated the game. Nelson Spruce caught for over 100 yards receiving, but it wasn’t enough and need to improve in week two.
New York Guardians started off Sunday dominant against the Tampa Bay Vipers with Matt McGloin going 15-29, 182 yards, and one touchdown solidified a 23-3 win. As for the Tampa Bay Vipers quarterback Aaron Murray had an off game. Despite the vipers going nearly 400 yards on offense, they couldn’t find the end zone, failing to score three times as a result of bad play calls and penalties hurt the vipers throughout the game. After being down at half 17-0 they could not recover being scored on once and seemed out of sync with the wildcat formation and need to improve if they want to thrive.
Dallas Renegades versus the St Louis Battle Hawks was a barn burner with St Louis winning 15-9. Fans became on edge when the first three home games resulted in wins, but it wasn’t to be as Dallas kept the game close all night. Philip Nelson quarterback for the Renegades played it safe going 33/42, 199 yards and 1 interception as the kicker Andrew MacGinnis scored all nine points for the renegades. J Ta’amu did better though going 20/27 183 yards and a touchdown to Ketone Ford to seal the win for the Battle Hawks.
Overall the League came out stronger than I imagined. Many fans hate one thing though. The sideline reporting seems rushed and seemed unimaginative. Overall, I am excited of what to expect for week two and beyond.