Week 2 in the XFL was was another fun week of football. Here is a recap of the scores, standings and Scott E’s Blog Power Rankings after 1 week:
Scores and Highlights:
DC Defenders 27 – NY Guardians 0 (stats)
DC Defenders dominated every phase of this game and got the first shutout for the new XFL league. Defenders got their 2nd TD of the season on Defense and forced 3 turnovers from the Guardians. DC is without question the best team in the XFL early in this season.
SEA Dragons 17 – TB Vipers 9 (stats)
Tampa Bay Vipers had a 9 – 0 lead…and let it slip away losing 17 to 9 to Seattle Dragons. The Vipers are still looking for their first touchdown on offense (they have 1 TD on defense and 2 FGs this season through two games). Seattle gets their first win and showed the ability to make a comeback when they need it.
Dal Renegades 28 – LA Wildcats 18 (stats)
Dallas Renegades bounced back in week two and get their first win of the season. This was supposed to be a battle of the two QBs (Landry Jones for Dallas and Josh Johnson for Los Angeles) but Renegades RB Cameron Artis-Payne was the real story as he racked up 99 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Hou Roughnecks 28 – Stl Battlehawks 24 (stats)
Houston Roughnecks remain undefeated as they edge out a victory over St. Louis Battlehawks. PJ Walker (QB for Houston) racked up 3 touchdowns and 170 yards passing yesterday. PJ Walker now has 7 passing touchdowns in the first two weeks of the XFL season.
XFL Power Rankings after week 2 (via Scott E’s Blog):
I am updating the rankings after my week 1 evaluation. Here is where I have things after week 2:
1: DC Defenders (no change)
DC dominated their game this week and look to be the clear number 1 team in the XFL today at 2-0.
2: Houston Roughnecks (+1)
Houston once again showed they can put up points on the scoreboard and are now one of two teams without a loss on the season. Houston (2-0) defense is still suspect at times…but they are easily the number 2 team in my power rankings.
3: St. Louis Battlehawks (+1)
I expect it will be rare for a team to lose and still move up in my power rankings…but that is just what St. Louis did this week. I said “Look out for this team this season” last week and they got close to a big win yesterday after beating Dallas the week before. This remains my sleeper team this season.
4: Dallas Renegades (+1)
Many picked Dallas at (or near) the top of their preseason power rankings. Dallas got their first win yesterday but I still have some question marks about this team. The 2 INTs by Landry Jones did not inspire me to put this team any higher than 4th this week.
5: Seattle Dragons (+1)
Seattle made a nice comeback and they are now 1-1 on the season. This team shows sparks of being a good team…and times where they just seem a bit off. They do have a heck of a home field advantage as they had a crowd of over 29,000 fans in week 2 in Seattle.
6: New York Guardians (-4)
I really thought the defense for NY was legit…and they are not bad…but the offense was really bad this week. The stat that really stands out to me is that the team is now 2 of 21 on 3rd down after two weeks. They take a BIG step backwards in the power rankings and now sit at 1-1 on the season.
7: Los Angeles Wildcats (no change)
Los Angeles is still looking for a win this season. They were better in week two with John Johnson at QB (196 yards passing and two touchdowns). They have a lot of things to fix on defense (allowing 444 yards of offense to Dallas).
8: Tampa Bay Vipers (no change)
Tampa Bay has to find a way to score more points on offense or it will be a long season for this team. They remain at the bottom of my power rankings until this team gets a win and this offense scores a touchdown.
Here is the schedule for next week:
Stay tuned…Later in the week I will have a post for the various XFL league leaders in passing, rushing, receiving, tackles and sacks.