Mark My Words: Week 3 XFL Power Rankings
Mark My Words is back with week 3 power rankings! We had some sideline controversy, 3 point tries and conversions and overall just more good football. Week 3 here we come!
- DC Defenders 2-0 (Last week: 1): There isn’t much to say here the best team in the league played a complete game. They came out strong in the first half and kept it up in the second half. This team seems like the most complete team in the XFL. The offense and defense played at a high level in the first two games; they look like the team to beat in the East. Their first road test comes this week as they travel to LA.
- Houston Roughnecks 2-0 (Last week: 5): I’ll admit it seems like I may have been wrong about this team but mainly I was wrong about Walker. He has looked like, if not the best, the second best quarterback in the XFL. A lot of praise needs to go to the defense for setting up the offense inside the 10 yard line twice with 2 interception returns. The running game is still struggling but this offense has figured out who their top 3 wide receivers. They have showed out very well, especially Cam Phillips. Houston, also, has its first road test traveling to Tampa Bay.
- St. Louis Battlehawks 1-1 (Last week: 2): It was a tough loss for St. Louis. Two costly interceptions by Ta’amu overshadowed how well Jordan played in this game. Week 1 was about the run game but week 2 they proved they can run or pass the ball and be successful. Some might not think this defense played well but two of the touchdowns they gave up were only 5 and 6 yard drives. This defense kept Walker under 200 yards passing. St. Louis gets its first home game this week against the suddenly struggling New York Guardians.
- Dallas Renegades 1-1 (Last week: 4): Landry Jones and this team took 3 quarters to get on track but when they did this offense looked explosive. They scored 19 points in the 4th quarter and have set up some exciting offense for weeks to come. The most surprising part of this game was Cameron Artis-Payne, who almost becoming the first 100 yard rusher, with 99 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. The defense showed signs of weakness giving up big plays and being bailed out by some missed throws. Dallas goes on the road again this week to Seattle.
- Seattle Dragons 1-1 (Last week: 6): This was a very sloppy game in front of the biggest crowd so far in the XFL. Brandon Silvers was 7/18 and 99 yards. If it wasn’t for 1 deep ball from Silvers to Reynolds, we would be talking about this team much differently. The run game spread the ball around and all 3 running backs played well rushing for over 100 yards combined. The defense was the best part of this team this week even returning an interception for a touchdown. Seattle is home to the Renegades this week.
- LA Wildcats 0-2 (Last week: 8): Josh Johnson definitely makes this team better. This offense wasn’t in sync early on in this game but showed what it could be once they worked the kinks out. They came up a little short in this game and if it wasn’t for some costly fumbles by Hood this could’ve been a win for LA. This defense played better then week 1 but still has a lot to fix and they need to do it fast with DC coming to town this week.
- New York Guardians 1-1 (Last Week: 3) After being the first team shutout in the XFL, the only thing keeping them from being at number 8 is how bad Tampa has looked in 2 weeks. That first game may have been about how bad Tampa is and not that New York is any better. To go along with all of this the starting quarterback Matt McGloin called out players and coaches on the sideline of the game but took no responsibility for how bad he played. McGloin was 8/19 for 44 yards and 2 interceptions before being benched. If McGloin plays bad early this week I can see him being benched a lot faster then he was in week 2. New York goes on the road to St. Louis.
- Tampa Bay Vipers 0-2 (Last week: 7): The defense played very well and if they had a better offense on the other side we would see a whole different team than we have been seeing. This offense has been brutally bad for 2 straight weeks. Marc Trestmen did a great job coaching in the CFL but so far his two stints in American leagues have not gone well. This offense needs to find some rhythm or this team could easily lose every game. Tampa gets its first home game this week against Houston.
Also, don’t forget to check out the new audio column from AFNN’s Kevin Drake as he breaks down the upcoming games for week three! The AFNN crew reviews all the news breaking from the XFL every week on XFL Now, Thursdays at 7PM EST and AFNN’s Michael Washington-Weeks gives his analyst every Monday with his week in review!
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