Welcome to Week 3 of the XFL games. Almost 1/3 of the season will be gone after this weekend and there are trends that are showing separating the good teams from the bad.
DC Defenders and Houston Roughnecks appear to be the two best teams in the league while Tampa Bay and LA are sitting at the bottom of the ranks. With a shorter season, it will be much more difficult for them to make a run for the playoffs.
So far for the season, PU has been looking good. He is
- 7-1 in picking winners with the only failure coming in Week 1.
- 7-1 against the spread, again with it being only Week 1 preventing a perfect record.
With that, let’s take a look at this week’s games.
Houston Roughnecks (-6.5) at Tampa Bay Vipers
Houston goes into this game having scored the most touchdowns of any one team (9). They remain undefeated under QB PJ Walker who has 493 passing yards and 7 passing touchdowns for the first two games of the season. Walker must be considered an early favorite for MVP.
The Vipers have been going in the opposite direction. They have no offensive touchdowns for the season. They do have a Pick 6 on defensive, but that is the extent of their getting into the end zone.
The Vipers major woes come at quarterback. Starting quarterback was inactive last week after a less than impressive game 1. In the second game, the Vipers played two quarterbacks, Taylor Cornelius and Quinton Flowers. Their combined output was 19-of-34 for 172 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions.
Unless the Vipers can figure out how to get into the endzone, they have no chance to win on Saturday.
Give this game to Houston. Houston wins and COVERS the spread.
Dallas Renegades (-5) at Seattle Dragons
In the second game of the weekend, we find Dallas going to Seattle. Each have identical 1-1 records, after each lost game one of the season.
Dallas was the early favorite to win the title, but started out without quarterback Landry Jones in game 1. He returned in the second game and posted serious numbers, becoming the first XFL quarterback to top 300 yards in a single game, going 28 for 40 for 305 yards and one touchdown.
Joining Jones in having a good day was running back Cameron Artis-Payne who rushed for 99 yards on 14 carries, and getting into the end zone twice.
Seattle goes into the game as one of the worst teams in the new league. Their lone victory came over Tampa Bay, another bust of a team and that was close, 17-9.
QB Brandon Silvers finished 7-of-18 for 91 yards against Tampa Bay. 68 of those yards came on a busted coverage touchdown play. Their other touchdown was a 1 yard interception return.
The Seattle defense earns an “okay” for their play. It appears to be pretty solid, but this week will tell how good they really are. They have not come up against an offense like Dallas has, so we shall see just how well they perform.
Say goodnight Seattle.
Dallas wins and COVERS the spread.
New York Guardians (+9.5) at St. Louis BattleHawks
This game looks to be the “surprise” game of the quarterbacks. BattleHawk quarterback Jordan Ta’amu appears more than was expected. Never having started in a single professional game, he has already established himself as the most accurate passer of the young league.
Ta’amu has also been productive on the ground, and when combined with former Washington Redskins starter Matt Jones, they have a solid offense.
New York quarterback Matt McGloin has been going in the opposite direction. Last week, he passed for only 44 yards and 2 interceptions before he found himself on the bench. Then he spouted off about the rest of the team, so his days may be numbered in New York.
The Guardian defense is another question mark. They appeared to be strong in game one against Tampa Bay, but that is now likely only because Tampa Bay is just so bad.
Go with St Louis to win, but DOES NOT COVER the spread.
D.C. Defenders (-8) at Los Angeles Wildcats
In the final game on tap for Week 3, D.C. goes to Los Angeles as 8 point favorites in a battle of 2-0 versus 0-2.
The Defenders have shown themselves to be one of the two best teams in the XFL and maybe the best. Quarterback Cardale Jones is proving himself a quality quarterback. With receivers Eli Rogers, Rashad Ross and DeAndre Thompkins, Jones has a trio of speedy threats to throw the ball to.
The defense for the Defenders is just as solid. They capitalize on any mistakes made by opponents. Led by veterans Rahim Moore and Matt Elam, the defense should only continue to improve, much to the chagrin of the rest of the league.
Los Angeles may be one of the two worst teams in the XFL. Their offense is second to last in the XFL, only New York being worse. And the defense is the worst in the XFL. At least they have quarterback Josh Johnson back, who performed okay in Week 2 and should improve as the season goes on.
Don’t expect any help from the LA fan base. So far, the demand for the team from Los Angeles has been less than expected.
Expect the DC defense to thoroughly dominate LA, and the offense to have another strong outing.
DC wins and COVERS the spread.
There we have it. This week’s predictions are now up for all to see. Unfortunately, I will not be able to watch the Saturday games in real times. The wife invited a cousin to dinner and other course, that will entail me cooking and being attentive to him and his wife. But I will get in on the Sunday games.
Have a Great Weekend and enjoy the games. And remember:
LIFE IS GOOD!