LA Wildcats (1-2) at NY Guardians (1-2)
MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ
2PM ET | ABC
Steve Levy (PxP); Greg McElroy (Analysis); Tom Luginbill and Dianna Russini (Sidelines)
This cross-country matchup sees a Wildcats’ offense, ranked 2nd in the league in points per game (24.6), facing the XFL’s #4-ranked defense in points per game (19.6). The Guardian’s offense has been a mess all season long. The Wildcats Josh Johnson was on point last week and the big question is can New York score?
QB Matt McGloin (thorax injury) didn’t play in the second half last week and has been limited in practice. Backup QBs Marquise Williams and Luis Perez are both in play to see at least part-time duty in Week 4.
The Guardian’s will depend on the run game and it will not be enough to get the win in this one.
Wildcats 27, Guardians 13
Seattle Dragons (1-2) at St. Louis BattleHawks (2-1)
The Dome At America’s Center – St. Louis, MO
5PM ET | FOX
Curt Menefee (PxP); Joel Klatt (Analysis); Brock Huard (Sidelines)
The BattleHawks bring their league-leading rushing attack (157.6 ypg) against the Dragons’ 4th-ranked run defense (104.0). QB Jordan Ta’amu has been better each week and the BattleHawks are the true definition of a team. For the Dragons the running game is what they have hung their hats on for this season and carries have been split among RBs Kenneth Farrow, Trey Williams, and Ja’Quan Gardner–none have broken out yet but it’s more of an offensive line problem.
St. Louis will have the home-field advantage and the big problem outside of offensive line play for the Dragons has been their penchant for turning the ball over. Go with St. Louis.
Battlehawks 26, Dragons 12
Houston Roughnecks (3-0) at Dallas Renegades (2-1)
Globe Life Park – Arlington, TX
4PM ET | FS1
Kevin Burkhardt (PxP); Greg Olsen (Analysis); Jenny Taft (Sidelines)
The first Texas showdown features the Roughnecks’ offense, which leads the league in points per game (33.0), facing the Renegades top-ranked defense in points per game (15.0). This is the game of the year in the XFL, at least up to this point. Both teams are rolling. The Renegades behind QB Landry Jones and TE Donald Parham, and a running game that has dominated the second half of games so far. The Roughnecks have defensive deficiencies but QB P.J. Walker and receiver Cam Phillips have been able to overcome those so far.
This looks to be a shootout and I think the Renegades defense will be the difference in this one.
Renegades 29, Roughnecks 27
DC Defenders (2-1) at Tampa Bay Vipers (0-3)
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL
7PM ET | ESPN2
Tom Hart (PxP); Joey Galloway (Analysis); Molly McGrath (Sidelines)
DC’s top-ranked pass defense (185.6 ypg) matches up against the Vipers’ third-ranked passing offense (209.3 ypg). Two weeks ago this would have looked like a mismatch, that’s not the case after last week’s results.
Last week the Defenders were brought back to earth after a great start to the season and the Vipers’ offense showed some life, finally. I look for the Defenders to pull this one out comfortably, however, as the Vipers’ offense still has major issues and they just lost a weapon in Quinton Flowers.
Defenders 23, Vipers 12