The XFL marches into Week 3 looking to develop off stable momentum through 2 weeks.
Today, the 2 staying unbeaten teams, Houston and D.C., are compared versus the 2 winless teams, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles. Here is a better take a look at the schedule and five reasons to continue watching the XFL this weekend.
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XFL Week 3 schedule
( All times Eastern)
Saturday, Feb. 22
Houston Roughnecks ( 2-0) at Tampa Bay Vipers ( 0-2), 2 p.m., ABC
Dallas Renegades ( 1-1) at Seattle Dragons ( 1-1), 5 p.m., FOX
Sunday, Feb. 23
New York City Guardians (1-1) at St. Louis Battlehawks ( 1-1), 3 p.m., ESPN
D.C. Protectors (2-0) at Los Angeles Wildcats ( 0-2), 6 p.m., FS1
Five reasons to keep watching XFL
Will Cardale Jones stay unbeaten?
Jones is becoming the early face of theleague He leads the XFL with 511 death yards, and he’s struck on 61.9 percent of hispasses He’s kept 3 receivers associated with Rashad Ross, Eli Rogers and DeAndre Thompkins, and the Protectors have actually been among the XFL’s most amazing teams.
It’s a hard test for the Wildcats, who have actually permitted 31 points per game through 2 weeks. Jones is 13 -0 as a starter going back to his days at Ohio State.
Who begins for the Vipers?
Aaron Murray (foot) may miss out on a second successive game, so it’s on Marc Trestman to get the offense opting for quarterbacks Quinton Flower and Taylor Cornelius, who both had a hard time in recently’s loss to the Dragons.
Tampa Bay quarterbacks have actually finished simply 36 of 70 passes (514 percent). The QB play has to be much better for sustainable interest.
Which running back will shine?
Through 2 weeks, just 4 running backs have actually hurried for more than 100yards St. Louis’ Matt Jones leads the league with 129 yards, followed by Tampa Bay’s De’Veon Smith (125), Dallas’ Cameron Artis-Payne (105) and Tampa Bay’s Jacques Patrick (105).
Artis-Payne got on track for Dallas today and is an identifiable name, however the league- broad hurrying patterns are middling at best. XFL teams average 24.8 efforts for 100.3 yards on 4.0 yards per finish 2 weeks. There was a small enhancement in Week 2.
What will P.J. Walker do next?
Walker has 7 TD passes through 2 weeks, and that’s included 442 death yards, 53 hurrying yards and a 72.8 conclusion portion. Jones, Walker and St. Louis’ Jordan Ta’amu have actually played terrific through 2 weeks, and that top-level quarterback play will be a required rankings motorist. If Landry Jones develops on his debut in Week 3, it would not harm.
Walker, nevertheless, is the most amazing gamer in the league up until now, and that must continue versus the winless Vipers.
Exists a protective stud worth watching?
Houston’s DeMarquis Gates may be playing his method into a chance at the next level. The former four-star linebacker from Ole Miss has 11 deals with through 2 weeks, and he led the Alliance of Football in deals with prior to that league folded last season.
Gates, who is 6-2 and 221 pounds, must continue to remain active for Houston’s defense, which enables 20.5 points per game