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XFL Week Six Power Rankings

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Week six of the XFL season featured some fireworks offensively with two of the games featuring over 50 points. Houston continued their undefeated record coming from behind to beat Seattle. Dallas lost their third straight game at home, getting blown out by New York. DC bounced back with a home win to move back over .500. LA also came from behind to beat Tampa Bay in a shootout. How will each team fair in this week’s rankings?

Seattle lost a heartbreaking loss after the XFL missed call against Houston.

8. Seattle Dragons (1-4, previous ranking: 8)

A quarterback change did indeed happen after Brandon Silvers was ruled inactive for the game against Houston. B.J. Daniels stepped into the starting role and played somewhat well. While he threw for only 114 yards, Daniels did run two scores in the end zone. Seattle was up 14-0 at one point in the second quarter, but things quickly fell apart. The defense struggled to slow down PJ Walker despite creating three turnovers. The offense wasn’t able to have a consistent passing game, which led to their third straight loss. A bad call at the end of the game did cost them at least an opportunity to score nine points. With the threat of the coronavirus lingering in Seattle, the Dragons may or may not play their next game. Tough times in Seattle.

Tampa Bay blew a 24-6 lead to lose to the LA Wildcats on the road.

7. Tampa Bay Vipers (1-4, previous ranking: 6)

The offense for Tampa Bay is one of the best in the league. Taylor Cornelius has been improving as a passer every game. The running game led by De’Veon Smith and Jacques Patrick has been a force in the XFL. Patrick’s injury does have cause for concern in the next few weeks. It was the defense that let the team down once again. Josh Johnson was able to tear up the secondary with big pass plays. If Marc Trestman can figure out how to fix the defense, this team might have a chance to make a big run at the end of the season.

Dallas lost a third straight home game as New York beat them 30-12.

6. Dallas Renegades (2-3, previous ranking: 3)

Nothing ever seems to go right for Dallas at home. After losing to New York 30-12 in front of over 15,000 fans in Globe Life Park, Dallas is now 0-3 at home. Philip Nelson struggled in his second start at quarterback, throwing two interceptions and only completing 57 percent of his passes. The team combined for only 56 yards rushing after abandoning it in the second half. Dallas’ defense kept them in the game, but with the offense turning the ball over three times, not much could be done to help. Offensive coordinator Hal Mumme is no longer with the team as he deals with his broken leg. The team needs a bounce-back game against DC on the road.

The XFL has a feel good story in LA coming back from 24-6 to beat Tampa Bay.

5. LA Wildcats (2-3, previous ranking: 5)

Josh Johnson has thrown for over 1,000 yards in four games after missing game one of the year. It’s safe to say his play has made LA better and is in the running for XFL MVP. The running game continues to be unimpressive, but the passing game has done enough to carry the team. One issue LA had was turning the ball over four times in the game, but they did come back from being down 24-6, which is impressive. The defense did produce three turnovers themselves, which helps. Work needs doing on defense, but the team is looking better than they did in week one.

The XFL saw DC bounce back after losing two straight on the road with a home win.

4. DC Defenders (3-2, previous XFL ranking: 7)

Coming home was exactly what DC needed to shrug off their previous two losses on the road. Cardale Jones was benched again, which was the plan according to coach Pep Hamilton. Tyree Jackson came in and boosted their running game despite only passing for 39 yards. Jhurell Pressley had an impressive game rushing for over 100 yards for the first time this season. The defense had a game of their own holding Jordan Ta’amu in check all game long. They did struggle against the run but was able to hold firm when St. Louis was in plus territory. DC has too many questions at quarterback right now, but this team improved from the previous two weeks.

Luis Perez led the way as New York wins two straight with Perez at quarterback.

3. New York Guardians (3-2, previous XFL ranking: 4)

Luis Perez continues to impress as he won his second straight start leading New York to an impressive 30-12 win over Dallas. Darius Victor and Justin Stockton made big plays out of the backfield to win the time of possession. Colby Pearson was able to break loose for an 80-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. New York’s defense had one of their best games of the season, creating three turnovers in the win. They pressured Philip Nelson all game long and shut down the running game too well under 100 yards. This team is starting to gain confidence and might be one of the two teams in the east in the playoffs.

St. Louis’ two game winning streak came to an end against DC 15-6.

2. St. Louis BattleHawks (3-2, previous XFL ranking: 2)

Jordan Ta’amu had a tough outing against DC as his offense only produced six points in the loss. Matt Jones and Christine Michael combined for 139 yards on the ground, which is impressive in itself. L’Damian Washington made big plays in the passing game leading to his season-high 114 yards receiving. The defense struggled to stop the DC rushing game in the loss, but pass defense continues to be impressive. Winning in DC seems to be a tough task for any team this season, so the team should get a pass on the loss.

Houston came from behind to remain undefeated in the XFL season.

1. Houston Roughnecks (5-0, previous XFL ranking: 1)

Houston was down 14-0 in the second quarter, but PJ Walker happened, and they won. Walker did end the game with two interceptions but threw for a season-high 351 yards and three touchdowns. Andre Williams had his best game of the season leading the team in rushing with 54 yards. James Butler also added 52 yards on the ground with two scores. Cam Phillips bounced back nicely with ten catches, 122 yards, and two touchdowns to stay in the XFL MVP conversation. Defense still leaves something left to be desired by allowing big plays. Despite those issues on defense, Houston is still the best team in the XFL.


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