As we get ready for Week 3 action in the XFL, allow me to take it back to Week 2’s action.
Week 2 saw the action tell story. A departure from the rules and production value of the league being the focal point of viewer’s attention. The product on the field is beginning to take center stage and rightfully. Teams are beginning to set a precedence of who they are.
Week 2 Standout
There are only 2 undefeated teams in the XFL and they both continue to impress on both sides of the ball. The D.C. Defenders and the Houston Roughnecks have some of the best quarterback play in the league, with Cardale Jones and P.J. Walker, respectively. (No slight to Jordan Ta’amu, of the St. Louis BattleHawks, who I also think is fantastic. They’re not undefeated though. *shrugs*) These guys are slinging the ball all over the yard and leading must-see offenses, through the first two weeks of the season.
The defenses for these squads are also noteworthy. They proven to be opportunistic and physical. Both defenses get to the quarterback, force turnovers, and score. This bodes well for both teams and is the reason why they are the only undefeated teams in the XFL, leading their respective divisions.
Week 2 Puzzler
The Tampa Bay Vipers losing to the Seattle Dragons, in heartbreaking fashion, would have been my puzzler this week. You’re talking about a team that was the preseason favorite to win the XFL Championship, falling to 0-2. This would have been my puzzler… but Matt McGloin happened hours before and it something.
The New York Guardians quarterback couldn’t get anything going against the D.C. Defenders. The Guardians became the first team to be shut out in the XFL, suffering a 27-0 loss to the Defenders. Before the half, McGloin was interviewed and it was… something. McGloin ripped the entire gameplan saying, “We need to change the entire gameplan.” I stated on Twitter (@the20double), I think they need to change the quarterback. Guardians Head Coach, Kevin Gilbride, did just that in the second half after a pick six thrown by McGloin. Folks, we have our first quarterback mess in the XFL. New York better get it sorted out, otherwise they are going to squander a really good defense.
Overall, it was another stellar week of XFL football. Teams are creating their identity. The football on the field is meshing well with the re-imagined rules. The cream is beginning to rise to the top. Looking forward to what Week 3 brings.